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Christos Tsiolkas, 1998 (printed 2009)

John Tsiavis

type C photograph (sheet: 54.6 cm x 50.8 cm, image: 40.5 cm x 33 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: 2009.8

Currently not on display

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John Tsiavis (age 21 in 1998)

Christos Tsiolkas (age 33 in 1998)

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