Taiwan Film Festival to Launch in Australia

June 26, 2018
By: Hugo Ozman

Many great films have come out of Taiwan over the years, but sadly only a limited number of them are ever shown in Australian cinemas. Now fans of Taiwanese cinema in Australia can finally celebrate because the new Taiwan Film Festival (TWFF) will be launching here in just over a month’s time and it aims to showcase the depth and breadth of cinematic works from Taiwan.

The inaugural festival’s exciting and eclectic programme includes nine feature films and four short films. The Opening Film is Sen Sen from director An Bon, which tells the heart-warming story of a little boy who befriends a webcast host, played by acclaimed Hong Kong actress Nina Paw (The Way We Are), after his brother dies. The Closing Film is Father to Son, a film about family relationships, identity and reconciliation that is directed by award-winner Hsiao Ya-Chuan (Taipei Exchanges) and produced by Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-Hsien (The Assassin).

Having its international premiere at TWFF will be The Story of the Stone, a modern adaptation of Dream of the Red Chamber, one of China’s Four Great Classics (alongside Journey to the West, Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Water Margin). It depicts gay life in Taipei and explores stereotypes of male masculinity. Debut director Starr Wu will appear for a special guest Q&A session after the screening.

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