A Sense of Place

In 1972, George Seddon wrote “Sense of Place”, a landmark environmental study of the Swan Coastal Plain in Western Australia. The book which recently saw its third edition published by The University of Western Australia, “introduced the phrase ‘sense of place’ into the fields of landscape, inspiring a new generation of researchers, academics, and enthusiasts to closely consider the dynamic between human land use and the natural environment.”

Wim Wenders discovered the book during one of his journeys to Australia in the 1970s. Having made himself ‘places’ main characters already in his first cinematic works, he found similarities to his own artistic approach and contextualized the expression to the field of cinema, as described in his book “A Sense of Place” (2005).

In 2020, Afsun Moshiry picked up on the theme and collaborated with the Wim Wenders Foundation on creating a multi-layered project of the same title. In this realm, Iranian filmmakers embarked on exploring their own cinematic definitions of “a Sense of Place”, resulting in eclectic and diverse films. Beldocs invited four of the films – Maltournée, Great are the Eyes of a Dead Father, Hollow, Phobos – to enter into a dialogue with the short film Halo, München (Yugoslavia/Croatia, 1968), by Krsto Papić and 1973 (Serbia, 2014) by Stefan Ivančić.

The motivation of George Seddon was to put attention to the conditions of the Swan Coastal Plain region in Australia back then. The economic, environmental, and political upheavals of our days show that the discourse on ‘a Sense of Place’ has no expiration date.

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