Artist and filmmaker Philippe Mora is producing a graphic novel about his late father, Georges, widely known in Melbourne as a beloved contemporary art patron and owner of bohemian eateries Mirka Café, Café Balzac and the Tolarno Restaurant and Galleries. Less known, however, is Georges’ astonishing history in the French resistance during World War II.
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Filmmaker Mora is perhaps best known for his involvement with great Ozploitation flicks like “The Howling III: The Marsupials”, and himself has an extraordinary story. But this is the story of his father, his friendship with renowned mime Marcel Marceau (Philippe’s godfather), and how together they saved thousands of Jewish lives with a fiendishly simple trick involving baguettes and mayonnaise.
Director Trevor Graham (Make Hummus Not War) follows Philippe as he traces his dad’s journey, painting the story as he uncovers it during visits and meals. Revelations are aided by those who knew and helped Georges throughout his life: from his childhood as Günther Morawski to meeting his wife, Mirka Mora, to the family’s dramatic survival during the Holocaust. Monsieur Mayonnaise is a lively, colourful, tasty and uniquely personal take on 20th-century history, art, food and family.