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Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival 2023

A word from ART DEPT

Our second year curating the festival sees 2023 to be a feast of unmissable films.

Featuring a vibrant stack of documentaries bursting with legacy and curiosity, from icons such as Le Corbusier and Geoffrey Bawa to future-artists on the brink of sustainable discoveries, the curation points to a place of hope—all proving examples that the way to build forward is via critical thought and unfeigned action.

Through intense problem-solving and a wild joy for creation, our programme is balanced with the inclusion of both architectural legends and trailblazing females, alongside rich storytelling of community buildings and designers exploring progressive materials.

Particular to note is the inclusion of our first ever Aotearoa-made feature film, Brown vs. Brown, created by the architect Peter Mark-Brown's son Simon Mark-Brown, plus two short films championing Māori architecture that embed whakapapa into the built form.

We are also thrilled to extend our festival to a new location, proof that the demand to witness inspiration is a thriving desire throughout the country. From seaweed to blueprints to tracing the sun's path, we were spoilt for choice this year, and led through some of the world's most exciting buildings and pleasurable homes.


— Yasmine Ganley, Sara Black, Adam Bryce, ART DEPT


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If there is anything recent challenging times have taught us, is that even on the darkest days there are always those that can see the light and rise to the challenge, no matter how daunting that challenge may be.

And so too we see this in the design and architecture space. Even when it has felt like so much has stood still, design and architecture has evolved ever forward. We have seen a wave of heritage projects reinvented respecting the memories of the past blended with innovative technology and modern life to make them relevant well into the future. And we have seen the fresh shoots of new ideas and new ways of thinking.

Thanks to Rialto Cinemas, the Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival has also continued to flourish to become one of the largest architecture and design film festivals in the world. It has been 12 years since the Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival first started and when we look back over the many films that have been screened over the years, we have been inspired, challenged and energised to grow and develop. This year's festival promises to continue that tradition.

Ted Nightingale started Resene in a Wellington garage 77 years ago with one problem and after much concerted effort and experimentation making paint in a cement mixer, one solution. This coating solution then became the answer for many others. And thus the Resene journey began, with each new problem bringing with it a zest for new knowledge, technology and techniques to discover, a journey spurred on by the voracious appetite of the architecture and design community to always strive higher.

We are delighted to help bring this festival to you to thank you for the encouragement and thought-provoking ideas you so generously share with us. We hope that you enjoy the fresh inspiration and insights as much as we do.

— Nick Nightingale, Managing Director, Resene

Rialto Cinemas

Welcome to the 12th annual Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival!

After a record-breaking festival in 2022, we're thrilled to present an even bigger programme. This year includes a full 14-day festival in Nelson and a new 7-day "festival selects" programme in Tauranga. We are delighted to bring this inspiring film festival to more people across the country.

For over a decade now, the festival has presented an extraordinary selection of architecture and design films from around the world. This year has been made all the more significant with our Opening Night film, Brown vs. Brown, marking our first opportunity to present an architecture feature film made in Aotearoa New Zealand. We are also proud to premiere Laura Poitras' Nan Goldin: All The Beauty And The Bloodshed, a film that forms part of an exciting category dedicated to the unwavering passion of female photographers.

This festival would not be possible without our sponsors. A special thanks to Resene, our long-standing naming rights sponsor, for their support and commitment to the festival, along with our gold sponsors, Fisher & Paykel, Colorsteel, Città, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises and Home Magazine, our bronze sponsor Architectural Designers New Zealand (ADNZ) and our new wine partner Trinity Hill Wines.

Another remarkable film festival is waiting to be discovered by you. Tuck into this year's programme, book your tickets and enjoy.

— Kathryn Bennett, Rialto Cinemas

Welcome to the 2023 Line-up

See the programme below for details or download a PDF version.   › Book your tickets online

Auckland @ Rialto Cinemas - Newmarket — 4-24 May | Nelson @ Pastorius Waller Theatre at the Suter Art Gallery — 11-24 May| Wellington @ The Embassy Theatre, @ Lighthouse Cinema Cuba, @ Lighthouse Cinema Petone — 18 May-5 June | Dunedin @ Rialto Cinemas — 1-14 June | Christchurch @ Deluxe Cinemas — 8–25 June | Havelock North @ Event Cinemas — 8-21 June

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Category 01:

Architect Heroes

Intimate portrayals of pivotal architects and designers with insatiable and contagious vigour.

Category 02:

Site Specific

Fantastical ideals from architects and artists with a strong sense of place and purpose.

Category 03:

Female Focused

Female photographers challenging social issues with unwavering passion.

Category 04:

Future & Memory

Pioneering minds who look back to make radical progressions for future design.

— Download a PDF version of the programme for full details —


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