COMING SOON IN 2023
From the visionary mind of writer and director, Darius Shu, GOLDFISH is a British East Asian comedy-drama film. The story follows 19-year-old Vinnie fearing his romantic relationship with Ryan will fall apart due to his non-existent sexual attraction towards him.
‘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 Tuyet Van Huynh and the script, which Shu wrote, follows 18-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 his second highly praised film I Am Norman on conversion therapy premiered at 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 15 international film festivals and winning the Best British Short at the prestigious Iris Prize 2022 and will now be streaming on All4.
Check out first look concept art in the images below and help fund the film.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
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 and more so in the East and Southeast Asian cultural context where it is completely taboo. This project will develop, celebrate & champion LGBTQ+ & queer ESEA voices by creating more visibility & positive representation. For the past few years, the director has been engaging with the LGBTQ+ & ESEA community through my previous projects, which has helped me create a network of creatives whom he will work with on this project.
By focusing on an East Asian asexual gay man and his exploration of existence and evolution in a relationship, my film aims to bring much-needed visibility to an under-recognised, under-served subpopulation within the asexual community and wider LGBTQ+ communities. Capturing the asexual male experience serves to validate and demarginalise their existence within their own communities and the communities around them.
GOLDFISH 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 change. Yasmin Benoit, who is an award-winning asexual activist and represents the ace community in UK and around the world, is involved in playing a role in the film. With her recent one-of-a-kind partnership project with Stonewall to raise awareness of asexuality, this film will drive conversations around this topic on a whole new level and be made accessible to an audience of all ages and backgrounds.
Visibility matters and this is the positive imagery and visual representation needed in the current political climate to advocate love beyond race, identity and gender, and continue to challenge heteronormative ideas. We want the film to be an empowering lesson in queer solidarity by focusing on our shared experiences while also highlighting our intersectional differences through a cultural lens.
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