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Milk and Glass

Boundaries are blurred as images of a woman’s body are projected onto domestic objects

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1993 9 mins


In Milk and Glass, still and moving images of a woman’s body are projected onto domestic objects, blurring the boundaries between image and substance, subject and object, surface and interior of the body. The filmmaker’s exploration of the materiality of film conveys a strong visceral sense of the female body’s porous limits and of the anxieties generated by this vulnerability to the outside, particularly in regard to desire and sexuality.

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.