An Engineer Imagines is a cinematic homage to the life and ideas of Peter Rice, a man widely regarded as the most distinguished structural engineer of the late twentieth century, and a former student of Queen’s University.
Without his innovations and collaborations with the leading architects of his time, some of the most recognisable buildings in the world would not have been possible.
Tracing Rice’s extraordinary life and career, from his Dundalk childhood to his work on the Sydney Opera House, The Pompidou Centre and the Lloyd’s building, to his untimely death in 1992, Marcus Robinson (also Queen’s alumni) uses stunning time-lapse photography and revealing interviews to tell the story of a genius who stood in the shadow of architectural icons. This is the story of a man who pushed the boundaries of art and science to achieve the unimaginable.
The screening on Mon 11 Mar at 6.00pm will feature a panel discussion. The panellists will include: Dr Phil Donald (former Director, Graham Construction); Dr Chris Caves (Director - Infrastructure, Ove Arup Belfast); Conall Doherty (Senior Structural Engineer, Design ID Consulting); and Prof. Su Taylor (Dean of Research - School of Natural & Built Environment, Queen's University).
Maggie Gyllenhaal gives a career-best performance as a kindergarten teacher who finds herself in an ethical quagmire after discovering the poetic talents of a precocious student.