SYDNEY PREMIERE! MOTHER, CHILD IS OFFICIAL SELECTION AT FLICKERFEST 2018
Here we were expecting last week’s email to be our official sign off for 2017. Then again, we were never expecting this festive season surprise:
Announcing Mother, Child as OFFICIAL SELECTION at Flickerfest 2018!
Best Of Australian 5
Mon 15 Jan, 8.45pm 2018
Runtime: 112 min | Classification: under 15 to be w/adults
Tickets are now on sale by clicking here. Hurry as they sell out fast!
It’s such an incredible honour to have our Sydney premiere at Flickerfest, Australia’s leading short film festival. Plus, what better location to screen the film than Sydney’s beautiful Bondi Beach.
Now in its 27th year, Flickerfest continues to be the most influential and dedicated short film festival on the Australian landscape. Over 100 films will screen in competition, which is both Academy® accredited and BAFTA recognised.
See you at Flickerfest in January!
MOTHER, CHILD WINS BEST SHORT FICTION AT SAE ATOM AWARDS 2017
As many of you may have learnt via our excited Facebook and Instagram posts over the past weekend, we have some stunning news:
Mother, Child was awarded this year’s Best Short Fiction at the 2017 SAE ATOM Awards!
Announced to a packed audience in Melbourne last Thursday evening, and sponsored by RMIT, the award was accepted by writer/director Tin Pang on behalf of our very talented cast and crew. He also dedicated the award to his mother, Kitty Pang, the inspiring woman behind the story of the film.
Tin highlighted the challenges that stroke survivors and carers face on a daily basis, and ultimately, we believe that these brave people are the real winners here.
As a nationally recognised award, this wonderful honour goes a long way in helping to raise the profile of stroke in the national health conversation, as well as promote prevention and recovery awareness.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to congratulate our fellow nominees Blight, The Blue Ducks and Nobody’s Child. And a very big thank you to all the judges and the ATOM Awards team.
You can learn more about the ATOM Awards winners for 2017 here.
It’s a truly incredible way to cap off a massive year for Mother, Child, and as we approach the festive season, we wish you and your loved ones all the best.
Stay safe and see you in the New Year!
MOTHER, CHILD SCREENS AT LEGACY FILM FESTIVAL ON AGING
It was an incredible honour to screen at the Legacy Film Festival on Aging a week ago in San Francisco!
Stroke survivor Kitty Pang took part in a Q&A with writer/director Tin Pang following the screening. Kitty very much stole the show and the hearts of the audience as she recounted her journey since her stroke.
Playing to a packed session at Japantown’s New People Cinema, MOTHER, CHILD screened alongside DIAL-A-RIDE, STAYING PUT OR MOVING ON’S series of short films and THE GREEN HOUSE PROJECT.
Legacy is a truly special festival, representing groups and themes that are not always covered in mainstream cinema. There’s nothing really like it anywhere else in the world, and for that, San Francisco is a very lucky city indeed.
Our thanks to Festival Director Sheila Malkind, the board and the Legacy team for hosting us in San Francisco.
Also a massive shout out to our international entourage from Australia, Canada and San Francisco!
Check out photos from the screening here.
MOTHER, CHILD ANNOUNCED AS SAE ATOM AWARDS FINALIST
It’s been a busy month for Mother, Child with our World Premiere screening at MIFF in August, and U.S. Premiere at HollyShorts in Los Angeles a week later. And now, we have even more incredible news to share with you.
We’re so excited and humbled to announce that Mother, Child is a 2017 SAE ATOM Awards Finalist in the Best Short Fiction category!
It’s an honour to be listed as a finalist amongst three fantastic short films, including Blight, The Blue Ducks and Nobody’s Child.
Since 1982, the ATOM Awards have been celebrating the best of Australian and New Zealand screen content from the education sector and screen industry professionals. They are the second-longest-running film and media awards in Australia, behind the AFI/AACTA Awards.
The 2017 SAE ATOM Awards will be announced in late November, so watch this space for more updates!
Learn more about the 2017 SAE ATOM Awards, along with other finalists and categories, by visiting here!
HELLO LA! MOTHER, CHILD SCREENS AT HOLLYSHORTS
We’re absolutely honoured and thrilled to have had the opportunity to screen the U.S. premiere of MOTHER, CHILD yesterday at the HollyShorts Film Festival 2017.
We screened with an incredible selection of short films from around the world, including MIFF 2017 Grand Prix winner Fry Day!
Special thanks to Nicole, Theo, Daniel and the HollyShorts team for making the festival one of the most special and unique events on the circuit.
Also, a massive shout out to our incredible entourage who came from all over the world, locally and internationally, to support and watch the film.
You can check out more photos from the screening here.
Next stop – San Francisco at the Legacy Film Festival on Aging with our screening on Sunday 17 September. Tickets available here: bit.ly/2vlf9jN
MOTHER, CHILD WORLD PREMIERES AT MIFF 2017
Incredible to see the fantastic sell out audience for our World Premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival last night!
MOTHER, CHILD screened as part of MIFF’s Accelerator program, and it was such an honour to be featured amongst a rich, beautiful, emotional, exciting, diverse and original plethora of voices from talented directors of tomorrow.
Cast and crew attending the screening included one of the film’s stars, Gabrielle Chan, writer and director Tin Pang, producers Sean O’Reilly and Andrea Bedelis and production designer Louisa Eagleton.
Executive producer and inspiring force behind the story, Kitty Pang, was also in attendance, along with Michelle Sharkey from the Stroke Recovery Association NSW and Clare Gray from the Stroke Association of Victoria.
You can check out some photos from the screening here.
Next stop – Los Angeles with our HollyShorts Film Festival screening on Sunday August 19!
MIFF 2017 TICKETS SELLING FAST!
Tickets for MOTHER, CHILD at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2017 are selling fast!
There will be two screenings of the film as part of the ACCELERATOR 2 block:
MAIN SCREENING: 4pm Sunday August 13 at Hoyts Melbourne Central
SECOND SCREENING: 9:15pm Thursday August 17 at Hoyts Melbourne Central
You’ll also get a chance to meet some of the cast and crew at the main screening on Sunday August 13.
Don’t delay – to purchase tickets, click here now!
OFFICIAL SELECTION: LEGACY FILM FESTIVAL ON AGING
Announcing OFFICIAL SELECTION of MOTHER, CHILD at the Legacy Film Festival on Aging 2017 in San Francisco!
Now in its 7th year, Legacy Film Festival on Aging is the only 3-day film festival offering films from around the world that educate, entertain, and inspire intergenerational audiences about the issues of aging in order to provide a better understanding and appreciation of older adults and the aging process.
For us, it’s truly an honour to be selected for a festival that highlights these specific issues, and Stroke awareness aligns with Legacy’s mission. We’re thrilled with the opportunity to celebrate Stroke survivors both at home and abroad.
The festival runs 15-17 September 2017 at the New People Cinema in San Francisco’s Japantown. Film schedule and tickets will be available in mid to late August, so watch this space!
Learn more about the festival by clicking here.
ANNOUNCING HOLLYSHORTS 2017 OFFICIAL SELECTION
We’re unbelievably excited to be announcing Official Selection for MOTHER, CHILD at this year’s HollyShorts Film Festival in Los Angeles this August!!
HollyShorts is our first overseas film festival announcement, and highly regarded for its dedication to and celebration of short films and their filmmakers from across the globe. We’re so proud to be a part of this wonderful festival.
This is exactly what it’s all about; spreading the message about Stroke, survivor and carer awareness around the world.
Stroke can happen to anyone, anywhere, and if MOTHER, CHILD can make a little bit of difference in the way that Stroke is understood and perceived, it’ll mean a lot to so many that live with the physical and emotional challenges on a daily basis.
Our congratulations to our cast and crew once again, but also to you, our amazing supporters who have followed us on this incredible journey so far.
In the meantime, HollyShorts screening details will be coming in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!
CHECK OUT THE NEW MOTHER, CHILD OFFICIAL TRAILER!
Hot on the heels of this week’s awesome MIFF 2017 announcement, we’re so excited to launch our OFFICIAL TRAILER!
We’ve been looking forward to giving everyone a little sneak peek of the film for months, and now here’s your chance.
Check it out now by clicking here!
MOTHER, CHILD will launch at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2017 with two screenings on Sunday 13th and Thursday 17th August.
Tickets are on sale now, but seats will sell fast, so make sure you secure yours today. Click here for ticket bookings and screening details.
MOTHER, CHILD: OFFICIAL SELECTION AT MIFF 2017!
We’re incredibly thrilled to announce that MOTHER, CHILD has been officially selected to screen at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival 2017!
We’ll be screening on August 13 @ 4:00pm, with an encore screening on August 17 @ 9:15pm.
Both screenings will be part of MIFF’s exciting Accelerator program, showcasing emerging filmmaking talent from Australia and New Zealand.
A massive thanks to our outstanding cast, Lawrence Leung and Gabrielle Chan, and to our ever fabulous, talented crew. Also, we owe an enormous amount of gratitude to the inspiration behind the story, the brilliant and effervescent Kitty Pang.
It’s time to get serious and shine a light on the physical and psychological challenges that Stroke survivors and carers face on a daily basis.
We can’t wait to get this film out into the big wide world, and we reckon we’re off to a fantastic start in Melbourne!
Tickets are on sale now! For bookings and screening details, click here.
OUR OFFICIAL ONE SHEET HAS LAUNCHED!
Say hello to the fabulous Lawrence Leung and Gabrielle Chan featured on our wonderful MOTHER, CHILD one sheet poster! Check it out in all its glory by clicking the thumbnail below.
So thrilled to share this with you all. Exciting times ahead, so make sure you check back regularly for all our latest news.
MOTHER, CHILD SPOTLIGHT ON SBS NEWS
SBS News has featured Mother, Child in a report that investigates the challenges that migrants from other countries face after experiencing a Stroke.
Interviewed with their own perspectives on living after Stroke are Tin Pang, Kitty Pang and Michelle Sharkey from the Stroke Recovery Association NSW.
Check out the report now here.
MOTHER, CHILD IS OFFICIALLY COMPLETE!!
We’ve got some incredible news to share with you…
MOTHER, CHILD IS OFFICIALLY COMPLETE!
The team has been hard at work preparing a film festival strategy for Mother, Child, and we’ll be submitting to festivals over the next year. We’re aiming to target festivals that focus on disability, diversity and social issues, along with key festivals in Australia and overseas.
We want everyone to see this film, not just because it’s our film (and yours too!), but because raising Stroke and survivor/carer awareness is vital. We’re also conscious that festival campaigns and submission fees can be costly. We’re hoping to approach national screen bodies for support with campaign and marketing costs.
In the meantime, we’ve ramped up donations for the festival campaign, directly via our website. You can find out more details by clicking here.
Please spread the word amongst your family and friends and let’s #fightstroke together.
That’s it for now. Don’t forget to stay in touch via our Facebook page and right here on our website.
KITTY & TIN PANG ON THE DAILY EDITION
If you were watching The Daily Edition on the Seven Network last Tuesday, you might have caught executive producer Kitty Pang and writer/director Tin Pang on the show!
The pair sat down with Sarah Cummings and Tom Williams to raise Stroke awareness and chat about the events that inspired Mother, Child.
You can watch the interview now by clicking here.
POST PRODUCTION UPDATE FEB 2017
It’s been a hectic month for the team since we shot Mother, Child in late December. Here’s a few updates:
We’re proud that the film is one shot, one take and no cuts, with no digital stitching required in post. However, we’d like to give kudos to VFX wizard Caleb Bell (Ghostbusters), who jumped on board to help with background replacement and compositing. His work is so good, that you won’t even notice it – and that’s exactly the point!
Sound designer Mia Stewart (Mad Max: Fury Road, Janet King) has been busy creating a soundscape for the film, while composer David Barber (Teenage Kicks) has contributed to MC with an arrangement of Bach’s Air on the G String for the score.
Earlier in the month, the brilliant music producer Michael McGlynn worked with director Tin Pang to record an original piano track for the film at Vienna People.
We’ve also been incredibly lucky to have Tracks Post Production come on board as a supporter, along with mixer James Bagley (Devil’s Playground, Underbelly) who stirred the audio pot, as it were, until sounds were silky smooth this past week.
Keep an eye out for more updates later this month, on both our Facebook page and right here on our website.
THAT’S A WRAP – SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!
It’s a wrap on Mother, Child! Our amazing cast and crew led us through the film’s single scene a whopping seven times, with every take more incredible than the last.
The scene itself clocks in at around 14 minutes.
For cast members Lawrence Leung and Gabrielle Chan, and writer/director Tin Pang, the evening was a culmination of an intensive rehearsal period beginning just a few days earlier.
The shoot was also an emotional experience for executive producer and Stroke survivor Kitty Pang, whose journey to recovery inspired the story behind Mother, Child.
Led by director of photography Garry Phillips, our brilliant camera, lighting and grip departments worked in tandem to bring the film to life, gracefully lighting the set and moving the camera to capture beautiful imagery.
A big shout out must also go to MVP on set, production designer Louisa Eagleton, who pulled double duty with art department and standby props. Just don’t ask her to light up incense in bunches.
As 2016 comes to a close, we’ll move into post production in early January.
From all the team, we wish you a merry and safe festive season and New Year!
Stay tuned for more updates on our progress, on both our Facebook page and right here on our website.
MOTHER, CHILD FILMING COMMENCES
After a year of development and months of pre-production, we’re thrilled to commence filming – for just one day only!
With the set constructed and dressed beautifully, and lighting set yesterday, our shoot day will commence with technical rehearsals. Following this, we will begin rolling camera on takes later in the evening.
The shot itself is incredibly complex – an estimated 12 minute take, with no cuts – involving two actors, and a remote head controlled camera system affixed to a stabilised dolly.
The crew and cast liken this creative/tech symbiosis to a dance, with the camera moving fluidly through a proscenium-esque set and following our actors movement throughout the space.
We’ll have more updates on our progress, so stay tuned to both our Facebook page and our website!
IT’S A WRAP ON OUR ACF CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN!
A MASSIVE THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who donated to our ACF crowdfunding campaign. At final tally, your kind donations added up to $7278!
This will make a huge difference in helping us meet the costs of production, from studio space to set build to gear and everything in between.
More importantly, you joined 95 others in raising Stroke survivor and carer awareness. And it doesn’t stop there. To everyone that has liked or shared our posts and our page, you’ve also played a part in raising awareness. You’ve all had a hand in making a difference.
We’d also like to send a whole lotta love to Esther and the crew at the Australian Cultural Fund for hosting us these past three months!
Stroke can be ugly, and maybe that’s one of the reasons it isn’t talked about enough. But it should be, and we want to change that. Big time.
The cast and crew are super excited to get cameras rolling and we’re all looking forward to our shoot day in mid-December. We’ll be posting updates on our progress as we get closer, so make sure you keep checking back on our Facebook page.
If you’d still like to donate, please click here for more details.
CAMERA & ART: GARRY PHILLIPS & LOUISA EAGLETON JOIN MOTHER, CHILD
Pre-production has well and truly begun, and today we are so thrilled to announce GARRY PHILLIPS as Director of Photography and LOUISA EAGLETON as Production Designer for Mother, Child.
As one of Australia’s most renowned DOP’s, Garry’s imagery continues to be stunning, striking and filled with emotional nuance, with credits and awards spanning both feature films and TV. Garry most recently shot Australia: The Story of Us for Essential Media/Seven Network, House of Hancock for the Nine Network and The Railway Man for director Jonathan Teplitzky, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. He collaborated with Teplitzky on Burning Man, Gettin’ Square and Better Than Sex. Garry also shot Candy, directed by Neil Armfield and starring Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish, and Phillip Noyce’s Catch A Fire. He was honoured with the title of ‘Australian Cinematographer of the Year’ at last year’s Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) Awards.
Louisa’s talent for infusing realism and naturalism in her production design makes her the perfect fit for the world of MOTHER. CHILD. Her approach to styling and art underpins the character drama of the story, working to emphasise emotion without overshadowing it. She’s one of country’s most in-demand production designers, having worked on documentaries, short films, commercials and everything in between. Louisa is also an incredible stills photographer, having built her portfolio in Australia and overseas, with an extended sojourn in the U.S. and exhibitions in New York.
TIN PANG Q&A WITH SCREEN NSW ON MOTHER, CHILD, ACQUIRED DISABILITY AND DIVERSITY IN SCREEN ARTS
Screen NSW caught up with Tin to learn about his experience on CW’s Smallville and to find out how he convinced Lawrence Leung (Offspring, Maximum Choppage) and Gabrielle Chan (The Home Song Stories) to star in his new project, Mother, Child.
Tin also talks about representing Stroke, acquired disability and increasing diversity in the screen arts in Australia.
Check out the Q&A now here.
MOTHER, CHILD OFFICIAL CAST ANNOUNCEMENT
We are so excited to officially announce our cast for Mother, Child today!
LAWRENCE LEUNG (Network Ten’s OFFSPRING, ABC’s MAXIMUM CHOPPAGE) will play the role of Alex, an adult son who moves back home to become his mother’s carer after she unexpectedly suffers a Stroke.
GABRIELLE CHAN (The Home Song Stories, The Last Chip) will play the role of Lee, a Stroke survivor and Alex’s mother, who is coming to terms with the emotional and physical challenges that Stroke recovery brings.
Director TIN PANG says he is thrilled to be working with such a wonderfully talented cast. “It’s a real treat to not only be working with a culturally diverse Australian cast, but with two brilliant actors that have resonated with a story that celebrates Stroke survivors and carers and raises Stroke awareness.”
Onwards to our shoot this December!
CROWDFUNDING LAUNCH VIDEO GOES LIVE – WATCH IT NOW!
The video gives insight into the inspiration for Mother, Child, following Kitty Pang’s journey before and after her stroke. It provides a call to action to celebrate stroke survivors and carers everywhere and to raise stroke awareness.
We invite you to contribute to the Mother, Child project by making a donation today. Donations over $2 are tax deductible. Visit our ACF donation page by clicking here.
Help us make a difference and raise stroke awareness in the community. Help us #fightstroke!
CROWDFUNDING LAUNCHES VIA AUSTRALIAN CULTURAL FUND
The team at Mother, Child is incredibly thrilled to announce that our crowdfunding campaign has launched today in conjunction with National Stroke Week.
Writer/director Tin Pang and co-producer Kitty Pang made the announcement today at the Stroke Recovery Association NSW’s Creating Connections event in Burwood.
Crowdfunding will run for two months with the hope of raising much needed funds for the production of Mother, Child.
The campaign is supported by the Australian Cultural Fund, a Ministry of Arts and Creative Partnerships Australia crowdfunding platform initiative that supports Australian artists and their projects. Donations above $2 are tax deductible.
Mother, Child has the backing of Australia’s leading stroke and acquired brain injury organisations. We invite you to contribute as well by making a donation today. Visit our ACF donation page by clicking here.
Help us make a difference and raise stroke awareness in the community!
NEW SUPPORTERS JOIN MOTHER, CHILD
We’re pleased to announce official support from Synapse, the Stroke Association of Victoria and Brain Injury Australia.
Nation-wide Synapse seeks to focus both government and public support to realise funding for the development of highly specialist services in the areas of accommodation, education and training. Learn more here.
The Stroke Association of Victoria focuses on ensuring community inclusion for stroke survivors, teaching independent living skills and sharing self-managed rehabilitation techniques across Victoria. Learn more here.
Brain Injury Australia supports and advocates for policies and national programs that reflect the needs and priorities of people with an acquired brain injury and their families. Learn more here.
MOTHER, CHILD WEBSITE LAUNCHES
Welcome to the all new motherchildmovie.com, where you’ll get all the latest news on all things Mother, Child! You’ll can also learn about our wonderful cast and crew, the vision of the film and our story.
Most importantly, you’ll be able to connect and contribute to the project over the coming weeks. We’d love to have you join us on this exciting journey.
We’ve got some exciting announcements to make, so be sure to check back regularly, and follow us on facebook and Instagram! Feel free to reach out to us via the contact form at the bottom of the page – we’d love to hear from you!
NATIONAL STROKE FOUNDATION JOINS FORCES WITH MOTHER, CHILD
The National Stroke Foundation today offered their official support for Mother, Child.
Jude Czerenkowski, National Manager of Community Programs said that the project would be a welcome addition to the expression of the experiences of the stroke community.
The National Stroke Foundation works tirelessly to bring the stroke awareness message to the forefront of the national health conversation and we’re very excited to have their support.
Learn more at www.strokefoundation.com.au
STROKE RECOVERY ASSOCIATION NSW PARTNERS WITH MOTHER, CHILD
We’re thrilled to announce that the Stroke Recovery Association NSW has joined us as an official partner of Mother, Child.
Michelle Sharkey and her team’s phenomenal work in the area of stroke recovery and rehabilitation includes organising the Stroke Olympics every year for over 40 Stroke Recovery clubs across NSW, as well as offering support and information to people affected by stroke and their families/carers.
This marks a major milestone for the crew, as we begin the preproduction phase for Mother, Child.
Learn more at www.strokensw.org.au