China Love



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





Past screenings

Date Venue
Jun 13 6:30 PM Sydney Film Festival Event Cinemas George Street
Jun 17 6:00 PM Sydney Film Festival Dendy Newtown

Media

  • Film Ink - Jarrod Walker Sep 13, 2018

    Australian filmmakers Olivia Martin-McGuire and Producer Rebecca Barry, follow the families of young clientele who take part in the hugely popular ‘Pre-Wedding’ photographic industry in China. 

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  • Examiner - Kasey Wilkins Sep 9, 2018

    A new Australian film highlights a fantastical and costly pre-wedding practice taking place in China.

    Olivia Martin-McGuire is an Australian expat living in Shanghai and director of documentary China Love.

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  • Polka Dot Bride Aug 25, 2018

    If you’ve ever travelled to the world’s most famous locations and seen Chinese bridal couples posing for over-the-top photo shoots, there’s no need to congratulate them yet for their Big Day. Why? Because often the actual wedding could still be another six months away!

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  • Ben Pike - Daily Telegraph Aug 22, 2018

    Chinese wedding photo guru Allen Shi says Aussie couples should get pictures before their big day.

    FORGET the traditional wedding day pictures, we should be copying the Chinese and organising the photographic shoot six months or a year ahead of the ceremony.

    That’s the advice of the “godfather” of China’s $80 billion wedding photography business

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  • Honi Soit - Jamie Weiss Jun 22, 2018

    Her documentary China Love, set in and around Shanghai, explores how “the future is living together with the past” in modern China through a look at China’s burgeoning wedding industry. This industry – now worth over 80 billion dollars – is deeply emblematic of the cultural change, and it’s through this lens that Martin-McGuire uncovers some of the challenges facing modern Chinese society.

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  • Filmink - Christine Westwood Jun 14, 2018

    China Love is her first feature length documentary and the film is currently in competition at the Sydney Film Festival. The director is supported by a crew of considerable female power, including editor Bernadette Murray and producers Rebecca Barry and Madeleine Hetherton, founders of Media Stockade and directors of award winning documentaries in their own right.

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  • Xinhua Net - Liangyu Jun 13, 2018

    SYDNEY, June 13 (Xinhua) -- A new documentary showcasing Chinas profound love of wedding photography will premiere at the Sydney Film Festival on Wednesday evening, with audiences buzzing about the behind-the-scenes look into the multi-billion dollar industry.

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  • Australian Financial Review - Lisa Murray Jun 8, 2018

    Australian photographer Olivia Martin-McGuire first caught sight of China's legion of brides-on-the-move, while she was waiting around on a shoot for AFR Weekend.

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  • Create NSW Jun 6, 2018

    I was working as a photojournalist and I arrived early for a job for The Australian Financial Review (AFR). I was actually shooting the director of Red Obsession in Shanghai at The Roosevelt Hotel on the Bund. I was taken aback by handfuls of bridal couples being photographed against the sandstone walls, and then picking up their dresses to reveal white sneakers and running to another wall to set up another photo. 

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  • John Mcdonald - The Sydney Morning Herald May 18, 2018

    Head On Photo Festival review: The haunting, bizarre and unreal

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  • Rebecca Kamm - VICE May 14, 2018

    China's Pre-Wedding Photo Shoots Are Something Else

    "I saw how important these shoots were in constructing new dreams."

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  • Sophie Haslett - Daily Mail May 13, 2018

    Million-dollar budgets, pictures in fake English villages and action movie choreography: Inside the world of Chinese pre-wedding photo shoots

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  • Kerry Warren - New York Post May 8, 2018

    Inside the insane world of Chinese pre-wedding photos

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  • Molly O'Brien - Advance Aug 1, 2017

    OLIVIA MARTIN-MCGUIRE: SEEING SHANGHAI THROUGH THE EYES OF AN ARTIST

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  • Chelsea Matiash - TIME Feb 12, 2016

    Discover China's Love for Pre-Wedding Photos

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