Going Going Gone: Nick Broomfield's Disappearing Britain

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Going Going Gone: Nick Broomfield's Disappearing Britain
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Review

We’re used to Nick Broomfield as an investigative film-maker, headphones on, boom in hand, probing secrets. Here the secrets involve listed buildings in peril, including the Cardiff Coal Exchange, which Broomfield remembers from his time as a student in the 1960s.

It has since fallen into sad disrepair and campaigners suspect this is a tactic councils use with expensive-to-renovate listed buildings: left to rot long enough they can be declared unsafe and demolished – or sold to developers.

Broomfield’s film works as a love letter not just to one building but to Victorian streetscapes in general. Butetown, the once thriving and famously diverse docks area of Cardiff, has been transformed, as an unflattering montage shows. Also under threat – the Wellington Rooms in Liverpool, once a Georgian gem.

Summary

Documentary in which film-maker Nick Broomfield profiles the Wellington Rooms in Liverpool, and the Coal Exchange in Cardiff, both of which have attained near-iconic status in their respective local areas, but are now being threatened with demolition.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Nick Broomfield
Director Nick Broomfield
Producer Marc Hoeferlin
Documentary