Good Looks

A look at David Yates's National Film and Television School graduation film

By National Film and Television School

Good Looks - a still from the film, 1 of 6 (1992) by David YatesNational Film and Television School

Synopsis

Good Looks is a fast, funny fairy tale about Sam the bouncer who, following a fight, undergoes miraculous surgery which transforms his face from painfully ugly to gorgeously handsome.

Good Looks - a still from the film, 3 of 6 (1992) by David YatesNational Film and Television School

But good looks can lead to tricky moments... Sam finds himself torn between his undeclared love for Maxie, the barmaid, and his loyalty to the club boss, Felix, Maxie's possessive and over-protective brother.  Director David Yates describes the film below.

Good Looks - a still from the film, 2 of 6 (1992) by David YatesNational Film and Television School

FILM FACTS

YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 1992
LENGTH: 29 Mins
SHOT ON: 16mm
SCREEN RATIO:  1:1.75   
COLOUR OR B&W: Colour

Good Looks Opening Scenes (1991) by David CollierNational Film and Television School

Opening Scenes

Compare this first page of the Good Looks screenplay, taken from the 5th draft, to the opening of the film.

What has ended up in the final version on screen, differs quite considerably.

Good Looks - a still from the film, 4 of 6 (1992) by David YatesNational Film and Television School

Colour Choices on Good Looks

Designer Paul Kirby worked to create the dream like quality in the film Good Looks.  He speaks about this below.

David Yates with NFTS Director Jon Wardle (2021) by NFTSNational Film and Television School

After the NFTS David Yates went on to direct State of Play, the last four Harry Potter films and is currently working on the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series of films.  Explore further to hear David speak about the opportunities the NFTS gave him, and then see the film Good Looks.

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