The audition room is a minefield for three Asian actresses who are expected to be Asian in ways they’re not completely comfortable with. When the humiliations mount, they transcend their professional rivalry in one gleeful act of solidarity, empowering themselves with the very stereotypes that they’ve been subjected to.
D I R E C T O R ’ S N O T E S - Roseanne Liang
“Take 3 is a satirical comedy. Loosely based on my own experiences as a wannabe actor, Take 3 addresses the oft-seen, rarely questioned stereotypes surrounding Asian women in Western media. Feminists have been protesting the objectification of women for decades, and I’d be quite happy to join them, if only I hadn’t auditioned against dozens of other Asian actresses for that elusive ‘Asian’ role as the bitchy doctor, Samurai princess or sex-pot lawyer. How do I reconcile my cultural identity with my desire to get some acting work?
Enter Kaylee, Melanie and Lisa. Take 3 follows their trials, tribulations, and eventual triumph. Starting from quiet embarrassment about the perceived inscrutability of the Chinese, then multiplying into various other confusions around language, proficiency in the martial arts and discount blow-jobs, Take 3 builds to a crescendo where the protagonists finally empower themselves with the very stereotypes that they’ve been subjected to. This is a fresh take on the familiar story of a bunch of girls who get fed up enough to take matters into their own hands. Especially in the case of Take 3, redress is long overdue.”
2008 - Berlin Film Festival, Norwegian Short Film Festival, Athens International Film Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival
35mm; 1.2.35, Dolby Digital