take away

is an adaptation of an acclaimed physical theatre show where Anna Yen seeks to understand a family tragedy. In doing so, she unravels stories about her grandmother, her mother and herself.

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Performer/writer, Anna Yen, in seeking to understand a family tragedy, unravels stories about her grandmother, her mother and herself. The film moves from China in the early 1900s, through Hong Kong in the 30s, suburban Sydney in the 60s, and into the present day. ‘Chinese Take Away’ tells a deeply personal story about strength, loss and transformation that resonates universally.

Behind the Scenes

Official Selections

Sydney Asia Pacific Film Festival, Aug 2002

Schonell Cinemas, Brisbane, May 31- June 4, 2003

‘Popcorn’ Valhalla, Glebe, Sydney, May 27, 2003

Mitzi showed film in Melbourne for AFTRS in May 2003

Guangdong International Documentary Film Festival

West End (Brisbane) Film Festival organized by Trash Videos, November 2003

Northern NSW Film Festival (organized by Julia Hines) early 2004

Valley International Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA, March 2004

Manchester Commonwealth Film Festival 2004

Parnoja Film Initiative, Alliance Francaise, NAIROBI, Kenya. Sept 3, 2007

An Asian Australian Occasion – Short Film Festival, University of Qld, May 18, 2007



At each of the following occasions, Anna Yen performed a short excerpt of the stage play ‘Chinese Take Away’ from which the film is adapted, in conjunction with the film screening.

March 5, 2003           Re [Imagining} – First Asian Women’s Theatre Festival Manila, The Philippines

March 9, 2003           Theatre Workshop, Sigmahanon Foundation for Culture and the Arts, ROXAS CITY, Philippines, Sponsored by Australian Embassy in The Philippines

Study Guide

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Writer / Performer

Anna Yen

Director / Producer

Mitzi Goldman

Line Producer

Isabel Perez

Director of Photography

Himman Dhamija

Production Designer

Kate Wills

Costume Designer

Justine Seymour


Melanie Sandford

Original Music

Charlie Chan

Sound Recordist

Paul Finlay