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“I Was Born Greek!” – Melina Mercouri

Andrew Horton, the Jeanne H. Smith Professor of Film and Video Studies of the University of Oklahoma, will be giving a presentation about the Life, Times and Influence of Melina Mercouri at the Greek Orthodox Community Club on Dec. 9 in Lakemba, New South Wales.

A well-known screenwriter and the author of 23 books on film, screenwriting and cultural studies, his films include Brad Pitt’s first feature film, The Dark Side of the Sun and the much awarded Something in Between (1983, Yugoslavia, directed by Srdjan Karanovic).

He has given screenwriting workshops around the world including Norway, Germany, England, the Czech Republic, Greece, New Zealand, Switzerland and throughout the United States.

Horton lived and worked in Greece for over eight years during the Junta period in the 1960s-70’s, and was associated with Mercouri and her filmmaking husband Jules Dassin. Horton’s presentation will share Mercouri’s influence as a person, actress, activist against the Junta, and finally as the Minister for Culture in the latter part of her life, assisting the cultural growth of Greece in theater, film, and the other arts.

The presentation will be accompanied by excerpts of some of her most famous films including Stella (1955), Never on Sunday (1960), Topkapi (1964) and A Dream of Passion (1978). Horton is currently working on a script based on the life of Mercouri, entitled I Was Born Greek!

“Perhaps we can all agree, Greece today needs another Melina or someone like her to help make a difference in hard times,” said Associate Professor Vrasidas Karalis, Sydney University Modern Greek Department.

More information is available from Dimitra Lafazanos at: (02) 9750 0440/0405 533480 or

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