EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE FEATURE FILM ‘THE GIAOUR’ VISIT GREECE FOR RECCE ON FILMING LOCATION
Highly successful was the recce organized by the Hellenic Film Commission of the Greek Film Centre for the feature film The Giaour from the United Kingdom. Many film commissions invite producers to do their initial recce/location search in their countries for attracting foreign audiovisual productions. The executive producer of the film had recently made a similar trip to Spain for the same reason.
Following the meeting of Gareth Jones (Withnail and I, Mona Lisa, The Hard Word), executive producer, with Venia Vergou, Director of the Hellenic Film Commission, at the Cannes Film Festival 2018, he came to Greece in the end of July for a one-week recce. The Giaour, written and directed by Rika Ohara (The Heart of No Place), is based on Lord Byron’s homonym poem (1813). The same poem inspired Eugène Delacroix’s painting “The Combat of the Giaour and Hassan” (1826). The film script describes a society between the East and the West, during the Ottoman Empire in Greece. The movie plot, the backstory and the context made up of the different religious and ethnic characters background, as well as issues of gender identity and sexuality.
Gareth Jones with Venia Vergou visited many locations in Thessaloniki, Kavala, Xanthi, Chania and Rethymno. The locations in the North of Greece where proposed by Tatiana Verbi, location manager, and in Crete by the team of Indigo View, Ioanna Davis and Dimitris Xenakis. During their visits they had the opportunity to meet representatives of the local municipalities and regions.
The executive producer of the film left from Greece very satisfied and truly excited about the locations. The budget of the film amounts to 3 million euros and if our country is selected for filming, will take place six shooting weeks in Greece.
Special thanks to all those who contributed in the realization of this recce:
- Polixeni Veleni, Yorgos Skiadaresis, Stavroula Dadaki & Michael Lichounas from the Ministry of Culture
- Anastasia Z. Iosifidou and Harry Iordanidis from the Municipality of Kavala
- Anna Missirian and Gloria Missirian from the Imaret Hotel and the MOHA Research Center
- Dimitris Tzioumakas, Marketing Manager, Porto Carras
- Christos Papachadiaris, Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace
- Dimitrios Michelogiannis, Region of Crete
From left to right: Tatiana Verbi, location manager, Venia Vergou, director of the Hellenic Film Commission, Gareth Jones, executive producer, Ioanna Davis, Indigo View, Anastasia Z. Iosifidou, Municipality of Kavala, president of Dimofelia
Photo: © 2018 Hellenic Film Commission