A feature-length documentary about socialist and Labour politician Dennis Skinner. Raised alongside nine siblings within a mining village, Dennis has fought for the rights of the working class for over 50-years. Uncompromising in his views and with a set of incorruptible principles, Dennis is respected and feared on both sides of the House of Commons. Nature of The Beast looks at what lies behind his passion and drive, and tracks his rise from a local councillor to today where he is one of Britain’s most recognisable politicians – known as ‘The Beast of Bolsover’.
After interviewing Dennis for a previous project about Robert Tressell’s book The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists Dennis agreed to allow Shut Out The Light to produce the first feature documentary about his life and contribution to British politics. Principal photography began in 2014 and was financed primarily through trade-union donations. Shooting was completed in the summer of 2016. A successful Kickstarter campaign then raised the remaining funds needed to complete post-production.
Director: Daniel Draper Producers: Daniel Draper and Christie Allanson
An inspiring film about post-war urban planning and the vision for council housing. Anyone interested in architecture, London or socialism should see this.
Utopia London (2010) is a feature length documentary, directed by Tom Cordell, that explores London’s recent architectural history.
The film observes the method and practise of the Modernist architects who rebuilt London after World War Two. It shows how they revolutionised life in the city in the wake of destruction from war and the poor living conditions inherited from the Industrial Revolution. This film is their story.
Utopia London travels through the recent history of the city where the film maker grew up. He finds the architects who designed it and reunites them with the buildings they created.
These young idealists were once united around a vision of using science and art to create a city of equal citizens. Their architecture fused William Morris with urban high-rise; ancient parkland with concrete.
Utopia London examines the, social and political agendas of the time in which the city was rebuilt. The story goes on to explore how the meaning of these transformative buildings has been radically manipulated over subsequent decades. Inspired by the optimism of the past it poses the question; where do we go from here and now?
This visually stunning film will change the way you look at the city. For more information on the film, visit www.utopialondon.com.