Marc Karlin, Utopias, 1989. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, Utopias, 1989. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, Utopias, 1989. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Shot around the time Margaret Thatcher proclaimed the ‘death of socialism’ in the UK, Karlin was determined to say otherwise. Seven visions of socialism are invited to a banquet table: from former union leader Jack Jones (TGWU); miners wife Marsha Marshall; London GP, David Widgery; economist, Bob Rowthorn; historian, Sheila Rowbotham; editor of Race and Class, Ambalavaner Sivanandan; and the Cravendale Furniture Co-operative.

On his death in 1999, Marc Karlin was described as Britain’s most significant, unknown filmmaker. For three decades, he was a leading figure within Britain’s independent film community, actively contributing to opening up television through Channel 4. He was a founding member of the Berwick Street Film Collective; a director of Lusia Films, a key influence in the Independent Filmmakers Association, and a creative force behind the group that published the independent film magazine, Vertigo (1993-2010). 

Utopias, dir: Marc Karlin, UK, 1989, 135min + discussion, DCP, Mark Karlin Archive. Originally broadcast on 1 May 1989, Channel 4 (Eleventh Hour). Repeated on 2 March 1992, Channel 4 (Global Image).

Part of Between Times: Marc Karlin Weekend, more information about all the films in the series here. Presented in partnership with the Marc Karlin Archive.

Film Pass One: Between Times: Marc Karlin Weekend
Fri 4 – Sun 6 March
£30 Full Price / £25 Concession
Includes entrance to all films in the series
Film Passes can only be booked via the Tyneside Cinema Box Office.

Marc Karlin

£7.50/£6, book here
Film Pass One, £30/£25

Sat 5 March, 2.20pm (135min + discussion)

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