A Boy Called Su

Vedrana Music, Australia, 2014

8 min.Short fictionChildren's films

Su is in kindergarten and doesn’t speak English. He spends lunchtimes playing alone with his favourite ball. Linda gives him lollies with special powers and invites him to play, but Su is too shy to join in. He clings to his ball and watches the other children instead. That is until James throws his ball into a tree. Su tries to get it down with a stick but gets in trouble with the teacher. He gets the ball down with his shoe, only to have it kicked into the soccer pitch. A one-shoed Su is forced to be piggy in the middle until the ball is kicked out again. Su runs after it only to discover James has gotten hold of it. He hides and watches. Su eats the lollies Linda gave him and bravely marches out to confront James. He demands his ball back in his own language – Mandarin Chinese. The boys fight for the ball. James loses his balance and falls into a puddle. Su hesitates, and then helps him up. A brave new Su invites Linda to play catch with his ball. James comes back with Su’s shoe. They play tips together on the playground and the ball rolls away forgotten.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title A Boy called Su
Danish title Drengen Su
Keywords Integration, Friendship, Bullying, Courage
Director Vedrana Music
Screenplay Nicole Reddy
Director of Photography Raj Muneshwar
Editor Simon Greenfield
Sound Callum Hedemann
Production designer Bec Sheedy
Appearance Jayden Lai, Sebastian Mackenzie, Everlyn Allebi, Helen Stuart
Production country Australia
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut, Spor Media
International sales
Online release 01.07.2017,
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company
Executive Producer Australien, Television and Radio School Australian Film
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut, Spor Media


Direction Vedrana Music


Screenplay Nicole Reddy
Story developer Vedrana Music


Production Rachel Argall


Cinematographer Raj Muneshwar


Editing Simon Greenfield

Production design

Production designer Bec Sheedy


Wardrobe Bec Sheedy
Wardrobe James Collins


Sound Callum Hedemann


Voice Mingus Alan Eriksen
Voice Sally Bergstrøm Søsted
Voice Lotte Bergstrøm


Su Jayden Lai
James Sebastian Mackenzie
Linda Everlyn Allebi
Mrs Brown Helen Stuart

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