This feature documentary from director Pietra Brettkelly (A Flickering Truth) follows Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei as she aims to join the exclusive world of Paris’s Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Brettkelly traces the designer’s Cinderella story from Mao’s China to Paris fashion shows and the Met Gala fundraiser event in New York, beginning with pop star Rihanna modelling a 27kg canary yellow gown in 2015. Yellow is Forbidden was selected for the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival (the first Kiwi film to screen in its main competition) and the NZ International Film Festival.
...as much as the climactic fashion show is a grandiloquent jaw-dropper (one dress is so heavy that the model wearing it seems to be taking each step in a tensed-up narcotic trance), it’s impressive how Brettkelly leaves you pondering some of the curious if not troubling things that lie beneath all the pomp and circumstance.– Keith Uhlich, reviewing the film in The Hollywood Reporter, 23 April 2018
World premiere on 21 April 2018 at New York's Cinépolis Chelsea cinema, as part of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival
New Zealand premiere at Auckland's Civic Theatre on 22 July 2018, as part of the 2018 NZ International Film Festival, followed by further festival screenings in Auckland and elsewhere
Released in New Zealand cinemas on 1 November 2018