China Love takes viewers on a fantasy ride through the country’s multi-billion-dollar wedding photo industry. Extravagant photo shoots and lavish banquets are just the beginning, as the film considers issues of freedom, status, money, and expectations for individuals pursuing their own “Chinese dream.” Following the screening, director Olivia Martin-McGuire and author and journalist Roseann Lake discuss the business that is taking China by storm.
Olivia Martin-McGuire is an Australian documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Shanghai. Her solo exhibitions in Australia and China have been held at the Australian Centre for Photography, Customs House, Brisbane Museum, Liangzhou Photo Festival and Photo Shanghai. She is a member of the Eyes on China project, a collective of photo and video journalists in China. She completed her tertiary studies at UNSW College of Fine Arts. Her first feature-length documentary CHINA LOVE is nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary and is opening at the 2018 Sydney Film Festival.
Roseann Lake is a former Beijing correspondent and author of the bestselling book, “Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World’s Next Superpower” (published in Chinese as 单身时代). Her work and reporting has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The Guardian and The Atlantic, among others. Roseann has spoken about the social and economic gains made by trailblazing young Chinese women at universities, conferences and for private institutions across the US, the UK and China. She currently covers Cuba for The Economist.