The Boat

Australia | 2015 | 15 min
Author: Nam Le
Producer: Kylie Boltin
Sound: Sam Petty
Artists: Matt Huynh
Programmer: Matt Smith
Designer: Matt Smith


Presented in partnership with FIG55 Productions and Rakoon studio

The Boat, interactive comic

Canadian Premiere

Based on the hit story by Nam Le and adapted by Matt Huynh, The Boat is a graphic novel combining photo archives and videos with the fall of Saigon as a backdrop. Designed with cutting-edge web technology as well as classic techniques, such as ink illustrations, this interactive comic depicts the reality that was experienced by Vietnamese refugees, while echoing the current situation of refugees. A dynamic work made for computers and tablets presented online on the big screen.


Matt Huynh

Matt Huynh is a Vietnamese-Australian artist based in New York. His comics and illustrations are informed by sumi-e painting and shodo calligraphy. His clients include the New York Times, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Lucky Peach, and Adobe. Creative Sydney Festival named him one of Sydney’s most innovative cultural contributors for his graphic novel work. His work appears in the Museum of Modern Art’s collection and his comics have been presented on the Sydney Opera House stage.

Kylie Boltin

Kylie Boltin is a commissioning editor, online documentary at SBS where she leads the slate of online documentary production. Her team works with the SBS innovation unit as well as independent Australian creatives to produce, direct, and commission projects that live at the intersection of technology and story. Kylie was an award winning independent documentary director/producer and writer and also worked as an academic in Australia and the USA.

Matt Smith

Matt Smith is a Sydney-based designer, programmer, and producer of interactive content for SBS. For more than a decade, he has focused on creating rich multimedia storytelling websites. His work has taken him from community workshops in Central Australia to large agency productions in Tokyo. Matt’s projects for SBS have garnered recognition within Australia and internationally, including from the Webbys, SXSW Interactive and three Walkley awards.

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