A film by an early British pioneer of computer generated filmmaking, Now foregrounds colour discs and other circular shapes, featuring both abstract and photographic imagery. Denys Irving was a musician – also known as Lucifer – and a member of London’s alternative scene in the late 1960s, early 1970s who collaborated with bands such as The Pink Floyd and Soft Machine and underground publications including the International Times and Oz magazine. It was during his time as a student in Columbia University in New York that he started working with computers. He also pioneered projection systems for psychedelic effects.
Founded in 1966, the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative started life at Better Books, a counter-culture bookshop on Charing Cross Road, where a group led by poet Bob Cobbing and filmmakers Stephen Dwoskin and Jeff Keen met to screen films. Initially inspired by the activities of the New American Cinema Group in New York, the London Co-op grew into a pioneering organisation that incorporated a film workshop, cinema space and distribution office. During its four-decade history, the Co-op played a crucial role in establishing film as an art form in the UK and participated in a vibrant international film scene. This BFI Player collection brings together new scans of films distributed by and/or produced at the London Co-op.