Session 6: 12 September
Our annual programme of shorts & films highlighting the life & work of our local legends of the built environment. The focus is on films about locals by locals and the perspective they offer us on who/what/why we are the way we are.
Film: In The Mind of the Architect
This is the story of how buildings and public spaces are made, told principally through an exposure of the public and private realms of a number of very different Australian architects. This series is about politics, art, history, poetry, philosophy, dreams and despair, and the passions of complex individuals, their colleagues, detractors and admirers.
These documentaries aim to trace the spirit and politics of these artists in our predominantly secular Australian culture. They will enable us to tell a different story, to shed some of our simplistic notions of ourselves and our cultural worth.
Episode One: Keeping the Faith
2000, Dir. Tim Clark, 56 mins, English.
A timely re-visiting – almost two decades after it was released – of the film’s influence and it’s relevance to today’s challenges. This episode crosses the country to examine how architects use ideas to change the way we live and think. We look at a crematorium, a law court, a public hall and two private houses.
Print and image courtesy of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Guest Speaker: Sean Godsell
Sean is a Melbourne local and well known for his uncompromisingly contemporary approach and vision of architecture. Some of his recent works include a Vatican Chapel at the 2018 Venice Biennale, the RMIT Design Hub and the inaugural 2014 MPavilion. His practice’s work is widely published and awarded locally and internationally. He has lectured in the USA, UK, China, Japan, India, France, Italy and New Zealand as well as across Australia. He is also one of the architects featured in Episode 1 of the film discussing the design his own home and the broader role of architecture. In 2002, the influential English design magazine, Wallpaper, listed him as one of ten people destined to ‘change the way we live’.