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Gloucester Road Groove

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Gloucester Road Groove

An exuberant night out in buzzing 1960s Gloucester Road.

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1969 2 mins


A spirited celebration of youthful exuberance and the excitement of shooting with a movie camera. Jonathan Langran, then a young film student in 1960s London, films an evening escapade with friends including filmmakers David Larcher and Simon Hartog, which concludes with a meal in Dino’s restaurant. Although shot late at night, the streets of this cosmopolitan neighbourhood are bustling with activity.

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.