They Came to a City (U)

John Boughton

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Adapted from a J B Priestley stage play, a group of disparate characters discuss their hopes for an ideal city. The film touches on themes of class, socialism and misogyny as well as utopia. The cast includes John Clements, Googie Withers, Raymond Huntley and Renee Gadd with a cameo appearance by Priestley himself. The screening will be followed by a talk on war-time visions of the future in Britain.

The film will be introduced by John Boughton, historian, author of Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing, who will talk about utopian town and city planning during and just after the Second World War.

The 2019 Festival of the Future City includes classic utopian films about cities; cities in silent cinema; documentaries on New Towns, democracy, the housing crisis and the anthropocene in the series: Cities, Future Cities and Film. We are grateful to BFI for their support for this programme.

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