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Norwood

Patrick Keiller
1983
26mins Black & White 16mm

Norwood

Filmed entirely on location in Norwood, Norwood relives the undoing and subsequent redemption of its narrator, a man of unreliable morality first featured in Stonebridge Park, in which film it was told how he came to run off with a large sum of money previously in the possession of his ex-employer.
Returning from a prudent exile, he embarks on a series of property speculations only to fall victim to a more efficient manner of wrongdoing practiced by his business associates.
While the story is recounted, the camera visits locations, at which the events described are presumed to have taken place. Two thirds of the way through the film the narrator describes his own murder and subsequent ascension to heaven, but as this also seems to be in Norwood maybe we have our doubts. - P.K.

"...manages to capture contemporary Britain with more insight and 'political' verve than most other films which claim as much." - Michael O'Pray, Monthly Film Bulletin

"Wry, funny and surreal. A wonderful film" - Jo, Comino, City Limits

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