Pandemic-themed The Neon Across the Ocean will have its Australian premiere at Revelation Film Festival

Waiyee Rivera in The Neon Across the Ocean.

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The Neon Across the Ocean, an independent pandemic-themed feature film by prolific Asian Australian writer and director Matthew Victor Pastor will have its Australian premiere at the 24th Revelation Perth International Film Festival.

The film is the first instalment in Pastor’s 2020 Trilogy, a series of feature films looking at the experience of Covid-19, and will be followed by A Pencil to the Jugular (2021) and Plans That They’ve Made (2022). 

The Neon Across the Ocean explores a post-pandemic society and is a coming-of-age story of a young Filipino Australian Mandy (with a standout performance by newcomer Waiyee Rivera) in her final year of high school, and her tutor Serena (Chi Nguyen), set against the marriage breakdown of her parents and a search for home across the ocean.

Given the urgency of diverse stories from migrant communities, Pastor has been giving a voice to stories of the Asian-Australian experience. Alongside Rivera (who also appeared in Pastor’s recent short film Fun Times) and Nguyen (The Wilds), the film also stars Alfred Nicdao (Tomorrow When the War Began) as part of the ensemble cast.

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In the lead up to the Australian premiere of The Neon Across the Ocean in Perth, Melbourne residents will also have a chance coming out of lock down to see a short retrospective of some of Pastor’s other works at the Kino Haus program at The Motley Bauhaus in Fitzroy, screening throughout June.

“With our recent Best National Film win at the Canberra Short Film Festival for Fun Times and Neon being selected at Revelation Perth Film Festival it’s encouraging that these diverse Australian stories are bringing a new and fresh perspective to cinema culture in Australia,” says Pastor.

“It’s great to see our faces up on the silver screen, and I’m optimistic to see more stories emerge from our communities.”

You can find out more information about the Revelation Perth International Film Festival screening here.

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