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.