Tedx Speaker 'We need to embrace conflict' | Maria Tran (2017)
40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians (2019)
Finalist, Western Sydney Women Awards (2022)
Maria Tran is a Vietnamese-Australian actor, filmmaker, and martial artist who has won multiple awards for her work in film, TV, stage, and performance. She also specializes in fight action choreography and is the founder of Phoenix Eye Films, a female-led production company based in both Australia and the US.
Maria Tran is a multi-talented Vietnamese-Australian artist who has made a name for herself in various fields such as acting, filmmaking, and martial arts. She has worked in film, TV, stage, and fight action choreography. Her international film credits include "Fist of the Dragon", "Death Mist", and "Tracer/Truy Sat". In 2013, she won the Breakout Female Performer award at the International Action on Film Festival, and in 2016, she was awarded Female Action Performer of the Year at MartialCon. Aside from her acting career, Maria is also a director and producer of "Hit Girls", a female-led action comedy. In Australia, she has appeared on several TV shows, including "My Place", "Maximum Choppage", "Street Smart" and "Fat Pizza". She has also worked as a stunt performer on movies such as Jackie Chan's "Bleeding Steel" and "MEG" in New Zealand. In 2022, Maria moved to the United States and landed her breakthrough role as Madame Tien on the 10-episode crime drama Paramount series "Last King of the Cross" starring Tim Roth. Maria has also been involved in stage productions, including as a fight director and performer for Bell Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and her own theater production "Action Star," which premiered at the OzAsia Festival in Adelaide in 2022. Maria is also known for her documentary filmmaking work, including "Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta" and "My Mother, The Action Star", which won the award for Best Film at the WIFT-V Fest Film Festival. Additionally, she occasionally works as an action fight director for films such as "Ayotti" and "Terror Zone". Maria received the prestigious $50,000 Create NSW Western Sydney Arts Fellowship award and established Phoenix Eye Films, a female-led film and art collective based in Western Sydney. Her feature action thriller "Echo 8," Australia's first female-led action movie, has won several awards, including Tokyo Film Awards for Best Film and Winner for Best Feature Film - Women's Film at the World Carnival-Singapore Film Festival. It will also be screened at the Art Gallery of NSW this year. Overall, Maria Tran is a trailblazer who is known for her community, cultural, and development practices in the film, TV, and entertainment industry.
Maria Tran, originally from Brisbane, Australia, embraces a transnational lifestyle as she divides her time between Western Sydney, Australia, and her latest residency in Las Vegas, USA. Additionally, she frequently travels across South East Asia for work, seamlessly navigating between continents and regions. Through active engagement in her profession, she wholeheartedly embraces the abundant opportunities presented by each location.
AUSTRALIA: Jan 25 to 22 Feb
UNITED STATES: 23 Feb to 29 Mar
AUSTRALIA: 30 Mar-20 Apr
UNITED STATES: 20 Apr-25 Jul
AUSTRALIA: 25 Jul-12 Sept
UNITED STATES: 13 Sept - 4 Dec
AUSTRALIA: 5 Dec-20 Jan, 2024
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We need to embrace conflict | Maria Tran | TEDxYouth@Sydney
We’re usually taught to avoid conflict, but what happens if we embrace it? By better understanding the stories of her refugee parents and through learning martial arts, actor and screen fight coordinator Maria Tran describes why she believes we need to embrace conflict.