UTOPIAN DREAMS AND CONCRETE REALITIES…
New Town Utopia is a documentary film about 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.
The UK Premiere will take place in October 2017 (further details coming soon) followed by a screening tour, DVD and online release in 2018. New Town Utopia ran a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2017, you can see more details here.