DIRECTOR: Olivia Martin McGuire
AUSTRALIA / 2018
FRI 1 – SUN 17 MAY 2020
RUNNING TIME: 98 MINS
It’s not just a business, it’s like a war.
-Allen Shi, Jiahao Photography
Nominee Best Documentary 2018 – Sydney Film Festival
The wedding business in China is big. It has an estimated turnover of $80 billion a year, with some couples paying up to $500,000 for a single album. China Love, directed by Olivia Martin McGuire, delves into the expanding business of wedding photography as a reflection of China’s ambition, societal change and desire to demonstrate wealth. As a long-time resident of Shanghai, she has gained access to a wide range of couples who eagerly explain why, how and where they are being snapped in the name of love. Underwater, up in the air, underground and at an A-List of desirable destinations – nowhere is out of bounds to the nuptial-snappers. And with the costs rising every year, the businesspeople who run the wedding photo companies (“… we do 2000 couples a day”) run ruthless campaigns to drive ever more business. This tightly shot and eye-opening documentary gives a unique and engagingly contemporary view of modern-day China, from the inside.
SATURDAY 9 MAY 4.30PM
Make sure you’ve either seen China Love beforehand or arrange to see it with a bunch of online friends before 4.30pm and then click in to the Conversation. We’ll have Rebecca Barry, producer of China Love, Robert Ravens (TBC) of Bridestowe Estate, favoured wedding venue for Chinese visitors and James Chin of UTAS Centre for Asian Studies to tease out the issues of life in modern China, the response to the coronavirus and the rise of China as a world power.
See below for recorded conversation.
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