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Director Peter Andrikidis: All Australians should see themselves represented on screen

21 October 2015 7:31 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Greek Australian TV and film director behind new romcom Alex & Eve already has three decades of cross-cultural storytelling under his belt

In 1982, Peter Andrikidis, Greek, twentysomething and newly graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School, was watching TV with his grandfather. The show was Cop Shop, and John Orcsik (actually of Hungarian descent) was playing a Greek detective. His grandfather was blown away. A Greek cop in a show about Australians! Greeks could be Australians?

Related: Alex & Eve review – cultural clashes and baklava in a Greek-Lebanese love story

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Snowtown duo reunites for historical epic

2 July 2015 3:26 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Snowtown director Justin Kurzel and screenwriter Shaun Grant are collaborating on an Australian bushranger feature.

Grant is writing True History of the Kelly Gang, adapted from the Peter Carey novel, a co-production between Porchlight.s Liz Watts and the UK's Daybreak Pictures.

The novel is seen through Kelly.s eyes, scribbling his narrative on scraps of paper in semi-literate but descriptive prose as he fled from the police.

To his pursuers, Kelly was a monstrous criminal, a thief and a murderer. To many ordinary Australians, the bushranger was a hero, defying the authority of the English to control their lives.

Joe Penhall was listed as the writer when the project received development funding from Screen Australia.

Heath Ledger played the bushranger in Gregor Jordan's Ned Kelly in 2003 and Mick Jagger starred in Tony Richardson's Ned Kelly in 1970. The first screen version was The Story of the Kelly Gang in »

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Bushranger movie starts shooting

29 March 2015 3:09 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Callan McAuliffe, Andy McPhee, Arthur Angel and John Orcsik have joined the cast of writer-director Matthew Holmes. The Legend of Ben Hall, which started shooting on Sunday in regional Victoria. The plot follow the last six turbulent months of the life of the notorious bushranger (newcomer Jack Martin), whose gang pulled off the largest gold heist in the British Empire, and the circumstances surrounding his controversial execution by police in 1865.

Martin played the character in Holmes. Kickstarter-funded short film, footage from which is being incorporated in the feature. The cast includes Joanne Dobbin as his ex-wife Biddy, Adam Willson as Mick Coneley, who harboured Hall, Jamie Coffa and William Lee as fellow gang members, Angus Pilakui as an Aboriginal tracker, Jordan Fraser-Trumble as Inspector Davidson and Gregory Quinn as Sergeant Condell.

The La-based McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby, Robot Overlords) and McPhee (Animal Kingdom, Sons of Anarchy) are playing members of the gang. »

- Don Groves

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