TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Country: Australia
Language: English
Year: 2007
Running Time: 103 min
SYNOPSIS
It is 1964. Rose Hong, a beautiful and glamorous Hong Kong nightclub singer, meets an Australian sailor, and migrates with him to the state of Victoria along with her two children, Tom and May. Rose leaves Bill soon after she gets her Australian citizenship, and moves to Sydney where she spends the next seven years working in Chinese restaurants, going from one disastrous relationship to another. Based on a true story, this is an epic tale of mothers and sons, mothers and daughters, unrequited love, betrayal and hidden secrets that spans continents and decades.
CREDITS
Director Tony Ayres
Producer Liz Watts
Producer Michael McMahon
Executive Producer Wouter Barendrecht
Executive Producer Michael J. Werner
Executive Producer Daniel Yun
Executive Producer Liz Koops
Production Company A Big and Little Films
Production Company Porchlight Films
Screenplay Tony Ayres
Cinematography Nigel Bluck
Production Designer Melinda Doring
Composer Antony Partos
Editor Denise Haratzis
Sound Design Craig Carter
Dramaturg Barbara Masel
Casting Anousha Zarkesh
Costume Cappi Ireland
Hair & Makeup Supervisor Kirsten Veysey
CAST
Irene Chen
Joan Chen
John Lok
ADDITIONAL INFO
Berlin 2007; Best Actress – Torino Film Festival 2007; Golden Orchid for Best Narrative Film – Hawaii Film Festival 2007; FIPRESCI Prize – Brisbane Film Festival 2007; Screenplay Prize – New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Winner 2007, Best Original Script – Australian Writers Guild Awards 2007 Winner, Best Director, Best Actor (Joel Lok), Best Actress (Joan Chen), Best Cinematography, Best Production Design – Inside Film Awards 2007; AFI 2007 Best Director, Best Actress, Best Screenplay
 
Tony Ayres  | director
Tony Ayres is an award-winning writer and director of both fiction and documentary films. His first feature film, WALKING ON WATER, had its world premiere at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Teddy Award and the Reader's Prize of the Siegessäule Magazine. Prior to this, Ayres made a number of acclaimed documentaries, including the prize-winning CHINA DOLL and SADNESS. He has also written extensively for television and worked as editor on a number of plays.
Filmography
2007    THE HOME SONG STORIES
2002    WALKING ON WATER
1999    SADNESS
1997    CHINA DOLLS
1997    EXPOSED
1997    MRS. CRADDOCK'S COMPLAINT
1992    DOUBLE TROUBLE
 
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