by GREG KING
Filmed during the pandemic lockdown Gus Berger’s fascinating documentary is the sad story of the cinema heritage we have lost as well as an exploration of why a city would wipe out its past in favour of modern buildings and sterile skyscrapers. Drawing upon archival footage the films shows how Melbourne’s landscape has changed dramatically in the 50s and 60s as old buildings were demolished to make way for newer more modern buildings. Part of the dramatic change was due to “a perfect storm” of events in the 50s – the visit of Queen Elizabeth and the Olympic games. Greg spoke to Gus about the project, the research that went into it and editing the footage into what we see on screen.