China Approves First Gay Film for Cinematic Release

Published September 10, 2015

China has approved its first film with gay principal characters for cinematic release.

Seek McCartney focuses on a secret relationship between a Chinese man and a French man.
“This is a small step for the film department, and a big step for the members of the film industry,” director Wang Chao announced.
Though homosexuality was decriminalized in the country in 1997, discrimination is still prevalent.
Some aren’t convinced this means gay films will be released in the future.
“The fact that this film can be released in theaters doesn’t mean gay films in the future will be able to released in China,” LGBT filmmaker and activist Fan Popo said. “China’s system for evaluating films is still very unstable, because the rules are very unclear. It depends heavily on the individual censor’s whims.”
Seek McCartney does not yet have a release date.

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