Telling unique stories that matter because we, as Asian Americans, matter.
Originally from Toronto, pop culture fanatic Lawrence Chau found his big showbiz break in Asia, first on the small screen and in theater in Hong Kong then big time in Singapore hosting a number of top rated unscripted programs like Showbuzz, Hollywood Squares Singapore and Miss Singapore Universe, as well as acting in romantic comedies like Money, Phua Chu Kang, Pte Ltd and Don't Worry, Be Happy!
Lawrence returned to North America in the 2000s where he landed hosting duties for the award-winning paranormal TV series Ghostly Encounters, which has haunted the American, Canadian, British and Asian airwaves for several years. Taking another leap of faith by risking everything and starting from scratch, Lawrence relocated to Los Angeles in 2015 to pursue his greatest passions: acting and film-making.
In 2018, he penned, produced, executive produced and starred in his first short film Justice For Vincent (JFV), which is based on the historic Vincent Chin case that sparked the first Asian civil rights movement in America. The story, rife with racism and injustice, has haunted Lawrence for decades. "When I saw Vincent's mother, Lily, I saw my own mother," he says.
Since the completion of JFV in Oct 2018, it has gone on to win a string of awards, including Best Dramatic Short Film (Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival 2019), Best Short Film (Philadelphia Independent Film Festival 2019), Best Picture (Oregon Short Film Festival), and the Audience Choice Short Film Award (DisOrient Asian American Film Festival 2019), to name a few.
A former communications consultant, journalist and tutor for immigrants, Lawrence is devoted to diversity and inclusion in all that he does. Showbiz aside, Lawrence is a devoted dog lover. He and is his beloved Westie (who is now in Doggy Heaven) used to brighten the days of cancer care patients and sick kids at hospitals. Lawrence's charitable causes include raising awareness and funds for a range of health, pet/wildlife, environmental and social justice causes.
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Current Status: Semi-Finalist (Finalist TBA July)
Justice For Vincent
Stage 32 4th Annual Short Film Contest
Los Angeles
2020
Official Selection
Justice For Vincent
DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival 2019
Washington, DC
2019
Official Selection (Nomination/Awards TBA)
Justice For Vincent
Oregon Cinema Arts Film Festival
Portland
2019
Official Selection (Awards TBA)
Justice For Vincent
Hong Kong Film Art International Film Festival
Hong Kong
2019
Official Selection (Awards TBA)
Justice For Vincent
Houston Asian American Pacifici Islander Film Festival
Houston
2019
Official Selection (Nominations/Awards TBA)
Justice For Vincent
New Vision International Film Festival
Amsterdam
2019
Best Narrative Short, Winner
Justice For Vincent
Los Angeles Film Awards 2019
Los Angeles
2019
Award of Excellence: Special Mention - Film Short, Winner; Award of Excellence - Asian, Winner; Award of Merit - Leading Actress: Lee Chen, Winner
Justice For Vincent
Palm Springs Best Shorts Competition
Palm Springs
2019
Silver Award - General Social Issues, Winner
Justice For Vincent
The Telly Awards 2019
New York
2019
Official Selection
Justice For Vincent
Asians On Film Festival of Shorts 2019
Los Angeles
2019
Best Script & Best Cinematography, Winners
Justice For Vincent
American Asian Latino Film Festival 2019
New York
2019
Best Short Film, Winner
Justice For Vincent
Philadelphia Independent Film Festival 2019
Philadelphia
2019
Best Actor (Lawrence Chau) & Best Actress (Lee Chen), Winners
Justice For Vincent
World Premiere Film Awards 2019
Ottawa
2019
Audience Choice Short Film, Winner
Justice For Vincent
DisOrient Asian American Film Festival 2019
Eugene
2019
Best Picture, Winner (Top Prize)
Justice For Vincent
Oregon Short Film Festival 2019
Portland
2019
Best Drama Short, Winner
Justice For Vincent
Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival 2019
Los Angeles
2019
Official Selection
Justice For Vincent
London International Motion Picture Awards 2019
London
2019
Award of Merit - Human Interest Short, Winner
Justice For Vincent
Cinema WorldFest Awards 2018
Ottawa
2018
Young Filmmaker Showcase (Award)
Justice For Vincent
Asian World Film Festival 2018
Los Angeles
2018
College
Ryerson University of Toronto
Journalism
Birth Date
May 26
Birth City
Toronto
Current City
Los Angeles
Hometown
Toronto
Height
5'10"
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
Chinese
Eye Color
Hazel
Zodiac Sign
Gemini
Married To
N/A
Children
N/A
1. Lawrence was ranked among the top childhood floutists whilst growing up in Toronto.
2. He is a scholarship winner and a degree holder from the Ryerson School of Journalism, one of North America's most distinguished journalism schools.
3. Dubbed "The Ryan Seacrest of Singapore," Lawrence has traveled to 30 cities across 4 continents to interview about 200 celebrities for his top rated entertainment news program Showbuzz.
4. Lawrence won The Newpaper "Best TV Newcomer Award" in Singapore in 1997 and the 1st Runner-Up award as Best Entertainment Presenter at the 1998 Asian Television Awards (Asian Emmys). His top rated entertainment news show, Showbuzz also received its first ever ATV nomination under his stewardship as both anchor and senior producer.
5. He also loves architecture and design and has owned/remodeled several lofts in Toronto and Los Angeles, one of which was sold to a star from Gossip Girl.
"Live your best life." -- Oprah Winfrey
"If you don’t have any shadows you’re not standing in the light." -- Lady Gaga
"You can't put a price on intuition." -- Self
"I took the one less traveled." -- Robert Frost
"Seize the day." -- Dead Poets Society
Telling unique stories that matter because we, as Asian Americans, matter.
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