Harry Seidler (photo credit: David Moore).
Documentary feature Harry Seidler: Modernist will premiere at the Sydney Opera House on October 22, presented by The Australian Institute of Architects Foundation in association with Sue Maslin's Film Art Media.
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, wife of Harry and director of their firm Harry Seidler & Associates. The session will be moderated by the Foundation’s Chair, Emeritus Professor Alec Tzannes AM.
“It is rare to be able to host a premiere of an important new film on the work and legacy of Harry Seidler. The AIA Foundation is delighted to be able to host this event including the opportunity to engage in conversation with the filmmaker, Daryl Dellora, Penelope Seidler and Dr Paola Favaro,” Tzannes said.
“This promises to be a very important evening for all who are interested in an architecture that expanded modernism beyond form and function. Harry Seidler transformed Sydney through his work and perhaps even more so, through ideas still relevant today that have defined our distinctive design culture.”
Director Dellora said, "I first met Harry Seidler when he was 72 years old. He exuded a passion and excitement for his work and for architecture in general that was infectious. He was indefatigable, and I knew from that moment his would be an incredible story to tell."
Harry Seidler: Modernist was produced by Charlotte Seymour (A Walk With Words) and Sue Maslin (The Dressmaker, Michael Kirby: Don’t Forget The Justice Bit).