Menage a trois

A lot of the films on BBC iPlayer are pretty dull or just go round and round – there is a limit to how many times one can watch Wallace and Gromit, however charming they may be.

A lot of the films on BBC iPlayer are pretty dull or just go round and round – there is a limit to how many times one can watch Wallace and Gromit, however charming they may be.

But an exception is Johanna Hogg’s film ‘Exhibition’ which is billed as an erotic drama about the marriage of two artists breaking down. This does not take account of the third and in some ways most dominant character – the house that they live in.

This is a stunning modernist mid-century house, with a great spiral staircase (the male character suggests that extending this to the roof is the only change from which the house could benefit) and some fabulous views of treetops and Victoriana. There is even a pool, sheltered enough for the wife to swim naked.

Fortunately, the film reviewers and other specialist sites, such as The Modern House, were more curious. The house apparently was built by architect James Melvin for himself and his wife, with later work by Sauerbruch Hutton. This is a great addition to the small but distinguished list of films and books which, while purporting to be about people, are really about houses.

Ruth Slavid

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