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Colours of This Time

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

Documentary 1972 2 mins Silent


Colours of this Time is a short time-lapse film, which observes a London park during the course of a summer day. William Raban uses long-time exposures - in fact the camera shutter was open for the entire 16 hour period of filming – in order to record all the imperceptible shifts in colour temperature from first light till sunset.

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.