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Dr Philippa Lovatt: Zhao Dayong and Independent Cinema in China

25 May 2017 until 18 May 2017
Visual Research Centre, Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DY

This talk by Dr Philippa Lovatt will introduce the work of Zhao Dayong and discuss in relation to the wider context of independent filmmaking in post-socialist China. Drawing comparisons with his contemporaries Jia Zhangke, Wang Bing, and Liu Jiayin amongst others, the talk will discuss the ways in which these auteurs highlight the lives of those who have been left behind by China’s ‘economic miracle’ following the reform-era of the early 1980s. Exploring the themes of disillusionment and loss of faith that are common strands across these films, the talk will also discuss the impact that censorship continues to have on contemporary independent filmmaking and ‘unofficial’ film culture in mainland China.

Dr Philippa Lovatt is currently a Lecturer in Media and Communications at the University of Stirling but will take up the new position of Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews from September 2017. Her research specialisms include East Asian and Southeast Asian Cinemas and she has published her work on independent film from the region in the journals Screen, The New Soundtrack and in various edited collections.

The exhibition is curated by Cooper Gallery and hosted by Centrespace, Visual Research Centre on the lower level of Dundee Contemporary Arts.

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Zhao Dayong, The High Life, still, 2010

Zhao Dayong, The High Life, still, 2010