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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 18 August 2018
DOCUMENTARY 18 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 18 AUGUST 2018 Church of Panagia Paraportiani. PHOTO: TWITTER DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Revealing the other side of Mykonos ANASTASIA TSIRTSAKIS T Set to premiere in Sydney next month, Mykonos: The Other Side is a documentary taking viewers beyond the party scene of Mykonos, to reveal a multitude of facets Cotsis' own relationship with a 20 minute boat ride away. "The camaraderie of the he island of Mykonos is synonymous with days spent lying in the sun and partying. However beyond the pristine beaches, sculpted bodies parading around, and 24/7 party scene, the Cycladic island has much of great substance to offer its visitors. For Sydney-based filmmaker Billy Cotsis, he admits it took at least five visits to realise this, and to fully understand and fall in love with 'the other side' of the island. "Too many people, myself included, come for the parties," he told Neos Kosmos. "'The other side' is the non-commercial elements; the quieter beaches, the ghost town at the old mines, churches in the hundreds, villages such as Ano Mera which counter balance the hustle and bustle of Mykonos Town, and Delos, which is just workers from everywhere, be it Greece, Greeks from abroad, Europe, and the world - everyone seems to look after each other." Which is what he sets out to capture in his latest documentary Mykonos: The Other Side. Co-produced with fellow Greek Australian filmmaker, London-based Basil Genimahaliotis, the idea was conceptualised by the pair in 2017, and realised on location in Mykonos over just seven days, incorporating additional footage from London and Sydney. The film features a number of locals and internationals, who call the island home, including a group of Australians who live and work there. Their personal narratives, their commitment to the island and the challenges that come with trying to make ends meet in a struggling economy, show viewers a side of Mykonos few tourists have the chance to see. "We try to present a series of chapters, and there is no escaping the party, [but] once we eliminate the fun Theocharis Kioukas, American author Jeffery Siger, actress Anta Paparapti, Gege Silva the Drag Queen, Anna Moskalova from Hair Lab, and Nicholas Theodoridis who works at Vegera by the old harbour, who used his local knowledge to connect the filmmakers I want people to understand that Mykonos is one of the most cultured places in the world. part, we get to unpack what Mykonos is: the island of culture, a thriving economy, architecture, the arts, hidden gems and 'characters' on the stage that is Mykonos," says Cotsis. Among the characters featured are 25-year dancing veteran, Tekno 'Mr Mykonos' Manos from Bay Vista, Brighton, film director Antonis with many of their subjects. "These are just some of the people who appear and help tie the narrative together," says Cotsis. "We actually have enough footage to make a second documentary - you have no idea how easy it is to capture stories on Mykonos. There is something about the island that makes people open up." Mykonos is an interesting one. The filmmaker says he first happened upon the island "by accident" while island hopping in 2004. Given the reputation of its commercial side, he admits he never had a desire to visit. But after that chance encounter, he couldn't deny the pull. "As much as I tried to fight it, I finally admitted that I love Mykonos and the fact that it sets an example as a leader for the tourism industry," he says. "It has what many places in the world do not; a level of sophistication, history, support for arts, a viable economy and resilience. "I want people to understand that Mykonos is one of the most cultured places in the world. Yes of course you can party; however, if you scratch the cultural surface you will find a different Mykonos, which will come out in the film." Thanks to local support from the Mytilenean Brotherhood of Sydney & NSW, Bay Vista in Brighton, MerakiTv Foxtel and Hellenic Central, Mykonos: The Other Side will make its world premiere at GU Film House Beverly Hills next month. Set to be presented by Greek Australian filmmaker and writer Alex Lykos, attendees will be treated to a double screening together with Cotsis and Genimahaliotis' last documentary Lesvos: Fall in Love. Catch the premiere of 'Mykonos: The Other Side', screening as a double feature with 'Lesvos: Fall in Love' on Thursday 13 September at GU Film House Beverly Hills (447-453 King Georges Rd, Beverly Hills, NSW) at 7.00 pm. Tickets include Greek savoury snacks. To book, contact Toula Mavrick on 0405 771 819 or email email@example.com Billy (L) and Basil (R) meeting with bestselling author Jeffrey Siger and his partner Barbara. The archaeological site of Delos. PHOTO: DISCOVER GREECE At Queen Bar in Mykonos Town with Tekno Manos and friends.
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