Private Project

Father’s Video Tapes

A reconciliation and dialogue between gay father and son which sheds light on the father's hidden life, revealing the struggles of being closeted and echoing Taiwan's forgotten LGBT community.

  • Baboo Liao
  • Yu-ray Chen
  • Wei-yao Hung
  • Wu-kang Chen
    Key Cast
  • Chao-yang Wang
    Key Cast
  • Teng-chi Yang
    Original Story
  • Yu-jie Huang
    VR Technical Director
  • Awu Chen
    VR script/interaction development
  • Shuo-lin Liang
    Scene Design
  • Yuan-feng Yao
    Scene Design
  • Cheng Chou
    Sound Design
  • Blaire Ko
    Music Design
  • Jerry Hsieh
    Costume Design
  • Funique VR
  • IP Lab Studio, The Taiwan Creative Content Agency
    4D View
  • Project Title (Original Language):
  • Project Type:
    Virtual Reality, Installation
  • Minimum Runtime:
    28 minutes
  • Maximum Runtime:
    32 minutes
  • Average Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Variable Runtime Details:
    Audiences need to wear VR headsets themselves during the transitions, which may lead to variations in the duration of the experience for each individual.
  • Completion Date:
    August 31, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    156,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Language:
    English, Mandarin Chinese
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Baboo Liao

Interdisciplinary artist with a background of theater directing. Since his theatre directing debut in 1997, he has directed some thirty productions, and has been invited to perform in New York, Berlin, Paris, Copenhagen, Avignon, and Seoul.

His first VR work Chroma: A Derek Jarman Project was shortlisted for Taiwan’s Taishin Arts Award. It was also invited to be showcased at the CHRONIQUES, the Biennale of Digital Imagination in Marseille, France, as well as the Ircam Forum in Paris. His second VR work, supported by the Kaohsiung Film Festival, titled "Father's Video Tapes," was selected for the Gap-Financing Market at the Venice Film Festival and the New Images Development Market. It is also commissioned for the Amsterdam Documentary Film Festival and will have its world premiere in November 2023.

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Director Statement

How do we imagine the lives of the previous generation of LGBTQ+ community? Particularly during the authoritarian era in Taiwan before martial law was lifted, how did the hidden desires and emotions of queer individuals come to be? "Father's Video Tapes" explores the unspoken desires between a father and son, which becomes an unspoken understanding, opening up a series of inquiries into the father's gender identity and even the exploration and understanding of the previous generation of LGBTQ+ people. In this context, free from the constraints of politically correct labels, taboos, sexuality, politics, and identity intertwine deeply, creating a dizzying and bewildering atmosphere. Father’s Video Tapes is without a doubt the revelation of Yang’s personal history and family story. However, it also chronicles Taiwan’s social movements advocating LGBTQ+ people in the past three decades.