FEMME FATALES: SEEN & UNHEARD – An Independent Documentary on Asian Action Cinema

November 5, 2018

For the past decade of her life, Fairfield-based filmmaker Maria Tran has devoted her life in making Hong Kong cinema homage action films in her backyard. She and her female led film production company Phoenix Eye will soon be embarking internationally across South East Asia investigating the role of Asian action cinema and the role of women for her self-funded independent documentary titled Femme Fatales: Seen & Unheard.
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FEMME FATALES: SEEN & UNHEARD – An Independent Documentary on Asian Action Cinema

For the past decade of her life, Fairfield-based filmmaker Maria Tran has devoted her life in making Hong Kong cinema homage action films in her backyard. She and her female led film production company Phoenix Eye will soon be embarking internationally across South East Asia investigating the role of Asian action cinema and the role of women for her self-funded independent documentary titled Femme Fatales: Seen & Unheard.

Maria will spend 10 days abroad and her Sydney departure is scheduled in on the 11 November, travelling from Hong Kong to Vietnam and then finally the Philippines and she will be interviewing & interacting with former female action stars, emerging actors, martial artists, film directors, producers and academics who will share their insights and experiences.

“If there’s one thing I would like to add to Australian cinemas, is female-led stories in the martial arts action genre. This project will allow me to connect with some of the world’s most talented, showcase their plight and allow the film industry to see the often-unspoken contributions of women in this male-dominated genre,” says Maria.

Mike Leeder, who has worked with action megastars such as Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Jean Claude Van Damme and is known as an expert in Asian action cinema is on board this project as associate producer.

“Australia used to have its own brand of genre cinema, action, horror, martial arts and more! Action is international, it doesn’t need you to understand the language, the culture or the politics, it’s the cinema of the underdog! We all need a hero or a heroine!” adds Mike.

This project is managed by Phoenix Eye in collaboration with the Hong Kong University. Phoenix Eye is a company-in-residence at PYT Fairfield and has been supported by Create NSW Western Sydney Arts Fellowship awarded to Maria Tran and auspiced by Diversity Arts Australia.

BIO

Maria Tran (born January 30, 1985) is an Australian-born Vietnamese actress, martial artist, producer, writer and director. is known for developing the martial arts action film genre in Australia via the Asian diaspora communities of Western Sydney through her shorts such as Hit Girls, Gaffa, Enter The Dojo; her contributions on Australian television; Maximum Choppage and movies outside of Australia; Roger Corman‘s Fist of the Dragon, Death Mist and Vietnamese action blockbuster Tracer. Tran is pivotal to the creative development of the Australian Vietnamese film movement that challenges gender stereotypes and the exploration of “female action”.