Present.Perfect.

Directed by Shengze Zhu
2019
USA, Hong Kong
124 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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A fascinating view of modern China created from 800 hours of live stream footage selected from 422 million Chinese regular uploaders. Winner of the Rotterdam Film Festival’s Tiger Award.

More than 400 million Chinese regularly livestream footage of themselves, both their everyday lives and extreme activities: especially popular are videos of the bizarre, like a boy who eats live worms or paint-covered wrestlers. It's an industry worth billions of dollars, dwarfing the Western trend of vlogging and YouTubers. Zhu chose not to follow the big stars but the marginal characters – a disfigured man, a paralysed girl, a bored crane driver, a dancer with a lousy sense of rhythm. Streaming online, they find the human contact that eludes them in real life – a world where the online and offline are inextricably merged.

What the film depicts is at times creepy and unsettling, but it lifts the lid on an aspect of the virtual world which may be unfamiliar to audiences in the west.
Wendy Ide, Screen International

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Tue 11 June
8:35pm
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
Sun 16 June
4pm
Event Cinemas George St 9
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
FLUX Art + Film, Festival Hits
Year
2019
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
USA, Hong Kong
Language
In Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles
Director
Shengze Zhu
Producer
Shengze Zhu
Editor
Shengze Zhu
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Documentary, Women Directors, Asia, Experimental, Festival Award Winners, Science & Tech
Company Credits
Festival Contact: Pascale Ramonda
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