Australian Chinese co-production 33 Postcards, starring Guy Pearce and Zhu Lin, last night won the CRC (Community Relations Commission) Award at the Sydney Film Festival.
The $5000 prize, established in 1992 is awarded to films whose content best reflects the multicultural experience in Australia.
NSW MP for Citizenship and Communities, Victor Dominello commended director Pauline Chan. “33 Postcards, inspired by real life stories, explores how two individuals come together despite two different cultures, ages and unexpected circumstances. This evocative film portrays sensitively how people of vastly different cultural backgrounds can interact effectively in our society.”
In a statement, producers Lesley Stevens and Penny Carl Nelson said that they were “extremely honoured that the film has been recognised by the 2011 Sydney Film Festival with the CRC Award. The film has struck a chord with Australian and Chinese audiences alike.”
At the Shanghai International Film Festival, lead actress Zhu Lin won Asian New Talent Award, cementing her as a talent to watch in the future. 33 Postcards was her debut performance. Guy Pearce, and fellow star Claudia Karvan as well as Stevens, Carl Nelson and Chan was in attendence.
The film was produced by Portal Pictures and Zhejiang Hengdian Film Productions in association with IFS Capital Limited and Screen NSW.