Yellow is Forbidden is at the NZ International Film Festival in Auckland and 12 other locations. If you are in Auckland – at the first two NZIFF screenings (both Civic Theatre) screenings will be followed by a Q+A in the Wintergarden.
“In Guo Pei she meets a subject fit for the times. The contemporary hankering for imperial grandeur may never have looked more insanely magnificent than in Guo Pei’s world of wearable arts. Its roots in suppression, aptly alluded to in the film’s title, are astutely observed in Brettkelly’s fascinating, gorgeous film.”
“With a remarkable eye for detail and exquisite blending of visual art forms, Pietra Brettkelly captures Guo’s drive, artistry, meticulousness, and acumen.” — Brian Gordon, Tribeca Film Festival
The Herald said
4 out of 5 stars NZ Herald
“…enough nuance to keep non-fashionastas hooked.”
Inside Film-Maker Pietra Brettkelly’s New Documentary Yellow Is Forbidden
Rosie Herdman meets award-winning film-maker Pietra Brettkelly ahead of the release of her latest film at the New Zealand International Film Festival
By Rosie Herdman Note: Includes a podcast.
Yellow Is Forbidden
From New Zealand director Pietra Brettkelly, this documentary explores the luxurious world of Chinese designer Guo Pei (best known for designing the yellow dress Rihanna wore to the Met Gala in 2015) as she strives to be recognised by the gate-keepers of haute couture and prepares for her Paris debut. For screenings and tickets, click here.
“Brettkelly’s deliciously intimate film…a near visceral experience” Sydney Morning Herald.
Yellow is Forbidden Sydney Morning Herald
The Fashion X Cinema line-up includes documentaries and feature films in which clothes help tell the tale.
En route to my film’s last screening at Tribeca Film Festival in New York I walked through the spring of Central Park. And a little boy came to show me the mosquito he’d caught, in a jar, that he was feeding a tulip flower.
I asked him to take my photo with the blossoms. And while his skills being able to capture alive other species is questionable, I think the kid has a certain appreciation of chiaroscuro as you see in the photo attached….
And now in the beauty of home, an autumn swim and distilling the last month of YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN’s world premier, then Hotdocs Documentary Film Festival Toronto, my genre home and then to the inspirational and crazy Cannes Film Festival.
It has been magical and I thank you all truly for your enthusiasm for my film, your kindness to me and your dedication to helping me continue in this extraordinary filmic life.
For all the fabulous reviews and articles, and information on future screenings go to the film’s facebook page… https://www.facebook.com/yellowisforbidden/
Tribeca Film FestivalA radio interview today.
“Yellow is Forbidden, has just become the first New Zealand film to screen in competition at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York.The documentary focuses on the extraordinary story of Chinese fashion designer, Guo Pei, the daughter of a communist soldier and a teacher, who counts Rihanna and Beyonce among her clients, and attempts to join the ranks of France’s elite world of haute couture. Pietra Brettkelly talks with Kathryn Ryan about story telling and her fascination with the world. Yellow is Forbidden will premiere at the New Zealand International Film Festival in July.”
A profile story has been published in the September- October 2017 issue of Metro. Here are the introductory paragraphs. To read the full story click here or on link at the bottom.
Film-maker Pietra Brettkelly travels the globe, surmounting financial and other obstacles to make her documentaries. She tells Metro about refusing to compromise, her new film – and why she wants to hang out with the Pope.
Hers is not a nine-to-five job. She doesn’t want that kind of life. She wants a life that is unpredictable and adventurous and has a sense of discovery attached to it the whole time. That is the life Pietra Brettkelly has always wanted.
Typically, her documentaries take years to make. For the last one, A Flickering Truth, she travelled to Afghanistan seven times during the two years and seven months of filming.
On these trips, she made it clear to drivers not to go near Taliban country. Once, she and her crew drove through a Taliban town, unaware until they got there. They headed up through the mountains and their van broke down and the driver turned around and said, “Put your burka on and stay in the car.” She thought to herself, “Okay, we could all be kidnapped; some of us are foreigners and it would be a great ransom for the Taliban.” She’s happy to put herself at risk, but not the others. It was dark by the time they were back on the road and hours before they got to the next town. No lights anywhere. They encountered roadblocks and saw drones. She was scared, but she never worries she is going to die. Sometimes she thinks if it did happen, what an extraordinary life she’s had. It’s exactly the life she wanted.”
Read the full profile Pietra Brettkelly on her new film and why she wants to hang out with the Pope
by Aimie Cronin / 30 November, 2017
“A new film by New Zealand film maker Pietra Brettkelly chronicles the life and work of fashion designer Guo Pei – it’s called Yellow is Forbidden – currently in post production. Guo Pei – whose clients include Beyonce and Rihanna – is based in Beijing and Paris. Pietra is fundraising to finish the film.”
‘Yellow is Forbidden’ is in post production now. Radio New Zealand featured the film over the weekend. Listen below.
YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN was an extraordinary film to shoot and edit. As with any creative venture, there must be difficulty – ha! – and that has been in the funding.
I’ve managed to raise nearly half the budget, but I need your help to cover the fine cut of the film, the composer, archive, colour grade, sound mix and deferred fees.
The great thing about Boosted is that NZ donors can claim 33% back on their tax return. So if you give $100 you can claim $33 back!
I’m needing more than $20,000 but am truly grateful for anything. Boosted is an all-or-nothing platform meaning that if I don’t reach the target of $20,000 in 30 days your donation will be refunded.
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Note: PROJECT STATUS: SUCCESSFUL $22,725.00 OF $20,000.00 by 98 DONORS. Thanks everyone.