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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 13 February 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ot THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2016 15 FEATURE we placed here in Australia and also from what you have seen overseas? SD: Diversity for me is what should be represented across all media. Our society is made up of men and women and a beautiful array of many cultures. Men, women and the many cultures in our society all have unique stories to tell; these stories must be represented, otherwise content becomes homogenised, bland and boring. I understand that our film and television industry in Australia is very small, but from small things greatness can still eventuate, and by that I mean that if diversity is a priority, then the greatness and richness of these stories will be executed. If this does not occur, then there will be anger within the established institutions, as it has been witnessed recently with the Academy. Screen Australia has made a decision to increase funding for female-driven projects. A study recently showed that if female directors are employed then the rest of the crew will become more gender balanced. This is a real passion of mine, which is why I am the vice president of Women in Film Television in Victoria. NK: You are involved in a new project called She Shot. Tell us about the idea behind it. SD: Women in Film and Television Victoria in association with Channel 31 have worked together to create a one-hour program featuring five female filmmakers and their short film projects. The idea behind the program is to showcase female filmmakers and their films with a discussion with the filmmakers about their films, thoughts and future projects. It will be aired on 7 March at 9.30 pm, celebrating International Women's Day. She Shot via the Facebook page is also showcasing the individuals who make up the crew. Presenting female filmmakers in this way will hopefully raise awareness on the work that women are doing as filmmakers and allowing viewers to see their work, who otherwise may not be given an opportunity. NK: Are there any other projects you have been working on? SD: My book is a loose historical account of four generations of the two sides of my family. I am exploring the fluidity of human movement on our planet and how leaving one's home, by force as a refugee, or as a migrant, impacts the following generations and how that journey starts to look for a family over, say, the course of 100 years. My family has had to move twice, my grandmother from Turkey in 1922, and my parents and myself from Greece to Australia in 1967. Both those journeys set our lives on a path that we could never have predicted. My book is still a couple of years away, but in the closer future I am developing two feature films; one is a co-production and a co-writing exercise called Sharps, based on the gang culture of Melbourne in the ‘70s, and on the book by Dean Crozier and Nick Tolewski, titled Once Were Sharps, and another is Exterminated, about one woman's journey to overthrow the system that is controlling the masses. NK: Finally, is there a favourite place in the world you like to relax? SD: I spend a lot of time walking, thinking and I do these anywhere near a few times a week. It helps me put life, events, stories into perspective. I also find myself in the dance studio about four times a week, and in between the discipline of remembering dance steps, dancing helps me to relax. I also enjoy the social nature of dancing and allowing my body the freedom of expression without words. For someone who at times talks too much, this is definitely a relief for those around me. She Shot screens on Channel 31 on 7 March @ 9.30 pm * Billy Cotsis is the author of The Many Faces of Hellenic Culture.
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