by Icarus in New Film on Friday 17 February 2012

The protagonist in this series of films (begun in 1995 with London), Robinson, is part tramp, part defrocked marxist intellectual who spends his time musing on the peculiar absurdities that characterise the landscape of modern England.

Patrick Keiller is a phenomenal film maker and I remember being totally blown away by the sheer audacity of London and Robinson In Space in the late 90s. With its musings on the possibilities for new life presented by lichen on road signs and the parallels drawn between the enclosures act and the banking crisis, Robinson in Ruins is psycho-geography at its most beguiling.