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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 April 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 11 APRIL 2015 19 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT "I was concerned, out of respect, mainly to the extremely talented writers of the last decades, to present an incomplete piece of work. "I wanted everything to be perfect and it is a real honour for me to work with Corey and an exceptionally talented cast of actors who agreed to give life to my story," Elena muses. The story, which unfolds on the stage in real time, is inspired by true events, exploring the close bond that Frank - the main character, played by Renato Musolino - shares with his migrant mother, Meda, who is played by actress Eugenia Fragos. The relationship between the two becomes even more unclear as Ana (Adriana Bonaccurso), a young and sensitive woman, comes into Frank's life. The ensemble production also features actor Demitrios Sirilas in a catalyst role. Their lives converge at the perfect moment. Frank has finally found a reason to free himself from his family ties that have been suffocating his dreams. However, Meda harbours a dark secret that threatens to crush Frank's dreams whilst destroying her own life. "I am not a mother, therefore, with all due respect, I took the courage to write a funny and electrifying play that explores the idea of family, loyalty and the lengths we go to change the cards life has dealt us," Elena states. "I just wanted to showcase how hard and challenging motherhood can be and how toxic the relationship between a mother and a child can become, if one makes the fatal error to mistake control for unconditional love." She firmly believes that audiences, regardless of their ethnic or social backgrounds, will connect to the universality of her story. "I am not interested in criticising any of the characters in the play," she explains. "I am keen to portray their different personalities through their experiences, which ultimately translate into their actions. "What gives me particular pleasure is that I will be able to showcase my first play in my hometown, Adelaide, a city which always embraces arts and theatre and encourages new talent," Elena says. Regardless of whether The Good Son is a result of Elena's personal need or a product of her artistic It’s worth it Axion Esti, the classic Elytis anthem set to music by Mikis Theodorakis, comes to life in Sydney Axion Esti (It Is Worthy), the famous oratorio based on Nobel prizewinner Odyseas Elytis' poetry, set to music by Greece's most recognised composer Mikis Theodorakis, will be performed for the first time in Australia as part of the Sydney Greek Festival. The City Recital Hall will open its gates on Saturday 18 April to welcome international vocalist Vasilis Lekkas on stage, who, along with Greek Australian actor Tony Nikolakopoulos, will convey the passion and spirituality of this masterpiece to the audience. Renowned Greek Australian director and conductor George Ellis (Lou Reed's orchestra and Sneaky Sound System), will lead the Millennium Choir as well as the past and present Sydney Conservatory students, while Theodorakis' mesmerising melodies come to life. Elytis' ode to passion and spirituality, which won him the National Book Award for Poetry in 1960, has always been on Ellis' list. The musical director is delighted to be conducting both groups at the same time in an effort to fully embrace Axion Esti's cultural and artistic heritage. "I love working with live symphony orchestras, particularly with a big choir, and that doesn't always happen," said George Ellis, who also led the orchestras for the Athens Olympics and Jakarta Arts Festival. "Conductors normally work with an orchestra alone, but this is something special for me, to conduct a large symphony orchestra and choir to opera singers is just fantastic, it's magic." Axion Esti is Greece's most celebrated anthem, inspired by the country's turbulent modern history. The symphony contains Theodorakis’ favourite melodies such as Ena To Helidoni (A Solitary Swallow) and Tis Dikeosinis Ilie (Sun of Justice). It has been described as a timeless piece of musical beauty, combining immaculate techniques. Tickets are available from $69. *For bookings and more information call 8256 2222 or enter cityrecitalhall.com Acclaimed Greek Australian conductor George Ellis. Elena Carapetis expression, the essence of the story lies in one question. Does anyone actually posses the ability to love unconditionally beyond fear and remorse, whilst remaining true to oneself, coexisting in a demanding ever changing world? Elena invites us on a journey of self-exploration. The Good Son, which will be staged at The Bakehouse Theatre in Adelaide from Wednesday 8 - Saturday 25 April, is supported by Arts SA through the Independent Makers. Accidental Zach Galyfianakis The surprising story of a man who lost everything, but ended up making a living as a Zach Galifianakis impersonator Thaddeus Kalinoski looked nothing like Zach Galifianakis, until he experienced a failed marriage and his job as a nightclub manager in Baltimore was at stake. He was going through rough times and reached a crossroads where he made the decision to take-off and start a new life. Except his two paths were extremely different ways of life. Imagine a small town dirt road somehow intersecting with the autobahn. "I fell into this dark place and did all the typical things a guy does when life goes dark - I didn't shave or cut my hair or do much to make myself look human," he admitted. While looking like a homeless and possibly mentally unstable person who had had one too many beers, he made his first pit stop at a Pennsylvania Walmart. "I picked up these sunglasses, absurdly huge and dark, and put them on in the parking lot. People just stared and I figured it was because I looked like an escaped lunatic," Thaddeus muses. "A bar patron asked to take a photo with me and when I asked why he said 'because you're him right? You're Zach Galifianakis'." He got many free drinks that same night and several customers also asked to take photos with him. The journey to his full-time life as Zach began at an Atlantic City casino. "The night is a blur, but I know I didn't pay for a drink, I easily posed for a hundred photos and I took four girls back to my hotel room that night," he said, laughing and we can understand why he's been Zach Galifianakis, more specifically Alan from the blockbuster franchise The Hangover, ever since. "I don't remember the last time I paid for a drink. I sit in VIP far too often for a dude who's not actually famous." "There's a whole performance to the night now, because my roommate looks exactly like me. It's f***ing creepy. We'll take turns playing Zach while the other guy dons a lifelike Mike Tyson mask. We even shelled out for an animatronic baby. It looks so damn real I sometimes forget it's fake," he explained. Zach and his roommate live their lives as Alan from Living the wild life. The Hangover did even when they're not working. Las Vegas is treating them with drunk college girls, angry intoxicated tourists and many 'good-willed' randoms who offer them free drugs, thinking they are Zach Galifianakis. Thaddeus Kalinoski became so famous as Galifianakis’ impersonator that he got to meet the actual Zach on a set. Mr Galifianakis wasn't particularly happy to make his acquaintance. "When I met him, he was just speechless. He was just looking at me shaking his head," Thaddeus said. "On the set he was cold but also, these guys, there's a lot on the line, they have to focus, he didn't want to throw himself off. "After filming he came up to me and we were talking and I kind of told him the whole story and he just laughed about it," the impersonator continued. "He made me promise that whenever I do anything crazy, especially with these random women, that they understand I'm not the real Zach Galifianakis." Who can blame him? Mad Max IV: Fury Road Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis. International voccalist Vasilis Lekkas. Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth post-apocalyptic movie of George Miller's saga, is making a comeback on the big screen. Warner Bros is slating its global release for 15 May after it officially hits the theatres at the 68th Cannes Film Festival on May 14, with US filmmakers Joel and Ethan Cohen presiding over the jury. Queensland-born-and-raised Miller, though, has already started to 'exhibit' parts of the film in early screenings in order to get some of his most devoted fans' perspectives regarding what works and what doesn’t in his fourth attempt to break Hollywood with his dystopian saga. Thirty years after the titular comic hero made it on film, there will be no Mel Gibson cameo, as Mad Max Rockatansky returns in the flesh of Tom Hardy. The English actor shot down all rumours of the film failing to encapsulate the character with some first rave reviews by the lucky ones who got to see the test-screenings. Hardy may not say 'maybe' as often, yet he manages to shape up into the identity of the character whilst offering an ever-more spectacular take on Mad Max. The Greek Australian director, now 70, will introduce his most fierce and darkest spawn of the 1979 instant worldwide hit, making it a worthy and equally engaging, gritty and bleak successor. As Miller himself reassured his followers, the action movie he has wanted to make for so long, featuring breath-taking acting, plot and special effects. In the new biker gang dominated wasteland world fighting over petrol and water, Max (Tom Hardy) meets the fearsome Imperator Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron. Furiosa first comes across as Tom Hardy starring as Mad Max. a villain, leading a mission to siphon gas from a local town, and she partners with mutant Nux, played by Nicholas Hoult. Mad Max is captured by the evil elder mutant, Immortan Joe, to be harvested by the sickly. It latter becomes apparent that Furiosa is merely a cover to smuggle and save Immortan Joe's breeders - among them Zoe Kravitz and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Charlize Theron gives another remarkable performance as she uncannily balances between cruelty and sensibility, whilst carrying out the character's daily regime in a prosthetic.
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