Actor & Filmmaker Dolya Gavanski’s “Golos: Ukrainian Voices” To Close London Independent Film Festival
Dolya Gavanski’s powerful and emotive documentary feature about modern day Ukraine Golos: Ukrainian Voices will close LIFF this year…
Written, produced, co-directed and narrated by the immensely talented London-based actress and writer Dolya Gavanski, the film provides a platform for people to be heard, as they share their memories of war away from the cacophony of political voices and mass media. With a haunting score by Alexander ‘Sacha’ Puttnam, underlining the film’s emotive approach Golos screen on April 25 at Genesis Cinema as part of the London Independent Film Festival on April 25th. The film will then open at the Arthouse Cinema, Crouch End on April 30.
Gavanski, best known for her appearances in Steve Coogan/Michael Winterbottom TV series The Trip, says: “As a Londoner used to the global mix of people and attitudes, I am moved – sometimes to sardonic laughter and sometimes to tears of fury – by the absurd and bloody politics of identity in post-Soviet Europe”.
Born in Bulgaria to a chess champion mother, Gavanski was raised in several different countries during the fall of the communist regimes. As a child, until the age of 16 she lived and studied in Belgrade, Samarkand, Leningrad, and Moscow.
Her incredible personal story began as a seven year-old pioneer of Tito’s Yugoslavia. “I also recollect, in the tragic deaths in contemporary Ukraine, my own family history in Yugoslavia. I am the grandchild of a wartime girl courier, the type celebrated in Hemingway’s ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’. My grandmother was to survive a prisoner-of-war camp where her father-in-law was starved to death, only to die in the 1990s of a heart attack as once again she listened to the sound of bombing in Belgrade,” she recalls.
She excelled at school and played piano from a very early age, competing at national level and performing at a major concert hall in Belgrade at the age of 10. She went on to train in acting in Moscow and London and was educated at the University of Cambridge, after which she obtained a PhD on Russian theatre and culture at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Upcoming work includes new film Our Kind of Traitor featuring a stellar cast led by Ewan McGregor and supported by Damian Lewis and Stellan Skarsgård. She’s also currently developing her BBC Radio 4 play The Russian Gambler, a modern day adaptation of Dostoevsky’s The Gambler, into a TV series.
Golos: Ukrainian Voices will open at the Arthouse Cinema, Crouch End on April 30.