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Among the ruins of yesterday's future, what might we learn about the forces that shape a city? When filmmaker Andy Howlett set out with his camera to document the final days of the condemned Central Library complex, little did he know the rabbit hole he was stumbling into. Decried by Birmingham City Council as an eyesore, but hailed by Historic England as an exemplar of postwar design, the story of John Madin's concrete colossus and the fight to save it is a curious one. In this psychogeographic detective story, Howlett weaves together archive footage with on-the-ground explorations in an attempt to figure out why we lost Paradise and how it might be regained.

After the success of Paradise Lost at our online festival in the spring, we’re delighted to be presenting the first ever cinema screening, and welcoming Andy back for another Q&A.

MAC’s reopening cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI FAN Covid-19 Resilience fund from the National Lottery, through the BFI Film Audience Fund.

Duration includes trailers and adverts. Please note that we do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy. See more information about Relaxed Screenings here. /// Fancy a meal or drinks when visiting us for an event or a trip to the park? Our KILN Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, light bites and a light evening menu, see information here. /// Please read our current Visitor Guidelines before booking your event.