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Culinary Cinema

Monsieur Mayonnaise

Herr Mayonnaise

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Monsieur Mayonnaise is the adventure of artist and filmmaker Philippe Mora into his family’s secret past. Equipped with paints and easel, Philippe embarks on a journey to create an audacious comic book about his parents and their survival of the Holocaust. While Philippe grew up in Australia with his parents, he only discovers as an adult that his father was born in Germany, secretely worked for the French Resistance and was code-named ‘Monsieur Mayonnaise’. But his father only uncovered part of the story. Before it is too late Philippe wants to find out all he can about his father’s wartime missions and intriguing alias, which is why he sets off from his home in West Hollywood to track down those who knew his father. Philippe’s journey takes him from Los Angeles to Berlin, Paris and Melbourne, where he soon realises that ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ as he uncovers the real story behind his father’s mysterious code name, his work with legendary mime artist Marcel Marceau and their connection to nuns, Nazi border guards and baguettes with lashings of tasty French mayonnaise!

by
Trevor Graham

Australia / Germany 2016

English, French

Documentary form
95 min · Colour & Black/White · 2K DCP

With

Philippe Mora
Mirka Mora

Crew

Written and directed by
Trevor Graham
Director of Photography
Jenni Meaney
Editor
Andrew Arestides
Music
Cezary Skubiszewski
Sound Design
Chris Goodes
Sound
Trevor Graham, Jenni Meaney
Costumes
Pamela Mora
Make-up
Pamela Mora
Producers
Trevor Graham, Lisa Wang, Ned Lander, Carl Ludwig Rettinger
Executive Producers
Andrew Meyer, Carillo Gantner, Ziyin Gantner, Joanna Baevski, Jenny Lalor, Roger Savage, Olaf Grunert

Biography

Trevor Graham

Trevor Graham was born in 1954 and has worked as a writer, producer and director in the Australian film industry for over 30 years. In 1997 he directed Mabo - Life of an Island Man, a feature film about Indigenous land rights in Australia which won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Documentary. In 2010 Graham was awarded a Doctorate in Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney. He directed the feature documentary Make Hummus Not War in 2012 which also screened at the Berlinale. In 2016 he co-produced and directed Monsieur Mayonnaise for the Melbourne International Film Festival and ZDF/ARTE.

Filmography

1985 Red Matildas 1987 Painting the Town 1989 Dancing In The Moonlight 1990 Land Bilong Islandsers 1991 Paper Trail - The Life and Times of a Woodchip 1993 From Little Things Big Things Grow 1994 Punch Lines - A seriously funny history 1995 Sugar Slaves 1996 Mystique of the Pearl 1997 Mabo - Life of an Island Man 2000 Tosca - A tale of love and torture 2003 Lonely Boy Richard 2004 Ceremony 2005 Hula Girls 2010 A Royal Romance 2012 Make Hummus Not War

Produced by

Yarra Bank Films
Bondi Beach, Australia

Ned Lander Media
Bondi Beach, Australia

Black Sheep Films
Melbourne, Australia
+61 419667300

Lichtblick Film
Köln, Germany

World sales

Flame Distribution
Sydney, Australia
+61 4074 68508

US Festivals and Non-theatrical Sales:
7th Art Releasing
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