Tuesday 19 July: Peg Rawes, Adam Low and Martin Rosenbaum attended an in-house screening at Shelter (UK), and hosted by Deborah Garvie, for staff from London and Shelter Scotland. The discussion took in the current political context, the need to bring out positive approaches to tackling the issues (e.g. Land Trusts or examples of good practice from the EU/International housing contexts), and the value of ‘reason’ for engendering better notions of wellbeing and self-determination across society.
Last night saw the first of our London screenings of project film Equal by Design. Held in the atmospheric Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre at University College London, and organized by UrbanLab, the event featured lively discussion between our panel of speakers (Film contributors Deborah Garvie, Peter Barber, and Sarah Wigglesworth; Clare Melhuish from UrbanLab and Michael Edwards from UCL, alongside Peg Rawes and Beth Lord) and an audience of 150. The event had a long waiting list of over 180 people keen to join the discussion!
By popular demand, we are pleased to announce a second London screening of the film on 28 June at 7:00 at University College London, organized once again by our friends at UrbanLab. Free tickets are likely to go fast. Book your ticket here.
On Saturday 28 May, “Equal by Design” had its Scottish premiere at the University of Aberdeen May Festival.
After the screening, Rosemary Brotchie of Shelter Scotland gave a short response, explaining some of the developments and challenges in the housing crisis specific to Scotland. This was followed by an audience Q&A with her, the project team, and the film team.
On Saturday 21 May, ‘Equal by Design’ had its premiere screening at Bertha DocHouse in the Curzon Bloomsbury Cinema, London.
Based on Peg Rawes’ and Beth Lord’s research from the Equalities of Wellbeing project, the film is a 25-minute documentary about how the philosophy of Spinoza helps us to think about inequality, housing design, and the UK housing crisis.
Joining the project team at the premiere were the film’s director Adam Low, producer Martin Rosenbaum (Lone Star Productions), editor Joanna Crickmay, and sound designer George Taylor. The screening was followed by a panel discussion chaired by Peg Rawes with film contributors Deborah Garvie, Duncan Exley, Peter Barber, Sarah Wigglesworth, Olly Wainwright, and Alex Ely.
Audience members, who joined the discussion and subsequent launch party, included architects, academics, and third sector professionals. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Please join us for a screening of Equal by Design, the project film of the Equalities of Wellbeing project, followed by a Q&A and reception.
Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 7:00-9:00 PM
UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre – Wilkins Building UCL Main Campus, Gower Street, London
This event is open to all. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance via Eventbrite
Equal By Design is a 25-minute documentary film about equality, wellbeing and the UK housing crisis. Made with Lone Star Productions, it examines economic and housing inequality in the UK housing crisis, with contributors from the architectural profession, national charities, journalism and academia.
The film shows how Spinoza’s theory of wellbeing and equality can be used to analyse housing and income inequalities, and how his ideas relate to post-war and current-day social housing design.
Screening supported by Urban Lab Films.
Authors: Peg Rawes and Beth Lord
– architects: Pete Barber, Alex Ely and Sarah Wigglesworth
– charities: Shelter and The Equality Trust
– journalist: Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian
– geographer: Danny Dorling
Director: Adam Low
Producer: Martin Rosenbaum
Editor: Joanna Crickmay
Music: George Taylor
Running time: c. 25mins
Martin Rosenbaum and Lone Star Productions have a distinguished record producing feature documentaries including Sophie Fiennes’s The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema and The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology with Slavoj Zizek, and Jarvis Cocker’s The Big Melt. Films for television, in collaboration with BAFTA and Emmy Award winning director Adam Low, include: Arena: T.S. Eliot (winner of 2010 Grierson Award for Arts); Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art (winner of 2011 Royal Television Society Award for Arts); Frankenstein: A Modern Myth (Silver at 2012 Chicago Film Festival); and BBC Imagine documentary The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2015). Martin Rosenbaum and Adam Low are currently working a major documentary about Alan Bennett and a film for BBC Imagine about the South African artist William Kentridge.
Book your ticket now at our Eventbrite page.
Equal by Design, project film of the Equalities of Wellbeing project, will have its Scottish premiere at the University of Aberdeen May Festival on Saturday 28 May at 4:00 PM.
Equal by Design, by Peg Rawes and Beth Lord, directed by Adam Low and produced by Lone Star Productions, is a 25-minute documentary exploring how Spinoza’s philosophy connects to housing design for wellbeing and the current crisis in affordable housing.
Following the film screening there will be a discussion and Q&A with the project team, the filmmakers, and Rosemary Brotchie of Shelter Scotland.
Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. Book your tickets online here.
We are excited to announce that Equal by Design, a documentary film by Peg Rawes and Beth Lord, directed by Adam Low and produced by Lone Star Productions, will be released soon.
The 25-minute documentary explores how Spinoza’s philosophy connects to housing design for greater wellbeing and the current crisis in affordable housing. Watch our website for announcements of screening events over the next few months.