Vanessa Dang

  1. Some behind the scenes photos of a film clip I directed for Lucy B's track "Leaving on a Lie (Tonight)".

    Photos taken by me, despite directing… :D

  2. Untitled from Vanessa Dang on Vimeo.

    Starring Robert Gadsbey and Vanessa Dang.

    Concept by Robert Gadsbey, filmed and edited by Vanessa Dang.

  3. Travel from Vanessa Dang on Vimeo.

    A short film by Vanessa Dang.

    Starring Vanessa Dang and Sean McCallum.

    Premiered at Kino Sydney #80

  4. Recorded a little demo of an original, have posted it on Soundcloud. It’s called “Paper Dolls” :-)

    Recorded a little demo of an original, have posted it on Soundcloud. It’s called “Paper Dolls” :-)

  5. She’s Always a Woman from Vanessa Dang on Vimeo.

    Starring Lily Bones and Matthew Nance.
    Concept by Matthew Nance.
    Directed, filmed and edited by Vanessa Dang.

    Premiered at Kino Sydney #79.

  6. Ode To My Ex Boyfriends from Vanessa Dang on Vimeo.

    A slightly personal but honest recount to past partners. They know who they are.

    Thanks to all the guys who pretended to be them for a moment. :D

    Premiered at Kino Sydney #79

  7. Vanessa Dang Showreel 2014 from Vanessa Dang on Vimeo.

    An aspiring filmmaker, based in Sydney, Australia.

    Thanks to all those who collaborated with me for the past 2 years - it’s been awesome!

    Song: “Snow Covered Hills” - Imogen Bel

  8. 12 Years A Slave

    Project 365: Film No. 15 12 Years A Slave (2013)

    I loved “Shame”, so I was looking forward to the next Steve McQueen film. Initial reaction? Brilliantly crafted movie, greatly executed, just a tad long and for some reason I didn’t quite connect to it.

    The performance from Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup was brilliant, and the rest of the cast were very believable - especially Lupita Nyong’o who played Patsey - man that was gut-wrenching. The dehumanisation of the black Americans into property and slaves was quite depressing and haunting, and the torture inflicted made me wince and shy away from the screen (the sound design with the violence made it even more powerful). Sometimes I found the score just a tiny bit distracting (realising it was Hans Zimmer made sense to me - I find him a tiny bit over-the-top sometimes). 

    McQueen had his signature character “portrait monologues” as I call it - where the protagonist does a mundane yet characteristic activity and the audience is left watching and wondering, sometimes uncomfortably, for a longer-than-usual take. I quite like them and McQueen pulls them off really well. I need to watch “Hunger” and wait for McQueen to make a couple of more films (and in the mean time improve on my writing skills) so I could write an essay on them.

    The only little flaw I felt was that the timeline did not feel as definite. What felt like something occurring over 2 weeks in retrospect and thought out properly could have been a couple of years. No real timestamps were given throughout his “twelve years”, and when the ending came it felt a bit abrupt.

    I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of McQueen’s work, and if he keeps on collaborating with Michael Fassbender, I’m totally gonna keep watching. I felt this film was more of a homage to his heritage for McQueen, as opposed to “Shame” (which he co-wrote) that was a bit more of his own story somewhat. Once again, wonderfully executed film, a couple of flaws in terms of timeline and length, and awesome performances throughout. But somehow, even though I was moved, I wasn’t quite taken away.

    Rating: 4/5