New Town Utopia is a documentary film about grand utopian dreams and stark concrete realities. It’s the challenging, funny and sometimes tragic story of the British new town of Basildon, Essex. Directed by Christopher Ian Smith (Arterial, Cumulus) and Executive Produced by Margaret Matheson (Scum, Sid and Nancy, Sleep Furiously).


New Town Utopia features Jim Broadbent (Iris, Topsy-Turvy, Moulin Rouge) as the voice of Lewis Silkin MP.


Post production will be completed Summer 2017, after which private screenings and film festival submissions will begin. You can follow our progress on Facebook, Twitter + Instagram by clicking below.


After WW2, New Towns were designed as social utopias, built to create a ‘new type of citizen’ – with public art, homes by progressive architects, work for everyone and a plethora of green space. Now a cultural wasteland – Basildon has a bad reputation, fragmented community and struggling economy. What happened to the utopian dream?


New Town Utopia is brought to life through the stories and performances of artists, musicians and poets from Basildon. Facing austerity, adversity and personal challenges these are individuals driven by their creative spirit to help their community through art, poetry, music… and puppets.