“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
— William Faulkner
In 2029, “come out“ is still a sensitive problem in our society. Ven, a Melbourne tattooist return home looking for resolution of past conflicts with his conservative Chinese parents, he is not only confronting about his sexual preference but also trying to gain closures from them.
THE CROWS is a cross-cultural drama film collaborate with Edith Cowan University and Chinese film industry. It’s showing a new concept of whether time or place could change people’s stubborn mindsets. It’s a story talking about an immigrant family, as well as a true reflection from each queer’s individual internal emotions.
This is an excited and meaningful project, the languages in the film will be performed in Mandarin most of the time. It’s a great opportunity to get to know Chinese culture, as well as to see how different cultures embrace homosexuality.
Our director Charlie Pu has a strong understanding of Chinese culture & Chinese homosexual community. He also finds some resonances between him and the main character.
It’s a shame China is behind the world on this, so now it’s time for us to change!
Costumes & Props – $400
We will need some fake tattoos.
Location – $500
We have two important scenes: tattoo parlour and hospital.
Catering – $600
3 full days of shoot, we have to feed the hungry cast and crew!
Lighting – $2000
We need an experienced mentor on set to assist us bring the best vision of ‘The Crows.’
Festival entry – $500
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Ming Yang Lim – Ven 阿文 Ā wén
Ming Yang Lim is a Perth based actor, who has graduated from the WAAPA Screen Performance Diploma. He credits in theatre include ‘godeatgod’ and ‘Poorly Drawn Shark’ at The Blue Room Theatre as part of their Summer Nights Program. He toured ‘Poorly Drawn Shark’ to Midsummer in Melbourne in 2020. His screen credits include a Jesse in ‘Hold Up’ (short film) as well as Martin in Itch Season 2 (ABC). Ming Yang loves to tell stories through his art and is excited to perform in ‘The Crows’ as it sheds a light on the burden of a child who can’t live up to his parents expectations.
Guanlin (Charlie) Pu – Director/ Writer/ Producer
Charlie is a Perth based filmmaker where he was raised in China mainland. He completed 3 years filmosophy course in China which gives him lots of invaluable skills and inspirations in filmmaking. He is currently undertaking his Bachelor’s of Screen Production at ECU, specializing in directing and producing. To tell an engaging, influential story is what he loves about. to concern about the marginal individuals, share their stories with the world is his consistent mission. Charlie spends the majority of time researching, aiming to produce the best vision of ‘The Crows.’ Rather saying this is a story, but it’s just life.
Shane Mitchell – Co-producer
Shane Mitchell is currently studying a Bachelor degree at WA Screen Academy, majoring in Producing. Shane has done a few short films during his time at North Metropolitan TAFE as well as after TAFE. His previous work incudes ‘Peculiar Nature’ (2018) and a few on his former YouTube channel. He’s currently working on 3 projects during this year including ‘The Crows’ which will be his first foreign and LBGTQ+I film which he is very excited about.
Adam Piercy – Director of Photography
Former Screen Academy student and DOP of the international short film Hy_Brain, Adam Piercy. His addiction is film. Being able to tell stories such as ‘The Crows’ is what he lives for.
Christian Galindo – Art Director
Christian Galindo, his job is to help supply and manage the props, costumes, sfx makeup and set dress to help fully realise the world of ‘The Crows’ on screen. Christian is an easy-going person who loves to have fun on set and works hard to be where he is in the industry today. His knowledge of the industry is vast as he attended the Advance Diploma of Digital Cinema degree at North Metropolitan TAFE and has a number of experiences in pre-production and on-set on a number for short films, music videos and advertisements but he would like to continue his studies as he feels as though he still has a lot to learn from the industry so he is now currently enrolled at Screen Academy at ECU.
Joel Radovan – Sound Recordist
Joel previously studied at North Metropolitan TAFE, on an Advance Diploma of Screen & Media (Digital Cinema). He has experiences with capturing sound and film dialogue prior. As he was the Head of the Sound Department, for his thesis film.
Alan Chambers – Editor
Alan recently relocated to Perth to complete his Masters at the WA Screen Academy. Prior to moving, he was the Artistic director of Sly Rat Theatre: producing and directing many shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Alan has also worked as a drama teacher, stage manager, prop maker and actor in various locations across the country. He is an alumni of NIDA (Acting), Curtin University (BA Theatre/Film) and ACU (MA Teaching). Alan is excited to be working on this cross-cultural project as the story’s themes resonate with him deeply.