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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 29 August 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 29 AUGUST 2015 19 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Selling an American dream: Australia’s Greek café A touring exhibition from the ‘In Their Own Image: Greek Australians’ National Project 'Every time you drink a Coke, enjoy a milk shake, ice cream or milk chocolate treat, or go to the cinema, or listen to the latest popular music hit, you can thank Australia's Greek settlers'. This is what made documentary photographer Effy Alexakis and historian Leonard Janiszewski explore Australia's Greek café phenomenon. The two put together a unique touring photographic exhibition which begins its journey from The Redciffe Museum in Queensland (75 Anzac Ave) on Thursday 3 September and will be on display for a full three months, until Sunday 29 November 2015. The exhibition's theme - Australia's Greek cafés and milk bars - is a significant, influential element in the development of this nation's popular culture during the twentieth century. Curators Alexakis and Janiszewski cleverly utilised a revealing interplay of historical and contemporary photographs back in 2008 for the National Museum of Australia. Since then, their photographic archives have been constantly growing, married to extended oral history captions, and overlaid by a dramatic multimedia presentation created by filmmaker Michael Karris, to present a social history exhibition that has powerfully resonated with Boomerang Café, Tsakissiris family, Silkwood, Qld, 1987. L-R: George, Anthoula, Mick and Anna. PHOTO BY EFFY ALEXAKIS, FROM THE ‘IN THEIR OWN IMAGE: GREEK-AUSTRALIANS’ NATIONAL PROJECT ARCHIVES, MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY audiences across the country. Prior to the explosion of American fast-food franchises, Greek cafés contributed to a major change in Australian eating habits. Alexakis' stunning photographs capture the decor Jackman’s new role in ancient Greece He’s starred as Wolverine and Van Helsing - why not add Odysseus to the list? One of Homer's famous Greek poems, The Odyssey, is set to be made into a feature film - and Hugh Jackman could be the leading man. According to reports by Variety, Jackman, who will next be seen as Blackbeard in Warner Bros.' movie Pan, is currently in negotiations with Lionsgate, who announced plans for the film in April. It was also disclosed that the work will be directed and produced by Francis Lawrence and Nina Jacobson of the popular film series The Hunger Games. Keeping it in the Hunger Hugh Jackman could be playing the role of Odysseus. PHOTO: AAP/CHARLES SYKES/ INVISION/AP. of the cafés, their customers and the owners who worked hard to make their businesses successful - not only affecting eating habits but also cinema, music and architecture. Even throughout most of the twentieth century, Australia's Peter and Jack Veneris, Blue Bird Café, Lockhart, NSW, 2002. Members of the Veneris family ran the Blue Bird Café for almost 70 years. After operating it for 50 of those years, Peter and Jack sold the business in 2000. PHOTO BY EFFY ALEXAKIS, FROM THE ‘IN THEIR OWN IMAGE: GREEK-AUSTRALIANS’ NATIONAL PROJECT ARCHIVES, MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY Greek cafés were powerhouses generating unprecedented social and cultural change. The exhibition will especially focus upon Greek cafés and milk bars in Queensland - both within cities and the state's rural settlements, which as in New South Wales - evidenced a significant Kytherian presence for most of the twentieth century. For more information visit www.moretonbay.qld.gov. au/redcliffe-museum or phone 07 3883 1898. Two Greek actors among cast of new British TV series Shooting to begin next month in Corfu Games family, the script writing is in the hands of Peter Craig, co-writer of the two Mockingjay films. Written by Homer in the 8th century BC, The Odyssey, in part a sequel to The Iliad, takes place after the fall of Troy, and follows Odysseus' journey back home while his wife Penelope fights off suitors. A release date is yet to be announced. Source: Variety Yorgos Karamihos and Alexis Georgoulis have been chosen for supporting roles in The Durrells, a TV series commissioned by British ITV that will be filmed in the Greek island of Corfu. The period drama is based on Gerald Durrell's memoirs in Corfu as a child, a trilogy which includes the book he is best remembered for, My Family and Other Animals. Focusing on the personal story of Gerald's mother, Louisa, it follows her truelife adventures back in 1935 when, as a widow, she decides to move with her four children to Corfu. Louisa (played by Keeley Hawes) and the kids are struggling to overcome their financial problems, the language barrier and the wilderness of the island at a time when there is not even electricity, but also face challenges coming from within the family. Alexis Georgoulis will play the dependable Spiro Halkiopoulos, a handsome man Louisa meets upon her arrival on the island, while Yorgos Karamihos appears as loc Theodore, who welcomes the family and initiates little Gerald into the world of animals. Gerald was the youngest of Louisa's sons and the years he spent in Corfu are said to have inspired his life's work to rescue animals from le oulos, man upon ile ihos cal o t the brink of extinction and prompted him to become a well-known conservationist and zookeeper as an adult.
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