World Premiere, Melbourne International Film Festival, 1994 Mandolin Cinema, Sydney Broadcast SBS Television, 1994
Dir: Fabio Cavadini & Mandy King 55 minutes
The Sydney Olympics put inner-city development into fast forward. CONCRETE CITY is about the old wharfside suburb of Pyrmont, it’s people and their efforts to be heard above the din of demolition and construction.
“They are destroying a community with a ‘sheep paddock planning’ mentality.” Tom Uren, former Whitlam Govt Minister
“This gentle film about a small, ragtag inner Sydney community put to the jack-hammer, will leave you seething.” Hall Greenland, Filmnews June 1994
“Concrete City is about culture and heritage as much as change. It is a resident-level look at the individuals that make up the Pyrmont community, people living in the shadow of major upheaval...it’s as unpretentious and Australian as its makers.” Sacha Moritorisz The Guide, SMH
“Pyrmont’s re-development has been planned as though the peninsula were empty – terra nullius. A new film reveals how the inhabitants have been put under the jack hammer of big business.” Geraldine O’Brien SMH