Co-written by and starring Celina Yuen, the non-traditional work centres on ‘a Filipino-Australian feminist documentarian, a pickup artist, and a virgin, whose lives collide. Aries Santos is struggling to complete her new film. Her subjects are the male members of a company formed to teach men how to seduce women. The line between reality and fiction blurs, and blood is shed on the neon-lit streets of Melbourne.’
Pastor’s feature will screen in the “Australian New Wave Filmmakers” section.
The film dives into dark themes of the internet, toxic masculinity, racism and xenophobia, and is said to be a modern portrait of the Filipino community in the vast mosaic of Melbourne.
The work won Best Original Score for soundtrack composer, Fergus Cronkite (Andrew Tran) at the 2018 Sinag Maynila Film Festival, has screened at the 2018 Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (USA), and will play the 25th FACINE Arts & Cinema Festival (USA), and now it finally comes home to Australia.
The Adelaide screening marks a major watermark for the filmmaker, whose previous works include the 2017 feature Butterfly Flower (co-directed with Lisac Pham), and shorts I am Jupiter I am the Biggest Planet (2016), Down Under (2015) and Dinky-Di Aussie (2014).
Pastor is an emerging voice on the Australian scene. Another film he made, Maganda!, Pinoy Boy Vs Milk Man, has been selected to have its world premiere at the 2018 Monsterfest, to be held in November in Melbourne.
The busy, on the rise filmmaker has also made the LGBT themed film Repent or Perish!, which is soon to be released; and is also separately directing a short film written by Llewellyn Michael Bates (AACTA nominee) called Fun Times – which was the recipient of a $24,000 grant from the AFTRS/Screen Australia Talent Camp Diversity fund.
Tickets to Melodrama/Random/Melbourne can be purchased here