New Town Utopia plus Q&A and panel discussion

Director: Christopher Ian Smith
Duration: 80 min

After the screening there will be a discussion between the film's director Christopher Ian Smith, and Gillian Darley, President of the Twentieth Century Society.

There wil be a short performance by Olmo Lazurus spoken word artist and poet (who is featured in the film).

New Town Utopia is a feature documentary film about utopian dreams and concrete realities… the challenging, funny, and sometimes tragic story of the British new town seen through the prism of Basildon, Essex.

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.

It features Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent (Iris, The Sense of An Ending, Paddington) as the voice of Lewis Silkin MP.

Club and Group screenings

Tue 24th Apr 18.30 Ad and Trailer Free: No advertisements or trailers will play ahead of this screening. You are recommended to arrive promptly. Picturehouse Docs: Bringing you the best in new and topical documentaries covering issues around the world.

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