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“City Dreamers effectively draws parallels between urban life and the women’s movement to encourage audiences to expand their way of thinking outside of restrictive and outdated definitions. It’s 2019: our ways need to change.” – POV Magazine

6.15pm | Friday 25 October | Cinema Nova


Joseph Hillel | Canada | 2018 | 81 mins

Australian Premier

City Dreamers offers a lively celebration of four ground-breaking female architects – Phyllis Lambert, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, Denise Scott Brown, and Cornelia Oberlander – as they re-imaged urban design and development, long before this was popular.

With a shared vision for creating more socially just cities, these women achieved great advances in green spaces, heritage conservation and pedestrian-friendly design – continuing to inspire and inform city-planning today.

However, while an important tribute to their work which spans seven decades, City Dreamers also charts the fight for recognition, despite working alongside the biggest names in 20th Century architecture.

Featuring intimate interviews, captivating archival footage and elegant modernist architecture, City Dreamers rejoices in the careers of these pioneering women, creating a vibrant and intelligent film which is sure to inspire.

This film will screen with a short film made by 3000acres thanks to EFFA's Community Storytelling Project, made possible with the support of Bank Australia.

Adult $20.50 | Concession $17.50 + booking fee


This screening will be followed by a discussion with the following panellists.

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Miriam McGarry - Writer, Researcher

This session will be hosted by Miriam McGarry, a researcher and writer currently based in Melbourne. In 2018 she completed a PhD, examining the impact of Mona on urban regeneration and cultural policy in Hobart. Miriam has sat on the board of Constance ARI, Hamlet profit-for-purpose cafe, and was the writer and editor for Chapter House Lane gallery. She has been published by Island Magazine, Overland, Art and Australia, and The Design Files.

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Clare Cousins - Director, Clare Cousins Architects

In 2005 Clare established her Melbourne practice, Clare Cousins Architects. Engaged in projects large and small, the studio has a particular interest in housing and projects that nurture community. Clare has extensive experience in the design and delivery of residential projects ranging from adaptive reuse, bespoke houses and community minded multi-residential projects. She has an interest in delivering high-quality, affordable housing and believes that good design should be available to all. Clare was an inaugural investor in the Nightingale model, and is Immediate Past President of the Australian Institute of Architects.

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Emma Appleton - Manager, Urban Strategy, City of Melbourne

A landscape architect and urban designer, with 20+ years’ experience in the design and development industry, Emma has held senior public agency and design consultancy roles in Australia and the UK. Past President of the AILA Victoria, and a Churchill Fellow, Emma contributes to advisory boards of design courses at Melbourne universities and the Board for Urban Places for the Queensland Government. Emma is a passionate advocate for high quality design and its role in shaping great places for people.

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Kate Dundas - Landscape Architect, Board Member of 3000acres

Kate is a landscape architect, strategic planner and urban designer with over 15 years of local and international experience in designing and delivering planning and design projects. She holds a Masters of Landscape Architecture and Masters of Urban Design along with an honours degree in Industrial Design. Kate co-founded 3000acres - a project aiming to get more people growing more food in more places and 5up5down, a project to tackle social isolation.

Thanks to all EFFA 2019 partners for their generous supporting in making this year’s festival possible, including major partner, Bank Australia, government partner, City of Darebin, and supporting partner Monash University.

Earlier Event: October 24
Later Event: October 25