This film is part of Free

Chameleon

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

1990 5 mins

Overview

This film creates a visual dialogue between the seen, recognised, and unrecognised. A woman searches through an interior landscape, a space where she is both trapped and contained. Her dress, a projected image of femaleness, becomes her vehicle of expression. Through rhythmic intercutting the film moves silently toward the point of confrontation; the woman opens the door to the outside world. This moment of violent interaction is shockingly emphasised though the film's only sound.

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.