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BUILD SOMETHING MODERN

"Documentary about a group of Irish architects whose modernist designs for hospitals, schools and churches were commissioned by Catholic missionaries in Africa from the 1940s onwards, the film uncovers an important body of work often designed in Ireland but realized and mostly still extant abroad.

Punctuated by a selection of reworked archive material drawn from private and public records, and accompanied by an evocative soundtrack which establishes connections between memory and construction, the film is as much a study of the effect time has on the mind as on physical structures.

Following on from SEAVIEW, which examined the experience of asylum seekers living in the former Butlin’s holiday camp at Mosney, Nicky Gogan and Paul Rowley’s second film, BUILD SOMETHING MODERN, similarly uses a distinct visual language as a tool to build the documentary narrative. It is a meaningful portrait both of the lives of spaces as well as those of the people that create them." - Alice Butler, Irish Film Institute.





"Every student of architecture interested in the bigger picture needs to see this film. The film provides a poignant missing link. The mixture of archival footage, interviews and stunning cinematography lingers on, long after the credits have rolled." Prof. Lesley Lokko, Head, Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg.

"Build Something Modern is an invaluable tool for teaching of architecture, film and development studies as it both presents new research that troubles the prevailing understanding of modernism in Africa, and manages to animate architectural representation through a new filmic language." Dr. Lisa Godson, National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

"Touching and revealing - A film about the special relationship between architects and the structures they create." TOP 5 FILMS OF THE YEAR. Irish Times.



RECENT CONFERENCE AND SYMPOSIA PRESENTATIONS

NYU. Sukhdev Sandhu Associate Professor NYU in discussion with Mabel O. Wilson, Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York.

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

UC Berkeley, CA. Advanced Oral history summer institute.

Edinburgh School of Architecture.

University College Dublin School of Art History and Cultural Policy.

The Fourth Wall: on Film and Architecture Irish Film Institute.

Trinity College Dublin.



BUILD SOMETHING MODERN is appropriate in the following areas of study.

Film/Cinema/Media/General. Architecture. Art. Design.

African History/Studies. Colonialism/Post-Colonialism. Irish History/Studies. International Studies.

Catholic Studies. Missionaries in Africa. Desert/Arid Studies. Development Studies. Civil Engineering.



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'Every student of architecture interested in the bigger picture needs to see this film. Both a historical record and a fascinating insight into the little-known relationship between Ireland, Africa and modernity, it brings together ambition, talent, hubris and poetry in equal measure. It's a reminder of the power of newly-independent African cities to capture the imaginations of young European architects but the twist here is Ireland, England's first colonial venture, and the sensibilities of the young Irish architects who found more in the far-flung corners of the world than they perhaps bargained for. Here in South Africa, the links between European and American high modernists and (white) South African architects is well-known and extremely well-documented, but sadly, the history of the rest of the African continent less so. This film provides a poignant missing link. The mixture of archival footage, interviews and stunning cinematography lingers on, long after the credits have rolled.' Prof Lesley Lokko, Head, Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg.



CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD INTRODUCTORY LECTURE NOTES by Dr. Lisa Godson, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland.



3

NEW YORK OUR TIME

VIVIENNE DICK

ARTIST FILMS, DOCS, FEATURES

5

GAYS AGAINST GUNS

Paul Rowley

DOCS, FEATURES

3

THIS ONE’S FOR THE LADIES

Gene Graham

CO-PRODUCTIONS, DOCS, FEATURES

5

THE SCIENCE OF GHOSTS

Niall McCann

ARTIST FILMS, DOCS, FEATURES

2

FRIDA THINK

Maya Derrington

DRAMA, SHORTS

3

KEVIN ROCHE: THE QUIET ARCHITECT

Mark Noonan

CO-PRODUCTIONS, DOCS, FEATURES

3

THE RED TREE

Paul Rowley

ARTIST FILMS, DOCS, SHORTS

5

LOST IN FRANCE

Niall McCann

CO-PRODUCTIONS, DOCS, FEATURES

5

THE PARTICIPANTS

Paul Rowley

ARTIST FILMS, CO-PRODUCTIONS, FEATURES

5

30 DAYS OF THE SMITHS

OBERMAN KNOCKS / PAUL ROWLEY / PONY

ANIMATION, ARTIST FILMS, SHORTS

2

REEL

ANIMATION, ARTIST FILMS, DOCS, FEATURES, MUSIC VIDEO, SHORTS, TV

2

A COAT MADE DARK

Jack O'Shea

ANIMATION, SHORTS

3

BUILD SOMETHING MODERN

Nicky Gogan + Paul Rowley

ARTIST FILMS, DOCS, FEATURES

2

LAST HIJACK

Pallotta + Wolting

ANIMATION, DOCS, FEATURES

3

SEAVIEW

Nicky Gogan + Paul Rowley

DOCS, FEATURES

3

Pyjama Girls

Maya Derrington

DOCS, FEATURES

5

LEARNING TO FISH

Teemu Auersalo

ANIMATION, SHORTS

5

WE, THE MASSES

Eoghan Kidney

ANIMATION, ARTIST FILMS, SHORTS

5

MISCALCULATION

Deirdre Fitzgerald

CO-PRODUCTIONS, SHORTS

2

Jameson Whiskey

Pony

ANIMATION, SHORTS

5

MISSING GREEN

Anne Maree Barry

ARTIST FILMS, SHORTS

2

Where were you?

CO-PRODUCTIONS, DOCS

5

DMC-13 / FOUR CHAMBERED HEART

Paul Rowley

ARTIST FILMS, SHORTS

2

THE SWIMMER

Nicky Gogan + Fergal McCarthy

ARTIST FILMS, SHORTS

5

DIVESTMENT

Nicky Gogan + Paul Rowley

ARTIST FILMS, SHORTS

5

THE ROOMS

Paul Rowley + Tim Blue

ANIMATION, ARTIST FILMS, FEATURES

5

ABASEZI – THE NIGHTDANCERS

Emile Dinneen

CO-PRODUCTIONS, DOCS, FEATURES

2

Oberman Knocks

Paul Rowley

ARTIST FILMS, MUSIC VIDEO, SHORTS

2

INTERZONE

Dennis McNulty

ARTIST FILMS, SHORTS

2

BLACK ICE

Johnny Gogan

CO-PRODUCTIONS, FEATURES

5

LOCAL TIME

Paul Rowley + David Phillips

ANIMATION, ARTIST FILMS

6

MAKING MICHAEL

Caroline Campbell

ARTIST FILMS, DOCS, SHORTS

2

RATS ISLAND

Mike Hannon

DOCS, SHORTS

2

As Láthair

Paul Rowley

ARTIST FILMS, DRAMA, FEATURES

2

Gaze LGBT Film Festival Promo

Paul Rowley

SHORTS

2

ALIBI

Darren Bolger & Caroline Campbell

DOCS, SHORTS

2

SURFACE NOISE

Phillps Rowley Blue

ARTIST FILMS, SHORTS

2

STEREO SWIPES

David Coffey

SHORTS, TV

2

RIALTO TWIRLERS

Anne Maree Barry

ARTIST FILMS, SHORTS