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London Film-Makers' Co-op

Celebrating 50 years of the LFMC (now Lux), the ground-breaking production and distribution cooperative for artists’ moving image.

The London Film-Makers Co-op was begun in October 1966 by a group of film enthusiasts that met in the basement of the Better Books shop on Charing Cross Road, with founder members including Ray Durgnat, Simon Hartog and Stephen Dwoskin.

Inspired by the activities of Jonas Mekas and the New American Cinema Group in New York, the LFMC was initially established as a non-profit distribution cooperative. But with the arrival of a new generation of members, including Malcolm Le Grice, Fred Drummond and David Curtis, the LFMC expanded into organisation that incorporated a film workshop, cinema space and distribution office.

Through the 70s, 80s and 90s, the LFMC was the UK’s principle hub for experimental and independent film culture. Following its demise, a new organisation LUX was formed in 2002, which continues to be the UK’s leading agency for the support and promotion of artists’ moving image.

This selection of films from the first 25 years of the LFMC have been newly digitised by LUX as part of the LFMC’s 50th anniversary commemorations.

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London Film-Makers' Co-op
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Focii
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Focii 1975

A female dancer performs in front of what appears to be a wall of mirrors until her reflection takes on a life of its own.

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Jeanette Iljon

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Guerillere Talks
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Guerillere Talks 1978

Six film portraits of women associated with the punk music scene in 1970s New York.

28 mins USA Director. Vivienne Dick

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Tea Leaf
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Tea Leaf 1988

An intimate account of frustration and disarray in 1980s Britain from the point of view of a young woman.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Ruth Novaczek

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Spot the Microdot
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Spot the Microdot 1969

An unprintable film, handmade by punching holes into an opaque 16mm strip.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Malcolm Le Grice

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Emily (Third Party Speculation)
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Emily (Third Party Speculation) 1979

Filmed in a closed domestic environment, this film investigates the question of identification and point of view in cinema.

60 mins United Kingdom Director. Malcolm Le Grice

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Blind White Duration
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Blind White Duration 1968

Interaction between a blank white screen and filmed snow.

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Malcolm Le Grice

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Real Time
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Real Time 1971

As she recollects her childhood, the filmmaker reflects on time, family and ageing.

32 mins United Kingdom Director. Anne Rees-Mogg

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Muybridge Film
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Muybridge Film 1975

Anne Rees-Mogg pays tribute to Muybridge’s studies of human motion with this portrait of filmmaker Renny Croft.

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Anne Rees-Mogg

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A Length of Time
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A Length of Time 1970

A documentary on life, filmic time and stock car racing.

23 mins United Kingdom Director. Anne Rees-Mogg

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Film No. 1
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Film No. 1 1971

Film No. 1 emphasizes the material process of film printing through repetition, seriality and permutations of colour

9 mins United Kingdom Director. David Crosswaite

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The Man with a Movie Camera
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The Man with a Movie Camera 1973

A carefully controlled reflection on the process of filmmaking, playfully demonstrating the camera as a tool for constructing a filmed image.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. David Crosswaite

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Cycles
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Cycles 1972

A circular form fluctuates in rhythms of light and sound in this hand-made film.

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Guy Sherwin

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Key
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Key 1968

A photograph of Nico is abstracted beyond recognition through a zoom.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Gidal

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C/O/N/S/T/R/U/C/T
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C/O/N/S/T/R/U/C/T 1974

Five layers of optical superimposition demonstrate film as a construct.

30 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Gidal

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8mm film-notes on 16mm 1971

A structuralist collage emphasizing the difference between 8mm and 16mm film gauges

40 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Gidal

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Yes No Maybe Not
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Yes No Maybe Not 1967

Black and white images of lapping water are juxtaposed with and superimposed upon Battersea Power Station in this double-screen film.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Malcolm Le Grice

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Breath
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Breath 1974

Three people with cameras converge on a remote location near Hay Toor in Dartmoor.

15 mins United Kingdom Director. William Raban

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Colours of This Time
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Colours of This Time 1972

A time-lapse study of a London park during the course of a summer day

3 mins United Kingdom Director. William Raban

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At the Academy
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At the Academy 1974

A found-footage film made entirely from the countdown leader that is normally used to cue the start of films.

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Guy Sherwin

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Grandfather's Footsteps 1983

The filmmaker re-evokes the presence of her great-grandfather, Henry Stiles Savory, a Victorian clergyman, photographer and scientist.

33 mins United Kingdom Director. Anne Rees-Mogg

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Transmogrification
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Transmogrification 1980

Two girls become 18th century ladies in this short film about the assumption of roles.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Anne Rees-Mogg

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Lady Lazarus 1991

A cinematographic response to Sylvia Plath’s Lady Lazarus with Plath’s own readings of her poetry

25 mins United Kingdom Director. Sandra Lahire

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Eerie
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Eerie 1992

A vertiginous lesbian kiss in a mountain cablecar inspired by German expressionism.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Sandra Lahire

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Terminals
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Terminals 1985

A filmic exploration of the working conditions of female nuclear workers.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Sandra Lahire

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Arrows
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Arrows 1984

A first-person essay on the experience of anorexia and its cultural causes

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Sandra Lahire

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Footsteps
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Footsteps 1974

Actor and cameraman engage in a game of ‘grandmother’s footsteps’ in a playfully delightful film.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Marilyn Bailey

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Now
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Now 1969

A film by an early British pioneer of computer generated filmmaking.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Denys Irving

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