Ash Mayfair is an award-winning writer-director working between New York and Vietnam.

She was born in Vietnam and educated in the UK and the US. She received a BA from Oxford University for English Literature, a post-grad degree from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London for theatre directing and graduated with an MFA in film-making at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

The screenplay for Between Shadow and Soul was a recipient of the Spike Lee Film Production Fund in 2014. The script was on the NYU Purple List for the best unproduced screenplays for 2015. The project won the Autumn Meetings Grand Prix Award in Vietnam and the Grand Prix for the best artistic project at the Hong Kong Asian Film Market 2015. The film recently won a post-production grant from the Jerome foundation in New York in 2017 and is selected to attend the upcoming Hong Kong Asian Film Market Work In Progress Lab 2017.


The inspirations for Between Shadow and Soul have been present all my life. Much of the film is drawn from my family history and real events. Many of the characters, especially the three wives, Ha, Xuan and May, are inspired by the women surrounding me during childhood. In addition, I am interested in the subject of the feminine voice and raising awareness about the problem of child-marriages since this is still a prevalent practice in many parts of the world today.