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Across the Heavenly River

Stories of love and loss in a time of great separation and framed through an ancient folk tale that tells the tale of a family divided across the stars. This short documentary follows the emotional experiences of two humble and inspiring mothers from Vietnam, and how they find the strength to move forward despite the distance between their loved ones on the opposite side of the heavenly river.

  • Nathan Landridge
  • Anh Vu
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 24, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    200 AUD
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    English, Vietnamese
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Monash University
Director Biography - Nathan Landridge, Anh Vu

Anh Vu is an international student originally from Hanoi, Vietnam. He is a student of Monash University, studying the bachelor of media and communications, specializing in Screen Studies. Anh had a lot of experiences as a young filmmaker producing short films, as well as marketing videos for different firms. He is determined to learn and observe from the best in the fields to continue his development as a content creator.

Nathan Landridge is a Monash University student currently studying the bachelor of media and communications. He has a passion for creative filmmaking, having worked on a number of student productions and volunteer roles. Nathan continues to develop his skills and is always looking for new opportunities to create and grow within the media industry.

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Director Statement

Inspired by the ongoing complications of the global pandemics, we sought out for two individuals who are temporary visa holders in Australia and interviewed them about their life away from home. Coincidentally, their stories revolve around the theme of separation and distanced, similar to a famous Chinese folktale by the name of The Cowherd and The Weaver Girl, a beautifully melancholic piece of poetry that tells the story of a separated couple. We hope you enjoy our attempt to incorporate classic literature with reality.