Tomgirl

by Vonne Patiag

10 min, Australia, English

A young Filipino boy in Western Sydney gets an enchanting crash-course in his homeland culture when his uncle reveals himself to be a cross-dresser in the ‘Bakla’ tradition.

Vonne Patiag is a Writer/Director based in Western Sydney, working in theatre and film. His most recent short film ‘Window’ was commissioned by Olympus Cameras and had its World Premiere at St. Kilda Film Festival 2016 where it won Best Short Film in its category. Window has gone on to screen at Dungog Festival (Short Film Competition), Noosa International Film Festival, BOFA Film Festival (2016) and Revelation Perth International Film Festival and Sydney Underground Film Festival (2017). He was recently announced as a recipient of the Hot Shots Plus 2017 funding round from Screen Australia for his online series ‘Boy (Space) Friends’ for production and talent development funding. Vonne is interested in personal stories that explore queer/ethnic intersections and issues of racism and geographical prejudice prevalent to the Western Sydney experience.

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