COMING SOON IN 2023
From the visionary mind of writer and director, Darius Shu, GOLDFISH is a British East Asian comedy-drama film.
Vinnie is in a loving relationship with Ryan, but as things progress over time, will the relationship fall apart when Ryan’s sexual desires arises?
‘Goldfish’ First Look: Darius Shu Debuts Concept Artwork From His New British East Asian queer comedy-drama film.
“Goldfish” is described as a film that celebrates queer East Asian and asexuality. The film will be produced by Kelly Wong and the script, which Shu wrote, follows 19-year-old Vinnie, an asexual young gay man who is in a loving relationship with Ryan and he worries that as things progress over time, his relationship will fall apart when Ryan’s sexual desires arise.
Shu’s debut film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2019 and was nominated for Best Narrative. His second highly praised film I Am Norman on conversion therapy premiered at the Oscar-qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2020. Shu is also a cinematographer who has worked on a Netflix documentary, Peach Paradise (nominated for Best International at Iris Prize), a Sky TV television film, Sent to Cov, a drama-musical film Queer Parivaar and Stockholm, both premiered at BFI Flare LGBTQIA+ Film Festival 2022, with Queer Parivaar being selected in over 20 international film festivals and winning the Best British Short at the prestigious Iris Prize 2022. The film is streaming on All4.
Check out the first look concept art in the images below and help fund the film.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
GOLDFISH is a short British comedy-drama narrative film that aims to entertain, move and expand peoples’ perceptions of asexuality. It brings queer East Asian as well as the Asexual spectrum to the forefront.
The film implores audiences to reassess, grow & expand their definitions and imageries of the word ‘love’. It holds so many strengths because the film will be giving a new perspective & taking a creative turn upon such an important subject matter and is inspired by the director’s personal experience. By focusing on an East Asian asexual gay man and his exploration of existence and evolving in a relationship, the film aims to bring much-needed visibility to an under-recognised, under-served subpopulation within the asexual community and wider LGBTQ+ communities, challenging heteronormative ideas.
There is a lack of representation of telling asexual stories within the LGBTQ+ community and in mainstream media. Asexuality has not been explored in a positive light nor has it been given the in-depth focus it deserves for audiences to understand the spectrum that it exists at a relationship level. This project will develop, celebrate & champion LGBTQ+ & queer ESEA voices by creating more visibility & positive representation. The director has been engaging with the LGBTQ+ & ESEA community through his previous projects, which has helped create a network of creatives whom he will work with.
The film will feature predominantly an East Asian and Southeast Asian (ESEA) led cast with a multicultural diaspora of supporting cast on screen and behind the screen. There is a lack of ESEA faces being cast as leads in the British film industry and this film aims to develop more representation. Yasmin Benoit, an award-winning asexual activist is involved in playing a role in the film. With her partnership with Stonewall to raise awareness of asexuality, this film will drive conversations around this topic by educating and creating a better understanding of asexuality using the power of cinema.
This is truly a film for the community, by the community.
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