Published: 9 December, 2010
by DAN CARRIER
CHECK this out: a sneak preview of a new film by Tom Cordell is due to be screened on Tuesday, December 14, at the ABA Gallery, 70-75 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, EC1. The film-maker’s latest effort is called Utopia London, a feature-length documentary that considers London’s modernist architectural history.
It shows how architects shaped our city after the war. Cordell tracks down the architects whose idealism brought together their ideas of building a new world for those who won the war. It was, as the film suggests, William Morris’s vision using modern techniques.
Utopia London also examines the social and political agendas of the time when our city was rebuilt, and goes on to explore how the meaning of these transformative buildings has been radically manipulated over the subsequent decades.
The screening has been slated to coincide with the 109th anniversary of the birth of architect Daniel Lubetkin, who designed the Finsbury Health Centre. I’ll be writing a full feature of this project next week, but in the meantime go and see it. For more information see www.utopialondon.com
Meanwhile, go and see On Tour. It has some right toe-tappers in the soundtrack. Joachim (Mathieu Amalric, who stars and directs) is a former TV producer who has headed to the States to seek fame and fortune – and then returns to his homeland, France, with a team of Burlesque performers in tow, with dreams of a grand finale that will make his old mates turn up and swoon.