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, 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.
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 in the heart of 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 Romani music from eastern Europe provides an exuberant 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. An intimate and revealing look at a fascinating life and work.
ENTERTAINING COUNTESS DRACULA
ONLINE PREMIERE Thurs 14 October 2021 with a spooky introduction by Sofia Chapman and Alana Hunt.
An Embroidery of Old Maps and New
Four videopoems written and performed by Angela Costi, directed by Faezeh Alavi, with music by Sofia and Alana of Vardos. Supported by City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.
Please click the links below to view the four videopoems.
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.
Spicks and Specks
Vardos cameo appearance in Series 5 Episode 7, 2009 ABC TV. With presenter Adam Hills, Team member Rhys Darby played up to the crowd, made filming go overtime and Sofia almost missed her flight to Hobart and had to go to the airport with only her Vardos outfit...
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.
Vardos cameo appearance in Series 3 Episode 12, aired Dec 12 2000 ABC TV, 'To Thine Own Self Be Relatively True'
Alana and Sofia of Vardos serenade Sigrid Thornton and Shaun Micallef with the Transylvanian track Bonchidai.