Lithuanians in the news
8th June 2003
An important role for Lithuanian-heritage actor
Helmut Bakaitis, director of
"Titus Andronicus" at NIDA 2001
In the film MATRIX RELOADED, which has been recently released world wide (including Lithuania), a very important role is played by the Lithuanian-heritage Sydney actor, Helmut Bakaitis, who since 1998 has been the head of directing at N.I.D.A. (National Institute of Dramatic Art) in Sydney.
In the film Helmut Bakaitis plays the creator - architect of the Matrix. His scene and monologue appears almost at the end of the film - you will recognise Helmut in a bright scene, sitting in a chair, dressed in a white suit, in a studio with a multitude of video screens, showing scenes from the life of the Architect.
American press critiques have evaluated the acting and the role of Helmut very favourably:

New York “Variety” (14/05/03 ) wrote - "Welcome Helmut Bakaitis! Helmut Bakaitis has been cast for a spotlighted role and delivers in exquisitely precise language....Helmut Bakaitis who is as impressive as a more conventionally cast Ian McKellan or Patrick Stewart"

“Washington Post “ (14/05/03) - "The producers save the best for last, when Neo steps into the room and meets the deus ex machina himself, the Architect (Helmut Bakaitis)"

“Chicago Sun-Times” (14/05/03) - "The film ends with “to be concluded “, a reminder that the third film arrives in November..with Helmut Bakaitis as the Architect"

"The Weekend Australian" (24/05/03) - "…he was master of the universe, no less, aka the Architect, creator of the Matrix, the computer program that rules our lives (probably without knowing it). There he was in his natty white suit delivering a highly polished performance, as one would expect from Helmut, and it was good to see a calm, familiar face after all those black-garbed, kick-boxing characters in sunglasses (Evan Williams)"

Footnote: Helmut Bakaitis is staging and directing "Antigone" by Jean Anouilh. This drama will be performed four times on July 4, 7, 10, & 12 at the NIDA Theatre, 215 Anzac Pde, Kensington.