The Red House

  • Screening Dates: 4th July, 6 pm
  • Starring: Lee Stuart, Meng Jia
  • Directed by: Alyx Duncan (feature debut)
  • Running time: 75 minutes
  • Rating: (PG) contains adult themes
  • Language: English and Mandarin with English subtitles

New Zealand-made romantic drama about a couple in their senior years and of different ethnicities (Kiwi and Chinese), being forced apart by family duties. Winner of Best Self-Funded Film at the 2012 NZ Film Awards.

“Lee is a seasoned activist, still applying his highlighter to the nasty hooks in local planning documents. Jia was a refugee from post-Tiananmen China when they met 20 years ago, barely understanding a word of each other’s languages. Now duty calls Jia back to China and her aged parents. We travel with the couple between his world (an island in the Hauraki Gulf), this city of hers, and the world they have made together – their red house in the bush, crammed full of books and mementoes.” (New Zealand International Film Festival 2012)

This is writer/director Alyx Duncan’s first feature, developed at a two month artist residency in Beijing and with the support of the Berlinale Talent Campus.