Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Patrick Keiller on BFI Screenonline

A synopsis of the life and works of one time architect turned film-maker Patrick Keiller is available from the British Film Institute's Screenonline encyclopedia which enables researchers to digitally browse the collections of the BFI National Archive for film and television footage. It is possible to watch several clips from Keiller's topographical film collection, each of which shows the film-maker's preoccupation with the architecture and urban environment of the English landscape. His themes are politically militant, centering as they do around the Britain's capitalist culture and the architectural malaise that this has caused for the industrial homelands located in the North and the Midlands when compared to thriving urban developments. GSA library stock a couple of Keiller's feature length works: 'Robinson in Space' (1996) and 'Robinson  in Ruins' (2010) can both be found in the DVD collection at the Main Library, numbered 2045 and 2047 respectively.