Fuck That [湖水]
An independent filmmaker meets Xiaojie at a LGBTQ event. She keeps following and recording Xiaojie's life, until she dies in an accident.
This is a student film project as part of BA Film Practice course in University of the Arts London, collaborated by students from Berklee College of Music.
Fuck That [湖水]
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An independent filmmaker, in order to earn a living, comes to an LGBTQ activity centre to help with filming, where she meets Xiaojie, a transgender person. At first, she is not able to fully understand and support Xiaojie's desire of becoming a woman, but as they become closer, an ambiguous emotion spreads between them, and she witnesses the happiness, sadness, and even more intimate memory of XIaojie. She begins to understand a bit more about Xiaojie's thoughts. She continues to record her life with Xiaojie in this way until Xiaojie dies in an accident.
Filming in London, but setting in Shandong, China.
17th - 25th of April
1st of June
Our film is reflecting on the social issues where in China and in many countries. One of the core social issues that we are exploring is LGBTQ panic and gender conversion therapy. Our film's protagonist, Xiaojie is a transgender woman who is forced to take this treatment, and meanwhile in the reality, there are still a lot of LGBTQ people who are going through the same thing and living on their depressing lives. This is a very frightening and dehumanising treatment, and in such similar treatment centre, they use violence and humiliation as a means of so-called therapy.
The film aims to reach further to the marginalisation of minorities in society, and we discuss the story from the perspective of a female filmmaker, who explores the hidden nature of social issues based on the protagonist's thoughts and changes in her life. The story is about the gender fluidity, the damage caused by the conservative ideology of feudalism, and about the heavy gaze of society. Our society has been defined by too many rules and moral values, and people are swallowing injustice, suffering and suppressing their emotions.
We would want more people to know and understand the issues that are hidden from view, some of which may be far away now, but perhaps we will be close to them at some point in our lives. It is our sincere hope that all people will be free from these suffering.
Suzhou River (2000) Directed by Lou Ye
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『 プージェー』 山田和也
where your money will go.
1) Art Department - Our film will be shot in London in April. In terms of production design, the scene will be set in Shandong, China. A large part of our budget will go to art department, e.g., purchasing appropriate props, transporting them from China, and payment for suitable locations.
2) Talents - It is very difficult to find suitable Chinese actors in London, we are willing to dedicate corresponding salary so we have a higher chance to find actors that fit the temperament of our film. Good news is, we have found them and they are perfect to fit in our film!
3) Equipment transportation - Our film shooting involved five different locations, including one production move during the day. The transportation of film equipment will be very expensive and meanwhile require a heavy manual labour every single day;
4) Others - including project insurance, equipment insurance, equipment rental, venue rental, daily catering etc.
meet our team.
Writer/Director - Yixin Li (Gideon) 李翊鑫 [He/Him]
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He, She, They (2021) (digital)
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Savour (2022) (digital)
Producer - Shuyi Wang 王舒艺 [She/Her]
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The Sonneteer (2022)
More Than Just A Life Coach (2022)
1st Assistant Director - Rou-Chi Wang 王柔棋 [She/Her]
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How Big, How Green, How Beautiful (2022)
A Sea on the Road (2022)
Life After This (2023)
Huawei Opening Ceremony video (2022)
Shokz Earphone Photography Commercial (2023)
Director of Photography - Konstantin Vinnikov [He/Him]
More Than Just A Life Coach (2022)
Ebb And Flow (2022)
This is Valentino (2022)
Production Designer - Anna Iwazawa 岩泽杏奈 [She/Her]
Editor - Rongrong Yang 杨茸茸 [She/Her]
One Piece (2021)
How Much Time Apart We Are (2022)
Composer and Sound Designer - Zheng Liu 刘政 [He/Him]
Game Scoring: Rolling Cube
We would like to express our thanks to London LGBTQ+ Community Centre, who kindly gave us the permission to film at their venue!!
We would also like to shout out to LGBTI+ Society of University of Westminster, LGBT+ Society of King's College London, PrideSoc - LGBTQ+ Society of University of Edinburgh for supporting us massively!
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