Experiencing Interruptions?

Go Back Home!

Short film commissioned by the ESEA ONLINE COMMUNITY HUB.
The short interrogates what HOME means for people of ESEA heritage living in the UK. Especially over the past 19 months of lockdowns and COVID-19 antiAsian hatred and abuse due to the global pandemic.

  • Lucy Sheen
    Abandoned Adopted Here
  • Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen
  • Lucy Sheen
    Abandoned Adopted Here, Sweet Meat, I know This Face, Before We Were Yellow,
  • Karen Barredo
    Key Cast
  • Melody Brown
    Key Cast
    RSC-Measure for Measure, Taming of the Shrew, Eastenders, One Foot in the Grave
  • Elizabeth Chan
    Key Cast
    Black Mirror, Silent Witness, Last Tango in Halifax, No Offence
  • Fiona Hampton
    Key Cast
    The Good Neighbour, Kingsman:The Secret Service, 45 Years, Switch, Holby City
  • Sara Houghton
    Key Cast
    Doom, The Fourth kind, The Omen, The Honeytrap
  • Theo E Hung
    Key Cast
  • Michael Phong Le
    Key Cast
    Hooten & the Lady, The 2nd Wave, DCI Banks
  • Michelle Wen Lee
    Key Cast
    Redemption, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, London Road, Rogue Trader
  • Jennifer Lim
    Key Cast
    A Monster Calls, Hostel, Red, Rogue Trader
  • Matt Lim
    Key Cast
    Empty Shelf, Black Mirror, The Confusion of Tongues, Three Dots and a Dash, Doctors
  • Pik-Sen Lim
    Key Cast
    Mind your Language, Johnny Englishman Reborn, Doctor Who, Maleficent Mistress of Evil
  • Eugenia Low
    Key Cast
    Anonymous, Goodbye Mary, Unseen
  • Amanda C Maud
    Key Cast
    Jack Snyder's Justice League, Red Lipstick, Rogue, Brenda's Dam Good Day
  • Patrick Miller
    Key Cast
    Prime Suspect 2, Waterloo Road, Hollyoaks, The Final Bow, Adulting, Byker Grove
  • Nicole Miners
    Key Cast
    Visions of a Vivid Life, They're Outside, Talk is Cheap
  • Louise Mai Newberry
    Key Cast
  • Chip Ngyuen
    Key Cast
  • Erin Quill
    Key Cast
    Man on a Ledge, The Mikado Project, Qwerty, Starveillance, The Blacklist, The Other Two,
  • Lucy Sheen
    Key Cast
    Secrets & Lies, Primes Suspect 2, The Good Neighbour, Something Good: The Mercury Factor, Business As Usual, Ping Pong, Aimee, Simana, Childrens Ward, Lovejy, Call The Midwife, Silent Witness, Shadow and Bone, The Witcher
  • Paul Sng
    Key Cast
    Poly Styrene: I am a Cliche, Dispossession:The Great Social Housing Swindle
  • Jimin Suh
    Key Cast
    A Spell Cast Me, Another Home, Everything Was Fine
  • Nathaniel Tan
    Key Cast
    Love Online, Adieu Marx, Toad Sloane
  • Lucia Tong
    Key Cast
    Dysphoria, Excuse Me, On-Off License, The Bakery
  • Yaman Tong-Satis
    Key Cast
  • Rebecca Yeo
    Key Cast
    The Power, Six Feet Apart, Stan & Ollie, Strangers
  • Jay Oliver Yip
    Key Cast
    One, Wild Blooms, Anonymous, When the Screaming Starts
  • Daniel York-Loh
    Key Cast
    The Beach, Doom, Rogue Trader, jade Dragon, Strangers, Stan Lee's Lucky Man
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Dramatised verbatim, dramatic short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    300 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Lucy Sheen

Lucy Sheen: made in Hong Kong and exported to the UK as a transracial adoptee. Lucy is a dyslexic actor, published writer, (nom de plum Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen) filmmaker, trainer and transracial adoptee advocate. She loves Dim sum, Yorkshire puddings and tea. She is of East and Southeast Asian heritage.
Her first professional job, the female lead in the ground breaking British feature film PING PONG (1986), directed by Po Ch’ih Leong. The first ever UK feature to look at the history and issues of the British-Chinese community.
Other feature films include Business As Usual (1987) Secrets & Lies (1996), Something Good:The Mercury Factor (2013)
Theatre credits include: Julius Caesar Portia -Bristol Old Vic (1987); Drink the Mercury Ioka nominated for a TMA (first British East Asian actress to be nominated for a major UK theatre award 1990); Hungry Ghosts Tim Luscombe, nominated for an OFFIE for best actress 2010. Plenty directed by the award winning
Thea Sharrock (2011). Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie (2016), Snow In Midsummer RSC (2017), The Scar Test Soho Theatre (2017)
TV credits include: Prime Suspect 2; Lovejoy; Eastenders and Nighty Night series 2. Call The Midwife (2017), Casualty (2017) Zapped, The Good Neighbour, Shadow and Bone, Silent Witness, The Witcher, Stillness, Fortune Cookies
Radio credits include: Words On A Night Breeze, Bound Feet and Western Dress. Lucy is currently in postproduction for her independent documentary Abandoned, Adopted, Here [http link http://youtu.be/--KbumU3D_M]
2011 Lucy wrote & performed her solo theatre piece There Are Two Perfectly Good Mes: One dead, the other unborn a dramatic solo performance looking into the issues of growing up as a transracial adoptee.
2012 Lucy’s short play WAITING was selected for the REDfest new writers competition at The Old Red Lion Pub Theatre
Lucy has just won two small writing commissions for 2015
Re:Play writing bursary for Nimble Fish
The Royal Court (Open Court) Commonword
Pains Plough/Tamasha Come To Where I’m From: London - now available by their free App (Come To Where I’m From)
As well as completing the above commissions.
ShoFu, Wianbu Pi was read as part of the 2017 Women and War festival. It is now being adapted (by Lucy) in to a limited TV series in association with Paradox House

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Director Statement

I am unashamedly British East and South East Asian (BESEA) being "born" on the British Crown colony of Hong Kong I am of both Chinese and Dai heritage. I was abandoned one about three days old on the streets of KowLoon and taken to an orphanage. My place in this world in the society that I was transported to and transplanted into has always been questioned by others even myself. I am committed to placing the narrative of BESEAS at the heart of my work. I am also committed to ensuring that at least 50% of the creative team are female and if at all possible 50% are of BESEA heritage if not 50% of the creative team must be of colour As a founding member of BEATS.org I know that the lack of nuanced representaiton of BESEAS on screen impacts directly on the continues bias, prejudice, racism and recent COVID19 hate and abuse directed towards BESEAS. It is therefore imperative that UK media address this directly by commissioning, hiring, casting more BESEAS. Producting more content that is helmed, created and produced by BESEAS both historical and contemporary. Utiliging the forgotten and very often silenced voices and ignored narratives of British East and South East Asians. Where we are seen and humanised as people, as British citizens, where the narrative is about our existence here in the UK not in some far flung exotic country which is used more often than not as a back drop where accents and the young East Asian females are more often than not bait for the gaze and more of the Westerner, the colonial power.
We will always have the story and history of our immigrant and migrant forebears but we are also people in our own right and our stories should add to those of our ancestors. We are not just migrants, immigrants, refugees and sojouners with forging accents to be ridicued and dehumanised. We are Brtish citizens who fought and died in both world wars. We have contributed to the success of this country and continue to do so scarfing sometimes our very lives. We are not "other" we are you and you are us. Now in 21st century it is time to allow the many hidden, untold and silenced stories from BESEAS to be told on screen. To be represented by BSEAS and authors by BESEAS