Returning to Melbourne for the 7th year, Transitions Film Festival will be showing local and international documentaries aimed at empowering audiences to build a better world. Far-reaching themes cover the future of food, ocean health, big data, online privacy, climate change, animal welfare, renewable energy, social justice and the revolutionary potential of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence.
Opening with the Australian premiere of the powerfulFood Fighterwhich follows Ronni Kahn’s crusade as she partners with the United Nations, rubs shoulders with royalty and Jamie Oliver’s juggernaut, rifles through dumpster bins and holds government to account in her quest to end food waste in Australia, and closing with Albatross, the “soaring, sobering” debut feature film from internationally acclaimed artist and activist Chris Jordan, which explores the shocking consequences of plastics on our oceans and wildlife.
The Transitions Film Festival runs from the 22nd of February until the 9th of March at Cinema Nova before touring a selection of films to Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Darwin. In Melbourne, the Festival takes place as part of the Sustainable Living Festival Australia, which runs throughout February.
To celebrate, we have a double pass to give away to Within Formal Citiesscreening Wednesday 28th February at 6.15pm followed by panel discussion with Grimshaw Architects and Matters Journal. For your chance to win, head to the Transitions Film Festival ‘win’ page and enter the code MWITHINASSEMBLE.
Header image: Still from ‘Within Formal Cities’ directed by Brian Gaudia and Abe Drechsler, courtesy Transitions Film Festival.
"When ‘family’ is unshackled from ‘nature’ and ‘biology’, and hitched instead to ‘choice’ or ‘artifice’ or even just to ‘love’, then the possibilities are endless.” Naomi Stead considers what is radical, what is family and questions how the limited stock of conventional family housing can serve, and impact, the potentially limitless arrangements of radical families
Let's not get so caught up in the promises of 'smart cities' to forget that we live material lives. In the latest instalment in a series of articles from our West Coast partners 'Future West' (Australian Urbanism), Dr Sarah Barns, research fellow in the Institute for Culture and Society, considers putting digital to work in shaping great places
Crises are opportunities for rebuilding resilience. In the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, the need to counter social isolation with close-knit communities gave the impetus to the first purpose-built share house in Japan. Emily Wong spoke to Satoko Shinohara of Spatial Design Studio about Share Yaraicho