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Christos Tsiolkas, 1998 (printed 2009)

John Tsiavis

type C photograph (sheet: 57.2 cm x 50.8 cm, image: 43 cm x 34 cm)

Christos Tsiolkas (b. 1965) is a Melbourne-born writer of Greek descent. His work deals uncompromisingly with sexuality, identity and politics. His first novel Loaded (1995) was made into the award-winning film Head On (1997), directed by Anna Kokkinos and starring Alex Dimitriadis. His third novel Dead Europe (2005) won The Age Fiction Book of the Year. Tsiolkas's non-fiction includes a study of Fred Shepisi's 1976 film The Devil's Playground, and the philosophical dialogue Jump Cuts (1996) co-written with Sasha Soldatow (1947-2006). Since 1998, Tsiolkas has also worked as a playwright, solo and in collaboration, on plays that have been performed in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra. His recent novel The Slap (2008) is a taut drama reflecting the changing cultural face of suburban Australia. Tsiolkas has mentored emerging writers, a role he sees as reflecting his own experience; 'I was very fortunate that I had a couple of mentors in my life', he says.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Accession number: 2009.7

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John Tsiavis (age 21 in 1998)

Christos Tsiolkas (age 33 in 1998)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.