Made in collaboration with the writer Jonathan P. Watts and the sound composer Simon Limbrick, 3 Church Walk is a film about the modernist home of the architects H.T. 'Jim' Cadbury-Brown and his wife Betty Dale. Completed in 1962, the house was built at 3 Church Walk in Aldeburgh, Suffolk on a site originally earmarked by the composer Benjamin Britten for the Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts’ first opera stage.
Cadbury-Brown was a British architect best known for his contribution to the design of the iconic Brutalist development of the Royal College of Art in London and earlier work on pavilions for the Festival of Britain in the summer of 1951.
3 Church Walk is a journey through the house in the neglected state it was left after Cadbury-Brown died in 2009. Limbrick’s soundtrack is composed from recordings of the objects, surfaces and materials of the house being played as though so many instruments, akin to how Britten scored car springs and tea cups in his compositions Noye’s Fludde (1958) and The Burning Fiery Furnace (1966).