The Boy Who Turned Yellow
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Directed byMichael Powell
Written byEmeric Pressburger
Produced byEmeric Pressburger
StarringMark Dightam
Robert Eddison
Helen Weir
Brian Worth
CinematographyChristopher Challis
Edited byPeter Boita
Music byPatrick Gowers
David Vorhaus
Roger Cherrill Ltd,
Children's Film Foundation
Distributed byRank
Release date
  • 16 September 1972 (1972-09-16) (UK)
Running time
55 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budgetslightly over £40,000[1]

The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972) is the last film collaboration by the British filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, and the last theatrical film directed by Michael Powell. The film was made for the Children's Film Foundation.


John (Mark Dightam) loses one of his pet mice, Alice, whilst on a school trip to the Tower of London. Upset back in class, he is sent home by his teacher for not paying attention during a lesson on electricity. Later that day on the London Underground, the train and everyone in it suddenly turns bright, vivid yellow. John's doctor (Esmond Knight) declares that the condition is harmless and should wear off soon, but that evening John hears noises from his television set and meets the eccentric yellow-coloured Nick (short for Electronic) (Robert Eddison). The pair return to the Tower of London in an attempt to find Alice, but they are menaced by Yeoman Warders and John is threatened with execution. When John is finally reunited with his pet, he awakes in class. Was his adventure actually all just a dream?



The film was the last collaboration by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. They also brought in some of their old colleagues from The Archers, such as cinematographer Christopher Challis and actor Esmond Knight.

Location shooting took place at sites around London:[2]


The film won a "Chiffy" award from the Children's Film Foundation.[3] The "Chiffy" award was voted for by CFF audiences.[3]


  1. ^ Kevin Macdonald (1994). Emeric Pressburger: The Life and Death of a Screenwriter. Faber and Faber. p. 394. ISBN 978-0-571-16853-8.
  2. ^ IMDB Filming locations
  3. ^ a b Parkinson, David (30 October 2018). "Five things to know about the Children's Film Foundation". British Film Institute. Retrieved 14 December 2020.