NAIL HOUSE (钉子户), a term coined by Chinese developers to describe the house whose owner refuses to make way for new construction, is a multi-media project by filmmaker K.S. McMullen. In Shanghai, an old man takes on a relentless army of builders, cranes and bulldozers to defend his ancestral home. But the city he loves doesn’t love him back.
THE MULTIMEDIA PROJECT
An award-winning docu-fiction, narrated by Don McCorkindale, takes us from the charm of Old Shanghai to the heedless ambition of an economic powerhouse, across the rubble of a lost world.
The people of Shanghai, the real protagonists of the city’s development battle, tell the story in a photonovel of intimate portraits (coming soon)
Artistic impressions of the local hero, his enemies and their conquests, document the hopeless war, as seen in the film.
All photographs by K.S. McMullen unless stated otherwise.