Living Cities x OHM Film Series

Posted Tue 10th Aug 2021 | Helen Sweatman

A satellite event for Living Cities Forum 2021

We’re delighted to announce that the Living Cities Film Series—which was postponed in July due to lockdown—will now be screening in-cinema from Thursday 21 October to Tuesday 2 November at ACMI. 

Open House Melbourne is proud to partner with the Living Cities Forum and ACMI to present a suite of four films that speak to the Forum’s 2021 theme, The Long View—a theme that asks how different perspectives on time can affect the growth of our cities.  

The suite features a series of short films presented online by speculative architect and director Liam Young – Imagined Cities: Urban Futures Prototyped through Film – as well as a series of cinema screenings featuring Björk: Biophillia LiveLast and First MenHomo Sapiens (with a live score by ARIA award-winning composer Heinz Riegler). Together the program applies a gradient of lenses that examine the macro and the micro of our presence on this planet.   

Homo Sapiens, 2016 – Nikolaus Geyrhalter

With the voice of Tilda Swinton as prescient guide, Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Last and First Men prompts us to consider what future relics we are leaving behind—a question echoed by the visions of a human-altered, post-human world in Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s Homo Sapiens. Musings on our physical inhabitation of the earth and inextricability from its other organisms go skin-deep in Björk: Biophilia Live, the 2014 recording of Björk’s ecstatic concert that celebrated the ten year anniversary of her landmark Biophilia project. And Imagined Cities: Urban Futures Prototyped through Film draws upon the cares and concerns of future city makers to present us with both stark and uplifting visions of possible urban destinies to provoke and rally us at a time when future failure can seem inevitable.

The films featured in the series include:

Bjork: Biophilia Live, 2014 – Nick Fenton & Peter Strickland


Imagined Cities: Urban Futures Prototyped through Film available via ACMI’s Cinema 3.  


Björk: Biophillia LiveLast and First MenHomo Sapiens will be screening at various times from Thursday 21 October – Tuesday 2 November (subject to government restrictions). 

Tickets and further details coming soon. 

The series is presented by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation. with Open House Melbourne and ACMI. 

Image Top: Imagined Cities: Urban Futures Prototyped through Film, Liam Young. 

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