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Looking for the Moon

Tentative gestures of hands and body become symbolic of trust and the need to escape

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1987 5 mins Silent


Tentative gestures of hands and body become symbolic of opposing emotions involved in closeness to one person, trust – the need to escape. Actions merge into one continual unresolved movement. Resolutely non-verbal, Sweeney’s film relies on the power of the moving image to give visible presence to profound, intangible inner feelings.

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.