The Occupant

Australia, 1984


An experimental look at the migrant experience through the alienation of a Greek photographer. The photographer, Peter Lyssiotis, with memories of his homeland Cyprus, his relationship with his father and fantasies based in the photographer’s everyday life is well known for his work in photography, photomontage and photo books. He recently collaborated with Ettore Siracusa and Michael Karaglanidis on this film which explores some of the themes and practices of his photographic work.



Michael Karris

Ettore Siracusa

Peter Lyssiotis

production company

Masterthief Enterprises







ACMI Identifier


Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Photography, Journalistic

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Biculturalism

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Greeks - Australia

Crafts & Visual Arts → Photographers - Australia

Crafts & Visual Arts → Photography - Social aspects

Crafts & Visual Arts → Photography - Themes, motives

Crafts & Visual Arts → Photography, Composite

Crafts & Visual Arts → Photography, Journalistic

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Biculturalism

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Greeks - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Immigrants - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Photography - Social aspects


Experimental → Experimental films - Australia

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Alienation (Social psychology)

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Alienation (Social psychology)

People → Lyssiotis, Peter

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia




VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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