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The Red Sea

A tragic journey of self-discovery through land, sea and the body

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1992 21 mins


Opening with a quote from Arthur Rimbaud’s “The Drunken Boat”, The Red Sea is a journey through land, sea and the body - across territories of sensuality, pain and memory. This tragic quest is one of self-discovery, where beauty and horror reel past in a disturbing celebration, a ghost dance set in the depths of an imaginary world. As in a dream text, the viewer is left in a state of interpretation with great emphasis on the experiential.

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.