In a landmark move, China has approved its first LGBT film for theatrical release without making any cuts to the film. Starring pop singer Han Geng and French actor Jérémie Elkaïm, Seek McCartney will be the first mainstream film to feature a gay relationship.
It took a year of deliberating, but the Chinese-French co-production finally passed all the censors with no interference to the final cut. Writing on Weibo, director Wang Chao called it “a small step for the film department and a big step for filmmakers. It was not easy, but was delightful.”
Although homosexuality was decriminalised in mainland China in 1997, it was only removed from a list of mental illnesses in 2001. Our reaction? 很好了!