"If I can touch just one person with my work, then my job is done."


I am a filmmaker with over 25 years experience in the Creative Arts that began with a passion for theatre. Always following my heart my journey has led me to understand the responsibility that comes with storytelling and representation. As a practitioner I feel I have an opportunity to make a difference, to shine the light on matters that need focus, to bring to the fore that which is hidden and forgotten. Finding my voice as a Greek Cypriot woman in film has been a journey in itself, at a time when being a woman and Greek Cypriot had their own challenges. Yet it is through these challenges that my sense as a filmmaker has been sharpened. I look to make work that questions, moves and touches an audience.

"Filmmaking is learning."


A lecturer in Film Practice at Queen Mary University, London, my approach to my work is always being challenged and fine-tuned. Having been selected for Filmonomics, Film London Development Lab and Modern Tales, my work has strengthened under the brilliant mentorship of Lee Magiday (The Favourite), Angeli McFarlene and Mia Bays, amongst others.

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Update April 2020

Delighted to announce that we wrapped on Losing Grace in February 2020. The film is currently in post production. Earlier in September Xenos was selected onto the Torino Film Development programme and we are currently seeking finance. I November an early cut of Memories on 29 bus was screened at the Camden Arts Centre.

Festivals

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FILMS

Losing Grace Short film in post production

Daughter Short film in pre-production

Daughter Short film in pre-production

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"Grace, this is the kind of thing he would do, use spies to track us down. You can’t trust anyone."


FICTION A mother forced to flee from her abusive partner with her daughter  finds short-lived refuge, when she‘s unwittingly tracked down, with  dire consequences. 

Writer/Director Athena Mandis; Producer Athena Mandis & Liz Farahadi; DOP Beatriz Delgado Mena; Editor Eric Moore; cast Liz Farahadi, Grant Burgin, Emma Svensson and Tabatha Howard.

www.losinggracefilm.com


Daughter Short film in pre-production

Daughter Short film in pre-production

Daughter Short film in pre-production

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"She hesitates, it’s the first time she’s spoken her name for 35 years."


FICTION When adoptee Amee turns up at her birth mum’s house and finds her sister, teenage mum Belle, all their lives are blown apart. The film looks at notions of family, belonging and the expectations of motherhood.

Director Athena Mandis //Writer Jo Harper.

Memories of No.29 Bus in production

Daughter Short film in pre-production

Xenos Feature in development

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"When people moved, they would always be asked 'does the No.29 pass by?" It was the main bus route."


DOCUMENTARY A personal journey along Green Lanes, North London, charting the migration of Cypriots across London. From Camden to Enfield was first conceived as part of the Being Human Festival. In collaboration with Dr. Petros Karastareas University of Westminister.

Xenos Feature in development

Polly Feature in development

Xenos Feature in development

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"It’s hardly the time to be filming, when we are here to bury our dad."  


DRAMA Christi’s life is turned upside down when her mother wants her and her two sisters, to all take one last journey back together to bury their father in their homeland, a divided Cyprus. 

Writer/Director Athena Mandis     Producers Marilena & Despina Parouti

Polly Feature in development

Polly Feature in development

Polly Feature in development

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"70% of all prostitutes are mothers working to stay above the breadline." ECP report.


DRAMA A young mother flees from her abusive partner with her two young children. With no money and no home she turns to prostitution to survive. But when a police caution threatens her custody she finds herself battling for justice for all women and uncovers corruption at the highest level.

Southgate to Brighton short comedy 14mins 2018

Southgate to Brighton short comedy 14mins 2018

Southgate to Brighton short comedy 14mins 2018

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 Three Greek London Lads break with tradition and try to cross the M25 on an ill-fated failed trip to Brighton. Written & Directed with Dino Jacovides

https://vimeo.com/267184632

Testimonies of War Documentary 30mins 2018

Southgate to Brighton short comedy 14mins 2018

Southgate to Brighton short comedy 14mins 2018

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Told through testimony and archive, UK Armenians tell of their families story of migration to the UK against the spectre of war and persecution. Commissioned through Caia Hayashen and funded by Heritage lottery Fund.

https://vimeo.com/273284035

Insanity, Death & Art Documentary 40 mins 2014

Southgate to Brighton short comedy 14mins 2018

Insanity, Death & Art Documentary 40 mins 2014

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Past patients, family and doctors remember life at St Clements Mental Health Hospital in Bow. Made with the support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and in collaboration with Eastside Community Heritage.

https://vimeo.com/328631206

Remembering Lindsey Anderson Documentary 25 mins 2012

Flyaway Drama 12 mins 2009

Insanity, Death & Art Documentary 40 mins 2014

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Dr. Charles Drazin remembers the filmmaker Lindsey Anderson with long-time friend Lois Smith. Mile End Films

https://vimeo.com/52242591



Roxanne Drama. 12 mins. 2011

Flyaway Drama 12 mins 2009

Flyaway Drama 12 mins 2009

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 Roxanne's life turns upside down when her young neighbour turns up unexpectedly on her doorstep. Writer Paul Frankl. Producer Michael Peers. Mile End Films

https://vimeo.com/51748004

Flyaway Drama 12 mins 2009

Flyaway Drama 12 mins 2009

Flyaway Drama 12 mins 2009

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A young muslim girl comes to terms with the  recent death of her father and has to put away all the photographs of  him. Shot on 16mm. Producer Cheyenne Conway. Mile End Films

https://vimeo.com/328670790

Backroads Drama 19 mins 2008

Backroads Drama 19 mins 2008

Backroads Drama 19 mins 2008

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Set in a sleepy Fenland village, Backroads is a story about the  essential humanity of those who find themselves caught up in sex  slavery; and how cultural blindness, complacency, prejudice and inaction  can cause just as much damage as any calculated crime. Writer Rupert Raby. Producer Lucy Baxter Mandrake Films. Selected for British Council slate.

https://vimeo.com/328671975

Return to Chiapas Documentary 72 mins 2006

Backroads Drama 19 mins 2008

Backroads Drama 19 mins 2008

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Return to Chiapas follows the photographer Araceli Herrera back  to Chiapas to see what has changed since the Zapatista uprising in 1994.  The film has been screened at numerous film festivals and won Best  International Documentary at RIFF (Rome International Film Festival).

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Athena Mandis

200 Alexandra Park Road, London, N/A n22 7uq, GB

+44 (0) 7834719620