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'Talking to My Father' Wins Prestigious Architectural Historians Award
09 Jun 2017 :
'Talking to My Father', Sé Merry Doyle'ss documentary about Robin Walker, has been awarded the 2017 SAH Award for Film and Video by the Society of Architectural Historians.

The SAH Award for Film and Video was established in 2013 to recognize annually the most distinguished work of film or video on the history of the built environment.

Sé was acknowledged as the 2017 Film and Video Award recipient through a citation presented at the Society’s 2017 Annual International Conference Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the University of Strathclyde.

‘Talking to my Father’ features two voices from two eras each concerned with how we as a nation understand the architecture that surrounds our lives.

Modern architecture in Ireland reached a high point in the early sixties and one of its most celebrated and influential figures was Robin Walker.

Robin studied under le Corbusier in Paris as a young graduate and later worked alongside Mies van der Rohe in Chicago. His return to Ireland in 1958 coincided with the emergence of an aspiring modern nation recovering from years of stagnation and emigration. Robin Walker became a key agent in this nation-building process.

A quarter of a century after his premature death, Simon addresses his father again and explores the legacy of his life’s work.

The director Sé Merry Doyle allows Robin Walker’s buildings to speak for themselves, taking us on a journey with Simon in his search for Robin’s architecture of place.

The Award is global in scope with no geographic or political boundaries limiting subject matter or production team. The topic of the film or video must be any aspect of the built environment including the history of buildings, interiors, monuments, landscapes, cultural landscapes, urbanism, designers, engineers, clients, preservation, conservation, citizen engagement, or other topics related to the history of the built environment. 

Films and videos representing a wide range of methodologies are considered including documentaries, critiques, theoretical works and documentary recreations of lost sites. 

Nominees also submit a 250–500-word narrative that addresses the goals of the film/video, the intended audience, where the work has been screened/aired/viewed, and what kind of response the work has received.

The most important criterion is the work’s contribution to the understanding of the built environment, defined either as deepening that understanding or as bringing that understanding to new audiences. A second criterion is a high standard of research and analysis, whether the production was for a scholarly audience, a general audience, or both. A third criterion is excellence in design and production.

More information about Sé Merry Doyle is available at here




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