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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 27 October 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER 2018 17 FILM for his response to the booing controversy that marred the final moments of his playing career. "It's part of his evolution for sure," she says, "him finding his ancestry during the documentary in the Flinders Rangers was really significant for him and his mum. I know it contributed to his journey." Meanwhile Collette's journey was historic as it was the show's first ever DNA test and revealed that the man listed on her dad's birth certificate was not actually his real father. "It's a big responsibility to pass that information on," says Pavlou, about Collette's shocking family discovery. "Toni Collette has a big personality and she opened herself up to us. You don't take that responsibility lightly because you need to look after people. Meeting someone like Toni you can understand why she is a great actress. She has got this incredible ability as a person to feel everything really deeply. "So, I just try and create an environment as much as possible where they feel comfortable to be themselves. Because actors too are used to playing a part and playing a role - they are not used to revealing themselves." Pavlou is a rare breed of director who as an ethnic woman has achieved so much in her career. But she revealed that having longevity in the male dominated film and television industry hasn't been without struggle. "It is hard," she says. "Gender matters have come up in the last few years where people realise again that women aren't getting the sort of breaks that men get in this industry. It's tough getting through that because you have to believe in yourself twice as much as my male colleagues. It does impact on your personal life because you work a lot of hours and as I make documentaries you do a lot of travelling. Personally it's very demanding on your own life." In terms of her passion project, which is based on her family's experience in Cyprus, Pavlou hopes to be part of the changing landscape of the film industry where women are given more opportunities. "Yes I do absolutely," she says excitedly. "There is increasing support in development for women now to actually fund films.The #MeToo movement and reaction that is happening in the last year; you can see how the women in the film and TV business are being treated differently than in the last few decades up until now. "So I think we are on the cusp of a lot of change and we will see the impact of that in the next few years as we see a lot more films by female directors." In 1990, Pavlou directed SBS documentary Cyprus – A People Divided. Kay with Toni Collette during the filming of Who Do You Think You Are? Former AFL player Adam Goodes.
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