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Real Time

As she recollects her childhood, the filmmaker reflects on time, family and ageing.

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1971 33 mins


Real Time is a reflexive documentary essay on time and a personal evocation of the filmmaker’s childhood and her feelings towards ageing and death. Conceived as patchwork of photographs, re-enacted memories and recorded conversations, the film is structured around a car journey from London to the Rees-Mogg family home in Temple Cloud, Somerset.

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.