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The Home Song Stories (2007)

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A man remembers his childhood and his mother, a Chinese night club singer who struggled to survive in Australia with her two children.

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Norma
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Rose, a Shanhainese songstress singing at nightclubs in HongKong during the 60's, marries an Australian sailor and migrates with her young son and daughter to Melbourne. Her past filled with lost innocence, she begins a cycle of dependence and desperation to create a family for herself and her children, culminating with her affair with Qi, an illegal immigrant from HongKong. Watched through the eyes of her young son, the mother's journey reveals painful truths about the human condition, the love of family and self, and the price we pay for growing up. Written by Anonymous

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Histórias da Vida de Uma Cantora  »

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A television documentary, "Beyond the Pack Ice" (1968), is seen on a television during the film and is mentioned on the credits. This documentary looks at the work performed by the Australian Antarctic research team based at Mawson Station in the late 1960s. See more »

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Tony Ayres Has Done A Brilliant Job.
24 February 2007 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

I went to the Australian premiere of "The Home Song Stories" last night, and I'm damn glad I did.

It's a great film.

Tony Ayres has done a magic job of bringing his life story to the big screen, and he's picked a great cast to do it with.

Newcomers John Lok and Irene Chen are fantastic as the young Tony and his older sister, Mei.

Joan Chen's finally found a great role, after a string of awful ones.

She shines as Tony's mother, a former Hong Kong nightclub singer who moves to Australia in 1971 with her two children, after marrying an Australian sailor... who she promptly shoots through on.

I don't really want to tell you too much about the movie, because I'd rather you went and saw it yourself.

All I can say is that it's a great study of immigrant life in the 70's, and a snapshot of Australia at the time.

I'm not sure how wide a release "The Home Song Stories" will get, but if it turns up in your local cinema, go see it.

I haven't enjoyed a film this much in a long time.

To hear an interview with Tony, go to

http://rastous.podomatic.com/entry/2007-02-25T18_39_35-08_00


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