Tinseltown by Corrie Chen

A young woman walks into a factory in modern China... and learns that finding hope isn't hopeless.

A young worker at a Christmas decorations factory in China learns to find hope, even in the most hard-scrabble of circumstances, carving out a new opportunity for herself.

Director Corrie Chen is based in Australia, but headed to China with only a cinematographer and camera to make this excellent dramatic short.

Working with non-actors sourced from the local area they shot in, they also gained access to a real-life factory — and during the busiest time of the year — through luck, gumption and ingenious detective work.

Sharp, observant documentary-style camerawork captures the milieu’s strange, peculiar mix of beauty and industry, and the performances are understated yet sensitive.

“Tinseltown” therefore offers a valuable, authentic window into an often misunderstood aspect of modern China. By portraying the hopes and dreams of a young woman hoping to elevate herself economically, the film puts us in the shoes of an often faceless “other” with insight, compassion and sensitivity.




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