One evening, by chance, the filmmaker arrives at Milton Keynes, an English “New Town” the existence of which he had never suspected. A city in no way responsive to his orientation reflexes, at odds with his intuition, scornful of his judgment, which becomes his subject and muse. On his route, alone with his camera, from the outskirts to the town center, he strikes up the odd acquaintanceship. A beer drinker, a family inspecting a model home, a “shepherd” of shopping caddies, various and sundry officials and “users”: each contributes, from a unique perspective, to the image of this “town for the 21st century”. Amongst those met is Derek Walker, the city’s first chief architect and planner (only 32 years old at the time of its conception in 1967) who guides us through its workings even while taking issue with today's reality. Filmed over several years as a complete autoproduction, „Conversations in Milton Keynes“ is Ingo Baltes’ first film.
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