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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.

by VICE Staff
01 June 2016, 2:22pm

A cult figure in Britain, journalist and documentary maker Jonathan Meades has never run with the pack. He specialises in a provocative kind of revisionism – underlying all his best work is a deep understanding of his subjects, a nose for the telling detail, and a chaotic sense of humour.

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.