Getting Frank Gehry

Apr 17, 2016

(Sally Aitken, Australia, 2015, 60 min)

Seattle premiere!

Drawing on a life's work defined by controversial and ground-breaking ideas, the world's greatest architect creates his first Australian building in Sydney - where debate already rages over whether it will be eyesore or icon. 

Now 84, Frank Gehry has started work on his daring ‘Treehouse’. The University of Technology, Sydney’s, new business school will be a typically challenging construction, with a design that is already polarizing Australians. Talkback radio jocks call it the “brown paper bag building,” yet others describe the design as visionary. 

Getting Frank Gehry follows the drama as Gehry’s vision for this commission is realized. Through the construction of this building, we examine his challenging work over a period of forty years. Four key phases of creativity, epitomized by four great buildings, The Gehry House, The Vitra Museum, The Guggenheim Bilbao and MIT’s Stata Centre, chart the evolution of ideas over a lifetime of controversy to play out on the downtown Sydney construction site.

Screens with
(Antje Buchholz, 12 min)

Ludwig Leo was one of the most idiosyncratic architects of post-war Germany. Leo’s extraordinary drawings recently became accessible for the firs time. The film shows Leo’s most important building, the Federal Teaching and Research Station of the German Life Saving Association (DLRG) on the western edge of Berlin. 


That's Not Hardcore
(Alex Tatusian, 14 min)
Live percussion score!

That’s Not Hardcore is a movie about what happens to graphic design in New York City. Told silently by a wandering digital camera, it’s the story of the forgotten city and the commercial and industrial components that power it. It’s about the accidental, mistaken, deteriorated, nonprofessional, defaced, and unfashionable words and shapes of reality. The filmmaker will accompany the screening with a live drum set.

Alex Tatusian is a graphic designer and writer working in New York. He specializes in print and packaging design and works on civic and social problems. His website is





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