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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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Focii
Focii
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Focii

Animation & Artists Moving Image19759 mins

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.

Guerillere Talks
Guerillere Talks
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Guerillere Talks

Documentary197824 mins

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

Tea Leaf
Tea Leaf
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Tea Leaf

Documentary19888 mins

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

Spot the Microdot
Spot the Microdot
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Spot the Microdot

Animation & Artists Moving Image19698 mins

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

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

Animation & Artists Moving Image197962 mins

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

Blind White Duration
Blind White Duration
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Blind White Duration

Animation & Artists Moving Image196813 mins

Interaction between a blank white screen and filmed snow.

Colours of This Time
Colours of This Time
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Colours of This Time

Documentary19722 mins

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

Breath
Breath
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Breath

Animation & Artists Moving Image197413 mins

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

Angles of Incidence
Angles of Incidence
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Angles of Incidence

Documentary19738 mins

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

Real Time
Real Time
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Real Time

Animation & Artists Moving Image197133 mins

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

Muybridge Film
Muybridge Film
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Muybridge Film

Animation & Artists Moving Image19754 mins

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

A Length of Time
A Length of Time
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A Length of Time

197022 mins

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

Welcome/Adieu
Welcome/Adieu
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Welcome/Adieu

Animation & Artists Moving Image19833 mins

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

Sentimental Journey
Sentimental Journey
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Sentimental Journey

Animation & Artists Moving Image197734 mins

A poetic tutorial about how to make an experimental film

Nothing Is Something
Nothing Is Something
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Nothing Is Something

19669 mins

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

Living Memory
Living Memory
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Living Memory

Animation & Artists Moving Image198039 mins

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

Grandfather's Footsteps
Grandfather's Footsteps
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Grandfather's Footsteps

Animation & Artists Moving Image198336 mins

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

Transmogrification
Transmogrification
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Transmogrification

Animation & Artists Moving Image19809 mins

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

Film No. 1
Film No. 1
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Film No. 1

Animation & Artists Moving Image197110 mins

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

Choke
Choke
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Choke

19714 mins

The Coca-Cola sign in Piccadilly Circus at night to the sound of rock ’n’ roll.

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

Animation & Artists Moving Image19739 mins

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

Eerie
Eerie
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Eerie

Animation & Artists Moving Image19921 mins

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

Lady Lazarus
Lady Lazarus
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Lady Lazarus

Animation & Artists Moving Image199124 mins

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

Terminals
Terminals
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Terminals

Animation & Artists Moving Image198520 mins

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

Arrows
Arrows
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Arrows

Animation & Artists Moving Image198416 mins

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

Uranium Hex
Uranium Hex
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Uranium Hex

Animation & Artists Moving Image198712 mins

Uranium mining in Canada and the destruction of the environment

Plutonium Blonde
Plutonium Blonde
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Plutonium Blonde

Animation & Artists Moving Image19860 mins

A fractured narrative on a female worker at a plutonium terminal

Gloucester Road Groove
Gloucester Road Groove
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Gloucester Road Groove

Animation & Artists Moving Image19692 mins

An exuberant night out in buzzing 1960s Gloucester Road.

Serpent River
Serpent River
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Serpent River

Documentary198932 mins

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

Close Up
Close Up
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Close Up

Documentary198371 mins

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

Silent Partner
Silent Partner
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Silent Partner

Animation & Artists Moving Image197733 mins

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

Hall
Hall
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Hall

Animation & Artists Moving Image196811 mins

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

Condition of Illusion
Condition of Illusion
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Condition of Illusion

Animation & Artists Moving Image197532 mins

A problematisation of the relation between spectator and photographic image.

Key
Key
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Key

Animation & Artists Moving Image196810 mins

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

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

Animation & Artists Moving Image197414 mins

Five layers of optical superimposition demonstrate film as a construct.

8mm film-notes on 16mm
8mm film-notes on 16mm
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8mm film-notes on 16mm

Animation & Artists Moving Image197119 mins

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

Now
Now
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Now

Animation & Artists Moving Image19698 mins

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

Not to See Again
Not to See Again
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Not to See Again

198114 mins

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

Guesswork
Guesswork
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Guesswork

Animation & Artists Moving Image197911 mins

Details, fragments, transformations and shadows of a confined space.

The Ten Commandments of Love
The Ten Commandments of Love
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The Ten Commandments of Love

Animation & Artists Moving Image19794 mins

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

She Said
She Said
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She Said

198327 mins

A film on the theme of women’s work and free time

G
G
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G

19795 mins

A reflection on the relationship between language and work

Returning
Returning
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Returning

Animation & Artists Moving Image19807 mins

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

Journey
Journey
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Journey

Animation & Artists Moving Image19764 mins

Reveries during a train journey are suggested though montage

Tracks
Tracks
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Tracks

Animation & Artists Moving Image198928 mins

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

The Pecking Order
The Pecking Order
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The Pecking Order

Animation & Artists Moving Image19890 mins

A beautifully painted animated critique of modern intensive farming methods

Unfolding
Unfolding
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Unfolding

198715 mins

A council launderette as a site of oppression and possible resistance

Fatima's Letter
Fatima's Letter
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Fatima's Letter

Animation & Artists Moving Image199220 mins

A woman remembers her past while travelling on the London Underground

Swan
Swan
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Swan

Animation & Artists Moving Image19863 mins

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

Three Paces
Three Paces
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Three Paces

Animation & Artists Moving Image198914 mins

An urban fairy tale where myth and reality constantly collide

Durga (A Ritual)
Durga (A Ritual)
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Durga (A Ritual)

Animation & Artists Moving Image198623 mins

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

Still Life
Still Life
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Still Life

Animation & Artists Moving Image19765 mins

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

Fireworks
Fireworks
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Fireworks

Animation & Artists Moving Image19763 mins

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

Clouds
Clouds
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Clouds

Animation & Artists Moving Image19753 mins

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

Light Music
Light Music
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Light Music

Animation & Artists Moving Image19750 mins

Classic expanded cinema work that proposes a direct relationship between the sonic and the visual.

Mechanical Ballet
Mechanical Ballet
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Mechanical Ballet

19759 mins

Double-screen found-footage film in which car crash tests take a sinister and humorous quality.

Footsteps
Footsteps
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Footsteps

Animation & Artists Moving Image19746 mins

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

Some Friends
Some Friends
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Some Friends

Animation & Artists Moving Image19735 mins

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

Cezanne's Eye
Cezanne's Eye
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Cezanne's Eye

Animation & Artists Moving Image198223 mins

An experiential journey through the landscape of Cezanne’s Provence.

The Red Sea
The Red Sea
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The Red Sea

Animation & Artists Moving Image199221 mins

A tragic journey of self-discovery through land, sea and the body

Chameleon
Chameleon
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Chameleon

19905 mins

A woman searches through an interior landscape, where she is both trapped and contained

A Nosegay
A Nosegay
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A Nosegay

Animation & Artists Moving Image198617 mins

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

L'Ange Frénétique
L'Ange Frénétique
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L'Ange Frénétique

19865 mins

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

Alone
Alone
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Alone

Animation & Artists Moving Image196313 mins

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

Chinese Checkers
Chinese Checkers
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Chinese Checkers

Animation & Artists Moving Image196513 mins

Two masked women make love while playing the board game.

Naissant
Naissant
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Naissant

Animation & Artists Moving Image19640 mins

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

The Cat and the Woman, A Cautionary Tale
The Cat and the Woman, A Cautionary Tale
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The Cat and the Woman, A Cautionary Tale

Animation & Artists Moving Image19872 mins

A woman loses her head to a cat in return for a man.

Thinking Twice
Thinking Twice
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Thinking Twice

Animation & Artists Moving Image199710 mins

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

Free Show
Free Show
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Free Show

Animation & Artists Moving Image197917 mins

Three potentially violent domestic activities performed by a woman.

The Garden of Eating
The Garden of Eating
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The Garden of Eating

Animation & Artists Moving Image19863 mins

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

Snig
Snig
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Snig

Animation & Artists Moving Image19825 mins

A young woman shakes eels out from between the sheets of a bed.

Shower Proof
Shower Proof
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Shower Proof

Animation & Artists Moving Image19689 mins

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

Looking for the Moon
Looking for the Moon
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Looking for the Moon

Animation & Artists Moving Image19875 mins

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

Imaginary
Imaginary
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Imaginary

Animation & Artists Moving Image198916 mins

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

Hide & Seek
Hide & Seek
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Hide & Seek

198715 mins

A metaphorical and lyrical journey of discovery through childhood memories

Yes No Maybe Not
Yes No Maybe Not
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Yes No Maybe Not

Animation & Artists Moving Image19678 mins

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

Soul in a White Room
Soul in a White Room
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Soul in a White Room

Animation & Artists Moving Image19683 mins

An intimate encounter suggested by two pairs of hands

Milk and Glass
Milk and Glass
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Milk and Glass

Animation & Artists Moving Image19939 mins

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

Windowframe
Windowframe
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Windowframe

Animation & Artists Moving Image19757 mins

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

That’s Entertainment/The Conjuror’s Assistants
That’s Entertainment/The Conjuror’s Assistants
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That’s Entertainment/The Conjuror’s Assistants

Documentary19780 mins

Frame by frame analysis of documentary footage taken at a children’s Christmas party.

Lenseless
Lenseless
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Lenseless

Animation & Artists Moving Image19714 mins

The lens is removed from the camera resulting in a complex interplay of light patterns

Variant
Variant
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Variant

Documentary197317 mins

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

Cross
Cross
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Cross

Animation & Artists Moving Image197442 mins

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

Sign
Sign
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Sign

Animation & Artists Moving Image197443 mins

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

Stabat Mater
Stabat Mater
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Stabat Mater

Drama19908 mins

An exultant journey through the emotional landscape of the filmmaker’s native Gibraltar.

Close to Home
Close to Home
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Close to Home

Documentary198528 mins

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

"Now I Am Yours"
"Now I Am Yours"
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"Now I Am Yours"

Documentary199333 mins

Extreme state of religious and sexual ecstasy in this film on the figure of Saint Teresa

Repertory
Repertory
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Repertory

Animation & Artists Moving Image19739 mins

The camera circles the exterior of an empty theatre while a voice describes ‘imaginary presentations’ inside.

The Institution
The Institution
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The Institution

Animation & Artists Moving Image197854 mins

A critique of the institution of mental health care that questions ‘normal’ viewing habits.

Sheet
Sheet
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Sheet

Animation & Artists Moving Image197022 mins

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

Shepherd's Bush
Shepherd's Bush
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Shepherd's Bush

Animation & Artists Moving Image197215 mins

A quintessential Co-op film made using the contact printer

Tender Kisses
Tender Kisses
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Tender Kisses

Animation & Artists Moving Image197211 mins

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

Vistasound
Vistasound
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Vistasound

Animation & Artists Moving Image198245 mins

A film that raises questions about the associations between song lyrics and particular places.

Sheepwoman
Sheepwoman
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Sheepwoman

Animation & Artists Moving Image197012 mins

A self-reflexive film in which a woman reads a text about shearing to camera.

Red + Green + Blue
Red + Green + Blue
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Red + Green + Blue

Animation & Artists Moving Image197010 mins

In this structural-materialist film, colour is generated by landscape: from the sky, the grass and berries

Mothfight
Mothfight
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Mothfight

19850 mins

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

Soliloquy
Soliloquy
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Soliloquy

Animation & Artists Moving Image19679 mins

A girl broods over a failed love affair while the camera roves over her.

Jesus Blood
Jesus Blood
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Jesus Blood

Animation & Artists Moving Image197330 mins

A man walks towards the camera to the sound of 'Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet'.

C-Film
C-Film
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C-Film

Documentary19700 mins

Two women in a swinging London living room in a film that questions acting.

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

Animation & Artists Moving Image19733 mins

Playful investigation of the filmic equipment, particularly camera and projector

Deck
Deck
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Deck

Animation & Artists Moving Image197114 mins

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

Lens Hand Foot
Lens Hand Foot
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Lens Hand Foot

Animation & Artists Moving Image19733 mins

The filmmaker explores the relationship of her own body to the filmmaking apparatus

Mysteries
Mysteries
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Mysteries

Animation & Artists Moving Image19827 mins

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

Red Sea
Red Sea
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Red Sea

Animation & Artists Moving Image19826 mins

Spring tides and menstrual cycles at the full and new moon

Persisting
Persisting
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Persisting

Animation & Artists Moving Image19789 mins

An image of the Yangtse bridge is re-filmed with a soundtrack of popular Chinese music.

At the Academy
At the Academy
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At the Academy

Animation & Artists Moving Image19745 mins

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

Cycles
Cycles
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Cycles

Animation & Artists Moving Image19725 mins

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

Salt Water
Salt Water
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Salt Water

Animation & Artists Moving Image198619 mins

Reflections in fish tanks in the windows of restaurants in Chinatown, San Francisco.

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

Documentary19717 mins

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

Four Films
Four Films
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Four Films

196912 mins

Early experimentations with film by a materialist sculptor and future structural filmmaker

Five Films
Five Films
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Five Films

Animation & Artists Moving Image196917 mins

Five experimentations with film as a medium, a physical object and a record of social reality

Green on the Horizon
Green on the Horizon
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Green on the Horizon

Animation & Artists Moving Image19880 mins Location: Cliffe Marshes

The haunting qualities of the English countryside are evoked in this enigmatic film: part fake public information film, part occult jaunt.

Industrial Relations Bill
Industrial Relations Bill
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Industrial Relations Bill

Animation & Artists Moving Image19714 mins

Experimental film responding to the controversial Industrial Relations Bill of 1971

Macbeth a Tragedy
Macbeth a Tragedy
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Macbeth a Tragedy

Drama19836 mins

Experimental Shakespeare: prose and poetry, reading and performance, with filming mechanics laid bare

Eros Erosion
Eros Erosion
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Eros Erosion

Animation & Artists Moving Image198941 mins

A meditation on transcience, trauma and taboo in the cruel wake of the AIDS epidemic