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The Screen Guide

CHINA DOLLS is a stylish and moving portrayal of gay Asian-Australians and their often difficult journeys to self-acceptance. In the gay scene, the young and beautiful possess the greatest social power. But what is considered desirable is also influenced by race. From Calvin Klein ads to gay erotica, the dominant image is Caucasian. Asian men are either invisible, or portrayed as soft or 'feminine'. CHINA DOLLS probes the uncomfortable reality of racial stereotyping and discrimination in the gay world through interviews with Asian men who talk frankly, and often humorously, of their experiences of living within a 'double minority'.

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Tony Ayres
Tony Ayres
Helen Bowden
Executive Producers
Sharon Connolly  Megan McMurchy
Tony Ayres - William Yang - Anthony Wong
Production Completion
History and national identity
Production Company
Film Australia Limited

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • Taipei Film Festival
  • The New Festival / The NY Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
  • Inside/Out Collective Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Fest
  • Turin Lesbian & Gay Festival
  • Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Outfest Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Fest
  • INTERCOM - International Communication Film & Video Festival
  • Inside/Out Collective Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Fest
  • "Reel Affirmations" Film Festival