Film/Melbourne | House Love Night and Local Heros

22 Sept (new date) l Local Legends – Surprise

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Our annual programme of shorts & films highlighting the life & work of our local legends of the built environment. The focus is on films about locals by locals and the perspective they offer us on who/what / why we are the way we are. Stay tuned for the End of Year mystery film/s…


24 August – House Love Night 

6 Documentaries on Modernist Houses  

In Residence: Fernando Romero

2014, Nowness House Tour, Dir. Matthew Donaldson, 3:18mins.

The architect opens up his modernist family home located in the heart of the capital city, and discusses his philosophy on the important things in life. The villa was originally designed in 1955 by Mexican architect Francisco Artigas.



Sydney Residence: Harry and Penelope Seidler House

2016, Monocle Films,Video Journalist Pauline den Hartog Jager, 6.54mins.

Far removed from the skyscrapers and residential towers for which architect Harry Seidler became known, the house he designed with his wife, Penelope, is governed by Bauhaus aesthetics that are just as forward-thinking today as they were in the 1960s. Monocle Films visits Penelope Seidler in her dream home.



In Residence: Xavier Corbero

2015, Nowness House Tour, Dir. Albert Moya, 4:55mins.

The Catalan sculptor on the home he has been perfecting for decades. Considered by many to be the most significant Catalan artist since Gaudi, the sculptor Xavier Corbero has built a home that befits his reputation: an expansive estate in the Barcelona suburb of Esplugues de Llobregat, which reveals the work of a mind that is as much artistic as architectural.

Image: © Daniel Riera

The Design Files | Australian Homes | Tim Ross & Michelle Glew-Ross

2015, Dir. Paris Thomson for The Design Files, 2:52mins.

This is the Sydney home of comedian and mid century design enthusiast Tim Ross, his wife Michelle Glew-Ross and their two kids, Bugsy and Bobby. ‘Australian Homes’ is an ongoing video series from The Design Files.

Source: The Design Files

The Goldstein Residence – Interview

2012, Interview by Rob Hill, Video by Michel Sandy, 5:17mins.

Interview with James Goldstein at his home the Sheats/Goldstein Residence in LA.

The Sheats Goldstein Residence was originally designed by John Lautner – an influential Southern California architect – for the Sheats family in 1961. Its present owner, James Goldstein, has been revising and perfecting it for 35 years.

Source: Treats! Media

The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat

2012, Dir. Michael Dorsey, 46mins. English.

In 1959, a working-class government employee in the tiny desert town of Lone Pine, California, asked world-famous modern architect Richard Neutra to design his modest family home. To his surprise, Neutra agreed. Thus began an unlikely friendship that would last for the rest of Neutra’s life. “The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat” tells the story of this house, and its stunning desert setting, through interviews with Richard Oyler, actress Kelly Lynch, who currently owns the house, Neutra’s two sons, and well-known LA real estate agent Crosby Doe.

NOTE: The filmmakers would like to acknowledge a minor error in the film. The Elrod House was the home of James Bond character Willard Whyte, a reclusive millionaire in Diamonds Are Forever, not Dr. No’s house.

Trailer HERE


Guest speaker: Tony Lee

Tony is the Founder and Co-Director of the Robin Boyd Foundation. He is an architect and has been involved with the Foundation since its inception in 2005.


Guests are invited for drinks on arrival at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.

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While DADo’s focus is on documentaries, we also screen feature-length and short films stretching from the Russian avant-garde to the present. Our screenings will include themes such as modernism, architectural process, urbanism, aesthetics versus functionality, gender and utopianism. Some films will be imported into Australia exclusively, others will be classic favourites. All films are either in English or with English subtitles.

DADo invites guest speakers to each screening to kick off the conversation with their unique perspective on the film subject. Guest speakers include prominent architects and designers, academics, artists, film critics, and individuals whose interests and experience intersect with a particular film.

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