"Consistently fascinating. Unfolds like a warning from history "
The Times
"An Unapologetically upbeat film in which utopianism is taken unexpectedly seriously"
The Guardian
"An ode to the unique moment when post-war Britain allowed itself to dream "
Financial Times

New Town Utopia

Available on DVD & Download

A film about utopian dreams and concrete realities, guided by the artists, musicians and poets of who call Basildon their home. 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, A Sense OF An  Ending, Moulin Rouge) as the voice of Lewis Silkin MP. Directed by Christopher Ian Smith and Executive Produced by Margaret Matheson (Shell, Sleep Furiously).


Jim Broadbent, Terry Bird, Vincent O'Connell, Phil Burdett, Ralph Dartford, Steve Waters





Running Time

81 Minutes



Directed by

Christopher Ian Smith

Written by

Christopher Ian Smith

Produced by

Christopher Ian Smith


Downloadable Assets

Hi-resolution Images

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