Yellow is Forbidden

Yellow is Forbidden

Yellow is Forbidden

New Zealand documentarian Pietra Brettkelly (A Flickering Truth) chronicles designer Guo Pei's attempt to break into the exclusive and mostly European club of elite fashion designers.

2017Rating: Exempt97 minsNew ZealandEnglish and Mandarin with English subtitles
Documentary
Director:
Pietra Brettkelly ('A Flickering Truth', 'The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins', 'Beauty Will Save the World')
Writer:
Pietra Brettkelly

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Yellow is Forbidden / Reviews

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Flicks, Sarah Voon

I’m pretty sure Nick Cave was fabric shopping in the back of a shot in New Zealander Pietra Brettkelly’s Yellow is Forbidden, and that’s just one of a myriad of surprising observations captured in this truly beguiling documentary about Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei.

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Flicks, Sarah Voon

Flicks, Sarah Voon

I’m pretty sure Nick Cave was fabric shopping in the back of a shot in New Zealander Pietra Brettkelly’s Yellow is Forbidden, and that’s just one of a myriad of surprising observations captured in this truly beguiling documentary about Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei.

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Stuff

Stuff

Dress after dress of ludicrous artifice, but spectacular beauty. Finally, I felt like I got the point.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Brettkelly's film is too polite to treat this milieu, rarefied to the point of being ridiculous, with anything other than intricately embroidered kid gloves.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Numerous story threads keep the interest, and Pei makes for delightful company - you don't need to be interested in fashion to enjoy this visual feast of a film.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

The amount of eye candy on display throughout the film borders on excessive but what allows the film to retain its interest and power is the charisma and story of its subject.

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