The Woodturner of Kefalonia

Woodturning is an ancient art which is thought to date back to 1300 B.C. when Egyptians first developed a two-person lathe. In recent years the craft has seen an explosion in popularity around the world, with many taking this skill as a hobby.

Kefalonia is a beautiful and mostly unspoilt Greek island nestling in the Ionian Sea, situated to the west of the Greek mainland and south of Italy. It has seen influences from many cultures throughout its turbulent history as well as having to endure all that nature can throw at it, which includes severe earthquakes and recently a cyclone, better known as Medicane Ianos.

The Woodturner of Kefalonia is a gentle autobiographical account of Kostas Annikas Deftereos, who in ten years has mastered the art and become something of an ambassador for woodturning throughout Greece with his social media accounts and attendance at exhibitions and shows. He was born and raised on the island of Kefalonia with humble beginnings as a street artist. Like most artists he has little time for money and has resisted pressures to find financial security, instead staying where his heart is and drawing inspiration for his creativeness from all that the island has to give. Kostas states that, ‘without Kefalonia, it’s not woodturning for me’. Kostas talks candidly about his work and experience as a self-taught woodturner as we watch him create from scratch his most popular piece, the “evil eye” platter which is prepared entirely on the lathe in his rustic but very functional workshop in the town of Sami. Kostas talks from a little known cave close to his house and the beautiful scenery, ancient ruins and monastery are all local places he visits on his motorbike as part of the creative process. Finally we travel with Kostas to Kuchl in Austria, where he presents at his first and to date only, exhibition outside of Greece.

  • Mick Child
  • Mick Child
  • Kostas Annikas Deftereos
  • Mick Child
  • Forge Photography Ltd
  • Kostas Annikas Deftereos
    Key Cast
  • George Child
    Director of Photography
  • George Child
    Camera Operator
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 15, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Canon C200+500 MKIIs 4K
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Director Biography - Mick Child

Mick Child has been a photographer since he was 12 years of age albeit until recently an amateur. He has also written as an amateur writer and produced short films with his son George for 11 years, helping him to learn how to use the equipment and think about the structure of production within film.

After 30 years as a railway electrification engineer Mick retired and set up a photography business with a view to helping his son, then 14, to improve his skills with a camera. In 2017 George decided that his interests lay in film production, so their company Forge Photography Ltd started to invest in professional videography equipment.

George is now 18 years old and studying TV and media at college in Bedford. His skills from stills cameras quickly transferred to moving picture cameras, and he is now proficient in operating Canon’s C200 MKII and the new C500 MKII. Mick and George work mostly together on projects and George is very capable of acting as co-director and DoP on all of their “in-house” productions. George also acts as DoP where other producers/directors utilise Forge Photography’s skills.

Mick and George are mostly self taught and recognise that they have a lot to learn, but this does not curb their enthusiasm or determination and appetite to produce better and bigger things. 2020 is an exciting year for the pair with a number of projects coming to fruition. For 2021 a small production team consisting of Mick, George, another writer and an actor & actress has formed to bring to the screen a pilot comedy/drama (dramedy), so there are no plans to stop yet!

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Director Statement

Kefalonia, a Greek Ionian island is a destination that holds a very special place in my heart. I have been travelling to the island with my wife Hayley since 2002 taking with us our children, two of whom now travel there independently with their partners every year. I have very close friends in Kefalonia and Kostas Annikas Deftereos is one such person. We met through a mutual Dutch friend many years ago and I was completely taken by Kostas’ talent, enthusiasm and craziness. It only seemed logical that George and I would attempt a short film about Kostas and his passion for woodturning and the inspiration he draws from his local environment. This 13-minute short is the culmination of 3-years of planning and filming and serves as an introduction to the man, his art, his island.

It is our dream, following the success of the exhibition we attended in Kuchl, Austria with Kostas, to expand this idea and produce a documentary of Kostas visiting and working with other woodturners around the world. It is as much a joy to experience Kostas’ reaction to new places because he has rarely travelled outside of Greece. Our aim is to start in the UK, but who knows where after that. Woodturning is an extremely diverse art with a worldwide involvement and we only touch the surface of the incredible work that Kostas produces in this film.

I believe that life is a journey where an individual, if true to themselves, will never stop learning. In turn they will enjoy the experience of discovery time and time again.

Have a great day!