School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Ms Athena Mandis, BA in Hispanic Studies, MA in Advanced Theatre Studies

Athena

Convenor in MA Documentary Practice

Email: a.mandis@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8788
Room Number: Arts One 1.35
Office Hours: Please email for an appointment

Profile

Athena is an award-winning filmmaker; her past work includes Return to Chiapas (52 mins. Award-winning doc – RIFF 2005) Backroads (17 mins., fiction); Fly Away (8 mins., fiction 16mm) a film made following a young people's writer's workshop; Roxanne (10 mins., fiction); Take a Walk With Me (20 mins., doc, part of the Tower Hamlets 2012 initiative) an inter-generational project with a group of Stepney elders and the Osmani Centre, in which participants remembered the lost picture houses of the East End; Remembering Lindsay Anderson (53 mins., doc) a collaboration with Charles Drazin; Insanity, Death and Madness (50 mins., doc, a Heritage Lottery Funded project) a collaboration with Eastside Community Heritage including use of their archive of interviews from staff, patients and visitors to St Clements Hospital. The majority of Athena's work centre around the theme of memory. As founder and Director of Mile End films (2010-2014), an Queen Mary in-house production facility, Athena has produced numerous projects, including films for UK Sport, No.10 Downing Street, QMUL and Tower Hamlets, to name but a few. Athena was recently selected by the Filmonics Programme with her project "Bread", a feature-length comedy set in the Greek Cypriot Community of North London. In addition she is also developing a three-part drama inspired by true events of the Armenian Genocide, titled "Anatolyan Sky". In addition to developing high-end drama, Athena is a strong advocate of grassroots and participatory film, using both documentary and narrative film technique to explore engagement through film. Prior to becoming a filmmaker Athena worked as Dramaturg with the David Glass Ensemble, where she was involved with the company's touring shows and worked on their children's participatory theatre, The Lost Child Project, in developing countries.

Research

Publications

Links to some of my work

https://youtu.be/F65xFGwydvg Insanity, Death & Art - 40 min documentary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-g_jBfySNU Return to Chiapas 70 min documentary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVCQL04U1zA Backroad 19 min fiction

https://vimeo.com/52242591 Remembering Lindsay Anderson, a collaboration with Dr. Charles Drazin

https://vimeo.com/51748004 Roxanne

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIkrY9t46Ag&feature=youtu.be 16.30 8 min fiction

https://vimeo.com/88291712 Water City, a Mile End Films production for Lord Andrew Mawson

http://www.cabinetsecretaries.com/ A series of interviews with Permanent Secretaries at No.10 Downing Street

https://vimeo.com/52242557 Take A Walk With Me, a collaboration with Gill Tofell

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hK_zjGMYi4 Fly Away 12 min fiction