Starring newcomers Sua Cho, Dan Lee, and Hae In Song, Sixteen is
written and directed by Nahyeon Lee, produced by Julie Zhu and
assistant produced by Tom Augustine.
Sixteen follows daydreamer Yaejin Kim with her boyfriend Wes, as
she distances herself from her manicurist immigrant mum. Her mum
stands for everything she wants to push away, frugality, difference
and loneliness, seeing a glowing escapism with Wes.
Sixteen is an honest exploration into intergenerational
differences, teenage rebellion and what it means to grow up.
Blending vignettes of domesticity with chaotic K-Pop fantasies,
Sixteen follows the teenagers as they reach a milestone in their
Featuring choreography by Rina Chae and set to a soundtrack
featuring Imugi and Hans, Sixteen is an exploration of contemporary
Korean identity in New Zealand.
Written and directed by Nahyeon Lee, Sixteen is a
semi-autobiographical short film made for a University of Auckland
screen production thesis project under the supervision of
screenwriter Shuchi Kothari with additional guidance from Proudly
Asian Theatre's 2018 NZFC New Asian Writers initiative.
Nahyeon's previous directorial credits include the anthology short
film Myth of the
Model Minority (2019) for TVNZ on Demand that brought together
40+ Asian actors, and Western gold rush short My Mother Told Me
(2017) that played at Short + Sweet Film 2018, and was nominated
for people's choice award.
In her other creative endeavours, she is one of two producing
interns for arts company Satellites, and the current
producer for the upcoming first Filipino-NZ play, Pinay written by Marianne
Infante, programmed for Basement Theatre's winter season.
Sixteen is a short film that is currently independently
self-funded. In order to fulfill and complete our vision, we need
an additional $4,500 to subsidise our current budget.
This funding will go towards paying production costs including art
department and costume and paying our crew who are already
generously giving their time to the film. We need your help to be
able to complete this film.
All donors will receive a credit in the film and an exclusive
invite to the screening of the film (including a private viewing
link). Donations also quality for a 33% tax credit for New Zealand