DOCNZ: The New Zealand International Documentary Film Festival


John Psathas is one of the most talented composers of his generation -George Koumendakis, Director of Music, Olympic Games, Athens 2004

  • Best Director (NZ), Documentary Edge Festival 2012

View from Olympus

New Zealand 2011 / 72min.
Director Geoffrey Cawthorn. Producer Richard Riddiford.
Featuring: John Psathas

John Psathas, a New Zealander and son of Greek immigrants, was commissioned to compose the music to the opening and closing ceremonies of the Athens Olympics in 2004. At 44 years of age, he has achieved extraordinary international praise as a composer to watch. Drawing from classical, jazz, rock and Greek folk tradition, he grabs audiences and takes them on a thrilling musical journey.

This is an intensely personal story about a man whose life and music is split between his Greek and New Zealand identities. Psathas grew up in a close immigrant family in small town New Zealand where his parents ran a fish and chips shop. When they and his sister returned to Greece, Psathas remained in New Zealand forging a stellar career. Now, with his own young family established in New Zealand but with his parents aging, he is at an emotional crossroad.

Director Geoffrey Cawthorn takes viewers on a journey into Psatha’s life and music. The film observes Psathas at home in Wellington, where he works creating new compositions and teaching at the New Zealand School of Music. It follows him back to the towns of his childhood and onto Greece for an emotional reunion with his parents. The film climaxes with a triumphant performance in Germany of his best-known work, View from Olympus.


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Documentary Edge Festival 2012

New Zealand (4/5)

Screening in Wellington

Fri 18 May
Time Venue/Notes Book Tickets
2pm City Gallery WellingtonBook 
Sun 20 May
Time Venue/Notes Book Tickets
6:45pm Angelika at Reading Cinemas Courtenay  Q&A  
Q&A with John Psathas
Mon 28 May
Time Venue/Notes Book Tickets
6:45pm Angelika at Reading Cinemas CourtenayBook 

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