New Town Utopia Reviews

November 8, 2018
It's a fascinating portrait of the rise and fall of a community and a movement.
August 24, 2018
It is an honest, hopeful examination of the history and potential future of the places we choose to call home.
June 18, 2018
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.
May 5, 2018
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.
May 5, 2018
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.
May 4, 2018
Consistently fascinating, timely and only slightly repetitive, this comprehensive documentary about postwar town planning unfolds like a warning from history.
May 4, 2018
A lovely, melancholy documentary about the planned community of Basildon in England... but really about squandering of postwar optimism with the rise of neoliberalism.
May 4, 2018
An inspirational film about the power of art, but slow moving and a little forgettable.
May 3, 2018
A compelling look at a failed social experiment. The great draw of the film is its focus on the passions and pride of the people who are still in mired in the fallout.
May 3, 2018
Here is an absorbing and heartening documentary portrait of Basildon in Essex, conceived as a super-modern utopian development for the forelock-tugging working classes after the second world war.
May 2, 2018
This sweet, sad film is an ode to the unique moment when postwar Britain allowed itself to dream - and shape that dream in concrete.