A Modernist in Suburbia

A short documentary film collaboration between the academic Dr Fiona Fisher and film maker Gilly Booth on the life and work of the British architect Kenneth Wood, funded by the AHRC and supported by Kingston University. Initially exhibited at the Stanley Picker Gallery as part of The Occupants: Contemporary Perspectives on the Picker House, 2012. This is the first film on Kenneth Wood. A Modernist in Suburbia highlights his early career including his travels to Vancouver and Manhattan, his early architectural innovations in building methods and materials, and his later commissions for homes in London’s leafy Surrey, where his modernist vision for architecture reconciles itself with the natural elements of suburban scenography. The documentary includes access to Wood’s architecture, his journals and personal archive, and a unique interview with Wood himself as he reaches his late-80s. A Modernist in Suburbia is the first documentary film to explore the heritage of suburban British modernist architecture through the biographical detail of one of its unsung yet critically important practitioners.

Researcher & Writer: Dr Fiona Fisher

Director & Editor: Gilly Booth

Director of Photography: Jack Mealing

Graphic Designer: Paul Plowman

Original Music: Jonny Trunk

Soho remix & sound dub: Sharron Harris

Saxaphone: Andy Brindley

Additional sound recording: Dominic Robson

Woman in red dress: Beatrice McHugh

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