Melody Chen

Melody Chen was selected to take part in First Break NSW and successfully completed the program in June 22022.

Melody is a Chinese-Australian writer based in Sydney. Her short film, Posthumous Forgiveness, screened at the Short + Sweet Illawarra Film Festival in 2021 and caught the attention of award-winning filmmakers worldwide. Her work combines offbeat humour with vulnerability to tell stories about queer identity, family, social isolation, and the Chinese diaspora.

Melody is currently co-writing and directing Death at White Rocks, a supernatural mystery series inspired by Stranger Things and Twin Peaks alongside her friend and collaborator Chris Chacos.

Melody is also completing her Honours year in Film Studies at UNSW, supervised by Dr. Roanna Gonsalves. Her thesis explores the interplay between estrangement and empathy in diaspora comedy-dramas. As part of the creative component, she is writing a satirical web series about the Chinese-Australian teen experience.

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Melody Chen


First Break NSW Graduate


  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • Mystery

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