Poet and performer Koraly Dimitriadis is launching her short film project Good Greek Girl on the 10th of August. She’s a prolific and powerful force of nature, so we wanted to know more about her latest venture.
How did the ‘Good Greek Girl’ film project come about?
I received Australia Council ArtStart funding and one of the items I proposed in my application was to make two films of my poems to put online. But when I sat down to write the scripts, I couldn’t get it down to two poems, there were four I really wanted to do. When I started writing the scripts I realised to do the poems justice I needed to create something high quality and so I decided to create a project for the films and launch them together as a series. I then had the idea to create a book trailer for Love and F Poems with footage from two of the films, Best friend, and How to get a fuck.
What challenges/interesting things did you find through the filmmaking process?
I enjoy making films but it’s such hard work logistically! But I loved every minute of it. I did not expect to have such good synergy with Nathan Little, my co-director and director of photography. When you do a show, you only do it once, but with a film, you can go deeper and deeper with each take and the final result can be very powerful. I discovered I also enjoy acting. I didn’t expect to love filmmaking so much, especially being able to push the boundaries of poetry visually. After finishing the films I submitted them to Profile Talent Management, Australia’s leading talent agency, and they signed me immediately. This has opened up new opportunities for me to take poetry to a wider audience. I also took my films into the theatre space for my La Mama 2013 Explorations show Good Greek Girl where I engaged with the films while I was performing.
Tell us about ‘How to get a fuck.’
It was a very hard short-film to create, the hardest of the four. I struggled writing the script. It’s such an angry poem. I wanted to show what was underneath the anger visually, while still maintaining the anger. I think Nathan and I have achieved this.
Who are the cast and crew?
Poets Amy Bodossian, Randall Stephens, Maxine Beneba Clarke and Christos Tsiolkas to name a few!
How did you find performing for the camera rather than an audience?
I loved it. I love performing for an audience too but I just loved making films so much too. If I had to choose one from the two I wouldn’t be able to choose!
Is acting something you’re interested in pursuing?
Yes, television and acting and writing for television is something I am looking at with my agent at the moment.
Do you think poetry suits being on film?
Definitely! It suits short film and I can see it on television too! It’s accessible and it’s interesting. Anything is possible if you have a vision.
Where can people see the film?
I am launching the films on the 10th of August at Loop Bar in the City. I have also invited poets in the films, and some other Greek-Australian writers and poets to respond to my films poetically on the night and I will also be responding to my films with poetry. I wanted to have a poetic dialogue for the launch and I am really excited by the poems some of the poets have written to respond to the films. I have also invited two interstate writers, Des Skordilis for Brisbane who is an up and coming poet, and Pete Papathanasiou who is an emerging novelist.
You’re so prolific. What’s next for Koraly?
I am working on Good Greek Girl which is currently a novel told in poetry, prose and short story. La Mama have offered me a 2015 season of the theatre show Good Greek Girl(which is based on the book)and I will be working with a Cypriot amateur theatre director Olga Aristodemou and Paul Capsis will mentor me on the project to get it ready for its premier season. I am also working on a project with my agent. Of course, continuing to keep honest and pushing my poetry to the limits as always.
Little Raven Publishing is very proud to be one of the sponsors of the Good Greek Girl project and the short film How to get a fuck. Tickets are available through eventbrite and all the details through facebook.