The feature documentary China Love was conceived and directed by Olivia Martin-McGuire during her time of residing in Shanghai. The movie centers on the experience of China through the prism of love, marriage and the pre-wedding photo industry. She follows and documents this uniquely Chinese cultural phenomenon through personal interviews with young couples about to be married as well as older parents who have high hopes and wishes for their single child. Poignant and tinged with humor, the documentary allows the viewers a personal glimpse into how love and marriage operate in mainland China in the milieu of its accelerated economy
About the director:
Olivia Martin-McGuire is an Australian documentary filmmaker / photographer based in Hong Kong. She has recently directed a feature film documentary China Love for ABC Arts, which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival and internationally at DOCNYC, funded by Screen Australia. It is now traveling on the international feature circuit. The photo series from this project was featured in TIME Magazine, Lightbox, The Guardian and VICE. A photobook from the series has been published by MediaStockade and will be available at the event. Having exhibited throughout Australia and China in galleries, museums and photo festivals Martin-McGuire is currently represented in the current group exhibition "Summer of Love" at Shanghai Center of Photography (SCoP). She is also a member of photo and video journalists in China called the Eyes On China project. In addition, she is currently working on new hybrid documentary projects and a TV series in China.