China Love

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Directed by Olivia Martin-McGuire
2018
86 minutes
15+
A fascinating exploration of contemporary China through the pre-wedding photography industry – a billion-dollar fantasy world.

Just over 40 years ago, marriage in China was arranged by the state – romantic love was seen as a capitalist concept and was not allowed. Wedding photography (if there was any) consisted of one black and white passport photo of the couple (dressed in Mao-style outfits) as proof of the marriage. Now, China has fallen in love with love and its exploding wedding industry is worth 80 billion dollars. Pre-wedding photography is one of the most significant and curious parts, and something every couple marrying in China is eager to partake of. From underwater shoots to traditional costume, imagination and budgets can run wild, for soon-to-be or long-wed couples.

Olivia Martin-McGuire is a widely-exhibited Australian documentary photographer based in Shanghai. She completed an AFTRS documentary-making course and has previously made two short films.

Festival guest: Olivia Martin-McGuire

This film is nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary:

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China Love

Event Cinemas George St 5
Wed 13 June
6:30pm—7:56pm
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China Love

Dendy Newtown
Sun 17 June
6pm—7:26pm
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Year
2018
Classification
15+
Country
Australia, China
Language
In Mandarin, English and Korean with English subtitles
Director
Olivia Martin-McGuire
Producer
Rebecca Barry, Madeleine Hetherton
Company Credits
Production Company: Media Stockade
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