The Red House is an intimately observed drama of change in the lives of a deeply attached couple in their 60s. Lee (Lee Stuart) is a seasoned activist, still applying his highlighter to the nasty hooks in local planning documents. Jia (Meng Jia) was a refugee from post-Tiananmen China when they met 20 years ago, barely understanding a word of each other’s languages. Now duty calls Jia back to China and her aged parents, who still live in the tiny apartment she grew up in, deep within a city that’s changed many times over since she left. We travel with the couple between his world (an island in the Hauraki Gulf), this city of hers, and the world they have made together – their red house in the bush, crammed full of books and mementoes.