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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 17 October 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 17 OCTOBER 2015 15 GITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 17 OCTOBER 2015 15 in in Australia Sydney, on the other hand, was imbued in Greek filmography with the help of director Peter Andrikidis, writer Alex Lykos and leading star Andrea Demetriades, who took some time from her busy schedule to speak to Neos Kosmos about the film. "I'm extremely excited to be part of such a great, beautiful love story unravelling on screen," she said. "I think it's going to have universal appeal, as it is one of those stories we don't get to tell a lot in Australia." Being a child of immigrant parents herself, she instantly fell in love with the script and the endorsing nature of the film which reminded her of Romeo and Juliet in a more contemporary and less stereotypical sense. "It's not very usual to see a Greek Orthodox man with a Lebanese Muslim woman, but it can happen since we live in a world where Australia is the epitome of multiculturalism." "The characters that we played really portrayed the modern children of immigrants who were born here," she stressed. Demetriades, whose parents hail from Cyprus and Kastellorizo, identifies as an Australian citizen but strongly empathises with the first and second generations of migrants in Australia who had to wo work hard to prove themselves. "Coming from an immigrant bac background, you have to acknowledge the sacrifices your parents made to offer you all these opportunities in life. "Anyone who has come from another country to Australia has had their struggles," Demetriades added. "I can't believe how lucky we are in this country when I see this awful social climate that prevails in other parts of the world." The actress believes the film will also appeal to Greek audiences outside Australia as it explores the identity of second and third generation diasporans. "In this case we see how it feels being Australian on the one hand and having that beautiful background you cherish on the other, which sometimes might constrict you. "This hasn't happened to me, as I was lucky to have very modern and liberalminded parents who have never stopped me from chasing my dreams and doing what I wanted. I do know, however, a lot of people who have gone through a similar situation," she admitted. "You want to do right for your family but when you fall in love you fall in love and that's it." Even though she knew absolutely nothing about the Muslim faith, Andrea felt challenged and intrigued by Eve's character. "It was really nice to be able to delve into that world. A misc misconceptionprevails aboutMuslims being extremists. The Koran is such a beautiful religious book in itself," she explained. "We had a whole team of people helping us on set with the language, and how to adopt a more realistic approach." Demetriades has put several of her own characteristics into her role, as she and Eve have quite a bit in common, both being career driven and independent women in their thirties. "It's not just the age and migrant heritage," she said. "You find yourself at this point where you've had relationships which did not work out. "You do want to have a baby, you do want to get married ... but then you've got your career goals to pursue and focus on which is very demanding and you feel that time is running out. you feel that time is running out." eption prevails about Muslims being Alex (Richard Brancatisano) and Uncle Taso (George Kapiniaris). "I too am very maternal, but women unfortunately have a different biological clock," she continued. The Greek Australian star confessed that she has often wondered if she will ever meet the right person to realise all the above; however, at the moment she is mainly focused on her career. Demetriades is about to start shooting the second Janet King for the ABC and is also starring in a new play called Arms and the Man with a fellow Athenian actor, William Zappa. As for future goals and dreams? Apart "I too am very maternal, but greekfi from preparing for a Sydney production entitled Arcadia, bearing classical Greek elements, she did give us another hint. "I would love to play the role of Antigone, which might be happening ..." For more information head to www. eekfilmfestival.com.au and www. a For m alexandeve.com.au L-R: Actors Katerine-Ann MacKinnon-Lee and Emma-Jane MacKinnonLee, Delphi Bank CEO George Takticos, president of Melbourne’s Greek community Bill Papastergiadis, actors olakopoulos, George Kapiniaris and Richard Brancatiscano in front of an enthusiastic audience. Bassam (Simon Elrahi), Eve (Andrea Demetriades) and Salwa (Helen Chebatte).
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