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Cast/Crew

Diana Nguyen as Co-creater/ Kim Huong Nguyen (Me)

Diana named after the Princess, was born to be a doctor, to buy a house at 19 – wait 2 houses and no BF until after university. None of that happened, but the disappointment continues. She is 32, not married and no grandchildren for her mum…WHEN WILL IT END?!?!

Since the debut of Phi and Me in 2011, Diana’s life has changed. Instead of acting 50% of the time with 4-5 jobs, she is now acting 80% of the time, and is grateful for the confidence Kim Huong has given her. Her TV credits include – Underbelly for 20 seconds, Please Like Me for 20 seconds, Upper Middle Bogan for 20 seconds, Jack Irish for 20 seconds, Fancy Boy for 2 mins (Yeah) company member of Melbourne Playback Theatre Company retelling stories (melbourneplayback.com.au), and a Clown Doctor for the Humor Foundation and on TV for a full hour on Q&A ABC. Check out her CV on www.diananguyen.com.au 

“But it is Diana Nguyen’s steroid-fed tiger mum that owns the show. A force-10 blitz of over-protective maternal tyranny…”

- Jim Schembri

Herald Sun

Fiona Chau as Co-Creater

Fiona is short. No matter how hard she tried she could never grow any taller, “Damn you Asian genes.” While trying to meditate in a zen forest surrounded by pandas in Japan, she contemplated on how to use her vertically challenged body to its fullest potential. She looked down at her list titled ‘Dream Jobs’ and quickly crossed off ‘Professional Basketball player’. Five minutes later after watching bamboo grow, it dawned on her as to why she put on Earth. This pivotal moment of realisation has since then been dubbed by scientists, as ‘The Emancipation of Phi’. But one does not simply wake up and become Phi. After TEOP occurred Fiona spent many years training the inner Phi. In 2011 her character debuted at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and again in 2012…. it was epic. Too bad this year she is taking a break from the stage. But there is no need to panic she will be back! And she is BACK!

“…Chau beautifully captures her character’s nuances but is more than capable of playing it for belly-laughs.”

 

- Lynette Walker

Herald Sun

Melanie Killingsworth – Director

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4227820/

Mark Kenfield – Director of Photography

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4503381/

Lucinda Bruce – Producer

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5860870/

 

Serena Hunt- Co-Producer & AD

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0402631/

 

Garth Ernstzen – Art Design

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm9460316/

 

Anna Charalambous- Associate Producer/Production Coordinator/Sound Assistant

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm9308861

 

Pia Harrington – Script Supervisor

www.imdb.com/name/nm9185107

Shannon Michaelas – Editor

www.imdb.com/name/nm5809808/

Music Composer Christopher Span
1st AC Jessa Rose
“B” Camera Operator Brendan Cherry
2nd Camera 1st AC Shawkat Husseni
2nd Camera Assistant Rohan Megyeri & Stephen Loats
Script Supervisor Pia Harrington
Sound Mixer Gemma Stack
Sound Recordist David Lauritsen & Anna Charalambous & Jessica Mason
Gaffer Lewis Revell & Stephen Loats & Scott Pope
Best Boy Moise Capalb
Costume Supervisor Nicole Tran
Makeup Artists Emma Rose & Lysa Kiely
Post Production Supervisor Anna Charalambous
Sound Designer Gemma Stack
Visual Effects Editor ??
Special Effects Editor Jason Barter
Production Coordinator Anna Charalambous
Stills Photographer Kristian Pirotta & Raphael Chan & Jody Wright
Catering (by) Heidi Salander
Unit Assistant Jossie Criddle
Production Assistants Eli Landes, Nicola Gonzales

Chi Nguyen as Phi Nguyen

Chi Nguyen’s full name is Nguyen Thi Kim Chi; yes, you read it correctly: Kim Chi like the spicy Korean dish. So it goes without saying that Chi is a massive food addict, live-to-eat-not-eat-to-live kind of girl. She is also a drama queen since birth, a professional shower-singer, a Sudoku enthusiast and a loud and proud Hufflepuff. Chi has just completed her three-year Acting training at the Victorian College of the Arts, and the greatest things she has learned from the experience is a- it’s OK to be different, b- talking to yourself is in fact quite normal and c- eating Tim Tams for breakfast when you’re in a stressful period is extremely comforting (but don’t read the nutrition facts – may cause crying).

 

Don Tran is Uncle Ray.

https://www.opencomedy.com/dontran

Maria Tran is Aunty 8.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3489824/

Moni Lai Storz is Grandma.

Doctor Thang Neil Ta
Ticket Inspector Moise Capalb
Tu / Tracey Christine Nguyen
Tu’s Boyfriend Kevin Ho
Tu’s Baby Mia Chow
Tu’s Father Michael Chow
Tu’s Mother Diana Chow
Pho Waiter Suzanne Nguyen
Ninja Michael Tang
Young Phi Sera Nguyen
Aunty Six Karen Luu
Uncle Five Gary Nguyen

Extras

Nicole Tran
Jordan Chow
Kristian Pirotta
Garth Ernzten
Rose Nguyen
Lam Do
Quang Do
Trâ Nguyêt Thu
Maì Pham
Ngoc Le
Tuget Bach Thi Nguyên
Angelina Doan
John Doan
Michelle Rushen
My Tham
Dugen Ngoc Vo
Chin Ho
Anh Pham
Anh La
Qui Tam Le
Hoa Huynh
Phuong Vu
Luu My Phung
Tran Thi Mui
Aunty Four Kim Huynh
Uncle Three Lee Ton
Teen Boy 1 Khuong Nguyen
Teen Boy 2 Shadab Safa
Physics Teacher Marie Werrett
Mr McFhail Tom Davis
Cheryl Student Welfare Coordinator Emma Smith
English Teacher Pauline Lachica Cruz
AMES English Teacher Peter D Flaherty
Ticket Attendent Fiona Chau
Librarian Phoebe Mason
Another Aunty Hong Vo
Thi Nhi Nguyen
Huong Thi Nguyen
Thu Pham
Kim Tran
Hai Nguyen
Kan Ich Nguyen
Skorin Ngan
Thi Hoa Luu
Hong Vo
Van
Ngoc Nguyen
Dinh Dang
Hung
Phang Trinh
Latjor Chuol
Angelina Segal
Do Kim Hoang
Raphael Segal
Hi Thu Hong Nguyen
Andrew Pagliuro
Armaan Keast
Thi Kim Cuong Tran
Ci Thang Nguyen
Hong Thi Nguyen
Xuyen – Thi Do

Steve McPhail as “all the other characters we can’t play”

Steve is a bit over 38 years old, okay, a lot over 38 years old. He has been trying to act and entertain in Melbourne for about the last 40 years (which proves he’s over 38) featuring in the first productions in some of Melbourne’s most innovative fringe theatres. He directed the first show at the Carlton Courthouse (when it was still a Courthouse) was a lead actor in The Church theatre in Hawthorn (but all that was last century). Although born in Australia, he claims to be second generation Vietnamese for two reasons – he has taught over 5,000 Vietnamese students in Springvale over the past 13 years (of which Diana and Fiona claim to be the best two ever!) and has an unfinished thesis on the Experiences of Second Generation Vietnamese girls and their connectedness to family, school, peer group and community. In fact his favourite food is Combination Pho from Pho Huang in St James Avenue, Springvale. He even pronounces it “Fuh” so he must be part Vietnamese. To every one of those Asian girls he has taught, he would thank you for letting him share your resilience and laughter.

“Providing sturdy support in no fewer than eight parts is local stage veteran Steve McPhail. His straight-man turn opposite Kim during a Centrelink interview is hands-down hilarious.”

- Jim Schembri

Herald Sun

PETER NOIC as Phi Nguyen 2015-2017

Peter is an up-and-coming actor who loves to entertain. When he’s not out and about, you can be sure to find him in his room. You may catch him making awkward videos for people to watch on YouTube, while you cringe silently in the corner at how lame his jokes are. But be warned, if you hear him screaming, he’s not in any pain. He’s probably just yelling at his really bad team mates while he’s playing Dota 2. As he likes to put it “Dota is love… Dota is life…” Peter is an expert at procrastination and at being a night owl. In fact, if a night owl saw him, it would probably think it was looking in a mirror. But that’s silly, because how does a night owl know about mirrors? Oh no, the cringe attacks have already started. Despite the countless fangirls calling him ‘cute’ (*cough cough*) and all the commendations that he’s received through being a Dota 2 pubstar, Peter is actually a nice guy. Trust me, I’m as surprised as you are. You can check out his cringe-worthy videos at: http://www.youtube.com/Peternoic.

 

 

Anne Nguyen – Stage manager & tech 2012-2015

The No 1 daughter in Diana’s family – Golden Child.

 

 

 

Amber Hart – Stage Manager & Tech 2011