A feature documentary that I worked on - New Town Utopia - screens at the East End Film Festival on April 14th, in Birmingham at the Flatpack Film Festival on April 18th and following that a West End preview at Picturehouse Central before its cinema release. All the screenings are planned to have Q&As with director Christopher Smith and at some the cast of characters and artists from Basildon are expected to take part as well.
A journey through memory, place and performance… through utopian dreams and concrete realities… the challenging, funny, and sometimes tragic story of the British new town of Basildon, Essex. Facing austerity, adversity and personal battles the citizens of Basildon are driven by a creative spirit to help their community through art, poetry, music and some rather angry puppets. Featuring Oscar-winning Jim Broadbent as the voice of Lewis Silkin MP.
Having recently seen the finished film, I can tell you that it's a fantastic testament to the people of Basildon and a unique document exploring the conception of the "new town". It portrays a genuine and inherently unique place in a dreamlike tour of testimony and history with honesty, detail and artistry. The Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent delivers the layered voice of optimism and oppression as Lewis Silkin MP throughout.
New Town Utopia was a pleasure to work on and my first feature film. I was a production assistant helping the director shoot interviews in Basildon and I also edited an early version of a trailer which helped towards the crowd-funding campaign. Christopher Smith is a super hard-working director and he's crafted a brilliant debut feature. Having stayed in touch with him for the time in which the film has been in production and then in post, I am happy to see it featured at festivals and look forward to following its progressing future. Thanks for reading - watch the trailer below and then book your tickets!
Internationally selected, screened and award nominated director of dance, fiction and documentary at London Short Film Festival (ICA,) LACMA, Zealous X (Oxo Tower Wharf) and San Diego Comic-Con. As well the cities of Toronto, Cape Town, New Orleans, Dublin, New York and St Petersburg.