Patrick Keiller has a new film on release, 'Robinson in Ruins', and this is a cause for some celebration.
Those already familiar with his earlier works 'London' (1994) and 'Robinson in Space' (1997) will appreciate another adventure for his itinerant alter ego Robinson as he dispenses wisdom and wishful thinking on a diverse range of topics including psychogeography, occult references, English revolutionaries, politics, the environment and social commentary in the manner of Ian Sinclair, Ian Nairn and George Orwell, Baudelair's flâneur and Situationist dérives.
There is perhaps a further dose of hauntology thrown into the mix, as the promotional material suggests Robinson now attempts to communicate with 'non-human intelligences', returning from time in prison like a ghost in search of somewhere to haunt:
I for one will miss the mellifluous tones of the late Paul Scofield as the voice of narrator, though no doubt Vanessa Redgrave as his replacement will add another dimension. The film appears to be a victim of very poor distribution so it may be a matter of waiting for the dvd but I'm sure we wont be disappointed.
A sample from 'London':