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Apple debuts 'Daughter', a new 'Shot on iPhone' short film celebrating Chinese New Year

Daughter Shot on iPhone
Daughter Shot on iPhone (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple has released a new short film to its YouTube channel.
  • The film, titled 'Daughter', highlights the importance of family on Chinese New Year.
  • Apple historically releases a film every year as part of its 'Shot on iPhone' series.

Apple has released a new short film on its Youtube channel to celebrate Chinese New Year and highlight the filmmaking capabilities of the iPhone 11 Pro. The film, titled 'Daughter', is directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Theodore Melfi and stars Zhou Xun, China's leading actress.

The film focuses on the generational differences between a mother and daughter about the life that she and her child lead. It's a truly touching film about pride, acceptance, and family.

A film about three generations of Chinese women coming together at Chinese New Year. Shot on iPhone 11 Pro. Directed by Theodore Melfi. Cinematography by Lawrence Sher. Starring Zhou Xun, China's leading actress. Song: 'Hope' By Varqa Buehrer.

Theodore Melfi, the director of the film, is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker who received his nominations after co-writing, directing and producing Hidden Figures, a film about the role that black female mathematicians played during the space race. Hidden Figures received nominations for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Lawrence Sher, the film's cinematographer, is best known for this work on Garden State and The Hangover series. Most recently, he served as Director of Cinematography for Todd Phillip's 'Joker' film which just won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture for Joaquin Phoenix's depiction of the villain at the Gloden Globe awards.

The film stars Zhou Xun, China's leading actress, known for her performances in 'The Equation of Love and Death', 'The Banquet', and 'Perhaps Love'. The last film earned her a Best Actress award in the Hong Kong Film Awards.

Apple also released a behind-the-scenes video in tandem with the film itself. The video features interviews with Theodore Melfi and Zhou Xun and shows how the filmmakers used the iPhone 11 Pro to bring the story to life.

Go behind the scenes with director Theodore Melfi, Cinematographer Lawrence Sher, and actress Zhou Xun to see how they used the iPhone 11 Pro to bring the touching story 'Daughter' to life.

Apple has historically released a film to its YouTube channel to celebrate Chinese New Year and demonstrate the filmmaking capabilities of its latest iPhone as part of its 'Shot on iPhone' video series. Last year, Apple released 'The Bucket', a film about "the taste of home".

Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.

1 Comment
  • I finally came across this. One thing I took from the documentary that stunned me is how many of the scenes were shot handheld- no Gimble... just regular handheld. The story is touching and as someone who grew up in an Asian household, relatable and moving. Definitely worth watching.