The Home Song Stories

Synopsis: Rose, a Shanhainese songstress singing at nightclubs in HongKong during the 60's, marries an Australian sailor and migrates with her young son and daughter to Melbourne. Her past filled with lost innocence, she begins a cycle of dependence and desperation to create a family for herself and her children, culminating with her affair with Qi, an illegal immigrant from HongKong. Watched through the eyes of her young son, the mother's journey reveals painful truths about the human condition, the love of family and self, and the price we pay for growing up.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Tony Ayres
Production: Dendy Films
  20 wins & 29 nominations.
103 min

Joe. My name is Joe.

Eat up.

Shao Wah...

Yes ma.

You write to him today,

he has to send more money.

How can we live on what he left us?

He promised he'd take care of us.

Hurry up, lazy bones.

Where are we going?

How would I know?

Jade Warrior attacks

the Golden Princess, Hai!


Hai! Hai!

Look at you, Rose,

as beautiful as your name.

I've brought my children to

eat your delicious food.

Good, we're about to eat.

This is the owner, Bing.

This is Hong Mei Gwei.

She's the famous singer

I told you about.

An honour to meet you,

a star in our restaurant.

Come join us.

We don't want to be any trouble.

Please. There's plenty of room.

You're my guests today.

If you insist.

Thank Uncle.

Thank you, Uncle.

Chan was the head chef at

the Golden Goose in Kowloon.

One of my favourite restaurants.

That's where all the nightclub

singers used to go.

You have good taste.

Frances Yip loved my salty chicken.

Kim came from Taishan.

Hello Aunty.

You're a village girl,

just like my grandmother.

Here's our apprentice cook with

his specialty, ginger fish.

Nice to see you, Rose.

Nice seeing you, Joe.

I sang this song at the Phoenix Club.

Don't wake up the old cow.

Pour Mama a drink.

Ma, you have to go to bed now.

One more drink.

Go to sleep.

Go to bed.

Why can't I come with you?

You don't want to come. Too boring.

Go to park. Play with friends.

I don't have any friends.

Ai-ya! The air in this country is too dry.

Make skin like paper.

When a woman gets old,

no one wants her any more.

She is useless.

Like a dog with three legs.

Your mother beautiful?

Yes, Mama.

Don't worry, Dede.

I'll be your friend.

Yeah, but you're my mother...

How embarrassing's that?

You have to grow up to be big and strong.

So you can take care of your mother!

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Tony Ayres

Tony Ayres (born 16 July 1961) is a Portuguese Macau-born Australian showrunner, screenwriter, director in television and feature film. He is most notable for his films Walking on Water and The Home Song Stories, as well his work in television, including working as the showrunner on The Slap and teen adventure series Nowhere Boys. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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