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Kythera in May
Dear Friends of Kythera,
I just spent the most beautiful week on Kythera. Spring flowers abounding, temperatures over 23º each day, hospitable Kytherians everywhere (as usual). I was there with our film sound designer Michael from New Zealand who's wife Katya won the Best Original Score award for our film Kythera mon Amour at the prestigious Tropfest awards in February and who will be scoring the new film Kythera mon Amour 2: An Island named Desire. That project was the main reason we were on the island so early in the season: I was organising the shoot and Michael was collecting "bites" of the Kytherian soundscape which will form the acoustic environment for the film.
After two years of almost rainless winters, the last few months brought plenty a downpour and the island is as green as I've seen in the last 30 years. Although some of the forest to the north of Potamos is dotted with dead pine trees – possibly due to them being weakened by the drought and then being attacked by disease – most of the trees on the island appear healthy and the sides of the road are full of wonderful spring flowers. Many restaurants have already opened, and we weren't the only crazy foreigners swimming on the pristine beaches in the spring sunshine. A new walking trail has been opened from the Kolokotroni Memorial below Agia Moni to the seaside village of Agia Pelagia, and there was no shortage of Dutch hikers to be seen on many of the roads. Developing the shoulder season for nature loving tourists is probably the best way to ensure a viable economy for the island's businesses and working-age population, and since the weather in spring and autumn is so perfect on the island, I can only recommend that you begin your summer holidays early or end them late for maximum enjoyment and for the benefit of the island.
The sides of the main roads are already being cleared of weeds, and the progress of other public works seem to indicate that the new mayor and his team are doing well. And it should be a good year for tourism this year, not only because there was a positive article about Kythera in the London Times a month ago, or because I'll be bringing some crew members with me for the filming in July. If the difficulty we had renting a car for the crew is any indication, it looks like the rental cars will be booked out again this summer.
I have finally found a new programmer to fix the bugs and introduce new features on the website. Frances is from Australia and, like me, lives in Berlin. The previous programmer who coded our relaunch two years ago is unfortunately extremely busy and hasn't had time to iron out the bugs. Sorry to all of you have emailed me with suggestions and corrections. We hope to be in a position to work on them over the next few weeks.

Support the Film Project!
"Kythera mon Amour 2: An Island named Desire" will be an action-packed family comedy showcasing the island and some of its more zany inhabitants. Like the first film in the series, the more surreal aspects of Kytherian society and the migration dilemma and the trials and tribulations facing its inhabitants will be played out in a tongue-in-cheek fashion. We are aiming for international distribution and hope to reach a huge audience, all of whom will obviously fall in love with Kythera upon seeing the film. Our modest minimum production budget of €35,000 still hasn't been completely funded yet, so if you've always wanted to be a film producer, this is your big chance. At you can easily become a sponsor with donation levels to suit all budgets. Credit cards and PayPal payments are accepted. Major sponsors even receive a copy of the entire screenplay which has received rave reviews by our erudite inner circle of reviewers.
Below: Some of the cast and crew of Kythera mon Amour 2 enjoying a business meeting in Athens last week.
Above: the stars of the first (and second) film, Poppy and George, inspecting their market garden
If you haven't seen Kythera mon Amour One yet, you can rent it online for only €2.79 here:

Below I have added some pictures of Kythera in the Spring to inspire you.

Best regards,


Tribute: Victor Coronis

From Peter Coronis:
Victor Coronis had 2 brothers Jim and Steve Coronis and 2 sisters Poppy and Maria who currently lives in Wagga Wagga.

He was one of the first Kytherians to migrate to Australia and start up a life for himself and as he did so his brothers and his sister Maria followed, setting up their lives in Australia.

His father Peter (Panagiotis), my name sake, and his mother Eleni (Helen) are had lived in Viarathika all their lives, living off the land as was usual back then.

My father never got the chance to return but he has fond memories and I showed him pictures of Kythera when I visited in 2012, which brought a tear to his eye.
My father loved Viarathika like he loved Australia as he was a frequent visitor at the Kytherian club in the Sydney CBD.

His sister still lives in Wagga but all her siblings have passed onto the heavens, and I just wanted to give and insight and honour his memory.
Above: The ever-friendly Andreas Kalokarinos and his charming companion at the superb Familia Restaurant in Fratsia for lunch on the first of May!

From The Kytherians, as told by Andreas Kalokarinos

There’s one thing I’m proud of about myself: I’ve got a very good memory. With more recent things I’m not so clear, but still for my age I’m doing all right.

Although my parents and I were born in Alexandrathes, my maternal grandmother Maria Aroney was from Aroniathiaka. And from what I know about her, she was an immigrant to Smyrna because in those days, most of the Kytherian population who left the island used to go there. And also my great-grandfather, from my father’s side, went to Smyrna. Actually I still have a couple of things of my mother’s from there like copper pots and a coffee grinder with writing on it, dated 1888. They have her initials – M.A. – engraved on them. My great-grandfather left here very poor and he ended up becoming rather rich in Smyrna. He had a sort of factory for making drinks. Liquor drinks. When he came back he bought a big property here.

I’m a Kalokairinos from both sides of the family. They weren’t related but had the same surname. Grandmother Mary married Manolis Kalokairinos, whose family nickname was Foudoulis.

My father’s father, I’ve got his name actually, was Andreas Kalokairinos. My father’s mother, she was a Tzannes from Agios Ilias, and her first name was Diamanta. I remember them clearly. As a child I spent quite a bit of a time with them. They had a large property and they also used to take me to do the alonisma, the threshing of the wheat. They had oxen. I’ll never forget how hot it used to become while threshing in the summer. It had to be done in the middle of the day because the heat was needed to keep the grain dry. Very hard work. First we put the wheat in the middle and then the animals walked on it, breaking the wheat under their hooves while someone chased behind to make them go round and round and round all day. Sometimes someone sat on a donkey to keep the oxen moving. And then in the afternoon they took the animals out of the round and separated the grain from the chaff by throwing it up in the wind.

The ahiro, the chaff, was collected and kept in a storeroom as food for the animals. They put the grain in big bags and kept it in the storeroom too. Then they took it bag by bag to the mill. In those days we went to the Mylopotamos watermills but there were windmills on the island too. I went with my grandmother very early on a Sunday – it being the only day we didn’t have other work – and left the bags with the wheat. The next Sunday we would go again to pick up our our.

I remember going to weddings with my mother. Everyone sang and mother had a good voice and she enjoyed it. She was usually quite happy. I often think about the people back then: they were poor, they worked very hard, and they didn’t have much to eat. But still they had time to tell jokes, to laugh and to sing. I was one of them myself – I never came back home in the night without singing, even though I was dirt poor and I worked hard. The only thing I had was my youth. But I see the young people these days and they never smile.

We used to go next door where two old people lived – that was the gathering place of the neighborhood. Musicians came: one played violin and the other the lute. They sat on a stage and all the others, young and old, danced.

We had to go to Karvounathes if we wanted to buy anything. In my grandfather’s time there was a little shop at the top of our village – a café and store – but by the time I came along there was nothing. No shop, no nothing. For shopping we had to go to Karvounathes or Tsikalaria, or Livathi. And we had to go to school in Karvounathes and Kondolianika. So you can imagine going barefoot, every morning – on very cold mornings in the winter – to walk all the way to Karvounathes or Kondolianika. The priest had made a mistake with my year of birth: he declared me a year older than I was so I had to start school a year younger than the others. It took about an hour to get there. Early in the morning.

There were puddles with water that froze over in winter and I enjoyed breaking these with my feet. Other kids did it too, the only difference with me was that I was a year younger. 

Read more in The Kytherians.

Below: The author (James) and our sound technician Michael with one of Kythera mon Amour's stars Vasili Psiyotis:
The KMHF presents:
There are dozens of great Kythera-related titles on 
sale from the Kytherian World Heritage Fund. All make
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Kythera Music Reminder
If you enjoyed the prize-winning music score of Kythera mon Amour by Katya Sourikova, you can hear samples of it and purchase it on her site. All proceeds go directly to her. We're fortunate that she and her husband Michael, a talented sound engineer from New Zealand, have agreed to record and score our next film "An Island named Desire". 
In Need of Props!
We'll be filming in July and we still need a few props. In addition to a full-sized skeleton - realistic but not necessarily real - we also need a few dozen old-style suitcases (pre-plastic) of which there are probably thousands gathering dust in garages and store-rooms around the Kytherian world. And a biggish church bell. At least 50cm tall. If any of you have access to any of the above and can get them to the island (if they aren't already there) you can count on a mention in the credits and a free DVD of the finished film! Please let me know if you can help. 
If you'd like to keep up with the weather on Kythera, the METEO SITE is popular.

Don't forget to check out the activities at The Kytherian Genealogy Club!

Stephen Trifyllis' Kythera Album

Can you recognise where all the pictures below were taken? Click on the pictures to go to the full-sized versions with captions on
© All photos Stephen Trifyllis 2017. Thanks for the wonderful work!
If you haven't seen it yet...
Rent or purchase Kythera mon Amour online here from just €2.89:
25 minutes of Kythera from the Air is available here:
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Funding Goal:    $48 000

Already Raised: $23 000 (47%!)

Still needed:      $25 400

Golden Aphrodite Supporter

Your generous donation will be rewarded with all the bronze and silver sponsor prizes, but instead of just one DVD you'll receive 3 DVDS of both films - Kythera mon Amour One and Two, as soon as the second is ready. AND, if you can come, you'll receive 2 free tickets to the opening night in the premiere city of your choice, such as Kythera, Sydney, Brisbane or Berlin.

$100.00  book on sponsor page   

Poppy & Georgos Special Benefactor

You are obvious fans of Poppy and Georgos, two of the stars of the film, so for this donation, you not only receive all the rewards listed in the above sponsorship categories, you also are invited to a fully-paid dinner with Poppy and George (and an interpreter if required) at a restaurant on Kythera of your choice (air-fares are not included!). And of course you'll be prominently mentioned in the film credits.

$500.00  book on sponsor page   

Magnificent Myrtidia Benefactor

As a premium benefactor of the film you of course receive all the above listed rewards including a fully paid dinner with the members of the cast available upon your next visit to Kythera, or with the director when he visits your home town. If you wish to and are on the island during the filming, you can also play a cameo role of one of Georgos and Poppy's prized relatives. And you can review the script of the new film and provide input to improve it in advance of the filming.

$1000.00  book on sponsor page   

Executive Producer Status

As an Executive Producer,  you can, if you wish, become part of the dedicated team working to make the new film a great success. As well as receiving all script versions and filming reports, your feedback during all stages of editing will be more than welcome, should you desire to be part of the process. In addition you will of course receive all the perks of the other sponsorship categories, enough premiere tickets and DVDs to ensure your extended family are well supplied for. And you are invited to dinner cooked and served by the film's director at his home on Kythera and/or in Berlin. (Travel expenses not included!)

$5000.00  book on sponsor page   

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