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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 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

19 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Gidal

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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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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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Angles of Incidence
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Angles of Incidence 1973

The view through the filmmaker’s window opens up the flat surface of the film screen.

12 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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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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Lady Lazarus
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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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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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Uranium Hex
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Uranium Hex 1987

Uranium mining in Canada and the destruction of the environment

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Sandra Lahire

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Plutonium Blonde
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Plutonium Blonde 1986

A fractured narrative on a female worker at a plutonium terminal

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Sandra Lahire

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Gloucester Road Groove
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Gloucester Road Groove 1969

An exuberant night out in buzzing 1960s Gloucester Road.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Jonathan Langran

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One Million Unemployed in Winter 1971
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One Million Unemployed in Winter 1971 1971

A film on unemployment, which was made to be shown at Claimants Union meetings.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Mike Dunford

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Close Up
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Close Up 1983

A radical, anti-representational film set against the backdrop of the Nicaraguan revolution

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Gidal

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Silent Partner 1977

Domestic interiors are interrogated by a restless camera in this radical, anti-narrative film.

35 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Gidal

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Hall
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Hall 1968

A static shot of a hallway, demystified and disrupted by quick cuts and an alarm ringing.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Gidal

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Condition of Illusion
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Condition of Illusion 1975

A problematisation of the relation between spectator and photographic image.

32 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Gidal

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Welcome/Adieu
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Welcome/Adieu 1983

Victorian lantern slides and a ‘patriotic’ rendering of God Save the Queen

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Anne Rees-Mogg

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Sentimental Journey
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Sentimental Journey 1977

A poetic tutorial about how to make an experimental film

United Kingdom Director. Anne Rees-Mogg

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Nothing Is Something
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Nothing Is Something 1966

The delicate everyday beauty of soap bubbles, moving water and rainbow reflections.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Anne Rees-Mogg

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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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Not to See Again
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Not to See Again 1981

An anti-montage film hovering on the line between abstraction and representation

13 mins Great Britain Director. Nicky Hamlyn

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Still Life
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Still Life 1976

A traditional ‘still life’ serves as subject for a film on colour transformation

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Jenny Okun

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The Ten Commandments of Love
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The Ten Commandments of Love 1979

An impassioned embrace on an ocean pier to 'The Ten Commandments of Love'.

3 mins Director. Cordelia Swann

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The Pecking Order
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The Pecking Order 1992

A beautifully painted animated critique of modern intensive farming methods

5 mins Director. Vicky Smith

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G
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G 1979

A reflection on the relationship between language and work

5 mins Great Britain Director. Susan Stein

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Returning
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Returning 1980

Looking outside and looking back in the same moment; the collision of memory and reluctance.

15 mins Director. Susan Stein

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Journey
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Journey 1976

Reveries during a train journey are suggested though montage

6 mins Director. Susan Stein

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Tracks
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Tracks 1989

A feminist collage/essay film that takes a critical look at certain feminist theories.

25 mins Great Britain Director. Susan Stein

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Mysteries
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Mysteries 1982

A photomontage film that offers an interpretation of the mystery of the harvest.

7 mins Director. Judith Noble

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The Red Sea
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The Red Sea 1982

Spring tides and menstrual cycles at the full and new moon

5 mins Director. Judith Noble

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Fatima's Letter
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Fatima's Letter 1992

A woman remembers her past while travelling on the London Underground

21 mins United Kingdom Director. Alia Syed

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Swan
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Swan 1986

Close-up images of a white swan as it prepares for flight

4 mins United Kingdom Director. Alia Syed

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Three Paces
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Three Paces 1989

An urban fairy tale where myth and reality constantly collide

12 mins United Kingdom Director. Alia Syed

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Durga (A Ritual)
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Durga (A Ritual) 1986

Meaning is built through repetition in this filmic meditation of sexuality, loss and rebirth.

25 mins United Kingdom Director. Alia Syed

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Unfolding
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Unfolding 1987

A council launderette as a site of oppression and possible resistance

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Alia Syed

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Fireworks
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Fireworks 1976

Images of fireworks superimposed in the camera and in the optical printer

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Jenny Okun

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Clouds
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Clouds 1975

Clouds filmed from a moving car producing the illusion of space within the frame

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Jenny Okun

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Serpent River
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Serpent River 1989

An anti-nuclear film on a community living in proximity to uranium mines in Canada.

30 mins United Kingdom Director. Sandra Lahire

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Living Memory
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Living Memory 1980

The filmmaker revisits the landscape of her youth and her memory of it

39 mins United Kingdom Director. Anne Rees-Mogg

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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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Sheet 1970

A white linen sheet is filmed in a series of locations as focal point

21 mins United Kingdom Director. Ian Breakwell, Mike Leggett

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Shepherd's Bush
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Shepherd's Bush 1972

A quintessential Co-op film made using the contact printer

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Mike Leggett

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Tender Kisses
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Tender Kisses 1972

This film questions the convincing illusion produced by the two great illusionists: Television and Cinema.

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Mike Leggett

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Light Occupations: Lens and Mirror Film
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Light Occupations: Lens and Mirror Film 1973

Playful investigation of the filmic equipment, particularly camera and projector

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Gillian Eatherley

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A Nosegay
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A Nosegay 1986

A homoerotic homage to Genet and Lautréamont with an angel and a hermaphrodite.

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Maggie Jailler

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L'Ange Frénétique
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L'Ange Frénétique 1986

A study of frustration and insolence featuring an epicene angel played by Cerith Wyn Evans

4 mins United Kingdom Director. Maggie Jailler

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Alone
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Alone 1963

A girl alone in her room, smoking, putting on make-up, masturbating.

13 mins USA Director. Stephen Dwoskin

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Chinese Checkers
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Chinese Checkers 1965

Two masked women make love while playing the board game.

14 mins USA Director. Stephen Dwoskin

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Naissant
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Naissant 1964

A woman in a bedroom, alone with her own thoughts .

14 mins USA Director. Stephen Dwoskin

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Thinking Twice
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Thinking Twice 1997

A film which attempts to reflect the rigour of the music featuring pianist Katharina Wolpe.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Jayne Parker

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Free Show
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Free Show 1979

Three potentially violent domestic activities performed by a woman.

16 mins United Kingdom Director. Jayne Parker

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The Garden of Eating
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The Garden of Eating 1986

A stop-motion collage film that constructs a garden out of flowers, candles, plastic cellophane and food

3 mins Director. Carole Enahoro

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Some Friends
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Some Friends 1973

Polaroid portraits of the filmmaker’s friends are filmed against various backdrops

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Roger Hammond

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Shower Proof
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Shower Proof 1968

A quotidian yet abstract bathroom sequence, printed on high-contrast negative film.

10 mins Director. Fred Drummond

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Looking for the Moon
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Looking for the Moon 1987

Tentative gestures of hands and body become symbolic of trust and the need to escape

7 mins Great Britain Director. Moira Sweeney

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Imaginary
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Imaginary 1989

A film in three parts shot in varying intimate and personal environments.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Moira Sweeney

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Deck
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Deck 1971

A reel of 8mm film undergoes a mysterious transformation through refilming, colour changing and printing

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Gillian Eatherley

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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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Close to Home
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Close to Home 1985

An image of freedom and the melancholy of parting in this film about Gibraltar

28 mins United Kingdom Director. Nina Danino

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Milk and Glass
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Milk and Glass 1993

Boundaries are blurred as images of a woman’s body are projected onto domestic objects

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Sarah Pucill

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Windowframe
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Windowframe 1975

A domestic scene with a man and woman, as seen through a window

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Roger Hewins

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Mothfight
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Mothfight 1985

A hand-scratched film on light, dark, insects and cinema

8 mins Great Britain Director. Vanda Carter

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Variant
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Variant 1973

A film that attempts to create the rhythm and transience of felt experience.

14 mins United Kingdom Director. John Du Cane

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Cross 1974

Instinctive yet formal, a film that takes a drawing of a cross as a score.

45 mins United Kingdom Director. John Du Cane

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Sign 1974

An experiential film that captures the filmmaker’s flux-like process of being in a room, filming.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. John Du Cane

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Soul in a White Room
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Soul in a White Room 1968

An intimate encounter suggested by two pairs of hands

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Simon Hartog

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