WHAT HAPPENED WHEN WE BUILT UTOPIA?
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.
An audiovisual journey through populated ruins, guided by the artists, musicians and poets of Basildon. Facing austerity, adversity and personal battles these people are driven by their creative spirit to help their community through art, poetry, music… and some rather angry puppets.
Directed by Christopher Ian Smith (Arterial, Cumulus) and Executive Produced by Margaret Matheson (Scum, Sid and Nancy, Sleep Furiously). New Town Utopia features Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent (Iris, Topsy-Turvy, Moulin Rouge) as the voice of Lewis Silkin MP.
Post production will be completed in July 2017, after which private screenings and film festival submissions will begin. You can follow our progress on Facebook, Twitter + Instagram by clicking below.
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