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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 10 November 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2018 19 FILM So while we wanted to tell Adriana’s story, her experience became a kind of vehicle for something else. Looking at what we created, I’m incredibly proud of the work that we have done. of the stories worth telling, particularly in this time of the #MeToo movement moment," Watson explains, adding another dimension to the production, beyond the light entertainment and pop culture value. So, what is it that the story of Xenides - or rather the story that Watson is telling about her - has to say to the modern Australian audience? "We watched a lot of footage of the show; we heard Ernie Sigley, the first host of the show making really rude sexist jokes about Adriana," explains the dramaturge. "All the women involved in the show, we remembered that as little girls we would watch that every afternoon. What sort of values did that instil in us?" From a certain angle, watching these episodes of Wheel of Fortune today, is watching a woman being bullied in her workplace. "We all had experiences like that, and while making the show, we realised that every woman has had that experience of harassment in some degree. So while we wanted to tell Adriana's story, her experience became a kind of vehicle for something else. Looking at what we created, I'm incredibly proud of the work that we have done. It is a fun night at the theatre, but at the same time we are sending a message." Now that this production is about to have its final performance, what aspirations does its creator have about it? "I would so love to bring it to Melbourne," she says. "Melbourne audiences would love it. I basically would love for it to have an actual tour, both for Adriana and because I'm so proud of it. Hopefully it will happen in the not so distant future." Theo Angelopoulos’ Landscape in the Mist makes Top 100 list The BBC asked 29 critics from 43 countries to vote the best ‘foreign language’ films of all time BBC Culture issued a list of the '100 greatest foreign language films' and Landscape in the Mist ranks in the final place. (L-R) Actors Katherine Tonkin, Harriet Marshall, Adriane Daff and Laila Bano Rind starring in Xenides as Adriana. PHOTO: DANA WEEKS Made by late Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos, the 1988 road movie had won the Silver Lion at the 45th Venice International Film Festival, and was Greece's official submission to that year's Academy Awards, not making it to the shortlist. It has also been featured in the Village Voice '100 Best Films of the 20th Century' list, ranking in the 97th place. For this list, BBC Culture asked 209 critics from 43 different countries to take part and choose their top-10 non-English-speaking films. The resulting Top 100 films from 67 different directors, from 24 countries, and in 19 languages. Angelopoulos' film is featured alongside masterpieces by Andrzei Wajda, Abbas Kiarostami, Ingmar Bergman, Jules Dassin, Alain Resnais, Federico Fellini, Luis Buñuel, Michelangelo Antonioni, Kenji Mizoguchi, Jean-Luc Godard, Andrei Tarkovsky, Wong Kar-Wai, François Truffaut, Yasujirô Ozu and Akira Kurosawa, whose seminal Seven Samurai tops the list, confirming its status as one of the most influential films in the history of cinema. Landscape in the Mist is a coming-of-age story, centred around two siblings, a teenage girl and her five-year-old brother, leaving their home in search for their father, whom they have never met and who they believe lives in Germany. They are assisted by a young bus driver, who works with a theatre troupe. It is considered one of the masterpieces of Angelopoulos, showcasing his trademark poetic use of imaging and symbolism to create a philosophic narrative about the role of individuals and their place in history. Multi-award-winning Angelopoulos died in a road accident in Piraeus while shooting a film in 2012. Adriana Xenides and ‘Wheel of Fortune’ host Tony Barber. Tania Palaiologou, Stratos Tzortzoglou and Michalis Zeke in a scene from ‘Landscape in the Mist’. ‘Landscape in the Mist’ showcases Angelopoulos’ trademark use of symbolism. Clare Watson. PHOTO: RICHARD HATHERLY Michalis Zeke and Tania Palaiologou in a still from ‘Landscape in the Mist’.
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