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Harry Seidler: Modernist – Premieres Announced

We are delighted to announce that Harry Seidler: Modernist will have its World Premiere at the Australian Embassy in Paris, France on Wednesday the 7th of September 2016. Penelope Seidler, architect and wife of the late Harry Seidler, will attend as a special guest. The film will be presented by Writer and Director, Daryl Dellora.

In addition to the World Premiere, Harry Seidler: Modernist will also have its Australian Premiere at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday 22nd of October 2016. The screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion with the film’s director, Daryl Dellora (The Edge of The Possible: Jorn Utzon and the Sydney Opera House), modernism academic Dr. Paola Favaro and Foundation Board Member Penelope Seidler, director of their firm Harry Seidler & Associates. Tickets to the event can be purchased here.

Synopsis:

Harry Seidler is the first documentary retrospective of Harry Seidler’s architectural legacy and will deliver an intimate portrait of his extraordinary life and internationally recognised work. Seidler is acclaimed as one of the greatest modernist

architects. He won every architectural major prize in Australia, is represented in every major city, and was embraced internationally by the likes of Norman Foster (the London Gherkin) and Renzo Piano (Pompidou Centre, Paris). During a career that spanned almost sixty years he worked in New York, Paris, Vienna, and Mexico, reshaped Sydney and Melbourne Brisbane, Perth, Hong Kong and Vienna and prompted architects and artists from all over the world to look to his work as an inspiration.

Seidler typified the practice of mid-century modernism in Australia more than any other. From the moment he arrived in Sydney his private homes were in demand and his uniquely stylised and innovatively engineered tower blocks came to dominate the skyline. International buildings include the Australian Embassy in Paris and the Wohnpark Neue Donau in Vienna. 2016 marks 10 years since the death of Harry Seidler and this timely documentary will deliver an exhilarating retrospective of Seidler’s architectural vision.

Produced by Charlotte Seymour and Sue Maslin. Written and directed by Daryl Dellora.
Financed by ABC TV, Screen Australia, Film Victoria, Screen NSW, and Film Art Media.