Antonello and the Architect

Director: Tony Hiles
Year: 2007
Country: New Zealand
Running time: 77 mins

New Zealand
Producer: Tony Hiles
Photography: Guy Pottinger
Editors: Tony Hiles, Guy Pottinger
Sound: Chris Hiles
Music: Michelle Scullion
World Première

Some years ago, Wellington architect Bill Toomath proposed the idea of constructing a ‘design den’ underneath his Roseneath house. Toomath later revised the plan and it’s finally complete – but instead of being a basement room it’s a completely new structure, built as an elegant addition to the modernist dwelling he designed in the 1960s. Toomath’s concept for this new room was quite revolutionary: “The idea somehow flashed into my mind, but from then immediately seemed inevitable, 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 this documentary. Using time-lapse and real-time cameras, Antonello and the Architect records the realisation of Bill’s idea, and provides him with an opportunity to talk about his life, architecture, and influences over a long and remarkable career.

Tony Hiles will be present at all screenings.