22 January —
25 January 2015
Vihn Nguyen, Domenico Pandolfo

Van is a visual timeline of my father’s journey from Vietnam to Australia – of escaping from the war at home, and starting a new life in a new country.

Further Information

"Throughout our conversations, he has always referred to the family car as a kind of workhorse, treasured and valued as a symbol of dedication. It is central in the animation not only as a traveling companion, but also as a silent observer of what is to come.

The film offers a glimpse into the past and future, exploring how incredibly precious family is – particularly given the experiences my parents have lived through. Despite the hardships, my father stands proud, alive and present, and I am constantly reminded that my time with him is limited."

Vihn Nguyen

Creative Team

Animation: Vihn Nguyen

Nguyen is a filmmaker whose films Bliss and Handy have been screened nationally and at Cannes. His festival awards include Best Film at 48 Green Hours (2011) and Shortcuts (2012). He has a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communications (UTS) and has produced quirky and engaging work for Sydney Theatre Company, Cancer Council and Headspace.

Music: Domenico Pandolfo

Van is one of nine works in BANKSTOWN:LIVE, part of Sydney Festival 2015.

Supporters and Partners

Australia Council for the Arts, Arts NSW, Bankstown City Council, Bankstown Arts Centre, Western Sydney University, Metro Screen, VA Digital Hire, Bankstown Sports