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  • Actors: J.G. Ballard
  • Directors: Christopher Petit, Iain Sinclair
  • Writers: Christopher Petit, Iain Sinclair
  • Producers: Keith Griffiths
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Illuminations
  • VHS Release Date: 20 Sept. 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000071WI6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 489,329 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Visionary documentary film based on the travel book and social history by acclaimed writer Iain Sinclair, which chronicled his walk around the environs of the M25 motorway bypass. With fellow writer and filmmaker Chris Petit, Sinclair creates a visual reconstruction of the journey, as the two men discuss the literature of the twentieth century and the nature of contemporary London.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Kaye-Smith on 3 April 2012
Format: DVD
The film 'London Orbital' is not 'the film of the book' - the book being 'London Orbital' (2000) by Iain Sinclair - rather it is a companion piece to it by Sinclair and his occasional collaborator the director Chris Petit. It is, as would be expected of anything involving Sinclair or Petit, a fascinating but challenging work, a kind of film essay or meditation on the M25 and what goes on on it and around it. Some of the footage is 'straight' documentary, but some of it is hallucinagenic and dreamlike, and there is occasional surveillance and home movie footage blended in. Both directors provide voiceovers and the music is primarily electronic. There are also brief appearances by significant others, most notably the late J.G.Ballard. Petit has been in road movie territory before with his seminal 1979 black and white feature 'Radio On, and journeys are key features of several of Sinclair's books, eg. 'Dining On Stones' (2004) and 'Edge of the Orison' (2005). 'London Orbital' is thought-provoking, atmospheric and totally engrossing, but not - as the other review on this page suggests - to everyone's taste.
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This film is doubly complementary: It complements Iain Sinclair's book of the same name, and also Patrick's Keiller's "London" (which in turn complements the same director's "Robinson in Space")
Just as "London" is centripetal (London is the fixed locale) and "Robinson in Space" is centrifugal (the whole of England is the film's subject), so the centripetal force of "London" is counterbalanced by the centrifugal energy of driving round the M25 in "London Orbital"
Further dualities are at work here: While "London" never deviates from the static camera in the manner of objective CCTV footage, in "London Orbital" the camera is always moving, leading us on, like a dream sequence. The resonance of place (and time and therefore memory) elevates this film far above mere documentary.
This film, directed by Chris Petit & Iain Sinclair, is hypnotic, mesmerising. It shows that psychogeography can be strongly present in the contemporary landscape of the motorway as much as in the historical centres of London.
Those who find Chris Petit's "Radio On'" compelling, as I do, will find this film absorbing.
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8 of 55 people found the following review helpful By diazporax on 13 Nov. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This is not the sort of film I would normally watch. Because of its very bold and new approach to documentary, I was initially gripped in certain parts of the film, such as the CCTV footage and the tales of the drug gangs. I did not, however, find it stimulating, because it was repetitious and I grew bored very quickly, maybe that was the intended effect?�I think not.
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