This insightful found-footage documentary sheds light on the live-streaming scene in China, which has become hugely popular and an industry worth billions. In 2017, more than 422 million people regularly shared streamed films in China.

Distilling more than 800 hours of footage into a feature-length documentary, filmmaker Shengze Zhu follows a diverse selection of online ‘anchors’, people with their own live-streaming channels, as they go about their daily tasks and respond to their followers’ comments. The repetition and banality of everyday life is offset by the humour and creativity of each streamer’s channel, resulting in a truly warm and affectionate portrait of this online phenomenon.


[Present.Perfect] lifts the lid on an aspect of the virtual world which may be unfamiliar to audiences in the west.