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

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1976 3 mins Silent


This film uses the image of fireworks (as points of light) superimposed in the camera and in the optical printer until the surface of the film begins to bleach out. Born in the USA, Jenny Okun studied at the Wimbledon College of Art and the Slade, London. Although primarily known as a photographer, she was closely involved with the LFMC in the 1970s where she made a number of films such as Fireworks, Clouds and Still Life (all on BFI Player) and also collaborated with Chris Welsby on films such as Seven Days.

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.