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By April 19, 2011 No Comments

Here in New Zealand we can celebrate the opening of the new “climate-controlled haven” for our cinematic treasures, newly constructed in seismically unchallenged Plimmerton. This is a good thing.

But in the UK the BFI are in the middle of a strikingly similar (though scaled rather differently) development in Warwickshire, only their project is being documented by Patrick Keiller. I say again, the great Patrick Keiller has spent four months wandering around the building site with a camera. The BFI are hopeful that the footage “will be edited into a new artistic work”.

Patrick Keiller shooting the BFI Film Store project in Warwickshire.

Patrick Keiller shooting the BFI Film Store project in Warwickshire.

On the subject of Mr. Keiller, I reiterate my hope that his new film Robinson in Ruins will be a centre-piece of this year’s Film Festival.