China Love

Director | Writer | Co-Producer
2018 | Australia | Feature Documentary | 86 minutes

China Love takes us on a billion-dollar ride of fantasy exploring contemporary China through the window of the pre-wedding photography industry.

China Love was produced by Media Stockade and awarded the Create NSW/ABC Arts Documentary Feature Fund, premiering at Sydney Film Festival in 2018. 

 

The project started as a photo series for The Australian Financial Review and later for TIME magazine. By following the story over a period of time, the project grew into an exploration of intergenerational tension, cultural trauma and ultimately, hopes and dreams in contemporary China. 

 

The film had an International Premiere at DOCNYC and went on to play at many more international film festivals, then cinemas in Australia and the UK. It is available on several platforms globally and currently features on Netflix, iQiyi and Sundance Now.

 

The photo series was exhibited in a major exhibition at the Shanghai Center of Photography, at Pier 2 Arts Taiwan and featured in the HeadOn Photo Festival in Sydney. The series was also published by Media Stockade as a photobook.

 

Created in collaboration with Atom, the China Love education toolkit was created for the Australian high school curriculum.

 

The soundtrack is a collaboration between Basil Hogios, Richard Tamplenizza and Shanghai artist CharitySsb. It is available to download on multiple platforms.

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Sydney Film Festival Event Cinemas George Street

Sydney Film Festival Dendy Newtown

Sydney Event Cinemas George Street

Southbank Village Cinemas - Crown

Robina Event Cinemas Robina

Yarraville Sun Theatre Yarraville

Brisbane Event Cinemas Brisbane City Myer

Randwick The Ritz Cinema

Chatswood Mandarin Centre

North Hobart The State Cinema

New York City DOC NYC - Cinepolis Chelsea

Byron Bay Pighouse Flicks Lounge Cinema

Canberra Palace Electric Cinema

Adelaide Wallis Piccadilly Cinemas

Darwin Deckchair Cinema

Belgrave, Victoria Cameo Cinema

Carlton, Melbourne Cinema Nova

Sale, Victoria Sale Cinema

Randwick, NSW The Ritz

Guangzhou International Documentary Film K11 Cinema

Newtown, NSW Dendy Cinemas Newtown

Melbourne, Victoria Village Cinemas Crown

Southbank, Melbourne Village Cinemas Crown

Guangzhou International Documentary Film K11

Guangzhou International Film Festival Shutter Light Cinema

Adelaide Palace Nova East End

ABC TV China Love (TV HOUR)

Hot Docs / Doc Soup Ted Rodgers Cinema

Hot Docs / Doc Soup Ted Rodgers Cinema

San Luis Obispo Film Festival Downtown Cinemas

San Luis Obispo Film Festival Downtown Cinemas

San Luis Obispo Film Festival Downtown Cinemas

DOCVILLE Cinema ZED-STUK

DOCVILLE Cinema ZED-STUK

Salem Film Festival Peabody Essex Museum

Cleveland International Film Festival Tower City Cinemas

Cleveland International Film Festival Tower City Cinemas

Cleveland International Film Festival Tower City Cinemas

DOCVILLE Cinema ZED-STUK

Cascadia Women's Festival WWU Showcase

Doc Edge NZ Loft, Q Theatre - Auckland

Doc Edge NZ Rangatira, Q Theatre

Doc Edge NZ The Roxy 2, Wellington

Doc Edge NZ The Roxy 1, Wellington

Shanghai Royal Asiatic Society

Hong Kong Asia Society Hong Kong Center

Heartlands Film Festival AMC Traders Point, Indianapolis

Heartlands Film Festival AMC Traders Point, Indianapolis

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival The Arlington

New York City China Institute

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Films in the Square Aoetea Square

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