september, 2019

201928sep3:45 pmPiano MumsEllie Hayward | AUS | 2018 | Drama | 11 min | English, Mandarin w. English subtitles3:45 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:Drama

Film Info

In a clash of cultures, a Chinese-Australian tiger mother pushes her piano-prodigy teenage son to his limit so he can succeed at a pivotal audition.

Piano Mums is about Chinese-Australian tiger mother Xiaohu Wen who wants her teenage piano prodigy son Daniel to succeed at a pivotal audition which could give him the opportunity to study abroad at the Moscow Conservatory. To Xiaohu, success in non-negotiable. Leaving behind her career as a concert pianist in Beijing, migrating alone to Australia so Daniel can have a better life, sweating and scrubbing toilets to make ends meet better be worth it. But under the enormous pressure of Daniel’s upcoming audition, Xiaohu will learn that sacrifice never comes without pain. And whether Daniel succeeds or fails in this audition will change their relationship forever.

Part of the short film program “Australian Short Film Today“ on Saturday, 28 September 2019, at 3:45pm. 


Cast: Diana Lin, Sebastian Li


Festivals & Awards

St Kilda Film Festival
Gold Coast Film Festival
Seven Hills International Film Festival
Heart of Gold International Film Festival
Queen Palm International Film Festival – Bronze Award Winner
Grrl Haus Cinema Festival
Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Awards – Best Tertiary Short Film

Film Stills & Trailer