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The Neon Across The Ocean
July 11 5:45 pm
Feature Narrative | 2021 | Australia | 91 min | Directed by Matthew Victor Pastor
Over the last few years, we’ve been keeping a keen eye on the work of Melbourne-based filmmaker Matthew Victor Pastor and last year he graced our screens with the sensational short Fun Times.
This year he returns with this excellent feature The Neon Across the Ocean where he continues to explore his Filipino roots and Australian cities. Set sometime in the not-too-distant future, after the worldwide crisis of 2020, Mandy is a 17-year-old Filipino Australian. In her final year of high school and dealing with her parents impending divorce, she navigates a world driven by a new normal of isolation and fear. Added to this she has a crush on her tutor Serena. Meanwhile, a young girl from the backstreets of Manila tells her story.
The Neon Across the Ocean represents Pastor’s most elegant film to date and pushes his fine eye for composition and colour to a sophisticated level signposting him as a major undiscovered talent on the Australian film landscape.
Screens with the short film Same Time Monday.