Happenings

DADo Film Society: New Town Utopia

When: Wednesday 15 August
Where: 290-292 Walsh Street, South Yarra
How much: Donation, see website for details
More info: DADo Film Society

DADo, the film society of the Robin Boyd Foundation, is screening New Town Utopia on Wednesday 15 August.

Directed by Christopher Ian Smith, New Town Utopia is a documentary about the British town of Basildon, Essex. Basildon was created in the years following World War II, to accommodate the overspill of Greater London’s population. Since that time, residents have faced adversity and experienced the force of austerity measures.

New Town Utopia is a journey of memory, place and performance, guided by the artists, musicians and poets of Basildon, celebrating the creative spirits of the people who live there. A related anthology exploring the British new town experiment through poetry, essays and other contributions is also available from the New Town Utopia website.

[Main image: ‘Why’, by Clive Wakeford. Courtesy of DADo]