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East Asian Focus: Extravaganza + shorts

December 6, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm


A behind-the-scenes look at the vibrant, fierce and ever-so-slightly chaotic world of one of the most dynamic drag scenes in China. Filmed in July 2017, Extravaganza covers the build-up behind a night of twelve drag performances, with running shade provided by organiser Miss Jade.  Screening with a selection of new Chinese short films chosen by Extravaganza’s co-director, Matthew Baren, who is also one of the founders of CINEMQ.

With an introduction by SQIFF’s Marc David Jacobs, curator of our East Asian Focus.

CINEMQ is an unrefined queer underground collective based in Shanghai. We organise events and curate content from around the world, with a focus on China and East Asia. Walls are our screens. Rooftops and basements are our cinemas. Queer is our purpose. Click here to visit CINEMQ’s website or contact them by emailing cinemq.sh@gmail.com for more information.

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Films in the English and Mandarin Chinese languages with English language subtitles/captions. Introduction BSL interpreted. Hearing loop available.

Films rely on visual material to convey ideas and some films are non-English language, so less accessible for blind and partially sighted audiences. Large print versions of handouts available.

CCA has good access for wheelchair users. Click here for more details on venue access.

Comfy seating (bean bags) available. If you would like to reserve this, please contact access@sqiff.org.

We have a limited travel fund to assist people to come to the Festival for those who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you would like to apply for this, please contact access@sqiff.org.


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Lotus Lantern (7m)
Dir: Xingpei Shen, Year: 2017
An animated tribute to the late singer Zhou Xuan, a missing link between the filmmaker’s queer identity and Chinese heritage.

Unfinished (7m)
Dir. Siufung Law, Year: 2016
Siufung attempts to formulate transgender subjectivity by retelling his own gender struggle through poetry and experimental video.

The Decision of Riley (4m)
Dir. Yue Xia Year: 2017
Riley was born with a female body, but has always been confused about her gender identity. One day, she discovers a simple way to witch up her biology.

Goodbye Mr B, Hello Ms B! (15m)
Dir. Beatrice Wong, Year: 2015
Beatrice records her experiences of gender confirmation surgery, and meditates on what it means to be a woman in this honest and very entertaining autobiographical documentary.

Extravaganza (45m)
Dir. Matthew Baren & Will Dai, Year: 2018
Feel the shade, live the fantasy. A new documentary about the Shanghai drag scene.


December 6, 2018
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
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