Racism, dating dynamics, cultural repression and the expectation to conform are some of the themes Greek Australian poet Koraly Dimitriadis, dubbed the ‘Good Greek Girl’, explores in four short poetic films she will launch at Loop Space on Sunday 10 August.
Starring names like Christos Tsiolkas and Maxine Beneba Clarke, and set in locations such as Coburg Market, the State Library and Melbourne Airport, Dimitriadis created the films with her Australia Council ArtStart grant.
Co-directed with Big Brother housemate Nathan Little, Dimitriadis once again pushes the boundaries of poetry.
Before the films were completed, Dimitriadis sent rough cuts to Australia’s leading talent agency, Profile Talent Management. Managing director Daniel Scharf was quick to sign her.
“Dimitriadis is a very talented poet and artist who crosses all boundaries,” he said.
“She is both confronting and controversial and unafraid to reveal the deep thoughts of her soul.”
Initially a self-published zine that sold out repeatedly in bookshops, Dimitriadis’ debut verse novel Love and F**k Poems is a snapshot in time of a Greek woman fleeing her culture and marriage on a quest to find her sexual identity.
Having just arrived from Cyprus after translating Love and F**k Poems, Dimitriadis is surprised by the debate her book created in Greece, about whether or not poetry can be so honest and expressive.
“An unashamed poetic celebration of one woman’s liberation from the chains of marital convention, sexual repression and cultural obligation,” Maxine Beneba Clarke, of Foreign Soil, wrote about the book.
Directed by Koraly Dimitriadis and Nathan Little, and starring Christos Tsiolkas, Koraly Dimitriadis, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Amy Bodossian, Randall Stephens, Anthea Sidiropoulos, Jim Koutsoukos, Cam Hassard,
Dimitriadis’ short films will be launched on Sunday, 10 August, at Loop Cinema Space, 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne. Doors open at 6.30 pm, for 7.30 pm beginning.