Camilla Vergotis is starring in a new australian feature film which is going to be screened internationally. The title of the film is Mao s Last Dancer and is already one of the most successful australian box office hits of all time, since within 4 weeks it has grossed over 14 million dollars. It is also considered a quality movie, as it has been nominated for Australian Film Institute awards, the ceremony for which will take place later this year. Her main opponent will be the film ’Blessed’ by greek australian Anna Kokkinos which stars Victoria Charalambidou.
The feature film Mao s Last Dance is based on the memoirs of Chinese dancer Lee Kanxin. Kanxin, who was obsessed with dancing, was chosen by the Mao government to study ballet in Beijing. From the ballet of Beijing, he escaped to the US where he led an envious career and ended up in Melbourne working for the Australian ballet.
That is an additional reason why Greek Australian Calmilla Vergotis, who plays an Australian ballerina in the film and Kanxin s second wife, states she is thrilled about her participation in the particular movie.
’I used to watch him dance when I was a student at the Australian Ballet and was blown away.. I danced with him on stage. I read his memoirs. He is a person that inspires you to reach for what seems impossible’, the Greek Australian ballet dancer and actor tells us.
She also shares Kanxin’ s passion for ballet. She was born on the Gold Coast of Queensland and at 16 left her home to study at the Australian Ballet, in Melbourne. With the Australian Ballet she took on amazing roles on stage for nine years before she was given a leading position at the Ballet of Hong Kong, where she now lives and has been creating for the past few years. She even learned Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), adding that apart from english she speaks a bit of greek. However, although she enjoys the international recognition, she misses her family.
’I am away from home, but I speak to my mother twice daily thanks to Skype’, she says. Her appearance in Mao s Last Dancer was her debute in the film industry and she hopes that there will be more to come. After all, the critics described her as ’amazing both as a dancer and an actress’ and are positive that Camilla Vergotis will be around on the international movie and ballet scene in the years to come.