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The first Asian-Australian rom-com, Rhapsody of Love will be released through Luna Palace Cinemas on September 30th.
Helmed by former Play School Presenter and award winning writer, director and producer Joy Hopwood and producer Ana Tiwary, Rhapsody of Love was recently selected to screen at CinefestOZ Film Festival in Busselton and has received an honourable mention at Sydney Film Festival and was a festival favourite at Gold Coast Film Festival.
Joy Hopwood grew up on Scarborough beach and was a former St Mary’s A.G.S student. Rhapsody of Love is Joy’s third romantic comedy.
Starring Asian-Australians, Kathy Luu and Damien Sato, as its romantic leads and a key creative team of Asian heritage behind the film, this modern love story is a celebration of love, friendships and dreams – themes that everyone can relate to. It is a movie that is a warm bright hope in these trying times of Covid19.
Rhapsody of Love is the interwoven story of three couples, who are at different stages in their lives, trying to follow their dreams, while navigating the ups and downs of romance. Besides presenting Asian characters in an authentic way, the film also touches on important themes such as anxiety and how friendship can help us get through tough times. With relatable and endearing characters, it is no surprise that the film is (jokingly) referred to as ‘Crazy Middle-Class Asians’.
“Rhapsody of Love was made with such a spirit of fun and a celebration of independent filmmaking. Being the first Asian Australian rom-com, we knew we had something very special on our hands – something so entertaining, loving and joyful that we knew could lift people’s spirits” says lead actor Kathy Luu.
Joy Hopwood, continues to make waves in the film industry as a champion for independent cinema and diversity. She has made four feature films, Rhapsody of Love, The Script of Life and The Casting Game and is currently in post production for Get a Life, Alright.
“A modern rom-com, Rhapsody of Love normalises Asian-Australians on screen. The characters fall in love, have their hearts broken, make mistakes, seek forgiveness and kiss, something we rarely see Asian characters doing on Australian screens”, says Joy.
Rhapsody of Love will screen at Luna Leederville and Luna on SX from September 30. Details here.