Films are integral to the way Publica captures and understands how cities and places work. They are an effective method of documenting an area’s unique character and spatial conditions, how it is used and experienced by different people, and how it changes over time.

In addition to using documentary as a surveying method, Publica’s dedicated Film Unit continues to develop a broader programme and relationships with filmmakers and festivals. Our Film of the Month and collaborative programme with Open City Documentary Festival and other partners form part of our commitment to contributing to wider debates about contemporary urbanism, and championing an inclusive approach to how cities are developed.

Film credit: Time in Motion, commissioned by Publica, directed by Rob Groves