Robin Hood Gardens

2010, 17 mins, colour, English short film with Hungarian subtitles
D: Martin Ginestie


“You ask what’s wrong with brutalism? It’s brutal!” Robin Hood Gardens – concrete eyesore or masterpiece in Brutalist architecture? The controversial housing estate in London, built in 1972 by Alison and Peter Smithson, is under threat of demolition by a local council keen to cash in on the sky-rocketing value of land in the East End of London. Opposed to the move are a powerful architecture lobby who see the building as a key moment in the development of architectural thought. Caught in the middle are the building’s residents, mostly of Bengali origin, whose opinion is, unsurprisingly, absent from the debate.
2nd March 21:00
Screened together with Get Luder and Grande Hotel.