Sustainable Australia Party MP and former film editor Clifford Hayes – renowned for his award-winning work on the 1979 action hit Mad Max – has spoken out against an overzealous developer’s plan to demolish the long-term Albert Park home of his associate, the late filmmaking legend Paul Cox.
“As a former film and television editor and producer, I knew Paul and truly admired his body of work,” Mr Hayes said.
“I even had the pleasure of visiting Paul on set when he was filming scenes for one of his many movies inside this very building, which also served as his home and office.
“The fact that these developers want to desecrate his home is wrong, on so many levels.”
The developer’s plan for a four-storey apartment complex was rejected by Port Phillip Council, and is set to be heard at VCAT next week.
“This isn’t just a remarkable piece of Albert Park’s Victorian and Edwardian-era streetscape; it is a building with strong links to our screen and film culture,” Mr Hayes added.
“It should not be demolished to pave the way for yet another out of character concrete and glass monstrosity.”
Mr Hayes said developers are all too often taking advantage of council’s lack of mandatory height controls to squeeze out victories before the state’s planning umpire.
“Port Phillip City Council are only winning about 60 per cent of matters brought before them at VCAT,” Mr Hayes said.
“There is a very good chance this iconic piece of Albert Park history could be destroyed.”
Mr Hayes met with the Don’t Destroy Albert Park community group on Wednesday to assess the site.
Paul Cox, touted as the father of Australian independent cinema, arrived in Melbourne from the Netherlands in 1965 and made 34 films including Man of Flowers, Lonely Hearts and My First Wife.
He bought the bull-nosed building at 1 Victoria Avenue and used it for his work.