Perched on the cliff above Tamarama in Sydney is the iconic Glenview Court – An old, run-down apartment block, built back in the 60’s that has long been considered Tamarama’s most infamous local eyesore. Over the years it has been given many nicknames including the ‘Concrete Jungle’ in the 70s to the ‘Tamarama Hospital’ or ‘Soviet/Russian Hospital’.
After 12 years in the making, the redevelopment has finally begun. This means all residents, whether owner or renter have vacated the building until the project is complete.
Because of its dilapidated state, the residents of Glenview Court have always been a far cry from the well-heeled residents of Tamarama in their multi-million dollar homes. It was home to people from all walks of life, and being a resident for 4 years, I fully experienced this sense of community, made solid friendships with many of my neighbours, and cherished the incredible, restorative power of the views of Tamarama. I also become fascinated by the design and the strange beauty in the building’s erosion and decay.
Upon finally receiving the notification that we had to relocate I was determined to capture the sense of place and create a cinematic, spiritual homage to the building and the people who lived here over the last 49 years.
An ode to the building before it’s gentrification and a surreal tribute to it’s soul departing.
Thanks to Tom & Tom of No Mono to allow me to pair such a beautiful, haunting song with this project, it took it to another level.
[Posted courtesy of Pie Eater records]
Director: Adam Kiers
Cinematographer: Boris Vymenets
Dancer: Thuba Ndibali
Choreographer: Sela Vai
Edit: Brad Hurt
VFX: Blake Druery + The Mill
Colour: Matt Fezz
Sound Design: Taren Smith
Finishing: Sam Ferris
Steadicam: Damien King
1st AC: Sandy McLennan
1st AD: Mia Lethbridge
Gaffer: Miles Jones
Drone: Ken Butti
Stunts: Ray Anthony
Rigger: Mel Goh
Production Assistant: Matt Austin