As a young child Khoa Do left Vietnam on a fishing boat with his family. After staying in refugee hostels, the family settled in south west Sydney, New South Wales. Khoa Do received a scholarship to attend high school at St. Aloysius, and went on to study Arts-Law at the University of Sydney.
Khoa Do worked as an English teacher and job-seeking-skills volunteer amongst youths living in Cabramatta, and in 2000 he was awarded the Young Vietnamese-Australian of the Year Award for his services in drama and working with youth in south west Sydney.
He wrote Delivery Day, which was nominated for an AFI Award and was screened at over twenty film festivals, winning numerous awards including the Golden Leopard for Best Short Film at Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland 2002.
In 2002, Khoa Do began voluntary work with disadvantaged youth at Cabramatta's Open Family Youth Social Services Centre in Sydney, New South Wales. He was asked to teach them film-making and decided to make a film with them. They developed a script based partially on their own experiences, with all the major cast members first time actors. The film, titled The Finished People, premiered at the Montreal Film Festival 2003 and was released by Dendy Cinemas.
Footy Legends, also set in the western suburbs of Sydney was released in 2006.
Khoa Do is the brother of comedian Anh Do (q.v.).
Source: Australian of the year Awards website, http://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/pages/index.asp (sighted 09/12/2008); Khoa Do website, khoa do.com.au (sighted 09/12/2008)
'Exactly how much risk would you take to save your brother?
'For Van Nguyen the answer was whatever it takes, and the devastating consequence of his attempt to traffic heroin from Cambodia to Australia via a change of planes in Singapore was that the 396 grams of drugs that he was discovered carrying was enough to incur the death penalty - 26 times over.' (Source: Screen Australia)
The Finished People2003single work film/TV crime 'The boundaries between fiction and reality merge as three stories of love, family and relationships play out amidst homelessness, drugs and crime. Set in infamous Cabramatta, widely regarded as the "crime and drug capital" of Australia, the film is a glimpse into the lives of those youths whom we notice living on the streets, but belong to the "brick wall" that we see but never hear from.' (Publicity flyer)
2003wonIF AwardsInside Film Awards—Independent Spirit Award
Delivery Day2001single work film/TV 'This short drama focuses on the experiences of second generation migrants in Australia. The story is based on 11-year-old Trang's attempts to get her Vietnamese mother to attend her school's parent-teacher interview, but it also happens to be delivery day for the garments in her mother's sweatshop and Mum is way too busy.' (National Film and Sound Archive record)
According to an article in Integration no. 17 (2001-2003), Delivery Day is the first Vietnamese-Australian film to be made in Australia.