Critically, I feel the work of Alkinos Tsilimidos is undervalued in Australian cinema. I think the paradoxes of his work have confused the critics: the hybrid of theatre and cinema, and the hybrid of low-budget cinema with high-budget presentation of the works. We really must acknowledge the particular qualities of these films, and give them their due value.
The short film Man of Straw is the easiest to analyse and there can be no doubt with it - it is a priceless study of a gambler, a Greek-Australian man, lost at the TAB and the races. It clearly recalls Cassavetes in its surfaces, of the face of the man, and the environment he's in.
The first feature Everynight ... Everynight is a hard-hitting, hysterical prison drama, distinctive in its B&W.
Silent Partner is more naturalistic, and who could deny the charm of its two battlers, despite the theatrical feel?
Tom White is more conventional, but still a gripping psychological study, the closest Tsilimidos has come to the mainstream.
Em4Jay is the knockout blow of his career, a stunning sequence-plan film about two junkies, severe but moving.
The most recent feature, Blind Company, I can't comment on as I haven't seen it.
- Bill Mousoulis, November 2015
Man of Straw
(1988, 28 mins, 16mm)
Everynight … Everynight (1994, 92 mins, 16mm)
Alien Big Cats (1998, 52 mins, 16mm)
co-directed with Christopher Gogos
Silent Partner (2001, 84 mins, 35mm)
Tom White (2004, 104 mins, 35mm)
Em4Jay (2006, 87 mins, 35mm)
Blind Company (2009, 97 mins, HD)
A walk on the White side (20 August 2004) The Age
From Stage to Screen: Silent Partner by John Flaus (September 2001) Senses of Cinema
tag on Alkinos Tsilimidos by Paul Martin (various dates) Melbourne Film Blog
© Bill Mousoulis, November 2015
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