Barbicania (PG)

Asia Premiere


Mapping the diverse personalities who live and work at London's Barbican Centre and Estate, Barbicania unravels the social fabric of one of the largest and most iconic examples of brutalist architecture.

Discover stories from those who experience the Barbican on a daily basis through a series of diaristic vignettes from Neil who tends to the plants and fish in the arts centre's conservatory, to Paolo who talks about having the 'magic key', and Camilla who delves into the Barbican psyche. Moving from the top of the towers to the underground levels of the arts centre over a month-long immersion, the film creates an intimate map of the people, lifestyle, and architecture that bring the prominent landmark to life.

  • Director Ila Bêka, Louise Lemoine
  • Subject Architecture, Urban Anthropology
  • Language English
  • Runtime 90 mins

"An intimate and lively filmic map of Barbican's Brutalist Masterpiece" — Domus

"Stunning. An intimate, absorbing film" — The Clerkenwell Post