BEIJING BEING @ CGoF
Drama, 2015, 78mins, M, AUS/CHINA
Writer/Director: Emma Jaay
Thursday 27th April, 6:30pm
CHINESE GARDEN OF FRIENDSHIP, Darling Harbour
Set amongst the bustle of Darling Harbour, the gardens celebrate their 29th birthday in 2017 and despite having a long association with the film community (even serving as a shooting location for 2012's The Wolverine) FFS will stage the first ever screening in the gardens, and giving added complexity and depth to the experience of the films exploring both Western and Eastern experiences of traditional and contemporary Chinese culture.
The screening will be complemented by an additional looped installation of NuShu, the world's only recorded engendered language as well as supporting visual arts and media installations. The overall event will give an insight into the extension of the Asian century and the blending of Asian and Western traditions through the miedium of film, art, music and language.
Designed by Sydney's Chinese Sister city, Guangzhou, the gardens are modelled on the typical private gardens of the MIng Dynasty, offering insight into Chinese heritage and culture.
Sophie struggles to come to terms with the abrupt departure of her best friend and understand her place in Beijing without him, discovering that ‘being’ in Beijing is less important than being herself.
Filmed guérilla style on the backstreets of Beijing, Beijing Being is a lyrical, nostalgic exploration of friendship in an ever-changing city. Sophie, a young blogger living in the historic Hutong laneways of Beijing, is struggling to accept the abrupt departure of her best friend during a visa crackdown. The future is uncertain - for the foreigners with their temporary (and at times dubious) visas, their Chinese friends with their nontraditional lifestyles, and even the old streets themselves, falling under the hammers of the developers. Sophie makes sense of the rhythm of change, loss, heartbreak and the sheer exhilaration of being young in the best way she knows how – by creating a cabaret on the streets she loves but can never own, discovering in the process that being in Beijing is less important than being herself.
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