Crowds flock to Greek Film Festival premiere in Melbourne and Sydney [PHOTOS]
Hundreds of Greek Australians attended the first screenings and other films of the 2022 Greek Film Festival in Melbourne and Sydney last week.
In Melbourne, more than 700 moviegoers attended the premiere of the multi-award winning film Efthihia – about the life and times of lyricist Efthihia Papagiannopoulou.
It has largely contributed to the development of modernity laiko Greek musical movement, having written some of the greatest hits in Greek music from the 1930s to the 1960s. She often went unrecognized for her contributions. Moviegoers received a tote bag full of treats.
At the Astor Theater in Melbourne, audiences were greeted by the Sounds of Renaissance, an ensemble that performed songs from the film.
Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) Cultural Programs Director Leonidas Vlahakis welcomed the Film Festival audience and spoke of the Festival’s “rich line-up” (13 films and four documentaries) and thanked the sponsors for their support. He then invited the Consul General of Greece in Melbourne, Mr. Emmanuel Kakavelakis, to the podium.
Greek Community President Bill Papastergiadis expressed his gratitude for the atmosphere at the premiere, “It’s really something special after a two-year hiatus. I am grateful that the Festival has so many supporters and long-term partners such as Bendigo Bank”.
On behalf of the board, before the start of the film, Jeana Vithoulkas said that the award-winning film Efthihia – was important in highlighting the role that women have played in the Greek music scene.
The Sydney premiere at Palace Cinemas Leichhardt was equally impressive. Among the many guests were: Harry Danalis (President of the Greek Community), Ioannis Mallikourtis (Consul General of Sydney), Mark Coure (Minister of State for Multiculturalism), Konstantinos Yiannakodimos (Press Office), Katerina Bountouri (Press Office ) Tom Christopoulos (Bendigo Bank) advisers Alexandra Luxford (Randwick City Council), Steve Christou (Cumberland Counci) Bill Saravinovski (Bayside Council) representatives of expatriate organizations and sponsors.
Artemis Theodoris Papoutsis, read a message from NSW State Premier Dominic Perrottet.
Appetizers and drinks were provided while the by Thanasis Pylarinos and Sotiriou Procopiou referenced some of the greatest hits written by Efthihia Papagiannopoulou.
Euphoria Photography photographers captured the moments on camera.
The 2022 Greek Film Festival continues until October 30. New projections have been added. For tickets and full program visit www.greekfilmfestival.com.au