It’s Chinese New Year – dancing lions, dragons, blood red firecrackers, and a beast called Nian.
But 10 year old Clancy is tired. Every Saturday he has to go to Chinese school, and it sucks. He can’t speak chinese, and his mum can’t speak English. All she wants is her only child to speak Chinese, but Clancy just wants to be like Sam, the cool kid at school.
In an act of rebellion, Clancy steals a firecracker from school to impress Sam and his friends, but he soon discovers that it will take all of his courage to discover who it is he really wants to be.
Genre: Short drama, 2010
Writer/ Director: Corrie Chen
Producer: Anna Kojevnikov
DOP: Michael Latham
Editor: Malgorata Swierczak
Sound Design: Markus Kellow
Original Score: Jamie Messenger
Production Company: VCA School of Film & Television
Festival Screenings: Flickerfest 2011, Dungog Film Festival 2011, NAFA Showfest 2011, Access All Areas Film Festival & Tour 2011, Munich International Film Festival (Film Schools) 2011, SKENA UP Festival 2011, Asian Australian Film Forum 2011, San Francisco Asian American Film Festival 2012, World of Women Film Festival 2012, Asians on Film Festival 2012, Australian Director’s Guild Awards 2012, Bayside Film Festival 2012, San Diego Asian Film Festival 2012, DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival 2012, Colourfest Film Festival 2012, Malaysia Arts & Performance Festival 2012, Boston Asian American Film Festival 2012, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2013, Equator’s WOW Film Festival (London) 2013
Awards & Nominations:
- Australian Director’s Guild Awards 2012 – Nominated – Best direction in a student film
- Colourfest Film Festival – Best Film
- WOW Film Festival - Best Student Film
- Bayside Film Festival – Best Tertiary Film
- NAFA Showfest - Runner up – Best Film
- VCA Film & Television Awards – Nominated – Best Masters Production
- Asians on Film – Honorable Mention – Best Short Drama, Best Director. Winner – Best Supporting Actress (Sofia Shen).