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Three Paces

An urban fairy tale where myth and reality constantly collide

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1989 14 mins


An urban fairy tale in which three characters negotiate a space where myth and reality constantly collide. Syed uses the character of The Lady of Shallot as the films’ central theme. Interweaving sections of the poem ‘The Lady of Shallot’ by Tennyson, with her own text, the film explores feelings of isolation and the desire to connect.

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.