Waterfront: The Great Birrarung Parkland – Film Screenings Past Event

Presented by Centre for Architecture | Open House Melbourne, Birrarung Council, Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation and Fed Square.
Dark room illuminated by large film screen depicting water drainage
Outfall screening at Jack’s Magazine, Melbourne Design Week 2019
Outfall – Western Treatment Plant 01
Film still © James Wright
Outfall – Western Treatment Plant 02
Film still © James Wright
Outfall – Western Treatment Plant 03
Film still © James Wright

An offering of different viewpoints on the Yarra River (Birrarung) through film, providing alternative perspectives on our river and connection to water. Films include:

  • Outfall: James Wright’s beautifully composed film portrays the rich biodiversity of the Western Treatment Plant as a thriving ecosystem. Running time: 20 minutes.

  • Birrarung: Maudie Palmer’s visual poem of the Yarra River from source to sea. Running time: 30 minutes.

This event is part of ‘Waterfront: The Great Birrarung Parkland’ series – a three-part public program including film, panel discussion and a boat tour. All are focused on the Yarra River as one integrated living entity and advocate for Indigenous rights and values and for a more ecologically balanced future Melbourne. The series aims to highlight the design-driven regeneration of the river corridor between Punt Road, Cremorne and Wallen Road, Burnley.

Waterfront is proudly presented by Centre for Architecture Victoria | Open House Melbourne, in partnership with Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and East Gippsland Shire Council. 

James Wright

James Wright’s work attends to the porous borders and situated connectivities that bind the human and nonhuman in an era of ecological decline. Through documentary film, James re-frames these complex sites, towards sustainable practices of co-habitation on an increasingly despoiled and turbulent Earth.

Maudie Palmer AO

Maudie was the Founding Director of Heide Museum of Modern Art and Founding Director of TarraWarra Museum of Art, and founded Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park in partnership with Parks Victoria and Melbourne International Festival. Birrarung was developed during Maudie’s time as the Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Monash University as part of a broader creative project encompassing Indigenous heritage and knowledge, post settlement history, art, architecture, environment and sustainability, and harnessed Maudie’s lifelong personal interest in the Birrarung.

Chris Chesterfield

Chris is the Chair of the Birrarung Council, a Director at the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities at Monash University, Commissioner and Chair of the Victorian Environmental Water Holder and has a number of past and current roles on Government panels and advisory committees related to water and urban planning.

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FREE: part one of three-part program


Sun 28 Mar 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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Deakin Edge, Fed Square
Deakin Edge, Fed Square, Swanston St &, Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


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