- THE DOROTHY HEWETT AWARD
The Old Greeks: Cinema, Photography, Migration
How should the people that initiated the journeys be remembered? What obligations arise as a result of their passing? What role do films and photographs play in this process of memorialisation?
Drawing on the events surrounding the arrival of the author’s family in Australia from Cyprus, The Old Greeks traces how film and photography serve as toolkits for making sense of the experience of migration—at the levels of everyday life and creative practice. Combining elements of autobiography, cultural history and criticism, The Old Greeks develops a style of writing that approaches complex social and aesthetic issues in an intimate manner. This intimacy mirrors the forms of address found in the films and photographs that ground the author’s reflections. It also affirms that migration and the crossing of borders can pave the way for innovative approaches to writing that challenge the distinctions between genres and styles. The outcome is a new aesthetics of migration that sheds light on the complex forms of human interaction that surround photography and film.