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.
Animation & Artists Moving Image19759 minsSilent
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.
Animation & Artists Moving Image197962 mins
Filmed in a closed domestic environment, this film investigates the question of identification and point of view in cinema.
Animation & Artists Moving Image19754 minsSilent
Anne Rees-Mogg pays tribute to Muybridge’s studies of human motion with this portrait of filmmaker Renny Croft.
Animation & Artists Moving Image198336 mins
The filmmaker re-evokes the presence of her great-grandfather, Henry Stiles Savory, a Victorian clergyman, photographer and scientist.
Animation & Artists Moving Image197110 mins
Film No. 1 emphasizes the material process of film printing through repetition, seriality and permutations of colour
Animation & Artists Moving Image19739 minsSilent
A carefully controlled reflection on the process of filmmaking, playfully demonstrating the camera as a tool for constructing a filmed image.
Animation & Artists Moving Image19863 mins
A stop-motion collage film that constructs a garden out of flowers, candles, plastic cellophane and food
Animation & Artists Moving Image19678 minsSilent
Black and white images of lapping water are juxtaposed with and superimposed upon Battersea Power Station in this double-screen film.
Frame by frame analysis of documentary footage taken at a children’s Christmas party.
Animation & Artists Moving Image197010 minsSilent
In this structural-materialist film, colour is generated by landscape: from the sky, the grass and berries
Animation & Artists Moving Image19733 mins
Playful investigation of the filmic equipment, particularly camera and projector
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.
Animation & Artists Moving Image198817 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.