The Home Song Stories Page #2

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

Look after her when she's ugly and old.

Take care of her.

They raided my place last night.

Immigration took two men away.

What will happen to them?

They'll be deported.

I was lucky.

I was playing mahjong with Bing.

But I can't stay there any more.

It's too risky.

Where will you go?

I don't know.

Maybe Sydney.

Bing will find me a job there.

Are you leaving me?

Don't you like me?

If lmmigration catches me,

they'll send me back to Hong Kong.

It's different for you.

You have citizenship.

Number eight please, Sir.

Number eight; good luck girls.

Which one vowel does not

occur in the word, 'accustomed'?



-Yes! -Right.

Who is Britain's heir apparent?

Prince Charles.


In which sport is the expression

`The bell lap' used?



Yes, we'll accept that, or running.

Which heavenly body is referred

to by the Greek prefix...

Hello Ma.

This Joe. My auntie's son.

Just move here from Hong Kong.

He have nowhere to stay.

Hello, Auntie.

Only stay few day.

He sleep in back...

I write my husband. He say Okay.

It's not my house.


Remember Uncle Joe?

Where are we?

I don't know.

Just drive.

I'm bored.

Read your comic.

Ma, I'm bored.

When I was a girl,

I brushed my mother's hair every morning.

Those were the happiest times for me.

Let me brush your hair.

You're growing up.

Be a woman soon.

You must study hard. Understand?

Don't make the same mistakes

as your mother.

...get happy...

You like?

Sugar cane. Very juicy.

I've sent a letter to Bill.

I've asked him to ring me.

Hard to ring from boat.

Come on, let's get out of here.

Bye-bye. Bye.

She go soon.

Here is better than a boarding house.

You're a crazy woman.

You cannot escape my jade sword,

Stinky Pearl.

Ha, Jade Warrior,

your jade sword means nothing against

my deadly fans.

Hai! Hai!

Hai! Hai! Hai!

Get out of here, you filth!

You... Chinese. Get out!

After everything he's done for you,

how could you?

What's happening?

Hurry up. Get dressed.

He should never have taken you back.

I warned him.

This is going to break his heart.

Ungrateful, ungrateful.

Haven't you got anything

to say for yourself?

I know you can understand me!

What have you got to say? Eh?

Get out!

Why are we leaving?

You work it out.

We rented the place to

white people before.

They didn't look after the place.

What's the smell?

Just open the windows.

Give me two weeks' rent,

and you can have it now.

If you rent from Australians,

they'll need your passports,

references and bond.

You're lucky to have a friend like me.

Thank you.

This our new home.

I need to talk to him.

Why are you pulling a long face?

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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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