‘Cradle & Grave’ is Coming to Life

After six years of development and disruptions due to COVID-19, DEGANZ member Tema Pua‘s Cradle & Grace is finally coming to life and needs a final push to get over the finish line of its Boosted campaign! Fellow member Brendon Chan is also attached as the film’s editor.

The short initially gained support through the 2019 PASC Short Cuts Development Lab, before receiving Fresh Shorts funding from the Film Commission in 2020. While this funding will cover some production costs, the team is raising an additional $16,000 to ensure pay parity for the crew.

Cradle & Grace, written by Malinna Liang, follows 22-year-old Olivia, who must help the ghost of her hard-to-please, Chinese mother cross over—or be stuck with her forever. The story delves into the complexities of mothers and daughters, shifting perceptions, and death administration (aka ‘sadmin’).

On the Boosted page, Tema shares about the project’s importance,

Cradle & Grave is both a love letter to our mothers and a love letter to any woman who has lost her mum growing up. I believe that through this little film, we can say something authentic about the complex, life-shaping bond between mothers and daughters.

Fun fact: Tema and Malinna met while working at DEGANZ! After Malinna finished her internship with the guild, she and Tema began working on the short together.

If you’d like to check out the project and the team’s mahi, you can find the Boosted campaign here!

Last updated on 23 May 2024