“When Alex and Eve’s family meet for the first time in the film, I purposely didn’t rehearse this scene beforehand, as I had with other scenes. This was the first time the actors from both sides came together. It is a well-written scene, which brought the house down while we were filming.”
Alex & Eve is a romantic comedy about the journey of Alex, a Greek Orthodox school teacher, who falls for a Lebanese Muslim lawyer Eve. Both families forbid the relationship, and thus the emotional dilemma of ‘Alex & Eve’ is unleashed.
The script, written by Alex Lykos, is original and my feeling is that modern audiences would like to see something that accurately reflects the changing religious demographic present in our country. I directed this film with visual pace, energy and controlled chaos, which is a formula I have utilized on previous work. I feel this technique of direction would successfully engage an audience in the world of the characters and ensure they are fully connected with the story. It is a colorful and exciting film, using the multicultural city of Sydney as a central character.
One of the great features of this story is its ability to bring comedy to the serious issue of discrimination that is prevalent in today’s society. In this way, the performances are truthful and in no way stylized to reflect the dramatic nature of the story. I aimed for the performances to reflect the improvised and naturalistic style of Magnolia. The dialogue of Alex & Eve is driven with energy and the performances illicit excitement and engagement with audiences. I took this film down a stylistic route similar to my previous work of Grass Roots (ABC series).