Gabrielle Jaffe is a PTC award-winning writer and editor who is currently based in London. She covers culture, food, travel and current affairs.

Culture
China's indie filmmakers: The way of the dragon seal

China’s indie filmmakers: The way of the dragon seal

BEIJING — Yang Jin shot his first film, “The Black and White Milk Cow,” in his hometown in 2004 for $1,600. He asked villagers to be his actors, paying them only in cigarettes, and his main expense was $320 spent renting the titular cow. The
Interview: Ang Lee

Interview: Ang Lee

‘There are some unwritten rules in the film industry,’ says Ang Lee , the Oscar-winning director of Brokeback Mountain, discussing the difficulties of making his latest film. ‘Don’t work with kids, don’t work with animals, and don’t work with water. This film includes all three
Interview: Expendables 2 actress Yu Nan

Interview: Expendables 2 actress Yu Nan

It’s no surprise that the team behind The Expendables 2 should want to bring a Chinese actress onboard. The first instalment of The Expendables – the testosterone-fuelled fight-fest that saw Sylvester Stallone and his merry band of action men, including Jason Statham, Bruce Willis and Jet Li, trotting round
Interview: Ai Weiwei

Interview: Ai Weiwei

Considering he’s China’s public enemy No1, it’s surprisingly easy to get into Ai Weiwei’s Beijing studio. Four years ago, those who had heard of Ai in the West knew him best as the man behind Beijing’s Olympic ‘Bird’s Nest’ stadium. Today, he is one of
James Cameron launches joint venture for 3D films in China

James Cameron launches joint venture for 3D films in China

Filmmaker James Cameron and 3-D photography specialist Vince Pace have announced that their Cameron Pace Group, which specializes in providing 3-D technology, services and consulting to other producers, will launch a new joint venture in China. The deal was announced Wednesday with the state-owned Tianjin North Film Group and Tianjin High-Tech Holding Group. CPG China will be
Interview: Rankin

Interview: Rankin

‘It’s never been my aim to photograph people just because they are famous or cool,’ says Rankin, reclining on a white leather sofa in his north London studio. ‘I’ll never be part of the fashion pack – I’m not accepted by them.’ You’d be forgiven
China is the Wild East for Hollywood's filmmakers

China is the Wild East for Hollywood’s filmmakers

BEIJING— He went to Hollywood High, his mother is a scriptwriter and his father an actor. Nate Boyd seemed destined to join the L.A. film industry, but after the circus of auditioning while he was in high school, he grew disillusioned. “I’d queue up with 300 people for one small part. The casting directors
Cash of the Titans: Will Chinese money ruin the Hollywood flicks you love?

Cash of the Titans: Will Chinese money ruin the Hollywood flicks you love?

The love affair between Hollywood and China has been a longer one than you might think. The courtship began in 1985, shortly after the country opened up, when Universal, Paramount and MGM sent Chinese-American ‘ambassador’ Janet Yang to Beijing. Yang, who’d brought previously unknown Chinese
Interview:Karen Smith, Chinese art pioneer

Interview:Karen Smith, Chinese art pioneer

What a difference two decades makes. When Guy Ullens, the man behind the UCCA, put part of his collection under the hammer earlier this year, collectors scrambled over each other like kids after birthday cake. Paintings went for three times the asking price, the top
Beijing: a weekender's guide

Beijing: a weekender’s guide

Beijing has almost as many faces as past names – over a 3,000 period, it has been known variously as Ji, Yanjing, Guangyang, Youzhou, Fanyang, Nanjing, Zhongdu, Dadu and Khanbaliq – and on its march to modernity in the last decade, the Chinese capital bulldozed
Will the great film quota wall of China come down?

Will the great film quota wall of China come down?

You probably didn’t notice, but last Saturday was a watershed date in the global cinema industry, one that in future years could be as significant a landmark as, say, the “big bang” on the London stock exchange: 19 March 2011 was the deadline given by
China - any means to regain its treasures

China – any means to regain its treasures

It was like winning the national lottery: equally unexpected and with just as big a jackpot. Last November, a mother and son walked into a Ruislip auction house to see a vase her brother-in-law had kept on a bookcase and insured for a mere £800