Movie Club presents 'The Edge of the Possible: Jørn Utzon and the Sydney Opera House'

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Nov. 9, 2014

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Museum of Sydney, Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets Sydney 2000

The Edge of the Possible

SESSION 3 – THE EDGE OF THE POSSIBLE: Jørn Utzon and the Sydney Opera House

Sunday 09 November – with special guests, architect Richard Johnson and filmmaker Daryl Dellora.

Jørn Utzon was awarded first prize in the international architecture competition to design an opera house for Sydney. In 1957 he flew to Australia to begin work on the construction of one of the greatest buildings in Australia and, indeed, one of the finest achievements in modern architecture.

This film charts the dramatic course of the creation of a masterpiece and includes a rare interview with Utzon who reflects on his role in the compelling story of the conception and construction of the Sydney Opera House.

In a distinguished career Utzon received many accolades: the Alvar Aalto Medal, the Order of Australia, the Sonning Prize, the French Legion of Honour and the keys to the City of Sydney. But in February 1966 it was a very different story. In that month his nine years’ work on the Sydney Opera House came to an end. He wrote to the then NSW Minister for Public Works, Davis Hughes, the historic words ‘you have forced me to leave the job’. Utzon left Australia with his young family in April 1966; he has never returned.

This beautifully photographed film charts the triumphant, exhilarating and controversial course of the design and construction of the Sydney Opera House.

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with filmmaker Daryl Dellora.


General $15 Concession/Members $12 Includes free admission to the Museum of Sydney


Sydney Living Museums
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