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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 May 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 11 MAY 2019 17 HISTORY George Kallis composes Cliffs of Freedom’ soundtrack From left, Fiona Salisbury, La Trobe University Library Deputy Director, Professor of Classics and Ancient History Christopher Mackie, and Dr Stephie Nikoloudis lecturer and head of the Modern Greek Studies program during the announcement of the lecture series. George Kallis. PHOTO: SUPPLIED The much-awaited historical Hollywood film’s score is based on traditional Greek music I t is not the first time Greece has taken centrestage in the Hollywood film industry, be it antiquity and mythology or World Wars I and II. A new film, based on the best selling novel 'Daughter of Destiny' has become the basis of the muchanticipated production, 'Cliffs of Freedom'. The film, like the book, is the brainchild of Greek American writer and philanthropist Marianne Metropoulos. It takes place during the period of the Ottoman Occupation and focuses on the Greek people's struggle for independence whilst revolving around the bravery and sacrifice between a Greek village girl and a Turkish Ottoman Colonel who fall in love. After a very successful theatrical run in the US, 'Cliffs of Freedom' is being released in Greece and Cyprus, with Australia to follow suit, hopefully in the next two to three months. Equally enticing is the movie's musical score, which has been written by critically acclaimed and multi-awarded composer George Kallis who was able to bring his Hellenic heritage to life, the orchestra using Greek instruments such as the clarinet, lute, Cretan lyra, vocals, and rhythms such as Zeimbekiko and Syrtos. "After reading the script I was immediately inspired to compose music that is derived from our Greek history but also kept the orchestral template of the old-fashioned melodramatic scores of Hollywood," Kallis told Neos Kosmos. Having recently won two major awards - the International Film Music Critics Association for Breakthrough Composer of the Year and the Jerry Goldsmith Award for best feature score for Disney's 'The Last Warrior' - Kallis put together a melody that has been praised by film music critics the likes of Jon Broxton. "'Cliffs of Freedom' is … a truly outstanding piece of music. The orchestral forces are bold and impressive, the ethnic instruments and vocal stylings are appropriate and give the score more than a dash of local colour, and the thematic density of the score is tremendously impressive," Broxton said. The soundtrack, which has been released by Aegean Entertainment ends gloriously with the only use of the bouzouki at the very last moments of the film. The release also includes the title song 'I'll Wait For You' performed by Ariana George and written by Kallis and Metropoulos. It is available in all major online music stores, and music collectors can also purchase the CD which contains further details about the production. Find the full soundtrack here: https://cliffsoffreedomfilm. com/greek/soundtrack Series of lectures HISTORY OF GREEKS IN AUSTRALIA IN SIX OBJECTS A series of lectures delving into the history of the Greek Diaspora in Australia through six objects kept in the Dardalis Archives of the Hellenic Diaspora is starting on Wednesday. The six lectures will be hosted at the Greek Centre of the Greek Community of Melbourne, during which the presenters will unravel the amazing secrets the archives hold. The initiative for organising the lecture series belongs to La Trobe University's Greek Studies Program, which is aiming to inform the general public of the historical significance of the Dardalis Archive and aspects of Greek settlement in Australia. The lecture series will commence with the topic of 'National Identities and Orthodoxy in the First Constitution of the Greek Community of Melbourne' as they emerge from letters kept in the Archives. The lecture series continues with Dr Chris Fifis presenting on 'Politics of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, 1928-1959' on 12 June. On 21 August, Dr George Kallis conducting the orchestra at the film score recording. PHOTO: SUPPLIED Konstandina Dounis will examine the topic of 'A Parallel Universe: Growing up 'Greek' in the '50s and '60s'. On 18 September, Dr Dimitri Gonis will look into the lives and the contribution of three Greek pioneers: Mick Adams, Vlase Zanalis and Harry Corones. Three weeks later on 9 October, Peter Yannoudis will explore 'The History of Greek Cinema in Australia'. The series will conclude on 6 November, with political scientists Dr Toula Nicolacopoulos and Dr George Vassilacopoulos canvassing the youth activism of Greek Australians after the 70's and examining in particular 'The Case of the Lambrakis Youth and the Melbourne antiVietnam war campaign'. PONTUS AND GENOCIDE RECOGNITION The Greek History and Culture Seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne continue at 7pm on 16 May with two lectures about Pontus and the Greek genocide recognition efforts in Australia. Dean Kalymniou and Themistocles Kritikakos offer presentations that cast the spotlight on Greek history. Dean Kalymniou's lecture is titled ¨Trapezon and the International Gothic: Pontus in Crisis". Although Pontus is usually viewed as an isolated geographical and cultural entity in Greek historiography, it was well integrated within the international networks of its day. This lecture analyses contemporary western art to view Pontus on the precipice of catastrophe and parallels it to western responses to conflicts in the Middle East today. On the other hand, Themistocles Kritikakos' lecture captures a unique period in the early 21st century in Australia when Greek, Assyrian and Armenian communities cooperated in a bid to attain genocide recognition. The Greek Centre is at 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.
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