China Love

“Olivia Martin-McGuire’s documentary goes wide,
encompassing the changes that have swept through China
over the past few decades.”
Screen Anarchy

In 21st century China, it’s customary for betrothed couples to spend a small fortune on glamorous portraits, taken many months in advance of their wedding.

Chinese and Australian participants navigate love, weddings and family in the lead-up to the most important ritual of Chinese society – getting married.

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

The film has the same kinetic energy as Crazy Rich Asians – outrageous at the opening but ultimately poignant, as director Olivia Martin-McGuire introduces a counterpoint to the current generation’s ostentatious overspending.

“It’s a fantasy ride of glitz, excess, glamour and love.”

Couples who had state-arranged marriages during the country’s Cultural Revolution also share their wedding photos: black-and-white, more like ID cards than celebrations, the stiffly-posed couples wearing their work uniforms.

“What is love in China?” McGuire asks. “What is the dream, what is the fantasy?”

Producer Rebecca Barry will present China Love and take part in Q&A sessions at the following screenings:
Wellington | Roxy 2 | 13 June | 4:45pm
Wellington | Roxy 1 | 15 June | 4:00pm

Previous festival appearances for China Love include

Session Time

Auckland | Loft, Q Theatre
Thu 30 May
02:45 PM
Auckland | Rangatira, Q Theatre
Sun 2 Jun
01:45 PM
Wellington | The Roxy 2
Thu 13 Jun
04:45 PM
Wellington | The Roxy 1
Sat 15 Jun
04:00 PM
96 min
English, Mandarin, Korean
Olivia Martin-McGuire