Starch is more than a film to us. It's a piece of family memorabilia. And we need your help to bring it to the screen.
I started writing Starch inspired by stories from my parents' early years in Australia - the trouble they got into, the ways they managed to get by, and the humour and courage with which they lived each day. They were stories I was sometimes too young to remember myself, but they have had a profound influence over me. Starch is my way of honouring their journey.
And yet, for whatever reason, these are the kinds of stories about immigrants, the South Asian diaspora, and those living in lower-income housing that are almost never portrayed on screen. We want Starch to share a narrative of people from these communities that shows them as real, complicated people - not just as angels because of their situations, or victims for others to pity.
Starch is being made as part of NYU Tisch's Graduate Film program, which has produced some of the world's most celebrated filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and Chloe Zhao. Recent short films made at NYU's Graduate Film program have gone on to win awards at Cannes, Sundance and the Director's Guild of America, and have gone on to be nominated for Academy Awards.
We've gone on a long journey to make Starch, and would love your help to get us to the finish line. Head to our Indiegogo page or our Instagram to see how you can contribute.