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New Town Utopia Rated 15

New Town Utopia

Dir. Christopher Ian Smith. UK, 2017. 1h 21m. Starring Jim Broadbent, Terry Bird, Vincent O'Connell, Phil Burdett, Ralph Dartford, Steve Waters.

A challenging, humorous, and at times tragic documentary about the development of Basildon, created out of post-WWII hope and aspiration. Sixty years on, artists, musicians and poets take a journey through a town that has deteriorated in the face of austerity and adversity.

'This sweet, sad film is an ode to the unique moment when postwar Britain allowed itself to dream - and shape that dream in concrete.’ ★★★★ Danny Leigh, The Financial Times

'Consistently fascinating, timely and only slightly repetitive, this comprehensive documentary about postwar town planning unfolds like a warning from history.’ ★★★★ Kevin Maher, The Times


Tuesday 19 June: 20:30