MDW FILM FESTIVAL: Majia Isola – Master Of Colour And Form
Past Event

MDW FILM FESTIVAL: Majia Isola – Master of Colour and Form

Presented by RMIT Culture


Sun 21 May 2:00pm - 3:56pm
Classic Cinemas
Sun 28 May 4:00pm - 5:56pm
Lido Cinemas


Booking required


Lido Cinemas / Classic Cinemas


Accessible bathroom Seating available Wheelchair accessible

Australian Premiere

The Finnish design company Marimekko is famous throughout the world for its original prints and colours. Maija Isola was one of Marimekko’s first designers and she spent 38 years working for the company. During this time, she designed over 500 prints for Marimekko. Her fabric designs revolutionised Finnish homes in the 1950s and 60s. Art took the form of textiles and became easily accessible. Since the 1960s, once Isola’s fabrics had consolidated their place in Finnish society, they also took over public spaces. And their success was not confined to Finland, they conquered the entire world, from New York to Tokyo. The film looks for the secret behind the success of Maija Isola’s fabrics. Maija’s art, both her paintings and her fabrics, was often inspired by nature in all its forms.

The film also asks: Who was Maija Isola? Where did she find her inspiration during her decades-long career? Events that shaped her life will be presented through archive materials, new documentary footage and her personal legacy: paintings, original designs, photos and slides. Her way of experiencing things is reflected in new fictive footage, animation and film clips that describe her inner world, and cut-out animations illustrate how her various fabric designs are created.

Dir: Leena Kilpeläinen / Year: 2021 / Country: Finland / Duration: 97mins

Helsinki International Film Festival – Official Selection

Dhaka International Film Festival – Official Selection

The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) – Official Selection

Winnipeg Architecture & Design (FF) – Official Selection

Docs Barcelona – Official Selection

Vera Film Festival – Official Selection

DocEdge, New Zealand – Official Selection

AegeanDocs – Official Selection

Zagreb Design, Art, Architecture – Official Selection

Riga International Film Festival – Official Selection


Curated by Richard Sowada.


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