The RIBA is pleased to be partnering with Rooftop Film Club to host a number of outdoor screenings and Q&A sessions at the Bussey Building in Peckham throughout June to coincide with the London Festival of Architecture.
Parasite is a highly acclaimed and multi award winning black comedy thriller by Korean director Bong Joon-ho. The film uses two houses and the urban journey between them to tell a tale of two families at opposite ends of the class and wealth divide in Seoul. Through infiltration, deceit, and a series of secret spaces, Parasite revels in its ability to shock viewers.
Most of the film takes place in the luxurious modernist house of the incredibly wealthy Park family. There is backstory to the house as we find out that the house was designed by the (fictional) Korean starchitect Namgoong Hyeonja and that the Park family are the first to own it since he died. In fact, the house was completely built from scratch as a set for the film and specifically designed to suit the camera, screen ratios and plot. Huge glazed windows, many many staircases and a number of hidden spaces are used to terrifying dramatic effect as the camera follows the characters through the rooms of the house and we find out its secrets.
Before the screening there will be a short Q&A session with the writer Will Wiles, whose novels also feature subtly malevolent interiors.
Will Wiles has been writing about architecture and design for almost 20 years. He is the author of three novels: Care of Wooden Floors, The Way Inn, and Plume. He is also a regular columnist for the RIBA Journal.
This event is part of a collaborative series of screenings with Rooftop Film Club.