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Talking Art, Acid, and Architecture with Filmmaker Jonathan Meades

The British cultural icon talks about his new documentary 'Ben Building,' which looks at the architecture of fascist Italy.
June 6, 2016, 4:30pm

A cult figure in Britain, journalist and documentary filmmaker Jonathan Meades has never run with the pack. He specializes in a provocative kind of revisionism—underlying all his best work is a deep understanding of his subjects, an eye for the telling detail, and a chaotic sense of humor.

After two years off our screens, Meades returns this year with the third part in a trilogy of films about architecture under totalitarian dictatorships Ben Building: Mussolini, Monuments, and Modernism, which focuses on Italy under fascism.

Gavin Haynes meets him at a London exhibition of his digital art, to talk through his life and career—from the "crimes" of Tony Blair, why he thinks religion is "absolute bollocks," his views on London's high-rise makeover, and Britain's secret military LSD experiments.