Necessary Amendments is a series of films that were all made in post-war British new towns. It began with the discovery of a crude dichotomy at the very beginning of these plans. On the 8th May 1946 at the parliamentary reading of the New Towns Bill, the minister of Town and Country Planning, Lewis Silkin read:
“If the towns to be built under this Bill are new, neither the need for them, nor the idea, is in any sense new. My researches on new towns go back to the time of Sir Thomas More who, incidentaly, was beheaded, but that must not be regarded as a precedent for the treatment of town planners”. At this point Lietenant Colenel Sir Thomas More interjected:
On a point of Order. May I claim your protection, Mr. Speaker? It has just been announced by the right hon. Gentleman that I have been beheaded. I want to know whether there is any confirmation of that.
‘The Carboniferous Epoch’
HD Video, 2013
commissioned by The Northern Gallery For Contemporary Art and the North East Photography Network
HD Video, 2019
Commissioned by MK Gallery