An Embroidery of Old Maps and New
Four videopoems written and performed by Angela Costi, films directed by Faezeh Alavi, with music by Sofia and Alana from Vardos.
Supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.
Please click the links below to view the four videopoems.
The Private Part
Written and directed by Faezeh Alavi, The Private Part was selected for the prestigious Persian Film Festival in Sydney 2019 and premiered at Palace Central Cinemas Chippendale, Sydney on Sunday 8th December, followed by a Q and A with cast and crew.
Alana Hunt and Christian Bagin star in this short, 20 minute film of the surreal and intense interaction between two Hungarian immigrants. Music by Sofia Chapman.
The Private Part screened in 2020 St Kilda Film Festival in the session 'Australia's Top 100- Dark Matter', was selected for screening in Sardinia Queer Short Film Festival, Italy 2020 and is an official award winner in Canada Shorts 2020.
The Doctor Blake Mysteries
Vardos cameo appearance in Series 5 Episode 2, 8:30pm Sun 24 Sep 2017 ABC TV.
The murder of a beautiful woman takes Blake inside the intriguing and exotic world of Romani travellers passing through Ballarat.
Producer/ director Ruth Cullen and Australian artist Vali Myers were friends for over 20 years, many of which were spent living in the Chelsea Hotel. In this delightful documentary, producer/director Ruth captures Vali at her studio centred in the heart of Melbourne. It’s an “at-home”, only this home and its inhabitant are unlike any that you’ve seen before. Vali divided her time between Melbourne and her wild valley in Southern Italy where she lived for over 30 years without electricity or running water.
When in Australia, Vali could be found either at her studio or the dingo farm belonging to her friend Bruce Jacobs’ who has almost single-handedly fought to preserve the pure bred dingo from extinction. Vali’s art is infused with her identification with nature and animals feature prominently in her work.
In Melbourne there were frequent visitors to her studio. Friends such as Romani poet Lee Fuhler and the musical group Vardos whose traditional gypsy music from eastern Europe provides an exhuberant backdrop to the action. Intertwined with the day to day activity are her drawings – dreamy, sensual, visions sometimes severe but always delicate and painstakingly composed. Each drawing could take anything from months to years to complete and originals of her work are in collections all over the world. Ruth Cullen’s 20 year friendship with the artist is evident in the ease with which Vali opens herself up to the camera. This is no hagiography but an intimate and revealing look at a fascinating life and work.
|ENTERTAINING COUNTESS DRACULA
Written by Sofia Chapman, directed by Nathan Godkin
Screenings: Melbourne Underground Film Festival,, Westgarth Film Festival: Ode to the Silent Era, New York Independent Film and Video Festival and Mediawave Festival, Hungary.
Starring Natalia Axenova as the Countess and Peter Hosking as her evil nemesis Count Thurzo.
Produced by Sofia Chapman and Alanya van de Wiel. Photos by Justin Batchelor. Soundtrack recorded by Phil Egan at PBS FM with Alana Hunt, violin, Sofia Chapman, accordion and Melinda McCarthy, double bass.
A short film by Annemarie Szeleczky with music played by Sofia and Alana from VARDOS
Short animation - drawn in sand on glass with mixed media and cut-outs and shot with a digital camera. In this short film Annemarie recalls life growing up in the 50's in a Hungarian village by the shores of Lake Balaton. Completed 2003, 4'25 min. Screenings include Melbourne International Animation Festival, ACMI, Melbourne and LIAF, Soho, London 2004. Screened 2005 on SBS television Australia
At the 2002 World Masters Games, one athlete will do anything to win, and his grandson will do anything to help.