You might have noticed that we like all aspects of design here at Broadsheet. We also really like film, so when we got wind of the DADo Film Society and their yearlong program of design and architecture films, our curiosity was immediately piqued.
To be held monthly at Walsh House in South Yarra, the former home of modernist architect Robin Boyd, DADo (Design, Architecture, Docos) presents audiences with a range of documentaries, some of which are Australian premieres, engaging directly with current design practices and the histories that led to them. Vincent Chan Kun Wa, one of the film society’s founders, says, “One of the aims of this project is to promote awareness of design challenges and encourage continued discussions on the issues facing the industry.”
The inaugural screening tonight (Wednesday April 17) will be Oscar Niemeyer: A Vida E Um Sopro (Life is a Breath of Air), a documentary commissioned to celebrate the architect’s 100th birthday that explores and reflects upon Niemeyer’s influence on global architecture practices and on Brazilian culture and society more broadly.
Other films include topics as varied as Bauhaus, the shopping malls of Victor Gruen, Julius Shulman’s architectural photography and a collection of short films by local filmmakers, including artist Oslo Davis’s celebrated Melbhattan animation, which capture Melbourne’s architectural influences.
Not only will you get to see illuminating design films, but DADo has also lined up special guest speakers, from design academics to practitioners and artists, to accompany each screening.
To attend the screenings, one must be a DADo subscriber, which is easy enough to do via their website. If you value design, intriguing documentaries and the chance to express your love of both with likeminded folks, this is a series of events to excitedly pencil in your diary.
The first film of the DADo season, Oscar Niemeyer: A Vida E Um Sopro (Life is a Breath of Air), will screen tonight at the Robin Boyd Walsh House at 290 Walsh Street, South Yarra, at 7pm. For subscription details and screening schedules, visit the website here.