On a sunny weekend in the People’s Square in Shanghai, parents gather to arrange potential dates for their child, with discussions started through signs stating their child’s age, height, education and home town. By talking to professional matchmakers and mothers at the dating market, this documentary provides an insight into the importance of a child’s marriage to parents in Chinese society.
Documentary / China / 9 min. / 2015 (Mandarin) 2016 (English)
Writer & director – Kate Lefoe
Producer – Hu Chuannan
Post Production Audio – Ant Bohun
In July, 2014, I participated in a two week film making scholarship to China as a part of the Looking China Program with Suzhou University. I wrote, directed, shot and edited the documentary in only two weeks. Read about the experience of making of the documentary here
Since returning to Australia, the film has been re-edited and completed post production, and released in English in 2016.
Awards and Screenings
St Kilda Film Festival, 2017
Youth Award, Trans Pacific University Students Documentary Competition Beijing Radio and TV Network, 2015.
Honourable Mention – Best Documentary, Asians on Film, USA 2016.
Finalist in the Phoenix Life Documentary Awards, Beijing 2015.
American Chinese Film Festival, California 2015
Canberra Short Film Festival 2016
Austin Asian American Film Festival 2016