Antonello and the Architect
Duration: 77 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Director: Tony Hiles
A few years ago at a Dream House Exhibition at the City Gallery, Harvard-educated Wellington Architect Bill Toomath proposed the idea of constructing a ‘design den’ underneath his house. He later revised the plan and eventually built the den in a new structure designed as a contemporary reflection of what is held inside.
“The idea somehow flashed into my mind, but from then immediately seemed inevitable from there on, that the painting by Antonello da Messina of St Jerome in his Study simply encapsulated the whole atmosphere of what I hoped to, or what I would like to have, lived amongst.”
With his fantasy painting of a man who had lived a thousand years earlier, Antonello explored the fourth dimension of time; so does Bill’s replica and so does the documentary.
Using time-lapse and real-time cameras, Antonello and the Architect records the realization of Bill’s unusual idea; explores the painting; the building of that painting, and documents the life that lies within.
Telecom International Film Festival 2007
Jasmax Architectural Film Festival 2007
View excerpt from this title at NZ On Screen