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Author Archives: Marcus Markou

What I learned from Papa

Exactly three years ago, I was in the middle of the first draft of Papadopoulos & Sons. And now for the first time in three years, I am not planning something for the film. For the first time in three …

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Self Distribution Lessons in Podcast with Chris Jones

Ha! I’ve been meaning to blog about my self distribution journey but a breakfast masterclass (which sounds very impressive) with indie film making guru Chris Jones captures a great deal of what happened. Click this link here: http://www.chrisjonesblog.com/2013/07/how-to-self-distribute-a-film-masterclass-with-marcus-markou.html  

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Success For Papa in Germany!

You’ve got to love the Germans. I spent a week there touring the outer reaches of the country promoting the film before its release. We literally covered 1000s of kilometers in a few days. I just wasn’t convinced the film …

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A small victory for self distribution

My intention is to go back and blog all the events that led up to the release on April 5th and what happened after. The film is still playing in UK indie screens after its Cineworld release. After a great …

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Reclassification of Papadopoulos & Sons – Response from BBFC

People have been dismayed and surprised that Papadopoulos & Sons is rated a 15, while violent films such as The Dark Knight and Skyfall are rated a 12a. On Monday 8th April, we tried to get the film reclassified. I …

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Self Distribution to UK Cinemas: The Joy of Diaspora Greeks

I did have a plan to blog about Greece and our release there. I was making mental notes about our North American premiere at the Palm Springs Film Festival in California, but I’ve just remortgaged my house so I can …

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Δείτε την ταινία «Παπαδόπουλος & Σία» στην Αθήνα σε αυτές τις αίθουσες. 27.12.2012 – 02.01.2013

Athens Screening information from 27th December to 2nd January ΑΒΑΝΑ – ΑΙΘΟΥΣΑ 1 Κηφισίας 234 και Λυκούργου 3 ΤΗΛ: 210 6756546 Πεμ-Τετ 18:15, 20:30, 22:40 ΓΑΛΑΞΙΑΣ 3 DIGITAL – ΑΙΘΟΥΣΑ 1 Μεσογείων 6 ΤΗΛ: 210 7773319 Πεμ-Τετ 18:15, 20:30, 22:40 …

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In Athens Cinemas from 20th December! Opa!

Οι πρώτες προβολές της ταινίας Papadopoulos & Sons θα πραγματοποιηθούν Πέμπτη 20 Δεκεμβρίου στην Αθηνά. Αν όλα πάνε καλά, το σχέδιο είναι να επεκταθούμε στην υπόλοιπη Ελλάδα και Κύπρο.   Δείτε την ταινία πρώτοι την Πέμπτη στους παρακάτω κινηματογράφους. ΓΑΛΑΞΙΑΣ …

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In Athens for Greek Premiere

When I had a couple of hours to kill in Athens this morning I decided to walk, without thinking too much, and observe. I am as much an observer here as I am a participant in what is normally regarded …

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Historic screening at the European Parliament – 13th November 2012

This film has its own consciousness. After refusing to be accepted by a single UK distributor and after stubbornly refusing to be accepted by any British film festivals, it decided it would go to the heart of European Government at …

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Papadopoulos & Sons wins Audience Award at 53rd Thessaloniki Film Festival

I was in my boxer shorts and fixing breakfast for my children when the phone rang from Greece to announce that we’d won the Michael Cacoyannis Audience award at the Thessaloniki Film Festival. Audience awards are a big deal. When …

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Reflections on the Dinard Film Festival, Part 2 (Tango for One)

I spent many hours wandering about with the cast, eating ice cream and taking in the views at Dinard. It’s rare to bond with any group of people you work with, but that is what we did when we shot …

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Reflections on the Dinard Film Festival, Part 1 (It’s a Jumper)

Audiences loved the film at the Dinard Film Festival. We had big queues, we had great applause, we had laughter, tears and word-of-mouth. All the things you dream of. We had people come back and watch it again. We were …

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Papadopoulos & Sons at the Dinard Film Festival – 3rd to 7th October 2012

It looks like a reunion. Most of the key cast of Papadopoulos & Sons will be in Dinard this week, at the Dinard Film Festival, in France. Georges Corraface, Stephen Dillane, Ed Stoppard and Georgia Groome will be there – …

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Interview with online magazine What The Dickens

This is an interview I did with Sandy East of What The Dickens Magazine – which I’ve reprinted here on the blog. Marcus Markou had a story he needed to tell, a film that he needed to make, and a lot …

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Interview with a Blogger

This is an interview I did about Papadopoulos & Sons with a blogger called Eleanor for her webzine Fandom Wanderers Tell us a bit about your new film, Papadopoulos and Sons. It’s the story of a wealthy London Greek businessman …

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Small is beautiful underpins the film – now jail the bankers

I’m often asked how my background as an entrepreneur has influenced Papadopoulos & Sons. Certainly, the themes of the film and my own business values are the same. As economic crisis grows, it deserves a blog entry. Because I run …

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The latest Eurozone crisis creates context for the film

The good news from Cannes was securing distribution deals for a number of European territories and getting into more festivals. The most special news is Greece and my sincere hope is that the film will bring hope and a sense …

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Journalist interest in Papadopoulos & Sons grows

As the film starts to gain more interest, I find myself doing more interviews. I’m more than happy to accommodate anyone who wants to speak to me about the film. I really enjoy talking about what inspired me and the process …

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Cannes Film Festival – Part Two

The events in my personal life have completely overshadowed Cannes. My little boy – who is three – genuinely thinks he can fly. He jumps off everything. At my father’s house in the Midlands he regularly kicks away the little …

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Papadopoulos & Sons at Cannes

I am in Cannes with the film. Well, I’m here in Cannes. The film is with an enlightened and independent film friendly sales agent called Seven & Seven in a huge room with 1000s of films from around the world …

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My director’s statement for Cannes press pack

I had to write a director’s statement for the press pack, ahead of Cannes. Papadooulos & Sons is being screened to industry there at the film market in mid May. I enjoyed writing this statement. The act of writing it was an affirmation of …

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Film trailer breaks 10,000 views after spending £30 on Youtube

The trailer for the film broke 10,000 views this weekend. In the past week I did an interview with Greek Reporter and the trailer was picked up by various Greek news sites. However, I have something to admit. I did …

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Movie trailer on Youtube points to the future

It’s been under 48 hours since the trailer for Papadopoulos & Sons was released onto Youtube. I tweeted 100 or so followers on Twitter and also added a link on the Facebook Fan Page (which currently has only 600 followers).  In just …

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Something special has been created

All good film sites (as well as good films) have a confident visual style and we were fortunate to have James Friend, a talented and young Director of Photography in the team. Many of the great images on this site …

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