Director Sotiris Dounoukos and actress Maggie Naouri  – special Q&A of ‘Joe Cinque’s Consolation’

Sotiris Dounoukos, the director of Joe Cinque’s Consolation, along with lead actress Maggie Naouri, will take part in a special audience Q&A session at Cinema Nova on Friday, October 7 at 6.45pm. Sotiris and Maggie will introduce the film and following the screening will be on hand to answer questions from the audience about the film and its controversial subject matter.

Tickets for this Q&A event are now on sale to the general public and can be booked online at or at the Cinema Nova box office.

Screening/Q&A location:
Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton

Friday, October 7 at 6.45pm

 “ ..a moody and compelling study”.
– Richard Kuipers, Variety

“Joe Cinque’s Consolation is a gripping true crime drama not to miss.”

Joe Cinque’s Consolation (M) opens nationally on Thursday, October 13, 2016.


The film tells the true story of the events surrounding the death of Joe Cinque. In early 1997 Anu Singh, a law student at the Australian National University, confided to friends her plans to kill herself to put an end to a mysterious illness. With doctors unable or unwilling to help, Anu’s boyfriend, Joe Cinque, attempts to get to the bottom of her condition. As Anu’s mental and emotional state begins to unravel, her plans grow more macabre and more public. Joe begins to understand the true nature of their relationship while Anu blames him for her illness and vows revenge against him. After an elaborate farewell dinner party attended by friends, Anu drugs Joe with Rohypnol. Now under Anu’s control, Joe’s fate depends on their friends and colleagues intervening to save his life. Instead they gradually withdraw, unwilling to help or immobilised by doubt or disbelief. More than a day later, on the 26th of October 1997, Anu injects Joe with a lethal dose of heroin.


It is the adaptation of Helen Garner’s best-selling account of these events: an examination of collective and individual responsibility, and a crime that shocked Australia.


Sotiris Dounoukos is the director, writer and co-producer of the film, and its recent selection for the 41st Toronto International Film Festival marked Dounoukos’ return to the festival, where in 2014 he was awarded TIFF’s Best International Short Film Award for his film, A Single Body. The film later collected the best film awards at the St Kilda Film Festival and Dendy Award as part of the Sydney Film Festival.


Joe Cinque’s Consolation (M) opens nationally on Thursday, October 13, 2016.




Sotiris was raised in Canberra and is a graduate of the Binger Institute in the Netherlands, and the VCA School of Film and Television, where he received the Outstanding Postgraduate Student Award.

His short film, A Single Body (Un Seul Corps) won the inaugural Best International Short Film at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014. The screenplay was awarded the Association Beaumarchais’ Script Award for Short Drama in France, and the film also won the Dendy Award for Best Film at the Sydney Film Festival 2015 and the St Kilda Film Festival’s Award for Best Short Film 2015. Sotiris’ shorts have screened at over 180 festivals around the world and acquired numerous sales and awards. Past films include Mona Lisa (2004), winner of Best Student Film at Melbourne International Film Festival, and Paper & Sand (2007). In 2011, he was the recipient of the ACT Creative Arts Fellowship. Joe Cinque’s Consolation is his first feature.


Maggie trained at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), completing a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts in 2012. During her time at VCA, Maggie appeared in numerous VCA theatre productions during her study including Tom Healy’s A Bright Room Called Day, Richard Murphet’s The Merchant of Venice, Bagryana Popov’s Article 1, Glenda Linscott’s Crimes of the Heart, Melanie Beddie’s Three Sisters, and Tanya Gerstle’s Agamenon. She also appeared in Lynton V. Harris’ Angoscia/The Freezer for Dreamworld. Maggie recently reprised her role as ‘Rose’ on the third series of Foxtel’s critically acclaimed drama series Wentworth. Her other television credits include Channel Ten’s popular series Offspring and Neighbours, and SyFy Networks Childhood’s End.