Screening of Harry Seidler Modernist at Sydney Opera House with Emeritus Prof Alec Tzannes and Paola Favaro in post screening panel with friend of the faculty Penelope Seidler and filmmaker Darryl Dellora.

The film, a very beautiful and insightful reflection on Sydney architect Harry Seidler (1923-2006), was produced by Sue Maslin (The Dressmaker) and presented by the Australian Institute of Architects Foundation.

Seidler’s extraordinary life and work is revealed through the words of his collaborators Colin Griffiths, Peter Hirst and Greg Holman, distinguished architects Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Glenn Murcutt and Sydney journalist Elizabeth Farrelly,  but also through historical footage on Seidler's personal life and influential figures including Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer, Dutch Developer Gerardus “ Dick”  Dusseldorp, founder of Lend Lease, Sydney photographer Max Dupain and Italian engineer Pierluigi Nervi. 

Many of Seidler’s works are filmed and presented by Dellora’s skilful film direction and filming process from his early houses to his urban projects located in Sydney, nationally and internationally.

The film, however, is unquestionably enhanced by the fascinating and at time humorous personality of Harry’s wife and architect Penelope Seidler, director of their firm Harry Seidler Associates and Architecture Foundation Member.   

The screening was 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), Penelope Seidler,  Dr. Paola Favaro and moderated by the Foundation’s Chair, Emeritus Professor Alec Tzannes AM. 

A quite attentive and engaged audience of professionals, clients, friends, architecture students and general public asked a number of interesting and provoking questions to all the members of the panel.

Students re-interpret Venice at Seidler International Studio

Watch Penelope Seidler's interview on ABC News

Harry Seidler: Modernist will air on the ABC on Tuesday 15th November, 2016 at 9:31pm.