Documentary film maker Theopi Skarlatos

#ThisIsACoup is a four part documentary series looking at the rise of Syriza and the radical left politics in Greece. Being of Greek descent this is a topic she has an interest in, which sparked the idea to go and film it all happening. As she said to students today “if you have an idea, go off and do it” and that is exactly what she set off to do for a year.

Through the crowdfunding website ‘Indiegogo’ she was able to raise £35,000 to fund the documentary, after filming they approached other places to receive more funding. “There is no money in documentary making.”

Documentary film maker Theopi Skarlatos
Documentary film maker Theopi Skarlatos

Her first documentary, ‘Love in a Time of Crisis’, focused on the impact of the Greek financial crisis on young people in the country. Skarlatos finds an alternative way of reporting events that might be happening in the news; her documentary gives a human angle of crisis.

Now they are in the final edit stages of #ThisIsACoup ready for the online release starting on the 15th December 2015, which is free for everyone to watch. Those at the talk were lucky enough to watch the first episode in the series, that still hadn’t be fully edited.

When asked what she is going to do next Skarlatos said she’d love to work in a coffee shop and just talk to people, but in realistic terms she has no idea what she’ll be doing next.

Written by Jenn Stowell (BA Multimedia Journalism)