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Architecture and Design Film Fusion returns

The second largest film festival of its type in the world will be a showcase of highly acclaimed and current films in architecture and design.

Tracey Lee and Clare Buchanan of Clearly & Co took on the mammoth task of curating this year’s festival over from last year’s curators Design Onscreen, Colorado.

“As New Zealand faces urban growth and renewal on an unprecedented scale, it is an important time to fuel the conversation. We hope this fusion of films stimulates a dialogue and opens minds to the possibilities for architecture and design in our lives, communities and cities,” says both Lee and Buchanan.

Together they have researched, located, reviewed and watched a number of films from all around the world to bring them to New Zealand.

Films from all over the world will be showing at the Architecture and Design Film Fusion festival, from architectural icons and visionaries, insight into experiments in urban and industrial design; intimate glimpses into spaces and communities; and celebrations of rooftop gardens and garden lovers.

“It is a wonderful, gravity defying choreography to have these films all here to share with New Zealand audiences this week. Films that would not have otherwise found their way down to the South Pacific,” says Lee.

With an already avid following, this year Lee and Buchanan wanted to make the festival more accessible, stimulating to a broader audience.

Not only have they included iconic films such as Dare To Dream, Cathedrals of Culture and Gray Matters but also films about innovation, and negotiating increasingly urban spaces to add to the ongoing conversation of urban growth in New Zealand.

This year sees the festival venture to Christchurch for the first time and Kathryn Bennett, Rialto Cinemas Group Manager says this makes it a “truly nationwide event”.

Resene’s Marketing Manager Karen Warman has seen the popularity of the festival grow with requests for it to happen again this year.

“The Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival is such a unique opportunity for everyone to indulge their interest in, and love of, great architecture and design. The films are thought provoking and celebratory. Resene has a long history of supporting New Zealand architecture and being a part of this festival helps to remind us all how important great design is.”

The festival will begin with special opening night screenings in each city showing the film Bernardes, a film about a Brazilian architect, playboy, mid-century design star and radical futurist innovator.

Catch the festival at:

Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, Auckland  7-20 May

Embassy Theatre, Wellington 28 May – 10 June

Rialto Cinemas, Dunedin 11 – 21 June

Academy Gold, Christchurch 25 June – 8 July.

Take a peek at the brochure for more information on all the films and locations. 


Idealog has two double passes up for grabs! Send us a photo of your favourite piece of New Zealand architecture to be in the draw to win. 

The passes will be available for any film in the festival, excluding opening night and the 3D session.

Ticket winners will be drawn on Tuesday 5th May. Title emails with “Design Film Photo” and send entries to: [email protected]

Recently graduated from AUT's journalism undergraduate programme, Catrin has a unhealthy love of dogs, sun, beaches, and coffee. She's also Welsh and proud to let you know it.

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