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Colonial Relics of the Raj

Posted on 1/22/2019 12:00:00 AM in What We’re Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

An interesting premise, as I always thought the British Raj was restricted to India! In this short film, we travel to a handful of cities to explore the architectural residue of the British Empire. In Melbourne, we see remnants of a city built by a gold rush at the height of the Victorian era. Details on everything from carved stone building facades to wrought iron street lamps have a distinctively British feel. Sydney has a much less decorative look. Here, convicts built—and even designed—buildings like the Hyde Park Barracks and adjacent church, which stand as reminders of the city’s heritage. As in Australia, Singapore has restored and repurposed many of its historic buildings, and continues to celebrate its English past: high tea is served after three!

Produced by Ian Cross

About David Conover:

David Conover, a long-term partner of O.A.T. and Grand Circle, is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

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