I was glad to hear viat this post, that Patrick Keiller has a new movie out shortly, a follow up to London (1994) and Robinson in Space (1997) that sees his narrator Robinson pick up at the dawn of a new Conservative led government and a new recession, when his previous films had borne witness to the waning of both.
Whilst Keiller maintains this apprent symmetry is nothing but coincidence, I had been thinking only recently how well set Britain, and particularly the city of London is for a reappraisal in light of not only the context of a new and very modern recession, but also in the context of the time capsule that Keiller's earlier London film represents. That city, seen through his static camera and roving narrative was a city that looked run down, on its knees and, not so much grey as a sort of jaundiced yellow.
That London was a city that still had real genuine no-go areas and piles of bin bags on the streets, realing still somehow from a realisation that a post-imperial world maybe didn't need it's eternal city. Lets hope that Keiller has enough to tell us not to allow our post boom complacency and reactionary cuts to take us back there.
Check out Keiller's new film and see a panel discussion with the director at the BFI Southbank on 20 November 2010.