East meets west in this Filipino-Australian neon-lit pop-punk extravaganza!
MELODRAMA / RANDOM / MELBOURNE! (the exclamatory upper case title fits the film) is a mesmerising low-budget creation, a millennial-modern kaleidoscope of the Filipino community in the urban jungle of Melbourne, where it battles with assimilation, alienation, racism and sexism.
A panoply of characters intersect: a feminist documentary filmmaker, a sex worker, a Filipino migrant mother, and various men who are either desperate, emasculated or arrogant. The gender and identity themes are current and relevant, and Pastor doesn’t shy away from presenting ugly situations and questionable characters.
But whilst the film’s main mode is a gritty realism, it also magically flips itself in an inventive way periodically, puncturing the “mean streets” of Melbourne with delightfully bizarre musical interludes, like a twisted Karaoke taking over.
Pastor is a fresh, colourful new talent on the Australian film scene.
Presented by Bill Mousoulis, founding editor Senses of Cinema. Part of the series “Australian New Wave filmmakers”
Director Matthew Victor Pastor | Producer Odin B. Fernandez, Matthew Victor Pastor | Cast Celina Yuen, Bridget O'Brien, Rachel E. Zuasola, Gregory Pakis, Matt Furlani | Associate Producers: Daniel Schultheis, Rachel E. Zuasola Production Assistant: Evangline Yin Musical Performance: Fergus Cronkite, Troy Rogan
Matthew Victor Pastor is an Australian filmmaker of Filipino heritage. An alumnus of the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts, his Masters' film I am JUPITER I am the BIGGEST PLANET won Best Director and completed a successful festival run. At the 2018 Sinag Maynila Film Festival the feature MELODRAMA / RANDOM / MELBOURNE! was awarded Best Original Score for composer and childhood friend Fergus Cronkite. He is also soon to release a new feature film Repent or Perish!