China's love of wedding photography depicted in new documentary at Sydney Film Festival

2018-06-13 05:22:02 GMT2018-06-13 13:22:02(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

SYDNEY, June 13 (Xinhua) -- A new documentary showcasing Chinasprofound love of wedding photography will premiere at the SydneyFilm Festival on Wednesday evening, with audiences buzzing aboutthe behind-the-scenes look into the multi-billion dollarindustry.

Directed by Shanghai-based, Australian director, OliviaMartin-McGuire, the film captures the real-life journey somecouples are willing to take in order to get their perfect weddingshot.

"It's called China Love and really by the end of it you do kindof love China," Martin-McGuire told Xinhua.

The film is about people and it's about contemporary Chinathrough this window of love, marriage and dreams, because thepre-wedding industry is all about dreams and hopes.

Described as a national ritual, photo shoots can take place upto a year in advance of the wedding and often involveprofessionally staged scenes of romance, complete with elaborateoutfits and world class backdrops.

According to Martin-McGuire, some couples even travel as far asAustralia, Europe or Antarctica.

"The wedding as I understand it, is for the family, its verytraditional," she said.

"The photos are just for this individual dream and they are notbased in reality at all."

"You can use fake sets and you can dress up to be whatever youwant to be, it's about a dream."

The inspiration for Martin-McGuires documentary came severalyears ago, when she was working as a photojournalist inshanghai.

By chance, the Australian happened to come across 15 bridesposing for photos in front of a sandstone wall.

"I think it's the shoes that capture me," she said.

"Because they all had amazing dresses, these elaborate gowns andthen theyve got these white sneakers and they start running becausethey have to do so many shoots in one day."

"But I didn't know all of this, all I knew was there were allthese fantastic outfits and they were all around this corner andthen they were running somewhere, so thats what sort of sparked mycuriosity." Enditem