In these dark times of austerity, recession and suffocating taxes, the Greek film industry continues to push forward with new cinematic ideas and movie successes.
This week, tickets go on sale for the low budget indie movie Papadopoulos and Sons. Directed by Marcus Markou, the film tells the story of a wealthy London Greek family who lose everything in a financial crisis and have to rebuild their lives with the help of estranged family members.
No Greek film has yet matched the success of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but not for want of trying. There are many Greek directors, producers, and film companies out there who are on the verge of greatness.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting and auditioning for Greek Cypriot director Stelena Kliris. Born in South Africa to Cypriot parents, and now living in Cyprus, Stelana has been working in the film industry for 10 years and is currently working on her third film project Committed.
Stage success has also come to the Greeks. Talented theatre director Melina Theocharidou is currently working on her latest production Socrates and His Clouds, a musical play where comedy meets politics.
It seems that with the current crisis’ in both Greece and Cyprus, and in fact the whole of Europe, the Greek Arts industry is finding more and more ways of voicing their opinions through creative ventures.
It seems that a Greek never goes down without a fight!
Tickets are available for Papadopoulos and Sons from today and anyone wishing to help fund low budget Greek films can do so via their websites.
- Greek Films at Budapest Francophonie Fest (eu.greekreporter.com)