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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.