FILM: MOONLIGHT + QNA with barry jenkins

colour symbolism analysis:

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<– yellow colour: symbolic in story of hope, ‘light’ in the darkness, sunshine versus moonlight?



<– blue scenes bathed in ‘moonlight’ during dusk, symbolic of turning over a new leaf, transitioning to a new phase of life, darkness compared to skin colour of African Americans



<– combination of yellow and red in the same shot: yellow for hope, light in the darkness, red as symbol for passion, love, lust, strong emotion

–> this cafe scene is where they realised their true feelings for each other

<– 3 distinct phases of Chiron’s life symbolised in different colours reflecting his state of mind and personality, identity as a person




article about moonlight:





<– very progressive, radical views

“bathe our eyes and minds in its baptismal waters”  –  beautiful metaphor!!! exactly how I felt when i watched the film






personal thoughts on moonlight

  • ‘overcomes institutionalised racism and homophobia to tell a story thats never been told before’ – opinion on Twitter, reflects core of film
  • such a refreshing ‘coming of age’ story about finding oneself and ones identity in a matter-of-fact manner of daily life that isn’t usually granted to stories about people of colour
  • extremely effective and impactful use of colour: pinks, yellows, blues symbolising different motifs, recurring themes and emotions
  • use of song in cafe scene between black and kevin: your heart ‘drops’ when you realise the meaning of the song, incredible experience as the audience viewer
  • same sex relationship portrayed with as much care and time dedicated to as a stereotypical heteronormative romance story


  • three part structure in circle plot
  • [ ] three times (2005)
  • 6-8 story beats in 30 min x3 parts
  • [ ] medicine for melancholy
  • multi layered characters
  • no rehearsals!
  • spaces between dialogue filled with emotion: more powerful than actual dialogue
  • film doesnt take sides of people
  • life is perpendicular in context
  • 25 day shoot
  • SILENCE!!!! peaceful, chiron speaks less and less
  • love we expand, fear we shrink
  • [ ] claire de ney? french art house film
  • chop and screw music – classical music DURING CIGARETTE SCENE!!!
  •  script wrote in 10 days immersion in writing in belgium
  • IMMERSION CINEMA, faith in audience to understand and feel what characters feel
  • “but im your momma aint i?” – 48 frames slow mo to feel the line
  • trust director knows what theyre doing
  • give actors space to feel emotion, fluidity
  •  actors love to create own vision for character
  • naomi harris: used youtube documentaries about addiction, personal interviews
  • paula – addiction as escape for pain
  •  [ ] james laxton – cinematographer
  • frame size, lenses, colours
  • miami – beautiful nightmare, neorealist, hypersaturation
  • [ ] HAPPY TOGETHER – wong kar wai homage, sonnnggg
  • sensuality vs sexuality
  • [ ] walter mursh – in the blink if an eye – editor “the eyes are the windows to the soul” – editing breaks soul between audience and character
  • chiron/kevin main actors never met
  • method filming/acting
  • casted actors withoutt non verbal quality – emoting without speaking!!