Audience Award – Jewish Int’l Film Festival (Australia)
Berlin Int’l Film Festival
Melbourne Int’l Film Festival
The connectivity of memory, legacy and family is defined with a playful yet profound dexterity in Trevor Graham’s soulful, inspiring documentary. – Screen-Space
A colourful portrait of holocaust heroism. – The New Zealand Herald
Monsieur Mayonnaise is an artist’s epic adventure into his family’s secret past. Australian artist and film-maker, Philippe Mora, investigates his father’s clandestine role in the French Résistance in WW2 and his mother’s miraculous escape enroute to Auschwitz. Philippe, a Hollywood cult-horror movie director and pop-artist, adopts a Film Noir persona to tell his family’s story. He also packs his paints and easel, as he embarks on a journey to create an audacious comic book about his parents, their survival and the Holocaust. From LA to Berlin, Paris to Melbourne, Monsieur Mayonnaise is a richly layered, road movie starring artists, real life heroes, Nazi villains … and baguettes with lashings of tasty French mayonnaise!
Trevor Graham has worked as a writer, producer and director of documentary in the Australian industry for over 30 years. His documentaries have been screened and broadcast nationally and around the world. He has made numerous co-productions and commissioned works for Channel 4 and the BBC (Britain), WGBH (America), ARTE (France/Germany), AVRO (Netherlands), SBS and ABC TV (Australia). Graham was a Commissioning Editor for Documentary at Australia’s multi-cultural broadcaster SBS-TV, where he worked for three years. He has also worked in online documentary producing and directing, Homeless for ABC online, nominated for a Webby Award, an “on-line oscar” by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and Mabo – The Native Title Revolution, (www.mabonativetitle.com.au) which was nominated for a British Academy Award (BAFTA) and won the 2008 United Nations of Australia Peace Award.
In 2010 Graham was awarded a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Technology Sydney UTS. Graham wrote & directed Make Hummus Not War in 2012, for the Melbourne International Film Festival’s Premiere Fund.