Architecture on Film: The Hidden City + Under Night Streets

A sensory, symphonic, sci-fi voyage through subterranean Madrid meets a night on the 1950s London Underground. Two cinematic trips into the depths of the hidden metropolis.


06:45pm, Tuesday, 2 July 2019


08:25pm, Tuesday, 2 July 2019


Cinema 1
Barbican Centre, Level -2
Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS



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The Hidden City [London Premiere]

A sensorial, sub-urban symphony, Victor Moreno’s Hidden City transforms Madrid’s vast underground infrastructure into an alien, cinematic baroque.

“One of the outstanding documentary discoveries of the year”
Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

What at first looks intergalactic, is gradually revealed to be the universe beneath our feet, on a journey of space exploration into the physical and psychic depths of the man made guts of a metropolis – a place where the subterranean and subconscious meet.

“Creating a dreamlike state, converting the scenes into a dance, fluctuating between the real and the imaginary, documentary and science fiction, consciousness and subconsciousness, “The Hidden City” is a derive; a winding journey not only through a concrete space but also through a state of mind. It is a mind-bending journey in an unexplored territory… An invitation to peek into a dark tunnel and discover, as much as we insist on living beneath domes of concrete and steel, our own abyss.”

– Victor Moreno

Illuminated only by the available underground light – headlamps, LCD control displays, night vision surveillance and glimmers through grates – as images flicker across the screen this voyage into the darkness is rendered as pure cinema, with meticulously crafted sound design adding further shape to the shadows.

Spain, France, Germany, 2018, Victor Moreno, 80 mins


Under Night Streets

Sixty years prior to The Hidden City, the celebrated, award winning British Transport Films unit depict a 1950s night on the London Underground, presenting the drama of the nocturnal labour required to keep the daytime city on the move. Narrated with great panache by actor Gordon Jackson (Upstairs, Downstairs, The Professionals).

Screening from a 35mm print, from the collection of the London Transport Museum.

UK, 1958, Ralph Keene, 19 mins