Shuang Hu and Nathan Ramos-Park.

Shuang Hu will star as a Chinese-Australian tea shop owner searching for love, family, and cultural connection in Amazon’s first original Australian feature, Five Blind Dates.

The Goalpost Pictures and Amazon Studios film is created and written by Hu and Nathan Ramos-Park, and will be directed by Shawn Seet.

Whilst visiting her family in Townsville for her sister Alice’s engagement festivities, tea shop owner Lia (Hu) finds herself at a comedically tumultuous family luncheon with her best friend Mason and is gifted an unwelcome prophecy that she will soon meet her suitor. Her family, unsure of Lia’s ability to discern a partner for herself, decides to set her up on five blind dates. Even though her true passion and current focus lies in saving her tea-shop—a legacy left to her from her grandmother—Lia reluctantly agrees to go on these dates.  

Joining Hu is a yet to be announced ensemble cast.

In a joint statement, Hu and Ramos-Park said: “For Five Blind Dates to be the first Australian Amazon Original Feature is such an honour.  The script has been a real labour of love for us both and we can’t wait for production to begin!”

Kylie du Fresne will produce, with Goalpost colleagues Ben Grant and Rosemary Blight executive producers. Production will begin in April and take place around Sydney and Townsville.

“As a melting pot of cultures, traditions and communities, Australia is fertile ground for local stories. With Five Blind Dates, Prime Video Australia’s first feature film, we are celebrating Chinese-Australian culture and its warm family dynamics to full and joyful effect,” said Amazon Studios head of originals Asia Pacific Erika North.

“Shuang and Nathan have created an effervescent and lighthearted romantic comedy which we know will be enjoyed by millions of Prime members worldwide. We cannot wait to work with the incredibly talented Goalpost team to bring this heartwarming story to life.”  

Five Blind Dates marks Amazon’s 16th Australian original since 2019, with others including the upcoming DeadlochThe Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, and Class of ’07.

Addressing Screen Forever today, North told Australian filmmakers that Amazon is “open for business”.

“If you have great ideas in mind; ideas which you might have always wanted to embark on but never could, this is the time. This is the time to reach out with your ideas. Amazon Studios has the ambition to become the home for talent in Australia; your favourite partner in the region.”

In terms of what is looking for in film, North said Amazon is interested in multiple genres but was about “movies with an event feel” and “ideas that bring people together”.

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  1. Great to see Chinese stars in ‘Five Blind Dates.’ Best of luck for a fantastic film season. Regarding Amazon wanting content : I have a 120 page screenplay entitled ‘The Thirteenth Dance.’ It is about a 20 year old girl who shoots her fiancee in a crowded ballroom. The Trial and the Verdict were astounding. Do you think you and/or Amazon would be interested ?

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