From Millionaire to Bankrupt: The Rise of Tony Spanos

This video of Tony is the latest to come out on youtube and shows part of the rich tapestry of his life in Sydney and his entertaining approach to youth and environmental issues.

The iconoclastic Tony Spanos turned his attentions from the worldly concerns of a millionaire’s son to the concerns of those at the bottom of the economic rungs of Sydney’s society. Through a direct engagement/ hands on approach to trying to help bring a positive view of life to street kids Tony’s unstinting commitment has taken him to the edge of bankruptcy and ostracism.


 

Originally produced as part of a CERTIFICATE IV In Screen this documentary is about events that were current in 2008.
This edit hasn’t seen the light of day til now.

Directed by Alexander James.
Edited by Lew Keilar.
DoP Drew White.
Sound by Amanda Liok.
Additional photography and graphics by Lew Keilar.

The I Have A Dream Documentary

This documentary is about an unlikely partnership between two mismatched visual artists; a 3 storey mural created in the dead of night using stolen paint and a borrowed cherry-picker; and an illegal artwork that became Newtown’s unofficial symbol, standing at the gateway to Sydney’s Inner West. King Street’s Martin Luther King mural has endured for 20 years and, despite its origin as “Grafitti”, it has won a permanent place in the hearts of the locals who identify with its message of tolerance.
It’s the story of how street artists Andrew Aiken (a foreigner, committed christian and murderer on the run) and Juilee Pryor (alternative artist and single mother, struggling on the poverty line) created a series of remarkable murals that changed the urban landscape in Erskineville and King street in the 1990s, including the iconic Martin Luther King.

Tony Spanos was instrumental in helping the alliance between Andrew and Juilee take place and is featured in the documentary that premiers at Newtown’s Dendy theatre on Thursday 7th June 2012.

Tony helping repaint sections of the mural after a fire in 2011

 

Newspaper article from August 91

The I Have A Dream Documentary

Tony Spanos site under re-construction

Stay tuned to this space for the new all singing all dancing interactive Tony Spanos website that will document the vast array of his projects and creative initiatives that have inspired a generation. From Graffiti Hall of Fame to the ‘Spanos in the Works’ mayoral campaign, Bondi Boardriders, his roll in establishing many of Sydney’s colourful murals to the revamped Peace Bus Tony, the Greek kangaroo keeps surprising us all with new projects that flip the script on normality.