This film is part of Free

G

A reflection on the relationship between language and work

1979 5 mins

Overview

In Susan Stein's early film, G, her interest is language and work and how the two are connected. Experimenting with the conjunction of images and sound, she shows a typewriter from a variety of angles, punctuating the images with the almost abstracted sounds of a clock, typing and a monologue. The result is a reflection on both the material and artistic processes confronting an author. 'Thinking about writing and hearing and writing of the film, the same alphabet which has been shared by many women.' (Susan Stein)

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. Although produced at the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative, this film was distributed by Circles – the first women artists' film and video distribution organisation in Britain. Circles was founded in 1979 by a group of filmmakers including Lis Rhodes, Jo Davis, Felicity Sparrow and Annabel Nicolson, many of whom had worked at the Co-op. Their work continues today through Cinenova, formed in 1991 from the merger of Circles and another feminist distributor, Cinema of Women.