Changing Perspectives: Wester Hailes – Films of New Town Utopia

Join WHALE Arts and Tower Block UK on Tuesday 18th September for an evening filled with film and conversation about high-rise and new town living.

The evening will begin with an excerpt from 2017 documentary feature film New Town Utopia, exploring life in the new town of Basildon in Essex as told by local artists and residents. After a short break for tea and coffee there will be screenings of several short films taken from the WHALE Arts VHS archive, representing life in Wester Hailes as told by local residents, actors, and filmmakers. The event will be chaired by film curator Shona Thomson and after each screening we’ll have an informal discussion about the films, together with an opportunity for sharing memories and stories of living in Wester Hailes. Throughout the evening, there will also be a chance to explore a new pop-up exhibition by Tower Block UK, complete with a travelling museum box containing maps, photographs, slides, and newspaper articles focusing upon Wester Hailes.

This event will launch the Changing Perspectives: Wester Hailes Film and Moving Image Festival – look out for a full programme of events across 15-21st October.

All are welcome to join us for this event, which is free to attend! You can book your place here.

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