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Lens Hand Foot

The filmmaker explores the relationship of her own body to the filmmaking apparatus

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1973 3 mins Silent

Overview

Lens Hand Foot is part of the Light Occupations series, in which Gill Eatherley performs simple investigations of the filmic equipment, particularly the camera and the projector, in short films that are each three minutes in length – corresponding to the length of a 100-foot roll of film. In films like this one, she explores the relationship of her own body to the filmmaking apparatus, playfully attempting to overcome the unbridgeable distance between them.

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.