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Urban Lab Films: New Town Utopia

Start: May 24, 2018 06:20 PM
End: May 24, 2018 08:30 PM

Location: Bertha DocHouse, Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick Centre, London WC1N 1AW

New Town Utopia

From Utopian dreams to concrete realities, New Town Utopia charts the challenging, funny, and sometimes tragic story of the British new town of Basildon, Essex.

After WW2, New Towns were designed as social utopias to create (in the words of the post-war government) “a new type of citizen, a healthy, self-respecting, dignified person with a sense of beauty, culture and civic pride.” Basildon and its pioneer residents were invested with these post-war hopes and aspirations. Now, 60 years on, the town has deteriorated, degenerated and desaturated.  Art and culture are almost a distant memory and Basildon is often referred to as one of the worst towns in Britain.

The narrative is guided by the artists, musicians and poets of Basildon – on a journey through memory, place and performance. Facing austerity, adversity and personal battles they are individuals driven by creative spirit to help their community through art, poetry, music… and some rather angry puppets.

This screening, in partnership with Bertha DocHouse, will be followed by a panel discussion.

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