Of A Sleepless Town is a two-part documentary following three of Shanghai’s leading creatives - Architect, Wuyahuang Li, Photographer, Shuwei Liu, and Electronic Music Producer, Han Han (Gooooose).
Part One presents a portrait of a place, one symbolic of China’s embrace of globalization in the late 20th century, the film’s subjects breakdown the psychological and social impact of Shanghai’s urban form. The conversation turns to self-identity as they explore their own experiences of masculinity and self-identity as men, living and creating in an ever-changing physical and spiritual landscape.
In Part Two, the conversation turns to self-identity as they explore their own experiences of masculinity and self-identity as men, living and creating in an ever-changing physical and spiritual landscape.
Acoompanying interviews with the film’s subjects, a series of portraits and street photographs capture the mosaic of urban moments. The city’s surface identity as the financial centre of China, a landscape dominated by skyscrapers, a sea of concrete towers rising beside the waterfront, is contrasted with images depicting a vibrant and diverse Shanghai of old streets and rich gardens.
Moments of calm and reflection set amongst the fast pace of modern city life.
Jordan Hardy (United Kingdom) is a London based filmmaker and photographer.
With a background in cinematography, he also works as a freelance videographer, editor and photographer in fashion, music videos and commercials. In his personal film work, he is currently pursuing a strong interest in documenting the psychological and social implications of rapid urbanisation and exploring themes surrounding urban life, a subject which he intends to continue exploring in his film and photographic work.
In 2018, he graduated from Norwich University of the Arts with First Class honours in Film and Moving Image Production. After working as Social Media Editor at Nowness in 2019, he moved to China where he created a two-part documentary Of A Sleepless Town following three of Shanghai’s finest creatives, discussing their experiences of masculinity as young men and exploring the city’s physical urban space and it’s role in shaping identities.
He has produced photo and video work for companies such as Adidas, IZZUE, Marshall Headphones, Polydor Records and Nowness Asia. He has also worked closely with Magnum Photos, Mercedes & Fairmont Hotels & Resorts as a social media creator.