New Town Utopia2018
New Town Utopia (2018)
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Critic Reviews for New Town Utopia
It is an honest, hopeful examination of the history and potential future of the places we choose to call home.
As with Kate McCullough's exemplary gliding camerawork for The Quiet Architect, [director Christopher Ian] Smith uses graceful Steadicam and elegant composition to find beauty in brutalist forms.
This thoughtful documentary examines the dreams of British post-war town planners through the story of Basildon in Essex, a town so perfectly designed that they did not bother with a train station.
Unlikely though that sounds, it leaves a rich impression: New Town Utopia is an intelligent, poignant and delicately ambiguous portrait of a place routinely dismissed as a provincial backwater.
Consistently fascinating, timely and only slightly repetitive, this comprehensive documentary about postwar town planning unfolds like a warning from history.
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