Archive for the ‘Film’ Category

How much does your building weigh…?

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

There is a film on tonight at the Paramount, and repeated on Saturday morning, called: How much does your building weigh, Mr Foster. We haven’t seen it yet as it is part of the International Film Festival on at present in the (more…)

Motor City

Monday, February 14th, 2011

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away”

Thanks Shelley.

Those two vast and trunkless legs of stone sit there still, in the deserts of Egypt, as they have done for thousands of years. That’s the way historic ruins are meant to be – ageless, timeless, reasons lost in the mists of forgetfulness. (more…)

Summertime architectural gems

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Rough, cut or cooked …

Pecha Kucha was tonight

Monday, October 19th, 2009

If you wanted to see the latest Pecha Kucha night in Wellington, then : apologies, because you’ve just missed it. I presume that you know what I’m on about? If not, then go here and discover all about it. A global phenomenom by now, running periodically in 248 cities now, it was Wellington’s turn tonight (and a mix of San Jose, Maastrict, Norrkoping, Orange County, San Diego, Aalen, Columbia and Denver tomorrow night, and Beirut, Charleston, Ghent and Nelson the next night). That’s possibly the only thing that Beirut, Charleston, Ghent and Nelson have in common. Yes, they have PK in Nelson now – apparently even in Hamilton. There truly are no limits now.

But tonight was special – of course – because it was in Wellington. Pecha Kucha, known for its egaliterian treatment of all and sundry, with 20 seconds for each of 20 slides, treats every one and every image the same. The line-up tonight was (more…)

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

Friday, July 24th, 2009

This documentary is a treasure trove of modernist architectural eyecandy, like a Taschen coffee table book come to life. ‘Visual acoustics’ is a coinage of photographer Julius Shulman, and the film is a celebration of his decades of work shooting architecture. Shulman was so intimately connected and concerned with promoting the homes created by the great American modernists (Wright, Gehry, Neutra et al.) that the film doubles as a celebration of that entire era, one which he was arguably pivotal in defining. Most architecture films tend to focus on the contemporary creation of large public buildings. Visual Acoustics takes the opposite approach and is all the better for it: it takes us into domestic spaces and talks with the people who have lived in them for decades. Shulman, a spry nonagenarian, has maintained long-term relationships with the architects and the owners of the homes he documented and he gives us a privileged entrée to the kind of iconic houses most of us can only dream about. — AL  (

Sadly Julius Shulman (98) died on Wednesday 15th July 2009 at his home in Los Angeles. But the film will be screening Sunday 26th July 6:15pm (Te Papa), Wednesday 29th July 11:15am (Paramount) and Sunday 2nd August 11:45am (Paramount)

A Place to Stay : film

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

What: A Place to Stay – a film about Salisbury Garden Court
When: Saturday July 11, 11.30am
Where: Paramount Cinema, Courtney Place

This film by Marie Russell and Shane Loader presents the history of Salisbury Court in Wadestown, and asks, what is the relationship between people, their community, and the architecture that surrounds and houses them?


Film : Rem Koolhaas – A Kind of Architect

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

When: 3.45pm Friday 10 April & 1pm Sunday 12 April

Where: Paramount Theatre, Courtney Place

As part of the World Cinema Showcase 2009, this documentary by Markus Heidingsfelder and Min Tesch, discusses the ‘whirlwind career’ of Koolhaas: architect, filmaker, journalist, urban theorist.

“The climax comes with his first skyscraper, the amazing “loop in space” of the CCTV Building in Beijing – Andrew Langridge.”