The film is anchored by an utterly compelling central performance from Chen (The Last Emperor, Twin Peaks, Serangoon Road) as the charismatic and wilful Rose, while Vidler is also excellent in his small but subtly defined role.
It won eight AFI awards, including Best Film, Best Direction and Best Lead Actress for Chen.
The Home Song Stories screens as part of China Up Close. Tony Ayres will be a special guest panellist for our Growing Up Chinese in Australia live event on Tue 24 Feb.
“A finely chiselled drama about an unstable Chinese mother struggling to reconcile her desires with her children's needs in early '70s Australia, The Home Song Stories speaks bittersweet truths about life in the Chinese diaspora.” - Variety
The Home Song Stories
14 Feb - 7 Mar
Based on the director’s own childhood experience, Tony Ayres' moving drama, is told from the point of view of young Tom (Joel Lok), whose mother, Rose (Joan Chen), a beguiling nightclub singer in Shanghai, moves to suburban Melbourne after a whirlwind romance with an Australian sailor (Steve Vidler).