Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival 2019

Celebrating its eighth year, the Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival has grown to be one of the largest architecture and design film festivals in the world.

Having a film festival dedicated to architecture and design reminds us all just how much of a positive impact architecture, design and colour have on our everyday lives and encourages us all to embrace excellent design and strive for it in our own projects. We hope these films inspire you too.

The festival will play nationwide:

After the success of last year’s weekend showcases in New Plymouth and Havelock North we have committed to a week-long festival in each region.

Rialto Cinemas and Resene are once again partnered with Clearly & Co, who curated the spectacular films for 2017’s and 2018's line-up. Curator Clare Buchanan says, “These films engage us to examine societal, cultural, and environmental changes as they happen, and to contemplate the role of architecture and design in this context. We hope you enjoy this year’s line-up.’.

Programme — see the programme below for details or download a pdf version.

The Creative Class

The figures and movements that have defined creative history, from graphic design, photography and sculpture to the culinary arts.

Less is Better

A pressing enquiry into how the spaces we inhabit are inspired by design-thinking, as well as challenged by our own manipulation.

A Better Future

A timely examination of changes we see in society across urban planning, the agricultural industry and the technology sector.

Frank Lloyd Wright — The Man Who Built America

2017, Director: Ian Michael Jones, 59 min

Frank Lloyd Wright is widely acclaimed as America’s greatest architect. In a career spanning seven decades, he built over five hundred buildings and changed the face of modern architecture.

In this film, affable Welsh architect Johnathan Adams takes us on a journey of discovery. We find out about Wrights’ Welsh roots and perhaps the one aspect of his upbringing that most clearly defined his work: his Unitarianism. Wright believed in the idea of constant innovation through the agency of man. And innovate he did. His use of concrete was unprecedented; concepts such as open plan living, the kitchen being in the heart of the home and design with a connection to nature were largely pioneered by Wright.

Frank Lloyd Wright - The Man Who Built Amercia

Enjoy exceptional footage of several of Wright’s most famous works including Fallingwater, considered the greatest house of the twentieth century, as well as the Taliesin West Estate in Arizona and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

+ Stan Bitters Modern Primative (Short Film)

2017, Director: Francesca Di Amico, 13 min

Stan Bitters Modern Primitive

Stan Bitters’ work can be found in many midcentury Californian hot spots, including the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs.

An artist working with clay at the forefront of the Mid-Century Movement, his pieces are both intimate and architectural. After six decades of following his heart, he has shown us that he is a true master; his work is widely sought by collectors and his radical forms continue to inspire a new generation of artists.

Includes Q&A hosted by Architectural Designers New Zealand


AKL: Fri 3 May, 5:30 pm / Tue 7 May, 6:30 pm* / Thu 9 May, 8:30 pm Sun 12 May, 2:45 pm / Tue 14 May, 10:20 am
WGTN: Fri 24 May, 5:10 pm / Wed 29 May, 6:30 pm* / Fri 31 May, 10:30 am Sun 2 June, 3:55 pm / Wed 5 June, 8:30 pm
DUN: Fri 14 June, 8:15 pm / Mon 17 June, 10:30 am / Wed 19 June, 6:30 pm* Sun 23 June, 4:40 pm
CHCH: Sat 29 June, 8:25 pm / Wed 3 July, 6:00 pm* / Sat 6 July, 2:15 pm Mon 8 July, 6:20 pm / Wed 10 July, 10:30 am

Double Feature: The Louvre Abu Dhabi

2017, Director: Patrick Ladoucette, 52 min, subtitled

Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel sought inspiration for the concept of the Louvre Abu Dhabi in traditional Arabic architectural culture, especially one major symbol: the dome. Then he deviated from tradition to the extraordinary by creating a ‘museum city’ in the sea.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is made up of 55 individual buildings, including 23 galleries. The dome spans an incredible 180 metres. Even prior to its completion in 2017, the Louvre Abu Dhabi had already been the recipient of three prominent international awards.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi

This documentary recounts the architectural and cultural adventure of the construction of the museum. Behind-the-scenes footage describes how Nouvel’s concept explores the ever-changing relationship between the sun, the sea, buildings and land, and how the buildings bridge cultures, linking tradition to modernity. At the crossroads of the West and the Middle East, we begin to understand the educational and cultural challenges behind one of the most innovative and challenging museum projects ever built.

+ The Louvre Abu Dhabi: Genesis of a Collection

2016, Director: Bernard George, 52 min, subtitled

Creating a museum ‘from scratch’ goes much further than constructing a building. There are considerations such as originality of concept, and simply accumulating works to put inside it. Particularly so in this case, as the Louvre Abu Dhabi represents a major challenge – to become the first Universal Museum in the Persian Gulf.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi: The Genesis of a Collection

According to the French poet and essayist Charles Péguy, a Universal Museum is the place where “the long and visible progression of humanity” can be seen.

This documentary bears witness, up-close, to this exceptional human and artistic adventure, to the French and Emirati players involved, and to the developments, hopes and successes that have gone into creating a cultural arena of dialogue between civilisations and cultures.

AKL: Sun 5 May, 4:00 pm / Mon 13 May, 8:35 pm
WGTN: Sun 26 May, 4:25pm / Tue 4 June, 6:10 pm
DUN: Fri 21 June, 8:15 pm
CHCH: Fri 5 July, 8:15 pm

Mies on Scene

2018, Directors: Pep Martín, Xavi Campreciós, 58 min, subtitled

One of the most famous architectural works of the 20th century was only assembled for eight months, then disappeared for more than 50 years. But its image still existed in the minds of many generations of architects, and has become one of their greatest influences.

The Barcelona Pavilion was the German Pavilion for the Barcelona International Exhibition in 1929. Widely considered a masterpiece, it was the platform from which Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich staged their revolutionary ideas and changed the history of architecture forever. In 1986, after years of perseverance, it was reconstructed in exactly the same place.

Mies on Scene

The Pavilion is still surrounded by myths and mysteries and this documentary frames these stories in two acts; the Barcelona that made its construction possible in 1929, and its reconstruction in 1986. Sensitively shot and carefully researched, we immerse ourselves in the idea of the transformative capacity of art, the emotional perception of space and the concept of a masterpiece.

+ City of Tomorrow (Short Film)

2018, Director: Gavin Hipkins 11 min

City of Tomorrow

In his short film City of Tomorrow, Auckland artist Gavin Hipkins explores Chandigarh’s modern architecture through Le Corbusier’s early writings on repetition and order.

Described as a ‘tourist of photography’, Hipkins’ film expresses the architect’s zealous ideals taken from his 1929 The City of Tomorrow and its Planning through the buildings and symbolism of the planned Indian capital city.

AKL: Sat 4 May, 5:20 pm / Wed 15 May, 8:30 pm
WGTN: Sat 25 May, 5:30 pm / Wed 29 May, 8:35 pm
DUN: Sun 16 June, 6:30 pm
CHCH: Sun 30 June, 5:45 pm

Renzo Piano: Architect of Light

2018, Director: Carlos Saura, 70 min, subtitled

This film combines two creative legends. Hugely celebrated and much-awarded architect Renzo Piano is carefully observed by equally celebrated Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura. The film documents the process of actualising one of Piano’s most iconic projects, the Botin Center for Arts & Culture in the bay of Santander in Northern Spain.

Renzo Piana: Architect of Light

Through their musings we explore their views on the relationship between architecture and cinema. The film also reveals the mechanism and concepts in Piano’s thinking; his attempt to equate architecture with art, and what led to the conception of this colossal building that has tremendously altered the landscape and the artistry of the city.

From its elevated glass and steel walkways to the ceramic tiles that reflect the sunlight and the sea, the building makes a strong visual statement. Discover the architect’s concepts behind the design, which are just as strong and thought-provoking.

AKL: Fri 3 May, 7:05 pm / Sun 12 May, 4:20 pm
WGTN: Fri 24 May, 8:30 pm / Sun 2 June, 5:30 pm
DUN: Fri 14 June, 6:45 pm
CHCH: Fri 28 June, 8:25 pm

Slim Aarons: The High Life

2017, Director: Frederick Mitchell, 67 min

The High Life is about the legendary and iconic American photographer Slim Aarons. Aarons spent his life “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places”: jetsetters, movie stars and beautiful people doing beautiful things in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

In an era of perfectly curated mid-century glamour, Aarons’ photography feels all the more powerful for its connection to a bygone era where he was granted unique access to the lives of the rich and famous, including intimate portraits of women like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Diana Vreeland and Jacqueline Kennedy.

Slim Aarons: The High Life

Aarons, who began his career as a war photographer, was granted unfettered access to the lives of these mid-century titans, devoting the remainder of his career to documenting the high-life of high-society with candour, colour and a proficiency unmatched by many in his field.

* New Zealand Premiere (includes film, a glass of wine and a goodie bag) † Jazz Lovers’ Film Night (includes an hour of live jazz & sharing platter)

AKL: Wed 8 May, 6:00 pm for a 6:15 pm start* / Fri 10 May, 11:55 pm Sat 11 May, 7:00 pm / Mon 13 May, 10:20 am / Tue 14 May, 8:30 pm Wed 15 May, 12:10 pm
WGTN: Fri 24 May, 12:10 pm / Sun 26 May, 8:05 pm / Thu 30 May, 10:30 am Sun 2 June, 7:00 pm / Wed 5 June, 6:00 pm for a 7:00 pm start
DUN: Fri 14 June, 12:20 pm / Sun 16 June, 5:00 pm / Thu 20 June, 8:15 pm Sun 23 June, 3:10 pm
CHCH: Sun 30 June, 2:15 pm / Tue 2 July, 8:25 pm / Fri 5 July, 6:30 pm Mon 8 July, 2:15 pm / Tue 9 July, 10:30 am

Bauhaus Spirit

2018, Directors: Niels Bolbrinker, Thomas Tielsch, 90 min, subtitled

100 years ago, a radical artistic utopia was born in a small German town — one whose principles continue to influence our world today.

Founded in 1911 by Walter Gropius, Bauhaus was supposed to unite sculpture, painting, design and architecture into a single combined constructive discipline; a synthesis of free imagination and strict structure, enrichment and simplification, light and clarity.

Bauhaus Spirit

Bauhaus constituted one of the most significant contributions to everyday 20th-century culture and influential contemporary designs. From Apple to the avant-garde of sustainable and future-oriented architecture, many still refer to Bauhaus principles today.

Auckland Gallery members / Art Lovers Films* Art Lovers’ Film Night (includes introduction to the film, film and a glass of wine)

AKL: Thu 9 May, 6:00 pm for a 6:15 pm start* / Sat 11 May, 8:30 pm
WGTN: Thu 30 May, 6:40 pm / Sat 1 June, 8:35 pm
DUN: Sat 22 June, 6:40 pm
CHCH: Sat 6 July, 6:15 pm

Design Canada

2018, Director: Greg Durrell, 74 min

A single maple leaf on a plain white background flanked by two red borders; the instantly recognisable, iconic flag of Canada.

The Canadian flag was actually born from a specially appointed flag committee in the 1960s, with the help of thousands of suggestions from the public. Until then, Canada flew either the Union Jack or the Canadian Red Ensign, a design based on the flag used by British naval vessels and Canada’s Coat of Arms.

Design Canada

A must-see for any graphic design enthusiast, Design Canada details the creative process which shaped a nation’s identity, and the transformative power of design in Canada’s history from a colonial outpost to a modern, multicultural society. What defines a national identity? A logo or icon? A flag? How do these elements represent and share who we are to the rest of the world?

Produced by Gary Hustwit and Jessica Edwards, the powerhouse team behind RAMS and Helvetica, this is not your average design documentary. Design Canada shows us what it looks like when a nation unites under good design.

AKL: Fri 3 May, 10:20 am / Sat 4 May, 6:55 pm / Wed 8 May, 12:10 pm Sat 11 May, 3:40 pm
WGTN: Fri 24 May, 10:30 am / Sat 25 May, 7:00 pm / Thu 30 May, 12:00 pm Sat 1 June, 3:25 pm
DUN: Sat 15 June, 5:10 pm / Wed 19 June, 8:35 pm / Fri 21 June, 12:20 pm Sun 23 June, 1:30 pm
CHCH: Fri 28 June, 2:15 pm / Tue 2 July, 6:20 pm / Fri 5 July, 2:15 pm Sun 7 July, 10:30 am / Tue 9 July, 8:25 pm

Chef Flynn

2018, Director: Cameron Yates, 83 min

Follow the career of Flynn McGarry, a culinary prodigy who as a child experimented with cooking techniques, practiced knife skills and created signature dishes. Already at age 10, his talent was unmistakable; his movements efficient and confident, his dishes articulate and sophisticated. By age 12, Flynn established a supper club at his California home: a 14-course tasting menu.

When The New Yorker wrote about this pop-up restaurant, they mentioned his standouts – sous vide salmon with pink Cara Cara orange, and short ribs with coffee-celeriac purée and wild mushrooms – and quotes a prominent chef who called him an artist. This is the beginning of mentorships with the most accomplished chefs around the world, pop-ups in LA, Beverly Hills, SF, NYC, Oslo and Copenhagen, and neverending media coverage of the ‘teen chef’.

Chef Flynn

It is a joy to watch a young artist blossom in front of the camera, but there is another story just behind the scenes. At once, you will notice that this is a story about an untraditional family and an unlikely portrait of Flynn’s mother Meg, a filmmaker and overbearing supporter, as much as it is about Chef Flynn.

AKL: Sun 5 May, 12:30 pm / Fri 10 May, 6:45 pm
WGTN: Sun 26 May, 2:40 pm / Fri 31 May, 6:45 pm
DUN: Sun 23 June, 6:15 pm
CHCH: Sat 6 July, 8:25 pm

Gonzalo Fonseca: Membra Disjecta & A Life in Stone

2019, Director: Michael Gregory, 74 min

With unprecedented access to the pioneering Urguayan sculptor’s body of work, Michael Gregory’s documentary is the first comprehensive study of prolific artist, Gonzalo Fonseca (1922-1997).

Gonzalo Fonseca: Membra Disjecta & A Life in Stone

In this portrait, Gonzalo works primarily in stone. He uses limestone, brownstone, and sandstone in New York City where he lived for 40 years. Later, in Italy, he experiments with a wide variety of marbles, spending time among the quarries and stone-working communities around Monte Altissimo with fellow sculptors such as Isamu Noguchi.

Gonzalo was a Modernist, though his work appears inextricably connected to the ancient world. The hard stone, with his touch, is both playful and whimsical. Both archaeological and postmodern, his work engages the past and the future.

This is a quirky and esoteric film about a remarkable artist.

AKL: Sat 4 May, 3:45 pm / Mon 6 May, 10:30 am / Wed 8 May, 8:00 pm Fri 10 May, 5:10 pm
WGTN: Sat 25 May, 3:55 pm / Mon 27 May, 8:30 pm / Fri 31 May, 5:10 pm Mon 3 June, 1:10 pm
DUN: Sun 16 June, 1:50 pm / Tue 18 June, 8:15 pm / Thu 20 June, 10:30 am Sat 22 June, 5:05 pm
CHCH: Sat 29 June, 10:30 am / Mon 1 July, 8:25 pm / Thu 4 July, 2:15 pm Sun 7 July, 5:35 pm / Tue 9 July, 2:15 pm


2018, Director: Gary Hustwit, 74 min, subtitled

Who inspired the design of our iPhones? Dieter Rams. He played a major role in defining mid-century product design and, at age 86, remains one of the most important living designers today.

Rams, who started his career as an architect, joined German household appliance company Braun in 1955. Over the next 40 years, he created products for Braun and furniture company Vitsoe which were simple, functional, and designed to last a lifetime.


RAMS is the newest work of filmmaker Gary Hustwit, who directed Helvetica, one of the design world’s best-known documentaries. Hustwit’s choice of Brian Eno’s original score sets the tone for Hustwit to share Rams’ philosophy.

Rams is concerned with the environmental impact of his products, the role he played in pushing society towards materialism. Pioneering the motto, ‘Less, but better’, Rams continues to champion sustainability in design.

† Opening night screening (includes film, a glass of wine and nibbles)

AKL: Thu 2 May, 5:45 pm arrival for a 6:45 pm screening † Fri 10 May, 8:30 pm
WGTN: Thu 23 May, 6:45 pm / Fri 31 May, 8:30 pm
DUN: Thu 13 June, 6:45 pm
CHCH: Thu 27 June, 6:25 pm

Do More with Less

2017, Directors: Katerina Kliwadenko, Mario Novas, 86 min, subtitled

Do More with Less

Does architecture have a role in societies that are wrought with economic instability, flimsy infrastructure, and natural disasters? What is the architects’ role within impoverished communities?

Do More with Less is a vibrant and engaging journey, following a group of young architects from Quito, Ecuador, who aim to rethink and reinvent the discipline by offering new ways the profession interacts with society.

Outside the context of academia and art and with very little funding, the architects operate by innovating on design, materials, construction, and labour. Driven by a focus on per square metre costing, their experimental process involves using local resources — the results are perhaps a paradigm for the future.

Fast-paced and energetic, the film opens an exciting new window into the scene of contemporary architecture comprised of young architects who seek to address societal issues, and to establish a new, alternative role of the architect.

Home* Includes Q&A hosted by Home Magazine

AKL: Fri 3 May, 8:35 pm / Sun 5 May, 2:15 pm / Tue 7 May, 8:35 pm Thu 9 May, 12:10 pm / Mon 13 May, 6:15 pm* / Wed 15 May, 10:20 am
WGTN: Fri 24 May, 6:45 pm / Sun 26 May, 12:55 pm / Thu 30 May, 8:30 pm Mon 3 June, 2:45 pm / Wed 5 June, 10:30 am
DUN: Sat 15 June, 3:20 pm / Tue 18 June, 6:30 pm / Fri 21 June, 10:30 am Sun 23 June, 8:00 pm
CHCH: Fri 28 June, 6:15 pm / Mon 1 July, 10:30 am / Fri 5 July, 10:30 am Sun 7 July, 2:15 pm / Wed 10 July, 8:15 pm

The Human Shelter

2018, Director: Boris Bertram, 56 min, subtitled

The Human Shelter is an existential film about how we construct and articulate stories about our homes. Divided into seven chapters, each chapter focuses on a shelter and a related human story. Beautifully shot, each story is thoughtful, anthropological, poetic and captivating.

Travelling around the globe for four years, Bertram’s journey across four continents and filming in nine countries explores what makes a shelter a home. From a refugee camp outside Mosul, to the Saami Reindeer herders in the arctic circle, to Nasa’s futuristic Mars habitat in Hawaii, USA. In a sentient and playful way, the film explores how we human beings create our homes, and what makes these places intrinsically important.

The Human Shelter

+ Francis Kéré – An Architect Between (Short Film)

2016, Director: Daniel Schwartz, 19 min

Francis Kere - An Architect Between

The work of Francis Kéré is at the forefront of a paradigm shift within architecture. Globally, people are turning to designers to address intractable problems from poverty to climate change. Kéré seeks to do just this, using a mix of low tech and high design, working in partnership with the communities for whom he builds.

This film documents Kéré at the mid-point of an ascendant career, in action between his native Burkina Faso and Germany, where he is attempting to build a performance centre for Syrian refugees.

AKL: Sat 4 May, 2:10 pm / Mon 6 May, 6:40 pm / Fri 10 May, 10:20 am Sun 12 May, 7:45 pm
WGTN: Sat 25 May, 2:20 pm / Tue 28 May, 6:40 pm / Sun 2 June, 8:30 pm Tue 4 June, 10:30 am
DUN: Sat 15 June, 8:30 pm / Tue 18 June, 10:30 am / Thu 20 June, 6:40 pm Sat 22 June, 1:40 pm
CHCH: Fri 28 June, 10:30 am / Sun 30 July, 8:00 pm / Wed 3 July, 2:15 pm Thu 4 July, 6:20 pm / Mon 8 July, 10:30 am

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

2018, Directors: Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky, 87 min

An epic visual masterpiece that comes alive on-screen as the biggest environmental film of the year, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch examines the devastation which humans have caused the planet.

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

This cinematic experience is the third film in a trilogy, following Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark. The filmmakers document the research of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years, argue that evidence shows the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century. The belief is that we are now living in the ‘Anthropocene’; the age of large-scale, profound and lasting human impact to the Earth.

This film makes clear that the Earth is sending us a message.

From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to Russia’s Ural Mountains, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia and massive marble quarries in Carrara, the filmmakers travel the globe to bear witness to a critical moment in our history.

AKL: Sat 4 May, 8:30 pm / Tue 14 May, 6:40 pm
WGTN: Sat 25 May, 8:35 pm / Mon 3 June, 6:10 pm
DUN: Sat 15 June, 6:45 pm
CHCH: Sat 29 June, 6:10 pm

Food Fighter

2017, Director: Dan Goldberg, 86 min

Ronni Kahn used to be a contributor to Australia’s annual $20 billion food waste bill when she ran a successful corporate events company. Realising the absurdity of throwing away perfectly edible food, she traded capitalism for social activism by founding OzHarvest, a food rescue charity, in 2004.

Now she’s taking on politicians and big business to expose an inconvenient truth: four million tonnes of edible food is discarded in Australia every year while up to two million Aussies face food insecurity. What’s worse, this waste ends up in landfill, harming the environment, creating greenhouse gas emissions.

Food Fighter

Filmed over two years across four continents, Food Fighter follows Ronni’s crusade against the global food waste scandal, partnering with the United Nations in Bangkok, rubbing shoulders with British royalty and Jamie Oliver, and holding government to account in Australia.

This film will provoke New Zealanders to consider the 157,398 tonnes of food we too throw away annually.

Love Food
* Includes Q&A hosted by Love Food Hate Waste

AKL: Sun 5 May, 7:45 pm / Tue 7 May, 11:50 am / Thu 9 May, 10:20 am Sat 11 May, 5:15 pm / Wed 15 May, 6:15 pm*
WGTN: Mon 27 May, 6:15 pm* / Wed 29 May, 10:30 am / Sat 1 June, 5:00 pm Mon 3 June, 8:00 pm / Wed 5 June, 12:20 pm
DUN: Sat 15 June, 1:30 pm / Mon 17 June, 6:15 pm* / Wed 19 June, 10:30 am Sat 22 June, 8:30 pm
CHCH: Sat 29 June, 2:15 pm / Mon 1 July, 6:00 pm* / Wed 3 July, 10:30 am Sun 7 July, 8:15 pm / Wed 10 July, 2:15 pm

Evolution of Organic

2017, Director: Mark Kitchell, 87 min

Evolution of Organic

Narrated by Frances McDormand, Evolution of Organic looks back at the origins of the organic agriculture movement in 1960s California. To the motley crew of back-to-the-land hippies, spiritual seekers with little to no experience, and farmers’ sons and daughters; this documentary is told by those who built the movement and follows the small band of rebels and progressives to a cultural transformation in the way we grow and eat food.

The film entertains with plenty of excellent archival photographs and footage from the 70s and 80s. One of the highlights is Sibella Kraus, forager for Chez Panisse in Berkeley, who brought together chefs and farmers, and championed the farm-to-fork movement, farmers markets, and urban agriculture parks.

It is no accident that California, home of the world’s most industrialised agriculture, gave rise to its opposite: organic agriculture. Take a journey from the early days of the organic movement, to the ‘mainstreaming’ of organic agriculture, to how the next generation is working with nature to restore biological systems to create a more sustainable business practice for the future.

AKL: Mon 6 May, 8:15 pm / Sun 12 May, 12:55 pm
WGTN: Tue 28 May, 8:15 pm / Sun 2 June, 2:05 pm
DUN: Sun 16 June, 8:00 pm
CHCH: Wed 3 July, 8:15 pm


2019, Director: Isa Willinger, 88 min, subtitled

“So, we’re going to have a robot society in the near future, right? The question is: why do we need a humanoid robot? Why does a robot need to have a human-like interface? The answer is: humans have a brain that recognises humans. The ideal interface for the human is a human.”

With this quote from Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, the director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, part of the Department of Systems Innovation in the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University; the documentary HI, AI delves into the imminent question, how will robots and artificial intelligence change our lives?

From Japan to the U.S., this emotional and compelling documentary shows us the future, as well as a look inside our own human hearts.


AKL: Sat 4 May, 12:20 pm / Wed 8 May, 10:20 am / Sun 12 May, 5:55 pm Tue 14 May, 11:55 am
WGTN: Mon 27 May, 10:30 am / Wed 29 May, 12:20 pm / Sat 1 June, 6:45 pm Tue 4 June, 8:15 pm
DUN: Fri 14 June, 10:30 am / Mon 17 June, 8:30 pm / Thu 20 June, 12:10 pm Sat 22 June, 3:15 pm
CHCH: Sun 30 June, 10:30 am / Tue 2 July, 2:15 pm / Thu 4 July, 10:30 am Mon 8 July, 8:15 pm / Wed 10 July, 6:10 pm

Experimental City

2017, Director: Chad Freidrichs, 95 min

For several years in the late 1960s to the early 1970s, a vision for a new kind of urban city, an Experimental City, was gaining momentum.

Renowned scientist, inventor, and comic strip author Athelstan Spilhaus set his sights on solving one of society’s biggest problems: pollution. His solution was to build a fully engineered, high tech, domed metropolis whose technology and innovative design will eradicate the pollution and waste of the modern city.

Experimental City

The Minnesota Experimental City (MXC) is the subject of this eccentric documentary. Based on this little-known urban design history, a retro-futuristic documentary comes to life with archival audio clips and interviews with the urban planners, engineers, architects, scientists, and politicians — those involved in the highly ambitious project.

The story of the Experimental City is a voyeuristic look into a fantastical future and new environmentalism. With strong political backing, a seemingly improbable dream was on the road to becoming a reality... but did this project ever come into fruition?

AKL: Thu 2 May, 8:45 pm / Sat 11 May, 1:45 pm
WGTN: Thu 23 May, 8:30 pm / Sat 1 June, 1:30 pm
DUN: Thu 13 June, 8:30 pm
CHCH: Thu 27 June, 8:15 pm

When Tomatoes met Wagner

2017, Director: Marianna Economou, 72 min, subtitled

When Tomaotoes met Wagner

Do tomatoes taste better when they listen to the music of Richard Wagner? Director Marianna Economou tells a bittersweet story of the 30 elderly residents of Elias, a tiny farming village in central Greece, and how the organic tomatoes they grow connect the villagers to the rest of the world.

Struck with their country’s economic crisis and a long-lasting drought which has left the village without water, this rural community has hit rock bottom. To respond to this new reality, two cousins take inventory of what is available to them: the land, several old women from the village, sustainable farming practices, and heritage tomato seeds that have been in their families’ care for generations.

This charming and heart-warming film is about the importance of reinventing oneself in times of crisis, and the power of human relationships. It is a humbling lesson in tenacity and, as viewers, we cannot help but cheer when these musical tomatoes begin to find themselves on the shelves of organic shops around the world.

AKL: Fri 3 May, 11:55 am / Sun 5 May, 6:10 pm / Tue 7 May, 10:15 am Tue 14 May, 5:10 pm
WGTN: Sun 26 May, 6:30 pm / Tue 28 May, 10:30 am / Fri 31 May, 12:05 pm Mon 3 June, 4:30 pm
DUN: Fri 14 June, 5:15 pm / Sun 16 June, 3:25 pm / Wed 19 June, 12:15 pm Fri 21 June, 6:40 pm
CHCH: Mon 1 July, 2:15 pm / Tue 2 July, 10:30 am / Thu 4 July, 8:25 pm Sat 6 July, 10:30 am / Tue 9 July, 6:20 pm

Download a pdf version of the programme for full details.

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