Twice born : Dionysos films and the establishment of Greek film circuit in Australia

Verhoeven, Deb 2007, Twice born : Dionysos films and the establishment of Greek film circuit in Australia, Studies in Australasian cinema, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 96-152, doi: 10.1386/sac.1.3.275_1.

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Title Twice born : Dionysos films and the establishment of Greek film circuit in Australia
Author(s) Verhoeven, DebORCID iD for Verhoeven, Deb
Journal name Studies in Australasian cinema
Volume number 1
Issue number 3
Start page 96
End page 152
Publisher Intellect
Place of publication Bristol, England
Publication date 2007-12
ISSN 1750-3175
Keyword(s) migrant audience
foreign-language film
art cinema
Greek cinema
Summary From the late 1940s until the late 1970s Melbourne was home to a dynamic Greek cinema circuit made up of some 30 different inner-city and suburban venues operated by a handful of vertically integrated exhibition/distribution businesses. Dionysos Films was amongst the first Greek film exhibition/distribution companies to form in Australia and from 1949 until 1956 it operated with little significant competition, establishing the parameters for a diasporic Greek film circuit that stretched across regional and metropolitan Australia and into New Zealand. This article measures the shadow cast by Dionysos Films (and its charismatic proprietor Stathis Raftopoulos) over the history of Antipodean Greek film experiences and the implications that this neglected aspect of Australian and Greek film history has for our understanding of the national cinemas in both countries.
Language eng
DOI 10.1386/sac.1.3.275_1
Field of Research 190201 Cinema Studies
200208 Migrant Cultural Studies
200203 Consumption and Everyday Life
Socio Economic Objective 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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