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The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (12A) & Arena + ScreenTalk

Architecture on Film

Trailer for The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

This documentary offers a meditative illumination of the far reaches of the US prison system, finding its presence in unexpected places and revealing it to be full of beauty.

From ‘recession proof’ jobs sustaining whole communities to the prison of payday loans, from cages of race and resources to a radio station penetrating walls, from anti-sex-offender pocket parks to the reaches of real estate, Brett Story’s film presents physical and subliminal architectures of control and power.

Taking the audience on an idiosyncratic, innovate and myriad journey through both its subject matter and the USA, across its twelve vignettes the film illuminates the invisible prisons and prisoners that exist in plain sight, relocating the prison to the geographies and relationships in which we live.


A man under house arrest lingers in a domestic prison. A sensual slice of sun soaked cinema, framed by the carceral architecture, both physical and psychological, of a suburban housing estate.

ScreenTalk with Brett Story is via Skype hosted by Tom Wilkinson (The Architectural Review).


US 2016 Dir Brett Story 84 min

Portugal 2009 Dir Joao Salaviza 15 min


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