2016Programme

15 June l Strange & Familiar: Architecture On Fogo Island | Petite Histoire des Plateaux Abandonnés

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Film: Strange & Familiar: Architecture On Fogo Island

2014, Dir. Katherine Knight and Marcia Connolly, 52 mins.

This award-winning film documents a bold architecture project on remote Fogo Island, Newfoundland that embraces the excitement of living on the edge in relation to nature and contemporary design. A beautifully shot film that captures the stunning landscape and extraordinary architecture that makes up the project. Featuring Zita Cobb of the Shorefast Foundation and Todd Saunders, a Newfoundland-born, Norwegian based architect.

Architect Todd Saunders’ sculpture-like artist studios perched on the rocky shores of Fogo Island created a buzz among worldwide architecture fans when the first images were released. Since then, the four artists studios and the new Fogo Island Inn have been documented in more than 80 international magazines and blogs ranging from the New York Times Magazine, to fashion arbiter Wallpaper to architectural magazines such as Domus.

Trailer HERE

Print courtesy of Site Media Inc.©2014 + Architecture & Design Film Festival

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SHort History of Abandoned Sites

Film: Petite Histoire des Plateaux Abandonnés

Dir. Ra di Martino, 2013, 8.20 mins

Morocco is an ideal place for cinema production. Many great films have been setting here. Its film history includes many famous titles from historical dramas, like “Lawrence of Arabia”, to horror films like “The Hills Have Eyes”, through to the multiple award winner “Kundun”. The region in which these epics were shot still has the architectural and cultural remains of the film shoots. Petite Histoire des Plateaux Abandonnés gives us a look at this unstable representation of history, with its biological decay of “ancient ruins” and the ability of the local desert inhabitants to recite lines verbatim from the films.

In this work these sets are used again with two local kids as actors. The two kids re-enact a few lines from movies that have been shot there, an American horror movie, Lawrence of Arabia… and all around nature and the uncontaminated landscapes of the Draa Valley stand outside of time. Sound designer Enrico Ascoli.

Trailer HERE

Print courtesy of Dugong Films

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Guest Speaker: Professor Keir Reeves (Federation University, Ballarat)

Keir holds a chair in Australian History and is the foundation director of the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH). Keir’s current research concentrates on cultural heritage, regional development and history and is currently involved in a major Australian Research Council project that interrogates Australian war and memory. He is also interested in history, heritage in Asia and the Pacific, heritage and travel and the history of sport.

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Assemble Papers

Editor of Assemble Papers, Sara Savage, will introduce the session and guest speaker Keir Reeves. Assemble Papers has previously published a four-part series on the Fogo Island Studios, written by Melbourne architect Georgia Nowak – you can read the series here.

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Booking

  • Subscribers’ booking for individual sessions is free and will be opened two weeks prior to the scheduled screening date. Booking in advance is essential as capacity is strictly limited.
  • Availability of guest bookings will be announced on our Booking page and our social media outlets.

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Season Sponsor

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Season Supporter

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Session Sponsor

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