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DADo: Pleasure Domes & Du côté de la côte

Tue August 6th @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm AEST

$20.00 – $30.00

Join DADo for an evening double feature screening of Maggie Fooke’s Pleasure Domes (1987) and Agnes Varda’s Du côté de la côte (1958), plus an introductory talk by Pleasure Domes Director, Maggie Fooke. 

Pleasure Domes (1987, 8 min) is an introspective look at the nature of landscape and the human response to it. The reshaping of the St Kilda landscape into a Hollywood-fantasy of the Riviera is reflected upon from the narrator’s balcony overlooking the bay. Rendered in dreamy hand-drawn animation, this short film beautifully illustrates how our perception of landscape is filtered through a set of constructs and is perhaps never truly direct. ‘Pleasure Domes’ was Maggie Fooke’s graduate short film, made whilst she was studying at Swinburne School of Film and Television, which later transferred to VCA Film and Television. The film was the first Australian animation to be invited to screen at the Cannes International Film Festival in 1988.

Du côté de la côte (‘Along the Coast’, 1958, 25 min) is one of Agnes Varda’s earliest films, a short documentary funded by the French Tourism Office to entice tourists to the azure waters of the French Riviera. Unlike a traditional travelogue however, Varda cheekily reminds the prospective tourist (us the viewer) of the constructed nature of this particular paradise through the screen itself. 

Maggie Fooke was trained as an architect and later as a horticulturalist and landscape architect. Her teaching and practice have been in architecture, public art, landscape architecture, documentary filmmaking and experimental animation. She studied animation at Swinburne in 1987 under John Bird and David Atkinson. A large part of Maggie’s life has been spent in local activism. For 7 years, 1987-1994, she fused a dedication to community and passion for filmmaking in her film Mandalay, a feature length, cinema verite documentary about the gentrification of St Kilda, her onetime home.

Our Sponsors

This event is generously supported by Konpira Maru Wines, Molly Rose Brewing and Shelter. When you subscribe via – shelter.stream/rbf – the Robin Boyd Foundation will receive 10% of the revenue.

Event Information

Doors will open at 6.30 pm to allow attendees to explore Walsh Street and enjoy refreshments in the courtyard. The screening will commence promptly at 7 pm. 

Before your visit, please note:
– Attendees must be 16 years and over.
– No external food or drink is permitted.
– Large bags and backpacks will need to be checked in at entry.
– Stiletto or pointed heels are not permitted due to our cork flooring.
– Tickets are refundable up to 72 hours prior to the event.
– Tickets may be exchanged as long as the purchaser advises us of the new attendee’s name via email

We offer discounted tickets to RBF Friends and Boyd Circle members – support the Foundation and join today.

Evenings with DADo offer an intimate commingling of film and dialogues centred around diverse historical and contemporary stories of architecture, design, landscape and urbanism. Feature-length films, documentaries, shorts and animations all find a home in Robin Boyd’s living room at Walsh Street. Guest speakers contribute unique perspectives on the various film subjects, kicking off the conversation in a home that decidedly sought to reject convention.

Thandi Lane, Andrew MacKinnon and Sushma Prabhu present DADo’s program.



Tue August 6th
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm AEST
$20.00 – $30.00
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Walsh Street House
290 Walsh Street
South Yarra, Vic 3141 Australia
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General Admission | DADo
$ 30.00 (Incl. GST)
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$ 20.00 (Incl. GST)


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