In constant exploration of why we're here and what it means to connect.
A Chinese Singaporean-Australian filmmaker and actor, living in Vancouver, Canada, with a background in strategic communications and drinks mixology. Having lived across Australia, Singapore, China, South America, the US and Canada (descending from Chinese Singaporean, Dutch and Irish heritage) travel, language and culture clashes have greatly influenced Tanya's creative perspective.
Originally graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) in 2008, majoring in Public Relations, Chinese (Mandarin) and Japanese, Tanya has always been fascinated by, not only our differences in how we connect and communicate, but our commonalities as well. Where language and culture are no longer barriers. Where our humanity overrules. Not only has 15years of drinks mixology combined art and science in Tanya's life, but it has given her a front row seat to witnessing every aspect of this humanity that brings us together.
Tanya has written and co-directed one short film previously, 'Hóng Bāo', which received a 4.8/5 star rating on Indie Shorts Mag, screened at international festivals in 2018 and is currently being developed as a web series. As a bilingual short film, Tanya cast her real mother to facilitate the Chinese dialogue. Outside of directing various commercials Tanya also works in the camera department where, as Director of Photography, short film 'Endomic', was Official Selection for Slamdance 2021 as part of their Unstoppable programme. 'Wallpaper' will be Tanya's first solo directed narrative, based on true events.
Some recent acting credits include Showtime's 'Yellowjackets', supporting lead roles in indie feature 'All Joking Aside' directed by Shannon Kohli, winner of the 2020 Cinequest New Visions Award and Lifetime's 'Soccer Mom Madam' directed by Kevin Fair.
With a passion for creating awareness and opportunity, Tanya is currently part of the camera team for documentary web series, Beyond the Podium: Celebrating Canadian Women Champions from the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
  • Acting (3 Credits)
    Wallpaper2021
    Short
    Forked2019
    Short, Student
    Red Packet2018
    Short
  • Writer (3 Credits)
    TINTO FILM PITCH
    Short
    Wallpaper2021
    Short
    Red Packet2018
    Short
  • Director (3 Credits)
    TINTO FILM PITCH
    Short
    Wallpaper2021
    Short
    Red Packet2018
    Short
  • Producer (2 Credits)
    Wallpaper2021
    Short
    Red Packet2018
    Short
Official Selection - First Round
Red Packet
LIFT OFF - First Time Filmmaker Sessions
Online
2020
Official Selection
Red Packet
Revelation Film Festival
Perth
2019
Official Selection
Red Packet
Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival
Pittsburgh
2018
College
Curtin University of Technology
Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Arts (Asian Sudies)
20042008
Birth Date
May 3, 1987
Nickname
TJ
Birth City
Perth
Current City
Vancouver
Hometown
Perth
Height
169cm
Gender
Female
Ethnicity
Singaporean/Dutch
Eye Color
Brown
Zodiac Sign
Taurus
Married To
NA
Children
NA
Obtained motorbike license before ever riding a bicycle.
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind won't matter and those who matter won't mind." - Dr Seuss
"We're here for a good time, not a long time." - Trooper
In constant exploration of why we're here and what it means to connect.