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The Home Song Stories
  • 2007

    35mm colour

    103 minutes




    Joan Chen
    Qi Yuwu
    Joel Lok
    Irene Chen
    Steven Vidler
    Kerry Walker



    Tony Ayres



    Liz Watts
    Michael McMahon


  • Sales Agent

    Fortissimo Films


    Distributor Australasia

    Icon Film Distribution



    Film Finance Corporation Australia
    Mediacorp Raintree Pictures Singapore
    Film Victoria
    SBS Independent
    Private Investment


    Official Website


  • Theatrical Release

    23 August 2007


    Where To Buy

    DVD available through Madman Entertainment


The Home Song Stories is the true story of Rose, a glamorous Shanghai nightclub singer, who struggles to survive in seventies Australia with two young children. Based on writer/director Tony Ayres' own life, The Home Song Stories is an epic tale of mothers and sons, mothers and daughters, unrequited love, betrayal and secrets.


Berlin Film Festival 2007 - world premiere, official selection


Toronto International Film Festival 2007 - official selection


Also officially selected for the following festivals:
Adelaide, Hawaii, Vancouver, Bangkok, Durban, Sydney, Edinburgh, Kolkata, Cinemanila


Winner NSW Premiers Literary Prize, Best Script 2007


Winner AWGIE Best Feature Screenplay, Original, 2007


Winner - 8 AFI Awards - Best Direction, Screenplay, Actress - Joan Chen, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume, Editing, Music/ Score (14 nominations)


Winner, 5 IF Awards 2007 - Best Direction, Best Actress Joan Chen, Best Actor Joel Lok, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design (9 nominations)


Winner - 2 Golden Horse Awards 2007 Taiwan - Best Screenplay, Actress- Joan Chen


The Monthly Magazine

Margaret Pomeranz

"Remarkable. Will cling to you long after you leave the cinema"
Sunday Telegraph

"Joan Chen is brilliant"
David Stratton

"... an emotional tour de force..."