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THERESA
GUNARSO
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DETAILS

Filmmaker, writer, performer, podcaster, graphic designer
[email protected]

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FILMOGRAPHY
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AWARDS

FOOTSCRAY COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE'S BEHIND THE SCREENS
Cohort of 2021-2022

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123 FILM COMPETITION (2021)
Short Film Category 2nd Place Winner for Subject 9412

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FILM VICTORIA, SBS, AND ARENAMEDIA'S ORIGINATE INITIATIVE (2021)
Stage One: Writers’ Seminar Participant for Portrait of You

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CINESPACE'S PACKAGE TO PITCH (2021)
Participant for The Human and the Android

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SCREENCRAFT COMEDY SCREENPLAY CONTEST (2020)
Quarterfinalist for How to Cope After Spending 3 Years in Space

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TITLES

SUBJECT 9412 (2021)

Short film | Writer, director, editor, and actor (as Private Tei)
In this 2nd place winner for Cinespace's 123 Film Competition 2021, upon an intergalactic exploration ship, a private volunteers to watch over a dangerous prisoner.

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CHINDO TEA (2021 - PRESENT)

Podcast | Creator, writer, producer, host, and editor
Get ready for Theresa and her friend/co-host—Livia—to spill the tea on their experiences as Chinese-Indonesians.

Apple Podcasts (coming soon) Spotify Google Podcast Anchor

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SAM 'N BUCKY: HUNT FOR THE FOUR-HORNED UNICORN (2021)

Parody | Writer, voice actor, and editor
A parody of Marvel Studios' Falcon and the Winter Soldier. To help his family out of a financial difficulty, retired hunter Sam Wilson must return to the dangerous world of hunting. Meanwhile, dreamer Bucky Barnes struggles to find a job but has his sights on becoming a hunter himself. Together, they hunt down the elusive four-horned unicorn—encountering allies and enemies along the way.

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OUR STORIES @ UNIMELB (2020)

Documentary | Editor, producer, and transcriber
Curious about the lives of University of Melbourne students? In this documentary, we follow Liang, Gargi, Vidit, and Flora—Faculty of Arts students—as they navigate their semester. They face challenges: managing their work-life balance to complete their final years and, most of all, learning to adjust to virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NO TIME TO DIE (FROM ESSAYS) (2020)

Podcast | Creator, writer, co-host, and editor
As part of Life in Oz’s series of student podcasts, Theresa and her friend (Jesslyn) present a guide to writing essays! Each episode, the two hosts discuss a step in the essay writing process—while keeping the discussions under 7 minutes (hence, the name, get it?). Available (under Life in Oz).

Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcast Whooshkaa

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THE CAESAR SAGA (2020)

Sketch series | Writer, voice actor, and editor
When the Gunarso household catches wind that Theresa ate her dead plant, Caesar, Theresa becomes ostracised from her friends. Just when Theresa thought she's alone, she meets a new friend—but something is amiss about him...

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TERE’S TAKES (2020)

Podcast | Creator, writer, host, and editor
Where do you go when you have so many opinions, but you don't want to bother people with them? The Internet, of course! Here, Theresa reviews and rambles about films and television for that precise reason. (Yay to the power of the Internet!)

Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcast Anchor

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LOV-R (2019)

Play | Writer, co-director, and actor (as Risi)
Dissatisfied with her life, Priscilla seeks escapism using a V-R game, only to find out it's not all it's cracked up to be. Produced and performed as part of Emmanuel Baptist Church's Christmas Celebration on 17th November.

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LAURA CINTA (2019)

Play | Writer and co-director
Jessica recounts to her daughter the story of her friend, Laura Cinta, and her journey within the church. Produced and performed as part of Emmanuel Baptist Church's 15th anniversary on 8th September.

Youtube (in Indonesian)

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MIN_TEE (2019)

Podcast and YouTube channel | Creator, writer, host, and editor
A weekly series created by Theresa and her friend, Huimin Leong, where they do things they simply think are fun.

YouTube Soundcloud (episode 1-4)

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FREE WILLY (2018)

Play | Writer and co-director
This modern interpretation of The Prodigal Son is a mockumentary that follows Willy Chandra (the eldest son of one of the richest families in Indonesia) and his irresponsibility. Produced and performed as part of Emmanuel Baptist Church‘s Christmas Celebration on 18th November.

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PUBLICATION
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TITLES

THE TIME RIPPER (2021)

Poetry | Published in Myriad vol. 4
A planet slowly descends into doomsday while a mysterious machine is being operated.

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5 STEPS TO MEND A BROKEN HEART (2021)

Poetry | Published in Perspektif vol. 15
Are you broken-hearted? Well, Venus Aphrodisia has so kindly provided these simple steps to mend it!

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THE TRAVELLING MOUNTAIN (2019)

Short story | Published in Myriad vol. 3
A space explorer lands on a planet where its three factions fight for and exploit a mountain that can travel between factions.

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NANAWA-UH! (2019)

Short fiction piece | Published in Myriad vol. 3
A girl sends a publisher an excerpt of her grandfather’s book about Gorontalo slang.

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THE JANUSIAN WAY (2019)

Short story | Published in Perspektif vol. 12
After the Fountain of Youth—an important part of a coming-of-age ritual in Planet Janus—becomes destroyed, Qi grapples with the fact that his generation will be the first to experience death.

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PHILOSOPHICAL ACTION (2018)

Poetry | Published in Perspektif vol. 10, performed by Theresa on Perspektif's Poetry Night
Two friends talk about what they would do if they become God.

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SWEET CHRISTMAS! LUKE’S BACK! (2018)

TV review | Published in Myriad vol. 2
A review of the second season of Marvel’s Luke Cage.

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THE GREEN FIELD (2018)

Poetry | Published in Perspektif vol. 9
A tree contemplates life as the green field the tree lives in becomes destroyed to make way for an apartment complex.

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ABOUT
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BIO

THERESA GUNARSO is a Chinese-Indonesian filmmaker, writer, performer, podcaster, and graphic designer based in Melbourne, Australia.

In 2016, she moved abroad to study at the University of Melbourne where she completed her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Marketing Communications degrees. It was there that she began writing, directing, and performing plays at her church while submitting short stories and poems to student publications.

Her first screenplay, titled How to Cope After Spending 3 Years in Space, was selected as a quarterfinalist in ScreenCraft Comedy Contest in 2020. That year, she was also part of the writers’ room for Cinespace’s “Urban Legends” Anthology Project.

In 2021, Theresa was announced as part of Cinespace’s Package to Pitch program—an online masterclass in packaging and pitching TV series for emerging producers and writers—alongside fourteen other filmmakers. Her first short film, Subject 9412, also placed 2nd in Cinespace's 123 Film Competition of that year.

Alongside her friend and collaborator, she is the creator, host, writer, and editor of a podcast series called Chindo Tea, where the two share their experiences as Chinese-Indonesians.

Currently, Theresa is a social media coordinator volunteer at Cinespace.

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PRESS
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POSTS

INTRODUCING THE NEW COHORT OF FOOTSCRAY COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE'S BEHIND THE SCREENS PROGRAM

(16 September, 2021) Introducing the new cohort of emerging filmmakers joining the Behind the Screens program!

Alice Gilbert, Ames Choucair, Feifei Liao, Jackie Dixon, Jenn Tran, Llewellyn Michael Bates, Natal Jimma, Rama Luksiarto, Senuri Chandrani, Theresa Gunarso, Tinaye Nyathi, Vimbai Viviene Nenzou.

Facilitated by filmmaker and journalist, Santilla Chingaipe, Behind the Screens is a capacity building program for filmmakers underrepresented in the industry. Presented in partnership with Film Victoria, this program will support participants to develop their skills in an open, supportive and collaborative learning environment.

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"SUBJECT 9412" AWARDED SECOND PLACE IN 123 FILM COMPETITION

(3 July, 2021) Congratulations to the winners of our 123 Film Competition! As Youth Week 2021 comes to an end, we’re pleased to announce the winning entries that show the creativity and initiative of Victorian youth.

Short Film Category
1st place - Hayden Flynn (Dartboard)
2nd place - Theresa Gunarso (Subject 9412)
3rd place - Talha Sarrac (Diversity in a Galaxy Far, Far Away)

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CINESPACE INC'S PACKAGE TO PITCH PARTICIPANTS UNVEILED

(27 January, 2021) Fifteen Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) practitioners are set to participate in Cinespace Inc’s Package to Pitch program, an online masterclass on pitching into the market.

Selected by a culturally diverse panel, they include: Amal Awad, Alan Nguyen, Ana Tiwary, Orson Dijle, Serah Nathan, Karl Fernando, Eliza Matengu, Vonne Patiag, Theresa Gunarso, Jeremy Nguyen, Divya Vaman, Kim Ho, Michelle Ny, Sam Calafiore and Eva Justine Torkkola. Each has a pilot TV script they’re ready to pitch.

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