Founding Member of UK Parthenon Marbles Committee Eleni Cubitt Died


The Parthenon Marbles on view at the British Museum. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Marcos Houzouris)

LONDON - Greek-born film maker Eleni Cubitt died on Friday morning, according to news reports.

Cubitt was the secretary of the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles, an organisation initially set up by her late husband James Cubitt, to campaign for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens.

Her most recent film was The War That Never Ends in 1991 for which she was the executive producer. Under the name of Eleni Collard, she was executive producer for the 1968 Jean-Luc Godard film Sympathy for the Devil.

Culture Minister on Death of Eleni Cubitt

Culture Minister Lina Mendoni on Friday sent a message of condolence to the friends and family of film-maker Eleni Cubitt, stressing her long contribution to the efforts for the return of the Parthenon Marbles as one of the founding members of the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles (BCRPM).

"The loss of Eleni Cubitt, an important person who fought passionately for many years for the repatriation of the Parthenon Sculptures is great. Both as a founding member and as general secretary of the BCRPM, she was one of the people that gave life and force to the campaign. With her husband, James Cubitt, they took the message of Greece's righteous struggle for the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures to the world. Her action had decisive importance. We will miss her forceful personality. I express my sincere condolences to her family and many friends," Mendoni said in her message.