Q&A – Chris Pang

Chris Pang, the son of two martial arts instructors, is an Australian actor who played lead character “Lee” in the Australian box office hit “Tomorrow When The War Began” which excelled to be highest grossing Australian film of the 2010 and also went on to break DVD sales records in Australia. Pang’s acting credits also encompass Australian television: the AFI Award winning series “Rush”,  critical acclaimed “Tangle” and “City Homicide”, and a lead, again as the love interest, in feature film “Citizen Jia Li”. He is actively engaged in developing projects and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese as well as an aficionado of martial arts disciplines.
1. Why it is important to have Asian Australian participation on or behind the screen? 
For the population of Asians that exist in Australia there really isn’t a proportional representation in the entertainment industry and there should be! I mean c’mon we’re creative and funny and sexy… Right?
2. What are you working on now/next?
Ah! I’m not allowed to say so you’ll have to wait to find out but I am also getting involved with the development side of films so I can say that next up is exciting times!
3. What’s your impression of the Asian Australian Film Forum and Network? 
Its definitely a place of opportunity for filmmakers to build a strong network of talent and resources. Anyone that is interested in film especially Asian film should make it a priority to attend.
4. Where do you think the AAFFN should head to next?
Somewhere that holds more people!!! I saw something great this year and I hope next year can be bigger and better!


Author: Lian Low

Lian Low is currently Peril's Chairperson and Writer-at-Large, previously Editor-in-Chief (2010-2014) and Prose Editor (2009-2014). In early 2015, she collaborated on the performance text of the sold-out premiere of Do you speak Chinese? at the Malthouse Theatre & Dance Massive. In the middle of 2015, she was a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow, and read her travel memoir in progress at their Next Big Thing: Hot Desk edition. At the end of 2015, Melbourne’s UNESCO City of Literature Office Travel Fund initiative funded her travels to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival and the Melaka Arts and Performance Festival in Malaysia. Find her on http://lianlow.weebly.com/ and Twitter @Lian__Low

1 thought on “Q&A – Chris Pang”

  1. Hi Lian / Peril,

    The online format means you are not restricted by space requirements, so lets have longer interviews, please! We hardly ever get to hear what our Asian Australian actors are thinking about, so when we have this opportunity, go for it, there is an audience who wants more in depth conversations.

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