Coming to Shelter in June

SHELTER is the new home of inspiring design and architecture content. The global streaming service’s content encompasses everything from stories of design, to a deep dive into sustainability, history, and real-life aspirational stories. It offers audiences a range of fascinating ‘must-watch’ options from feature length films to television series; short series; Shelter Originals; and premium magazine video content from iconic brands Dwell and green magazine. SHELTER also has a range of flexible subscription options, with a new 12 month subscription now available.

First up for Shelter in June we journey into the world of cutting-edge Australian and Asian architecture, through the lens of renowned architectural photographer John Gollings with EYE FOR ARCHITECTURE.

A Gollings photograph is an attention grabbing, inventive, strong twilight shot: the hero shot with a slightly exaggerated wide angle. It can turn an ordinary building into art.

A trailblazer in architecture photography, a Gollings photograph has been known to give an edge to an architect’s design, especially when competing for industry awards or major contracts.

Yet for all the photographer’s tools of composition, lighting and structure, for Gollings the perfect architecture shot comes from the building itself.

“The buildings tell me what to do,” Gollings says. “I’m not the director of the shot. I can get in the helicopter, but then I have to fly around the sky until the building puts on its makeup and displays itself to me and then hopefully I can go snap.”

At 65, the wiry, irreverent Gollings is known as the unofficial curator of Australian architecture, such is the power of his eye and ability to get a building published.

The documentary follows Gollings on a photographic journey through the rapidly changing cities of Australia and China. It travels with Gollings to ancient cities in India and Cambodia to show how these magnificent places have influenced his work.

“I don’t want to be known as an Australian artist, but I’d like to be known as a great photographer who made architecture more accessible and exciting to the viewer,” he says.

From the stunning beauty of John Gollings’ photography, next we go to the harsh brutality of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development in St Louis, Missouri.

THE PRUITT-IGOE MYTH tells the story of the transformation of St Louis in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the residents who called it home.

It began as a high-density marvel, the solution to a city’s desperate need for low-income housing. Two decades later, it ended in rubble. But what happened to those caught in between?

The world-famous image of its implosion has helped to perpetuate a myth of failure; that has been used to critique Modernist architecture, attack public assistance programs, and stigmatize public housing residents.

Seeking to set the historical record straight, the film examines the interests involved in Pruitt-Igoe’s creation, while re-evaluating the rumours, the stigma and aiming to implode the myth.

Next up for Shelter is the Australian premiere of PLANET HOME Series 1.

The lessons of the past ring true in this twenty-part series, which explores some of the most innovative, sustainable and creative residential architecture across the globe.

From unique luxury suspended huts in Sweden, to a restored former rail freight station in Paris; affordable eco-friendly houses for all in Quebec; a sustainable town of 7,000 residents, in the heart of a mining region in Loos-en-Gohelle; jungle bungalows for nature enthusiasts in Costa Rica; and a resort in the middle of the Pacific Ocean founded by Marlon Brando: Planet Home discovers some truly exemplary and adventurous sites.

Finally for Shelter this June we take a deep dive into the rapidly developing world of sustainable agriculture with TASTE HUNTERS Season 1.

70% of the world’s population is fed from agriculture, and this fifteen-part series profiles the innovation and participative projects aiming to create better food bowls for the future.

Traveling across the world, Taste Hunters meets the people fighting for more sustainable production of our food.

We see alternative production in the dramatic and peculiar mountains and valleys of Scotland; the fertile Piedmont area in Northern Italy; new initiatives in Canadian agriculture; meet the men and women who battle the extreme conditions of the intense volcanic and geothermal soil in Iceland; and see the flourishing initiatives of the Singaporeans pushing to produce more local food and offer new ways of  eating in the heart of the city.


  • JOHN GOLLINGS: EYE FOR ARCHITECTURE (52 mins) AUS 2009 – (Available from June 2)

Eye for Architecture journeys into the world of cutting-edge architecture in Australia and Asia through the lens of renowned architectural photographer John Gollings. A Gollings photograph can turn an ordinary building into art, helping it get published or win an award. Join Gollings on a journey from ancient cities in India and Cambodia to the modern face of China and Australia, seeing his influences and what it takes to create memorable images.

Eye for Architecture is an entertaining and visually rich journey into the creative mind of one of the world’s top architectural photographers.

Winner of the National Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media (2010) – Australian Institute of Architecture.

THE PRUITT-IGOE MYTH (83 mins) USA 2012 – (Available from June 7)

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth seeks to set the historical record straight, to examine the interests involved in Pruitt-Igoe’s creation and to re-evaluate the rumours and the stigma that created a myth.

  • PLANET HOME SERIES 1 (20 x 26mins) France 2016 – (Available from June 14) AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

Pollution, climate change, while some predict the apocalypse, others are building the future. They are the heroes of Planet Home, and they already have solutions for housing in the future. In Planet Home, our adventures are grounded on the architecture and the exemplary nature of the sites we discover. Beyond just buildings, these places house people who are just as inspiring in matters of sustainable development.

Our hosts tell us about their homes as well as their lifestyles. We enter inside their daily life and home, and also meet those outside who share their philosophy. Whether we are highlighting the technological excellence of a location, an architect’s crazy ideas, or a family’s new lifestyle, Planet Home is the only documentary series, which offers a map of ecological and sustainable habitats throughout the world.

  • TASTE HUNTERS SERIES 1 (15 x 26mins) France 2017 – (Available from June 21)

Agriculture is a booming trend, no matter where it takes place. All over the world, agriculture is changing whether it’s coming back to the outskirts, on the rooftops or right in business centres. It is also winning back the countryside thanks to participative projects.

70% of the world’s population are fed thanks to agriculture in all its forms. The world is growing and rediscovering its historical soil. Taste Hunters goes to the most beautiful landscapes in the world and meets the people who are rewriting the rules of our way of consuming and recasting a subsistence and local economy in their country. Discover these cities and their fabulous spécialité!

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