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.
Critic, curator, editor and provocateur Mimi Zeiger has written three books on tiny houses. Now, she turns to utopia: how do speculative fictions and futurisms drive architecture? Her hometown of Los Angeles is a case in point, a depository of radical dreams, be it Afro-Futurism or a promise of downtown walkability
Carine Thévenau documents and examines deserted playground relics of the Japanese 1980s financial boom (and bust). The abandoned structures create a visual silence, allowing room for curiosity and critical thought. This interval, referred to as “Ma” in Japanese philosophy, is defined as a space between, or a pause that enables space for emotion, thought and life to pass through it
Emerging technologies, data collection and the fraught relationship between apps that improve our lives yet increasingly encroach on our right to privacy. Our New York-based correspondent Janie Green talks to architect and co-designer of the GoogleUrbanism project, Nicolay Boyadjiev, about the potential for negotiating an alternative future