In the first of our reviews of films set in Yorkshire, we watch Mika Kaurismäki‘s “LA Without a Map”. This sure is an odd little film. A Bradford undertaker goes to Los Angeles, after messing about on that chair in Little Germany.
Salts Mill, Saltaire. Tourist Info in this mill, the cafes and galleries in another.
Generally UNESCO World Heritage Sites are designed to process tourists. These are supposed to be the great common heritage of humanity. They show themselves off.
Saltaire is different. Its centre piece, Salts Mill, isn’t for tourists. There isn’t even an obvious way in. You see, Salts Mill isn’t the UNESCO destination you’d expect. It’s not a record of industrialisation, textiles and our modern ambivalence about paternalistic Victorians. It’s a island for West Yorkshire’s middle class.