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DADo Film Society

Wed July 19th @ 6:30 pmuntil9:30 pm

DADo is the film society of the Robin Boyd Foundation
and dedicated to films on architecture, design + urbanism

Session 3: 19 July

EASTERN BLOC: The Age of Kommunalki

2013, Dir. Elena Alexandrova, Francesco Crivaro, 68 mins, Russian with subtitles.

Beyond the beautiful evocative facades Saint Petersburg downtown, an unique world, unknown to most visitors, hides itself: the world of Kommunalki. Still nowadays, almost one hundred years from the October Revolution, a lot of people of different ages and from different places and social background, live together in rooms inside big apartments where they share communal areas such as a kitchen, a bathroom and a corridor. The inhabitants of such places have personally experienced the consequences of applying an utopian concept to daily living. The analysis of that will be the starting point, as well as a common thread, for a reflection on the modern meaning of community and human relations as well as on both the social and the economic transformations affecting the cities.

Print and image courtesy of MDFF (Milano Design Film Festival)

Trailer HERE


Guest Speaker: Dr Kate Shaw

Dr Kate Shaw is a critical urban geographer at the University of Melbourne. She is interested in the cultures of cities and the political-economic and social processes that shape them. Her research focuses on urban planning and policy practices and their capacity to deliver social equity and cultural diversity. She is currently working on a book titled The squander and salvage of global urban waterfronts, which looks at the redevelopment of deindustrialised docks and harbours in London, Melbourne, Sydney, Toronto, Vancouver, Berlin, Hamburg and Copenhagen.

Doors open at 6:30 pm; program starts promptly at 7pm.

Subscriptions are now available to purchase for the 6 sessions throughout the year held in the lounge room of Robin Boyd’s Walsh Street House. 

Details of the subscription are available at | SUBSCRIPTION


DADo is a member of the Federation of Victorian Film Societies and is affiliated with the Australian Council of Film Societies.


Wed July 19th
6:30 pm<i>until</i>9:30 pm


Robin Boyd Foundation
290 Walsh St
Melbourne, VIC 3141 Australia


Robin Boyd foundation