Love Infinity on MUBI
March 24, 2022
Focusing on East London’s unique creative spirit, Love Infinitybrings together an inspiring cast with unparalleled access to some of the most iconic and diverse living artists and creatives of our time, across visual arts, fashion, music and the creative industries, including, amongst others: Vivienne Westwood, Gilbert & George, Philip Colbert, Daniel Lismore, Stephen Jones, Pandemonia, Stik, Sue Webster and Jonny Woo.
The bold cinematic art film brings to the foreground societal themes of identity, diversity and freedom, and sees Yip turn his camera lens towards London at a period of economic uncertainty, political division, and environmental crisis, to create raw intimate footage of untold narratives. Love Infinity is an intricate map of interlinking stories. The resulting film gives a sense of being suspended in time, in a Love Infinity world which is both without time or specific place.
The film follows the perspective of Stella, a 17-year-old girl looking from ‘Grey London’ towards ‘Colourful London,’ a world created by artists in all their diverse forms. This world includesStephen Jones as archbishop, Charles Saumarez-Smith as historian and as its omnipotent creator Daniel Lismore, a living sculpture who is also currently ambassador for Coventry City of Culture. The sculpture ‘Lili’ is an ever-present muse-like figure throughout Yip’s work, offering up questions around ‘Spiritual DNA’ and identity constructs. The abstract nature of Lili, in Yip’s view, means she has the ability to connect with everything at the level of the subconscious.
Filmed over the course of two years, technically Love Infinitydeparts from conventional narrative frameworks, seeking to develop a more open-ended approach and emphasising direct contact between film maker and subject. Working with a simple Canon 5D camera and a skeletal crew, Yip merges phantasmagorical dreamscapeswith reportage, resulting in a film that is part-documentary, part-fiction. On a journey through magical, historical London, we are gifted singular insight into the worlds of those who, from the fringes, over decades came to transform this part of the city. Through the outsider’s view, Yip gives clarity and texture to what is in plain sight, presenting a vision of the city as never seen before.
“Love Infinity begins at a moment in which, it seems to me, global commerce and economic development have had a flattening effect on the whole world, producing a new feeling of uncertainty, felt most keenly by the young generation. Historically, the East End has been a place of poverty and hardship but also of new beginnings. Nobody creates out of a void. As I filmed, a phrase came to my mind: ‘if you don’t like this world, you have to make a new one,” said Yip.
Oscar Winner for Best Production Design and BAFTA Winner for Best Costume Design–both on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (dir. Ang Lee, 2000). Yip has a multi-faceted artistic practice that spans all disciplines, from drawing, sculpture and film to stage and writing. He has worked with some of the world’s most sought-after screen directors as well as world-leading practitioners of the stage Akram Khan, Robert Wilson and Yang Liping. Hisunique art blurs the boundaries between media, as in his recent stage adaptation of Eileen Chang’s novella Love In A Fallen City, which premiered at Shanghai Grand Theatre in 2021.
Love Infinityis produced by renowned artist and photographer Maryam Eisler and designer and conceptual arts curator Mei-Hui Liu.
Global streaming service MUBI is pleased present Tim Yip’s Love Infinity, allowing audiences of all cultures around the world to discover a truly beautiful film.