15 May | Melbhattan / Hawkes House / Straight and True / Your House and Mine

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15 May 2013

Local Heroes Short Series

[Guest Speakers: Oslo Davis, Naomi Bishops, Richard Raber, Peter McIntyre, with moderator Dr. David Nichols, Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning at The University of Melbourne]

A night of short films investigating the role of architecture in the creation + destruction of Australian identity including visions of Melbourne as Manhattan, a visual exploration of McGlashan Everist and a rarely seen documentary of housing styles by Robin Boyd + Peter McIntyre.


Guest Speaker: Oslo Davis Melbourne-based Cartoonist and Illustrator

Melbhattan (animation)

2012, Dir. Oslo Davis, 4:40 minutes

Melbhattan is part homage, part pastiche of the opening sequence of Woody Allen’s seminal 1979 film Manhattan. Drawn and animated by Oslo Davis, Melbhattan features more than sixty black and white tableaux of Melbourne each composed to mimic images in Allen’s film. Melbhattan features an original score by local composer and musician Biddy Connor. (source: melbhattan.com)


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Guest Speaker: Naomi Bishops + Richard Raber Traces Films

Straight and True

2013, Naomi Bishops and Richard Raber, Short teaser, approx. 5 minutes, English

Australians all strive for the utopian dream of owning their own home. What if this dream had embraced the notion of an Australian “way of living” unique to our identity and landscape? Following World War Two a group of passionate, young architects attempted a revolution to achieve this vision. They craved to break from the traditions of Mother England and develop homes that were modern, open, light and totally connected to the local landscape. They had a huge battle on their hands fighting conservatism and ignorance. ‘Straight and True’ is a documentary that looks at the ‘Modernist’ movement through the eyes of forward thinking architects and their brave clients who tried to create a new Australian identity. The results sadly resonate through the streets of suburbia today as the likes of neo-classical McMansions take over our landscape. (source: Traces Films)

Hawkes House

2011, Naomi Bishops and Richard Raber, 5:20 minutes, English

A visual exploration of the ‘Hawkes House’ designed in the late 1960’s by the architecture firm McGlashan Everist. The firm designed a series of striking beach houses on the Mornington Peninsula. Their most noted residential work was ‘Heide ll” – commissioned by art patrons John and Sunday Reed in 1967. With a narration by architect Neil Everist. (source: Traces Films)


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Guest Speaker: Peter McIntyre Director of McIntyre Partnership Pty Ltd

Your House and Mine

1954, Dir. Peter McIntyre, Written by Robin Boyd, 23 minutes, English

This film documents styles of housing, with each sequence featuring a different aspect of Melbourne. There is some rare footage of the demolition of great Victorian mansions made during the boom era of the 1880s. Perspectives on housing needs are drawn from the voice-over comments (which are caricatures of Australian types), and are worked into pictures of Melbourne slums. Comical skits of haphazard “do-it-yourself” house builders are also shown. Eric Kerr shot and edited this film. One sequence has innovative, quick-cut editing with cue tones to show several houses of various design and style. (source: ACMI)


Guest Speakers:

Oslo Davis is an illustrator and cartoonist. Oslo has drawn for various publications worldwide, including the New York Times, Meanjin, The Age, Readings Monthly, BusinessWeek, The Big Issue, Sleepers Almanac, Desktop Magazine, Australian Book Review and Art Gallery Guide. In 2011 Oslo was a Walkley Award finalist in the cartoon category. Oslo draws gag cartoons for the Age, as well as a cartoon called ‘Overheard’ in the Sunday Age. Oslo has also done a number of drawings for the Golden Plains music festivals, for NGV Australia and for the Melbourne Immigration Museum.

Traces Films: Formed over ten years ago by filmmakers Richard Raber and Naomi Bishops, Traces Films have established themselves as a highly specialised production company in the architecture and design world. We have been commissioned by some of this country’s most accomplished architecture and design practices to create absorbing, evocative and meaningful content.  Our approach explores design concepts but is heavily focused on the most engaging element of any narrative – people; the architects, the clients, the designers, the builders, the inhabitants of a space; their desires, intentions, hopes and reactions. Our intimate documentary-based approach uncovers the inevitably fascinating stories behind good design.

Peter McIntyre is an architect, educator and Practice Director of McIntyre Partnership Pty Ltd. Educated at Trinity Grammar School, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Melbourne University, he founded a practice in 1950 that combined modern, high-technology materials with concern for “emotional functionalism” – the impact of the built environment on its occupants. His design for an environmentally adapted Mallee Hospital was lauded by critic Robin Boyd as the beginning of a new Australian architecture. In collaboration with architects John and Phyllis Murphy, Kevin Borland and engineering consultant Bill Irwin, McIntyre designed the Melbourne Olympic Swimming pool in 1952, he was also the architect for the redevelopment of the pool to the Lexus Centre. McIntyre later moved into commercial and town planning projects. He wrote the 1973 Strategy Plan for the City of Melbourne, which limited high rise development to its eastern and western shoulders. His major projects include Melbourne’s Parliament Station, the Jam Factory Complex in South Yarra, the Westfield Knox in Wantirna South and the controlled developments of Dinner Plain alpine village near Mount Hotham, Victoria. He was the Professor of architecture at Melbourne University between 1988 and 1992 and has won numerous awards. (source: Wikipedia)

Dr. David Nichols teaches in urban planning history, theory and social planning. He has published in 20th century Australian planning and urban history as well as on cultural, socio-historical and heritage issues. He has recently completed work on a major research project on 20th century civic buildings in Australia and his current research includes work on the use of planning themes in fiction texts and issues of cultural sustainability in regional areas.


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