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

Posts tagged "Chinese film"
Beijing Independent Film Festival derailed by authorities

Beijing Independent Film Festival derailed by authorities

The Beijing Independent Film Festival has a long history of absurd run-ins with the Chinese authorities, but this year’s edition opened in such a Kafka-esque manner it could have been penned by an indie scriptwriter. It began in mid-August with festival director Wang Hongwei announcing
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
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
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
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