the cerebral city

An exploration of the power of public space, urban design, and finding yourself in a city

Documentary short - 2015 | 11:22

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Directed by John Moody

Starring Ian Dryden & Xiao Han Drummond

A young Australian woman discovers Melbourne’s public spaces through the narration of a charismatic designer who helped transform these spaces from a dying wasteland into vibrant places for people. 

Shot in 2014 with the generosity of my new ‘mates' and city designers, it reflects my own sense of self-discovery when I first wandered Melbourne’s laneways. Prior to this I’d become sort of disillusioned in my own relationship with filmmaking, but Melbourne inspired me to chase that magic place between information and emotion by combining an urban design tour with a "sense of place" meditation.   

- John Moody, Director