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Megan McMurchy & Michael McMahon
William Yang

William Yang makes a compelling journey through his intriguing Chinese Australian history and the loss of many close friends to HIV. A filmed monologue, which although at times is completely devastating, is ultimately a joyous celebration of human life and love.


‘Ayres and his producers, Michael McMahon and Megan McMurchy, and editor Reva Childs, have managed to set exactly the right tone. The film ends with Yang sharing his understanding of what sadness and the common experience of grief can teach us’ – Susan Lambert, Australian Screen

‘The Chinese believe that the true self, the real ‘I’, is a spirit that never dies, which is eternal. SADNESS is a celebration of that unyielding spirit’IDFA

  • Winner: Australian Critics Award, Best Documentary
  • Winner: Most Popular Film (audience vote), Brisbane Film Festival
  • Nominee: Due to Excellence, New York Expo
  • Nominee: Best Documentary, Best Director, and Best Sound, Australian Film Institute (AFI)
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