California Architecture takes centre stage at Film Festival

California Architecture takes centre stage at Film Festival add

It's that time of year again when the much anticipated Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival captures the imagination of the design and architecture community.

Held throughout the country in May and June, the Festival is one of the largest design and architecture film festivals in the world. We are sure that this year's line-up will present some of the most fascinating and intriguing international design films of the year. This year ADNZ is partnering with the Festival to bring the masterful 'The Oyler House: Richard Neutra's Desert Retreat' and the inspirational 'Desert Utopia: Mid Century Architecture in Palm Springs' to the series. For those lovers of California architecture, these films are a must see. To top it off, this year ADNZ is hosting a Q&A session at the close of selected films. The Q&A will be hosted by some of New Zealand's leading architectural designers - we hope you can join us.

One of our personal favourites, 'The Oyler House: Richard Neutra's Desert Retreat' takes a look back at the journey of a working-class government employee who in 1959 asked world famous modern architect Richard Neutra to design his family a home in the tiny desert town of Lone Pine, California. Richard Neutra is considered the "father of California modern architecture" and is a favourite amongst many New Zealand architectural designers. A heartening story, the film follows the friendship that was formed between one of the greatest architects of our time and a small town family.

A double feature, the film night will be followed by 'Desert Utopia: Mid Century Architecture in Palm Springs', a fascinating look at the origins and growth of mid-century architecture in the modernist hub of Palm Springs, California. Once again some of the beautiful and intriguing work of the incredibly talented Richard Neutra will be examined along with the designs of William Cody, Albert Frey, William Krisel and many more.

ADNZ's Q&A session is a first for us at the film festival and we are delighted to be hosting what we anticipate will be an evening of energetic discussion and debate. This year we have architectural designers Grant Watson hosting in Auckland, Brynn McCauley in Wellington and Brent Alexander in Dunedin.

The double feature of The Oyler House and Desert Utopia followed by the ADNZ Q&A session will be held on the following dates in the these key centres: Auckland 9 and 13 May, Wellington 30 May and 3 June and Dunedin 17 June.

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We hope to see you there!