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The Neon Across the Ocean

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The Neon Across the Ocean
Directed byMatthew Victor Pastor
Produced by
  • Matthew Victor Pastor
  • Evangeline Lee
  • Vladelyte Valdez
Music byCorey Reason
Release date
  • October 22, 2020 (2020-10-22) (São Paulo International Film Fesitval)
Running time
91 minutes[1]

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The Neon Across the Ocean is a Filipino Australian feature film set in the not-too-distant future about a post COVID world. It is the first instalment in a 2020 trilogy of feature films on the topic directed by Matthew Victor Pastor.[2] The film had its world premiere at the 44th São Paulo International Film Festival and its Australian premiere at the 24th Revelation Perth International Film Festival. [3]


Set sometime in the not-too-distant future, after the 2020 pandemic, Mandy is a 17-year-old Filipino Australian. In her final year of high school and dealing with her parents divorce, she navigates a world driven by a new normal of isolation and fear. Meanwhile a girl in Manila tells her story.[4]


  • Waiyee Rivera as Mandy
  • Chi Nguyen as Serena


Pastor has said of the film in Folha de S.Paulo “Pastor, who is always working on at least two productions at the same time, had the idea of making “Neon Across the Ocean” five years ago and adapted the narrative to the current context. "I already wanted to talk about two separate people, but the pandemic came and I thought 'OK, so that's the story'. The relationship between past, present and future is something intimate for the director, who says he has the feeling of always experiencing the three moments at the same time. It was this discomfort that motivated him to conceive “Neon Across the Ocean” as part of a trilogy.”[5]

Pastor has also mentioned in an interview with The Swanston Gazette that he is interested in editing a 5 hour version of the trilogy making the future, present and past elements of the three films into a singular vision edit with a runtime of 320 minutes. The 5 hour version of the film may act as a full vision.[6]


  1. "The Neon Across the Ocean" – via mubi.com.
  2. "Fil-Aus indie film screens in Cinema Rehiyon 2021". SBS Your Language.
  3. "Your complete list of Australian films screening at Revelation Film Festival". June 1, 2021.
  5. "Vida pós 2020 é retratada com poucas máscaras em filme exibido na Mostra". Folha de S.Paulo. November 2, 2020.
  6. "An Interview with feature filmmaker Matthew Pastor". The Swanston Gazette.

Category:2020 films Category:Australian films Category:Australian films Category:English-language films

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