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The BALTIC is set to host a new film centred on a unique leader of Newcastle City Council between 1958 and 1965. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Utopia (Amber Films 1987, 85 mins) is an experimental piece dealing with the flawed and controversial politician who was convicted of corruption in 1974, and it is screened on Monday 16th July.

Smith handled Public Relations for architect John Poulson, and his bankruptcy lead to the unravelling of a bribery scandal. The film tackles the complexity of the situation and is made in collaboration with Smith himself and raises still relevant questions about PR, politics and parliament.

The film screening will be followed by question and answer session with Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones (Newcastle City Futures) and Alessandro Vincentelli (BALTIC Curator).

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Utopia is at BALTIC, Gateshead on Monday 16th July.

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