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DFI Cinema Under the Stars

Shingo Usami / Short Narrative / Australia / 2015 / 10 min / Colour / DCP2K
In English, Japanese / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Drama, Family, Children
Gulf Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.



Screenings

  • Thu, Mar 30, 07:00 PM, Hotel Park
    Free screening Limited capacity
    First come first served
  • Fri, Mar 31, 07:00 PM, Hotel Park
    Free screening Limited capacity
    First come first served
  • Wed, Apr 5, 07:00 PM, Hotel Park
    Free screening Limited capacity
    First come first served

Synopsis

Kenji has lost his wife and Josh has lost his mother, and this father-son duo is not finding it easy to communicate without her. In taking over the day-to-day care of his boy, Kenji finds himself relying on Japanese rather than Australian culture – and this is perhaps nowhere more apparent than in Josh’s lunchbox. At first, Josh craves nothing more than his mother’s OzEmite sandwiches, but eventually Kenji has a creative brainwave that gets the mourning pair’s lives back on track.

Official Film Website

About the Director

Shingo Usami has acted extensively for film, television and onstage in Australia since 1998. His theatre credits include the Australian tour of ‘Miss Saigon’, ‘Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes’, ‘Coup d’Etat’, and the Griffin Theatre Company’s ‘The Floating World’. His screen credits include ‘Curtin’ (2007), ‘Broken Sun’ (2010), ‘The Pacific’ (2010), ‘Red Dog’ (2011), ‘Emperor’ (2012), ‘The Wolverine’ (2013), ‘Backyard Ashes’ (2013), ‘Paper Planes’ (2014) and ‘Unbroken’ (2014).

Credits

Director
Shingo Usami
Screenwriter
Shingo Usami
Producer
Hiroshi Kasuga, Shingo Usami
Editor
Romain Mongin
Music
Jane Belfrage, Greg Nishimura-Parke
Cinematographer
Ella Gibbins
Production Company
Metro Screen
Cast
Shingo Usami, Tatsuo, Cat Martin, Yoko Nishimura-Parke, Benjamin Stubbs-Goulston, Joshua Stubbs-Goulston

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