Reviewed as a “Premier Australian filmmaker” by AsiaWeek magazine, and “one of the most convincing successes of the new wave Australian filmmakers” by France’s Cahiers du Cinema, Chan has collaborated on TV and feature films as Director and Producer with Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, and American in joint venture in the past two decades.  Chan made history in 1996 as the first Asian Australian to be appointed by the Governor General as a Commissioner of the Australian Film Commission. Her work has won 15 international awards and recognition including best films and best director awards, and New York Times Critics’ Pick for 33 Postcards during its USA release.

In 2011, Chan produced the first two official co-productions with China’s HengDian Studio: Dragon Pearl and 33 Postcards (the latter Chan also directed and co-wrote). In 2016-17, Chan was the Australian Producer for two Chinese TV drama series, Lost in KunLun and Butterflies across the Sea, and Executive Producer of the Australian thriller The Gateway.  Chan is slated to produce and direct her third China-Australia co-production in 2018.  Chan’s other credits include: Ultra Violet (2006), Belly of the Beast (2003), Rush Hours 2 (2002), Journey to Mongolia (2003), Tears in Fairy Tales (2004), Sugar Factory (1998), Little White Lies (1997) and Traps (1994). Her short films Dusty Hearts (1991) won Best Short at the Asia Pacific Film Festival in Taipei.  The Space Between the Door and the Floor (1990) and Hang Up (1990) both played the Cannes Film Festival.


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