Paradise Lost: History in the Unmaking

When the filmmaker Andy Howlett first set out with his camera to document the final days of the Birmingham Brutalist Central Library in the area called Paradise Circus, little did he know the rabbit hole he was stumbling into. This is a story of the concrete colossus by the architect John Madin, which was decried by the Council as an eyesore on the one hand and hailed by the professional public as an exemplar of postwar Brutalism on the other, and the fight to save it. Andy Howlett weaves together archive footage with on-the-ground explorations in an attempt to figure out why we have lost our paradise and how to recover it. (

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Paradise Lost: History in the Unmaking (2021, doc)
Architektur und Gesellschaft | Architecture and Society 2023
Andy Howlett
Great Britain 2021
84 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Music Eliot Best, Simon McMahon, Lewis Allen
With James Harris
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Flatpack Film Festival 2021