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New Town Utopia (2017)

What happened when we built Utopia? New Town Utopia is feature documentary about the power of art, architecture, the state of the nation - and some rather angry puppets.


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Credited cast:
Jim Broadbent ... Lewis Silkin MP
Terry Bird ... Himself
Vincent O'Connell Vincent O'Connell ... Himself
Shaun Badham Shaun Badham
Ölmo Lazarus Ölmo Lazarus
Ralph Dartford Ralph Dartford
Sue Ryder Paget Sue Ryder Paget
Pat Joyce Pat Joyce
Vin Harrop Vin Harrop
Joe Hymas Joe Hymas
Kath Joyce-Banks Kath Joyce-Banks
Phil Burdett Phil Burdett ... Himself
Penny Betteridge Penny Betteridge
Marc Barnacle Marc Barnacle
Steve Waters Steve Waters


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 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. New Town Utopia features Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent (Iris, Topsy-Turvy, Moulin Rouge) as the voice of Lewis Silkin MP. Directed by Christopher Ian Smith (Arterial, Cumulus) and Executive Produced by Margaret Matheson (Scum, Sid and Nancy, Sleep Furiously). In 2018 there will be a UK screening tour in cinemas and galleries, DVD and online release. Written by admin

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Utopian Dreams and Concrete Realities...





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21 October 2017 (UK) See more »

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