The Dream of Perfection
Dir. John Weiley
THE DREAM OF PERFECTION is as extraordinary as its provocative subject matter, the dramatic story of the building of the Sydney Opera House, culminating in Utzons departure from the project. Director John Weiley was commissioned in 1968 to make the documentary Autopsy on a Dream by then BBC2 controller David Attenborough, and following its only screening on the BBC, it was destroyed literally chopped to pieces on the chopping block. Miraculously, a mute print of Autopsy on a Dream was rediscovered in a BBC vault this year, and has now been restored with sound saved by John Weiley, and with a new prologue. The film features interviews with David Attenborough, Jan Utzon, Lin Utzon, and Richard Neville.
Cities of Tomorrow: Vertical Farms
Dir. Benoit Laborde
Cities of Tomorrow series 1 Episode 3, ARTE France
Duration: 54 minutes
There are 3.6 billion urban dwellers on Earth, a figure that will double by 2050. How can we feed these people without depleting the planet's resources and using minimal space?
As part of a "Cities of the Future" evening, the academic Dickson Despommier proposes: "1 hectare of indoor cultivation is equivalent to 10 hectares of outdoors. For him, the future is in the self-sufficiency of cities thanks to vertical farms. Models about ten meters high already exist, especially in Singapore. What inspires architects, dreaming of giant towers housing lettuces, tomatoes ...
The documentary Vertical Farms, broadcast on Arte, is the third part of the documentary series Les Villes du futur (Cities of Tomorrow). The concept of vertical farm was born in the early 2000s. On the roofs of New York and Montreal, "ageekculteurs" combine new technologies and agriculture to produce fresh vegetables without pesticides.