The Banana in a Nutshell writer/director will henceforth be considered “distinguished” by her alma mater. Liang is one of six alumni to be honoured later this month.
Liang has a category all to herself, named the Young Alumna of the Year. Since leaving uni, she’s had success with short film (Take 3), doco (Banana) and feature (My Wedding and Other Secrets).
Banana took the Best Documentary gong at the DOCNZ festival, while Liang was named SPADA’s New Filmmaker of the Year and took the Best Director of Documentary award at the Asian Festival of 1st Films.
Liang won Best Feature Screenplay at the Aotearoa Film and TV Awards for MW&OS, which also won Best Actress (Michelle Ang).
The film had a good run on the international festival circuit and was named a finalist at China’s Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival.
In 2012, Liang was named a 2012 Sir Peter Blake Trust Emerging Leader. She’s currently busy with webseries Flat 3, the third season of which received NZ On Air cash just before Christmas, one of six projects supported under the Digital Media Fund’s Kickstart funding strand.
Other alumni being honoured by Auckland University this year are business leader Bruce Aitken; composer Gareth Farr; Executive Director of the Royal Society of London, Dr Julie Maxton; neuroscientist and Paralympian Dr William Tan; and Tongan academic and politician Hon Dr Ana Maui Taufeulungaki.
The award winners will speak at Auckland Live! at the Maidment on Thursday 13 March, before being honoured at a gala dinner on Friday 14 March.