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Stars in Her Eyes, a romantic comedy set in Auckland's Indian community, tells the story of Anousha, pushing thirty and longing for love. One day, Anousha spots Raj, an attractive Indian bank teller and decides to make him hers. Using the only tool at her disposal, the online Star column, which she writes, and some bad advice from her gay best friend and commitment phobe Jay, Anousha engineers a date with Raj.
This feel good movie with its tongue in cheek homage to Bollywood takes you on a romp as Anousha tries to get it on with Raj whilst friend Jay finds himself falling head over heels in love with an unlikely partner.
Stars in Her Eyes was conceived by Auckland filmmaker, Athina Tsoulis, and provided the vehicle for a 'real world' learning opportunity for over a hundred Unitec students who worked alongside seasoned industry members in the production of the film.
Starring many new faces from the Indian community Stars in Her Eyes is the launching ground for many new careers.
Born in Greece and raised in Australia, Athina Tsoulis began her career as a filmmaker in the early 90's with her move to New Zealand. Black comedy The Invisible Hand was invited to numerous international film festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand. Through her film company, Ample Films, established in 1997, Athina made her feature film debut with edgy comedy I'll Make You Happy. Follow-up was award-winning film, Jinx Sister and her latest feature Stars in Her Eyes is due for release in November, 2016.
A longstanding member of the Auckland film industry, Tsoulis is a founding member of the Screen Director's Guild of NZ, Women in Film and Television (Auckland) and the now defunct Moving Image Centre.
Athina's move to academia occurred in 2004 when she was offered a position at Unitec, New Zealand's largest polytechnic, to teach film directing. She has held the roles of Head of the Performing and Screen Arts Department for over four years before taking on the role of Deputy Executive Dean of the Faculty for Creative Industries and Business until May 2016. Currently, she works with the Deputy Chief Executive at Unitec on strategic projects. Her contribution during her time at Unitec has been to forge links and programmes aligned with industry to enhance the student experience and to make them more employable in an environment facing major technological disruption.
Athina is currently developing her next feature, Postumous Advice from Mum, with Sydney production company, 412 Entertainment.
Premiere Launch 18 November 2016
General Admission: $15
As your favourite star!