A screenwriter's impact on Hollywood.
Laeta Kalogridis is a Greek American screenwriter and executive producer who has worked on some of this year’s biggest blockbuster films.
She helped James Cameron write the script for his epic Avatar and also contributed to Scorsese’s spine-tingling Shutter Island.
At a recent press junket for Shutter Island, Kalogridis talked to Greek Hollywood Reporter about her adoration for the novel on which the film is based and how ancient Greek tragedy has shaped her work.
Shutter Island is a psychological mystery that keeps the viewer guessing literally until its end.
There is a massive twist to the story; some people figure it out from the get-go, some people discover it once it is revealed.
No matter which category you fall into, I guarantee you will still be trying to figure out the meaning for days after the credits have run. It truly is a remarkable picture.
Kalogridis wrote the screenplay after reading the novel, “When I read it, I thought it was an amazing book.” After auctioning the rights to the story by Dennis Lehane, the script was moved through the chain and eventually landed in Scorsese’s’ lap, “We were very lucky that the material itself became available when it did.” On discussing the story’s content, Kalogridis expressed that she felt it possessed many elements of a Greek tragedy, “He is in a situation that is beyond his control. There is no escape for him and in that way, to me, it’s a very mythological tale”.
Collaborating with such an awe-inspiring talent as Martin Scorsese is definitely something her admirers marvel at, including me.
In her eyes, Scorsese is an incredible human being, “To work with him was an incredible experience and it continues to be. It’s the kind of thing that writers dream about getting to do; to work with him all the way through the process was incredible”.
Gorgeous Leonardo DiCaprio plays the lead in Shutter Island, and of course the interviewee questioned Kalogiridis on his abilities, “He’s an amazing actor in a way that is almost scary”.
The talented screenwriter is very proud of her Greek heritage. As the interviews goes on, she details her adoration for Greek content in the stories being told today, “All stories come back to Greek routes. I really mean that.
“Everything I do has been informed by Greek mythology. I grew up with Medusa and Perseus, not your typical childhood fairytales.”
Avatar is the other blockbuster Kalogridis can be proud to put her name to as executive producer.
The science fiction epic film was written and directed by James Cameron and stars Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriquez and Aussie actor Sam Worthington.
Production for the feature began more than a decade ago, and it is officially budgeted at $237 million. Avatar is considered a breakthrough in terms of filmmaking technology for its development of 3D viewing and stereoscopic filmmaking with cameras specifically designed for its production.
The film premiered in London at the end of last year and grossed $27 million on opening day in the United States and Canada. Due to such success, Avatar was released internationally two days earlier than originally planned and grossed $232 million worldwide during its first five days of global release. This result only exceeded the success of one other film in history, Cameron’s epic Titanic.
Kalogridis is also the founder of the pro-union website Hollywood United and played an active role as a peacemaker in the 2007 to 2008 Writers Guild of America strike.
- Register Now
- Turkey condemns NSW's genocide recognition
- Mykonos: Something to 'Crowe' about
- Greek community pays tribute to Hazel Hawke
- Fitch upgrades Greece's credit rating
- Recognising genocide
- Angelopoulos' Greek drama
- Greek men affected by crisis
- New rules for reverse mortgages
- Kastellorizian Association names their best
- Philippoussis vs furry animals
- 8 May 2013 | 13 Votes
- 3 May 2013 | 9 Votes
- 15 May 2013 | 9 Votes
- 8 May 2013 | 9 Votes
- 13 May 2013 | 8 Votes
- 13 May 2013 | 6 Votes
More from this Section
- Philippoussis vs furry animals
- Golden Dawn's Australian aspirations uncovered
- Zorba's artifacts up for sale
- 'Z' Tribute to Grigoris Lambrakis
- Galifianakis to produce new comedy show
- Hollywood's bodyguard retires
- Special screening of Before Midnight
- Woody Allen channels the crisis for new film
- DVD release for Dead Europe
- Georgia's silver lining
The schemes allowing the owners of properties that breached building regulations to protect their homes from demolition are illegal says the Council of State
An idea proposed by visiting professor and linguist Georgios Babinitios has seen the creation of the first centre to promote Greek culture in Australia
Greeks lend a helping hand to those who are suffering in the face of the crisis
Mitchell Duke and Trent Sainsbury of the Mariners are among 12 Australian-based players selected for a Socceroos training camp
Celebrating Greece in the World Barista Championship, here's a coffee recipe everyone should try at home
A musical passage from the Mediterranean to Mesopotamia
Is Greek Easter the only time young Greek Australians make it to church? Neos Kosmos investigates what draws young parishioners.
NSW parliament "condemns the genocides of the Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks, and all other acts of genocide as the ultimate act of intolerance"
Achilleas Youth of AHEPA invites everyone, not only women, to join their High Tea event.
Week-long commemorations were marked to honour Pontian Greeks who lost their lives
34,100 Greeks moved to Germany in 2012 with a 43 per cent jump
Tsochatzopoulos called for two defense ministers in the New Democracy governments that took over from PASOK from 2004 onward to be questioned
In Mykonos with her family, Kim Kardashian has slammed claims she was unhappy during her holiday in Greece
MP Maria Vamvakinou has vowed to stop Golden Dawn opening Australian offices after what she saw in Greece
Central Coast suffered a 3-0 defeat in China, effectively ending their ACL campaign
Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey has mounted a passionate defence of Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme and branded dissident Liberal backbencher Alex Hawke
Taxpayers with just one source of annual income will not need to submit an income tax declaration as of next year according to the draft of the new tax code
Campaigner for the Cypriot community for years, Mr Toumbourou was beloved by many in the Greek and Cypriot community