Over the weekend Peter Young’s Christchurch-set The Art Of Recovery has had its premieres in Europe, where it took an award, and in the US.
In Europe, Young’s film played in competition at Sweden’s Lund International Architecture Film Festival. Sunday (in Sweden) The Art of Recovery was announced the winner of the festival’s Best documentary award.
The Art of Recovery captures the creative revival of central Christchurch and explores the tension between this grass roots recovery and the ‘top-down’ government-led approach to the rebuild of the City. It had its world premiere at the 2015 NZIFF in Christchurch’s Isaac Royal Theatre, appropriately a venue that had been restored with help from the NZIFF following quake damage.
Young is in Sweden to present the film at the festival, with assistance from Christchurch City council and members of the local business community. The Lund screening was introduced by renowned architect and urbanist, David Sim from Copenhagen’s Gehl Architects. Sim visited Christchurch several times before and after the earthquakes and featured in Andreas Dalsgaard’s documentary Human Scale.
In the US, The Art of Recovery opened the New Urbanism Film Festival, City Stories on the Silver Screen, in Los Angeles on Friday (NZ time). Young’s film was one of five features selected for the festival, and the only one from outside North America. It took the festival’s Best Feature and Best of the Fest gongs.
Top image: Sebastian Humphries’ mural Blue Lady, from Peter Young’s The Art of Recovery