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Build Something Modern

1h 10m Documentary, F-rated, Irish Film 2010

This is the second feature documentary from Nicky Gogan and Paul Rowley (Seaview). The focus here is on a group of Irish architects whose modernist designs for hospitals, schools and churches were commissioned by Catholic missionaries in Africa from the 1940s onwards. The film uncovers an important body of work often designed in Ireland but realised and mostly still extant abroad. Punctuated by a selection of reworked archive material drawn from private and public records, and accompanied by an evocative soundtrack which establishes connections between memory and construction, the film is as much a study of the effect time has on the mind as on physical structures. _Build Something Modern_ is a meaningful portrait both of the lives of spaces as well as those of the people that create them.


Paul Rowley


Nicky Gogan


Maya Derrington






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