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Dear Friends,

"The Edge of the Possible" - Q&A session - 17 Oct  RECORDING IS HERE.

For his film The Edge of the Possible, director and co-writer Daryl Dellora was the first Australian in 25 years to interview the architect of the Sydney Opera House, Dane Jørn Utzon. Utzon died in 2008 and this appearance remains unique as the only long-form interview he gave in English after the early 1970s.

Daryl and co-writer Ian Wansbrough will appear for the Friends of the National Film and Sound Archive in a Q&A session.

WHEN: Sunday 17 October 2021 at .2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+10)

BOOKING: Please secure your place via this TryBooking link:  A confirmation email from TryBooking will be sent to you with the Zoom meeting details for you to use on the day. Please ensure you keep the email to locate the zoom meeting details or copy the details into your calendar.

  • *As usual, it's free, but donations are support the activities of the Friends of NFSA

Further details below:

The Edge of the Possible is available to be streamed any time prior to the Q&A at the following sites: for $3.95

Or from Kanopy for free if you are a member of a local library:

Utzon, was awarded the first prize in a competition to design an Opera House for Sydney in 1957, he flew to Australia to begin work on the construction of the greatest building Australia has ever seen and, indeed, one of the finest achievements of modern architecture. Utzon was forced from the project in 1966 and never returned to Australia. What defeated him in the end was politics. His triumph came with the 2007 World Heritage Listing of the building “as a work of human creative genius” and one of the 20th century’s greatest buildings. This film charts the dramatic course of the creation of a masterpiece and includes a rare interview with Jørn Utzon as he reflects on his role in the compelling story of the conception and construction of the Sydney Opera House.


The Edge of the Possible

Duration: 56mins

Director: Daryl Dellora
Producer: Sue Maslin
Writers: Daryl Dellora & Ian Wansbrough
Original Music: David Bridie and John Phillips
Narrator: Robyn Nevin
Year: 1998

Winner: The Gold Plaque for Best Arts Documentary, Chicago International TV Competition

“A fascinating examination of the design of the Opera House as well as the politics of the time.”
Critical Response

“This excellent documentary…illuminating stuff”
The Australian

“The Edge of the Possible is something you should try not to miss…This film by Daryl Dellora and Sue Maslin provides many fine images of Bennelong Point. The coup is the long interview with Utzon…Of chief interest here are the detailed models of (Utzon’s never realised) interiors…They have not been seen on television before and are breathtaking.”
The Sydney Morning Herald

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Gil Brealey, Bryan Brown, Anthony Buckley, Patricia Lovell, Chris Noonan, Michael Pate, Fred Schepisi, Albie Thoms