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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 19 September 2015
12 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Sydney welcomes the 22 BILLY COTSIS A program packed with drama and suspense from classic and new big screen gems adds up to what promises to be the most impressive Greek Film Festival to hit our shores in a long time. With the return of the Greek Film Festival to five cities (Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney), this year is expected to bring some old friends and new favourites to the big screen. It will also bring a world premiere on 14 October, one week before the Alex & Eve official release date on 22 October. To commence the program, the long awaited film version of the successful screen play Alex & Eve will open the festival in both Melbourne and Sydney. The Sydney Greek Film Festival will be the film’s debut, as apart from being the movie writer’s hometown, it is a melting pot of multiculturalism. Alex Lykos wanted to write a story which crosses the delicate nature of religion and culture, and which can only serve to highlight a core strength of Sydney. Peter Andrikidis, the award winning director of the film, knows full well the concept of multiculturalism (Wildside, Underbelly, False Witness), himself having a mixed background with his mother’s Irish ancestry and his father born in Alexandria to Greek parents. That element of cross cultur oss-cultural heritage made it easier for Peter to direct a film which includes the young talents of Perth-born Andrea Demetriades, the charismatic veteran Tony Nikolakopoulos and the ageless Zoe Carides. Andrea, who plays the Lebanese Muslim Eve, has made a name for herself as an actress appearing in Blind Date and Crownies, whilst Tony and Zoe play the Greek parents; these are some of the most acclaimed actors Australia has produced. Add to the mix Richard Brancatisano as a Greek Orthodox man and you have a cast that will have the audience engaged and thinking about intercultural relationships. The feedback from the set has been that the chemistry between Andrea and Richard is sure to bring back memories of Scott and Charlene (Neighbours The play was originally a massive hit Australiawide, with 28,000 people attending. The transition to cinema from theatre has been a dr the creators of the original play, led by Alex and his Bulldog Theatre Company and long-time collaborator Elena Stamoulis. Having written the screenplay and taking a small role in the film, Alex is now making the exciting jump from the stage to the big screen. What makes this new endeavour worthwhile is the chance to tell his story and entertain a larger audienc When I caught up with Alex recently he told me he onc briefly met someone who was a Lebanese Muslim; leading to the idea to explore cross-cultural interactions via stage. The film will once again explore the dynamics between a Greek man and a Muslim girl, a nod to the evolution of multiculturalism in Australia. It is certainly a long way from the traditional Greek town or village many of our parents left behind many years ago, where a similar relationship would have been unheard of. The film raises questions that would be pertinent in any society where religions and cultures differ dramatically. Alex & Eve, behind the scenes. Alex & Eve protagonists Richard Brancatisano and Andrea Demetriades.
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