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Award winning photographer William Yang explores issues of grief, family and identity in this adaptation of his acclaimed stage performance, 'Sadness'. Through this mesmerising, poetic montage of storytelling, photography and stylised reenactment, William brings to life the stories of his family and friends. SADNESS has two themes; the first involves an exploration of William's Chinese-Australian identity and family history, while the second centres on his experience of loss during the AIDS epidemic.

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Tony Ayres
Tony Ayres
Michael McMahon  Megan McMurchy
Executive Producers
Franco di Chiera  Megan McMurchy
Dir. of Photography
Tristan Milani ACS


William Yang - Craig Shai-Hee - Richard Cotter - Pinau GHee - Kevin Lau - Zac Quitzan - William Gu - Stephane Lau - Linden Goh - JIm Hillman - Gina Twymble - John Benton

Production Details

Production Completion
Art and culture, History and national identity, Social contemporary
Production Company
Film Australia Limited

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