A feature film about the design and construction of the iconic Sydney Opera House is in development as a Danish/Swedish/Australian co-production.
“Utzon: The Man Behind the Opera House” follows Danish architect Jorn Utzon, who upset the conservative Australian architectural establishment when he won the coveted international competition to design an Opera House on Sydney’s Bennelong Point.
Utzon found an unlikely champion and friend in the working-class Labor Premier of New South Wales, Joe Cahill, even as his radical design fell victim to domestic politics, petty jealousies and budget constraints. Utzon was abruptly forced to resign in 1966 before his masterpiece was completed.
Jan Marnell, Marian Macgowan and Peter Herbert are producing the film which Petter Skavlan (“Kon-Tiki”) is penning the script for.