Groundbreaking TV occasion on tonight

Groundbreaking TV occasion on tonight

The bamboo cleaners were a dead giveaway.

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Shawn Seet, the director of miniseries Starving Ghosts, which started last night on SBS and chooses another 3 nights, referred to as quickly as he walked onto the set that the existence of bamboo cleaners was incorrect.

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” I stated, ‘no Asian household would have bamboo cleaners there, they ‘d all be stainless-steel!’,” Seet told news.com.au.

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It’s a little information however what viewers now see on screen is more authentic to how Asian-Australian households really live. And it’s Seet’s lived experience as an Asian-Australian filmmaker that offered him an insight an Anglo-Australian director would not necessarily have.

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Embed in the Vietnamese-Australian community in Melbourne, the four-part Starving Ghosts is called after the celebration of the exact same name in which it’s said the spirits of the dead walk the Earth, trying to work through their unresolved concerns with those still living.

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The series stars stalwarts of Australian screen consisting of Bryan Brown, Justine Clarke and Ryan Corr, but likewise an ensemble of stars whose names are not too understood, even if their faces are familiar, consisting of Catherine Van Davies, Gareth Yuen, Jillian Nguyen, Ferdinand Hoang, Gabrielle Chan and Suzy Incorrect.

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It’s that varied cast that makes Hungry Ghosts, produced by Matchbox, such a groundbreaking series. Not just does it feature a lot of Asian-Australian actors however it narrates that is unquestionably theirs.

In many ways, Hungry Ghosts is a groundbreaking series

In lots of ways, Starving Ghosts is a revolutionary series

The series is woven around the experiences of four households – three Vietnamese-Australian and one Anglo-Australian – who are haunted by actual ghosts from their pasts as the celebration kicks off.

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Utilizing the genre trappings of supernatural movies and TV shows – a drowned ghost at the bottom of the tub, spirits having humans – it explores the themes of generational trauma, family bonds and the blowback from reducing the history and identity that makes you who you are.

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Seet stated he’s not a believer nowadays but maturing in Malaysia, he knows everything about the Hungry Ghost festival.

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” It’s one thing to comprehend what it is and another to have matured in it, to truly feel it in your bones,” he said. “I don’t know how to explain it, however Asian superstitious notion is extremely different to Western superstition. It’s so much a part of you.

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” You don’t grow up thinking, ‘Are there ghosts?’. You mature thinking, ‘Yeah, there are ghosts and this is how we deal with them’. I’ve become a nonbeliever but at the exact same time, there belongs of that which is still in your DNA.”.

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While Hungry Ghosts is an ensemble piece, it’s Van Davies’ character, May Le, who glues everything together.

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Like May, Van Davies ( The Letdown) is a second-generation Vietnamese-Australian. She matured in Brisbane but her mom is from the previous royal capital of Vietnam, Hue. For her, dealing with Starving Ghosts wasn’t just a task, it was individual.

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” Growing up, I wasn’t really surrounded by the Vietnamese community other than my mum,” she informed news.com.au on a frigid night last year while shooting on place by the water at the Royal Luxury Yacht Club of Victoria.

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” I feel like I couldn’t have actually done this program if I hadn’t done the type of individual research in my own life before this chance occurred.

Catherine Van Davies said she’s been making an effort to reconnect with her mother’s history

Catherine Van Davies said she’s been making an effort to reconnect with her mother’s history

” It’s actually taken an individual effort in my adult years to reconnect with my mom’s story – not just her story of war but her story of who she is and the lineage of household that we come from, which is so much a part of me.”.

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Van Davies stated that her mom, like a number of the characters in Starving Ghosts, didn’t discuss the war or her experiences in her homeland.

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” There’s an extremely personal thing around it, it’s this sensation that they conquered a lot that they don’t wish to pass that trauma onto us or inflict that grief onto us. The reality is you have that in you and you identify it, even if it’s subtle behaviour from your parent or simply in your genetic cosmetics.

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” The requirement to comprehend it is actually important for the generation eliminated from the real occasion.”.

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That precise belief manifests in Hungry Ghosts when Van Davies’ character May need to handle a vengeful spirit from her granny’s past, a history soaked in the atrocities and trauma of war.

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We don’t just inherit genes, we also inherit injury.

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Even for Vietnamese-Australians who have started a brand-new life in Australia, raised families and enter into the neighborhoods they helped construct, the spectre of the past is a living thing, for them and their children.

Jillian Nguyen and Oakley Kwon anchor one of the four story strands in Hungry Ghosts

Jillian Nguyen and Oakley Kwon anchor one of the four story strands in Hungry Ghosts

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” We require to comprehend our shared history,” Van Davies continued. “It’s a Vietnamese story but it’s being informed with an Australian context – and you can have those two things.

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” I there’s this concept that assimilation is the best form of integration but really that’s not true. Cultures and people can sit side-by-side – you do not desire 2 of the exact same individuals. Cultures can being in harmony and still keep what makes them what they are – whether it be their trauma or their durability.”.

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For the Anglo-Australian stars on Starving Ghosts, belonging to it was an opportunity to reflect on their own interactions within the multiculturalism of Australia.

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Clare Bowen plays Liz, the child of Bryan Brown’s character Neil. Like her father, Liz is also a photographer, however she takes pictures of individuals in the community at their best moments, something she feels her war photographer father does not respect.

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Bowen has a string of Australian TELEVISION and movie credits but is possibly best understood for her deal with American series Nashville, and for her music.

Hungry Ghosts enticed her home, a project she called “lovely” and said being on set with a myriad of Asian-Australian actors offered her “the feels”, a reminder of her school days in Sydney.

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” When I lastly went to school, it was this lovely multicultural school in a location called Dulwich Hill,” Bowen stated. “I believe I was the only white kid in the school for a bit there and I couldn’t have requested a better experience.”.

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Bowen informed of children from many different backgrounds switching school lunches.

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” Multiculturalism is what makes Australia so beautiful, it’s what makes my home country gorgeous to me.”.

Bryan Brown plays war photographer Neil Stockton

Bryan Brown plays war professional photographer Neil Stockton

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For veteran star Brown, he’s pleased there’s a series being outlined the “considerable” Vietnamese community in Australia, while connecting it back to his youth when the war reigned in the public consciousness.

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” I remember all that,” he said in between scene modifications on set. “Folks of my generation, you either went to the war or you left it. The word Vietnam was substantial.

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” As I’m sitting here, it’s made me keep in mind coming home when I was 18 after a weekend away with my mom, coming house to the letterbox and an envelope from the Australian federal government.

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” We opened it to see what it stated and it said you’re indefinitely deferred. Now it could’ve stated report for active duty – and if that had held true, I might not be here, or I ‘d be scarred in a specific way.”.

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But it was the actors from an Asian background that was actually thrilled about a series like Hungry Ghosts

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” It was rather telling when most of these stars knew other,” Seet described. “However they mostly knew other from having sat in the exact same waiting space for the very same function – and knowing it was going to be just one of them who gets to play the nerdy trainee or the storekeeper, or the Vietnamese drug dealer, all the caricatures and stereotypes you ‘d expect.

Room for more than one Asian-Australian actor

Space for more than one Asian-Australian star

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” So it was terrific to see something that had genuine characters, rounded characters that aren’t all great or all bad.

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” The cast has actually been in the market doing great however they have actually never had something this meaty.”.

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Van Davies included: “You frequently feel like often there’s only space for one of you, and I believe women experience that.

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” Ideally with more stories like this, where it looks at numerous generations and the different actions to the very same problem, [people will remember] there isn’t a homogenised voice even if everyone’s Asian or everyone’s Vietnamese.

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” In the very same method that all Australians aren’t the same. And we can understand people more as people and less as concepts.”.

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Cast member Gareth Yuen ( Celebration Techniques, Head Start and Miss Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries) splits his time between Australia and the United States, where he discovers the variety in LA “electrifying”.

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” What we have actually been hearing in the states for a long period of time is this consistent idea that we wish to hear varied stories, we want to hear something various. I believe for Asian artists who matured in the West, we feel as though we’re on the precipice today.”.

Gareth Yuen with Justine Clarke in Hungry Ghosts

Gareth Yuen with Justine Clarke in Hungry Ghosts

Seet, who has helmed episodes of The Secret Life of United States, All Saints, Love Child and Underbelly, stated he’s been operating in the Australian TELEVISION industry for a long time and that the involvement of people of Asian background had been “very, extremely peripheral”.

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” I have actually been working in this market for so long that one of the ‘truisms’ that was accepted was that ‘Asians can’t act’.

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” It was really difficult to cast anyone from a varied background in a role that wasn’t particularly composed as being from that culture,” he said. “And we tried to, many times. The excellent casting directors in Australia were constantly trying to put people forward and it would still be knocked back.

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” No one would ever state ‘I’m racist’ – they ‘d freak if you ever told them they were – but it was the general sensation. It was mostly the manufacturers[that would react this way]

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” I think it’s driven by their fear of the ‘other’. They fear that their audiences will switch off, they over-estimate the racism of their audience.”.

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Seet said that a program like Starving Ghosts could’ve quickly been on a business network such as Channel 7, 9 or 10, instead of on SBS, which is dedicated to serve multicultural audiences.

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” A program like that must be on any of those channels. It’s got everything they would want – fantastic drama. And you do not need to be Asian to enjoy it, it’s good to look into another person’s culture.”.

Hungry Ghosts begins tonight on SBS at 9.25 pm, and continues at the very same time today on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

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The writer took a trip to Melbourne as a visitor of SBS

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