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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 1 October 2016
16 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 1 OCTOBER 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Antigone Andrea Demetriades, Deborah Galanos and Terry Karabelas star in Damien Ryan’s new Sport for Jove adaptation PHOTO: MARNYA ROTHE. This week Seymour Centre's resident theatre company, Sport for Jove, presents its brand-new adaptation of Sophocles' classic Antigone as part of the 2016 Reginald Season. Co-directed by Damien Ryan and Terry Karabelas, Antigone features a stellar cast including Andrea Demetriades, William Zappa, Anna Volska, Louisa Mignone, Deborah Galanos, Fiona Press, Joseph Del Re, Elijah Williams, Janine Watson, Marie Kamara and Thomas Royce-Hampton, with design by Melanie Liertz and lights by Matt Cox. The epic classic has been rewritten into a contemporary adaptation by Sport for Jove artistic director Damien Ryan, whose new version of Cyrano de Bergerac won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Independent Production in 2013. The original story and question tormenting Antigone as a child of war continues to resonate in today's society, inspiring audiences with her courage and sense of justice. "What do we do with the body of a terrorist who has brought destruction, death and horror to our community when that terrorist is our brother. How do we reconcile our hatred and fear of those who seek to hurt us? What are we willing to defend in the name of love?" Her uncle, Creon, the king, believes he is selflessly placing his state above the welfare of his family, pursuing a principle with the sort of consistency that we cry out for in politicians who so often stand for nothing. The political voice today is obsessed with symbolic speech and action in response to the random fear that governs us. But are words enough? Are there unwritten laws that matter more than judicial ones? What is justice? In a world crying out for unity, order and the rule of law in a time of chaos, Antigone's fortitude and impenetrable strength of conscience clashes with her excess of feeling and fundamentalist zeal. "Antigone is one of the world's greatest examples of how tragedy can do you good. This play is not about burying a body, it is about burying our hatred, resolving it, salving it, curing it, perhaps even forgiving it and reconciling a world back to peace." The production is ideal for HSC tragedy students and all drama and English students, exploring classical theatrical conventions and contemporary theatre practice. Greek cinema at its best 2016 Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival: Over 40 films, shorts and documentaries screening across three weeks NELLY SKOUFATOGLOU ounded in 1988, the Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival (GFF) has now been running for over a quarter of a century, bringing the best Greek films to cinemalovers in Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne – the latter boasting the largest Greek population of any city outside of Greece. Australia's Greek Film Festival is also arguably the largest of its kind, focused on engaging with non-Greek Australians, sharing not only cinema treats, but Greek culture and food, along with post-screening Q&A sessions. Running from 6 October until 27 November, this year's program promises to offer an engaging cultural experience for all friends of quality cinema across Australia. Penny Kyprianou, Greek Centre for F Contemporary Culture's programs manager, sat down with Neos Kosmos to discuss what the festival has achieved so far and the committee's goals for the future. "To begin with I would like to note how pivotal Kostas Markos' and Eleni Pestes' role was in ensuring this sort of film festival existed in the first place, so they should be acknowledged in terms of the birth of the Greek Film Festival," she says. "The last few years have seen a real shift in the types of films that are available in Greece and Europe in general, and it's only natural the GFF has evolved from that time. I would say the new directors are pushing the boundaries, creating edgier and a bit more underground films." According to Kyprianou, the emergence of directors such as Yorgos Lanthimos, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Argyris Papadimitropoulos and Constantine Giannaris, whose works have been screened in international festivals and getting rave reviews, have brought Greek cinema in the spotlight. The shift towards a more contemporary style has certainly helped attract international and Australian audiences. "That's one of our missions," she emphasises. "We know we have this core Greek audience which is very loyal and will come back year after year, however, to ensure the survival of the GFF we need to attract those nonGreek-speaking audiences, and I think films that have already appealed to cinephiles around the world will help us achieve that. “The fact that the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has also screened films like Suntan, Chevalier and Lanthimos' The Lobster in the past definitely makes a difference and is important, as it proves that these Greek movies are being recognised worldwide attracting a broad film-loving crowd. "That's the beauty of film," she enthuses, adding that the contemporary issues the films touch on and the convenience of subtitles are making Hellenic cinema accessible to a younger demographic, aiming to connect third and fourth generation Greek Australians. The GFF's goal kicking does not end there however. The GFF committee is looking towards boosting the festival to a point where it could attract directors and offer Australian film lovers the opportunity to meet the film creatives and incorporate more Q&A sessions. Moreover, Kyprianou aspires to build an event strong enough to hold world premieres. "Most of our films are co-productions, which I know is a way Greek filmmakers can actually have their films funded and completed," she explains. "We would love the festival to grow to a point where we will be able to approach directors and invite them to Melbourne to present their films. Ideally we would like to be in a position to set up a fund for directors and support their projects, help them realise their dreams." "For example, when we screened Dogtooth, it wasn't the world premiere but it was the first film festival after Cannes to have screened it. There is a lot of competition among film festivals to secure a world premiere, but I believe that if we can be part of someone's creative process, if we can essentially assist with the completion of films, it is feasible." Meanwhile, as much as the GFF is dominated by contemporary Greek cinema, it includes tribute screenings in honour of iconic stars like Thanasis Veggos (for 2016), while there is an array of international short films being screened with a Greek connection, helping the festival to become a platform for both emerging and established creatives to showcase their work. "One can see several shorts that are either shot by Greek directors or have a Greek story, a connection," she says. "Also there are really great documentaries being submitted every year. We would like to look at those as a separate festival and possibly focus more heavily on this genre next year." Overall, Kyprianou continues, the intention of the committee is to create a social environment "where one can see a movie with hundreds of other people as opposed to staying home and watching a film on their laptop". "Obviously our future depends on the future of the Greek film industry, so as long as our audience comes to support the film we're screening, that generates more films internationally." A Q&A will follow all school matinee performances. Suitable for years 10-12; it may contain nudity. When: 6-22 October, 2016 Where: The Reginald Theatre, The Seymour Centre (corner City Rd and Cleveland Street, Chippendale, NSW) Tickets: Adult $42, concession $35 For further information and bookings, visit www. seymourcentre.com or phone the Seymour Centre Box Office on 02 9351 7940.
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