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Can you capture Cate Blanchett as Carol?

Take part in our creative brief as inspired by Todd Haynes’ romantic masterpiece.

Todd Haynes’ Carol is an expression of love. It’s about two people defining their feelings about one another, but as a film, it’s a romantic gift to audiences from its creator. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara play star-crossed lovers whose eyes lock across a department store shop floor and spend the remainder of the film untangling the complex emotions they feel for one another.

To celebrate the cinema release of Carol on Friday 27 November, we’ve come up with a new creative brief in partnership with StudioCanal.

The brief

We want you to send us a black-and-white sketch of Cate Blanchett as Carol in any style and using any medium of your choosing – it could be a pencil drawing that resembles a vintage photograph or a felt-tip portrait inspired by an advertisement display in a 1950s department store.

The prize

The winner will be announced on Monday 30 November. The prize is an official Carol poster signed by Todd Haynes, a framed print of the winning artwork, a copy of Patricia Highsmith’s book on which the film is based, a physical copy of the film’s soundtrack as scored by Carter Burwell, plus a year’s subscription to Little White Lies.

How to enter

Email your entry to us under the subject line ‘Carol creative brief’ at competitions@tcolondon.com before 12pm GMT on Friday 27 November. Please remember to include your full name so we know who to credit. You can also send us your entry via Twitter or Instagram by tagging @LWLies, but please be sure to email us your entry as well.


Official Synopsis: Starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara and set against the glamorous backdrop of 1950s New York, Carol is an achingly beautiful depiction of love against the odds. From the author of The Talented Mr Ripley and acclaimed director Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, I’m Not There, Mildred Pierce) comes a powerful drama about a married woman who risks everything when she embarks on a romance with a younger department store worker.

Carol is released in cinemas 27 November. Follow Carol on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Terms & Conditions

1. Competition open to residents of UK aged 15 years or over, with the exception of those related to employees of the Promoter, their families, agents and anyone else connected with this promotion. Proof of age may be required.
2. Entries must be received on before 12:00pm GMT on Friday 27 November. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the relevant closing date for any reason. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt. Entries via agents or third parties are invalid. Entries become the property of the Promoter and are not returned.
3. Of the entries received before the deadline one overall winner will be selected.
4. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right (a) to substitute alternative prizes of equivalent or greater value and (b) in exceptional circumstances to amend or foreclose the promotion without notice. No correspondence will be entered into.
5. The prize for one winner is a Carol poster signed by Todd Haynes, a framed print of the winning artwork, a copy of Patricia Highsmith’s book ‘Carol’, a physical copy of the film’s soundtrack and a one-year subscription to Little White Lies.
6. The winner will be notified via email.
7. To obtain details of the winners please email competitions@tcolondon.com stating the name of the prize, and the subject line ‘Carol creative brief’ four weeks after the closing date.
8. By entering this competition, all entrants consent to the transfer of their personal data to the Promoter for the purposes of the administration of this prize draw.
9. All work must be entirely original and the entrant’s own.
10. By entering the competition each entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions. The Promoter is The Church of London, 71a Leonard Street, EC2A 4QS.

Published 17 Nov 2015

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