Dream Town examines a decaying Russian coal mining town located on Svalbard, a Norwegian island in the Arctic circle, the northernmost inhabited place in the world. Looking at the stark reality of the miners, scientists and children, the film contrasts their unusual existence with fictional interludes created with the director. Their vignettes are woven into the fabric of the film which passes from fact and fiction in an exploration of identity and survival at the end of the world.
Narrated by Paul Bettany and co-written with novelist Ray Robinson, Dream Town won the Best Picture at the Chicago Underground Film Festival and the Derby Film Festival.
"Reminiscent of Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World (2007), which recorded life at a polar science station, this documentary fondly depicts life in secluded Barentsburg, Russia, a barren coal-mining community located in the northernmost part of the country. Director Adrian Briscoe focuses on the town's daily happenings and quirky residents, painting a vivid human portrait against the desolate backdrop."