‘Straight and True’ Modernist documentary

November 8, 2013

Originally conceived as a feature documentary series, ‘Straight and True’ explores the exciting period of Australian architectural history known as the Modernist era.

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This is the story of how a generation of young architects and their clients attempted to change the way we live in line with a stronger more defined sense of the Australian environment and lifestyle. It is also a cultural critique examining why Australians on the whole rejected this incredible leap forward. In other words a cultural look at the Australian psyche and it’s general apathy towards design and a fear of change.

Due to the multi-layered nature of this project, both visually and thematically and its immense scope (covering mid-century domestic architecture in every major Australian city) Richard Raber and Naomi Bishops of Traces Films have decided to change its shape from linear documentary to a multi-platform transmedia project. Traces Films is currently in talks with several digital content creators to find the perfect partnership to help realise this new shape.

If you have any questions or you think you might have visual material that could contribute to this project, email Traces Films at

Straight & True Teaser 080813 from Traces Films on Vimeo.

  • elizabeth ridge February 6th, 2014 3:39 pm

    My hus band was John Ridge of Merchant Builders.
    Please contact me if I can be of any help.
    I have time to volunteer on this project if requiredPlease keep me informed of your progress.

  • Richard May 30th, 2014 4:25 pm

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Great to hear from you. Would you be able to contact us directly please:

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