architects do not have the monopoly on dreams
There is, rather astoundingly, no great (or, it would seem, even not-so-great) film about the industrial revolution, something which is rather odd, considering what happened in those 50 or so years had more lasting effect on the future development of the human race than practically anything else before or since – so we can only assume the fact it hasn’t appeared on screen is because of some strange unconscious prohibition on representing our primal scene.
There are countless films about either working industry or what happens to the industrial when it de-industrialises, and several films set in the period (1790s to 1850s, roughly) where it occurs for the first time – all those Jane Austen or Dickens adaptations, they all take place at the same time that the modern world is being created in Cottonopolis, while Bill Douglas’ Comrades, about the Tolpuddle Martyrs, might be connected with the birth of the labour movement, but necessarily not in the crucible where ‘new-fangled men’ were formed (is this a question of expense, I wonder, or based on the lasting English suspicion of the cities we nearly all live in?).
So, a proposal for any lurking film producers. The film is called Pandaemonium…
For the rest of Owen Hatherley’s proposal, see the post dated 02.11.2009 on his blog, Nasty, Brutalist and Short, to which there is a link under the cut.