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Uranium Hex

Uranium mining in Canada and the destruction of the environment

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1987 12 mins


Uranium Hex deals with uranium mining in Canada focusing particularly on the work of female nuclear workers and the destruction of the environment. The film uses a kaleidoscopic array of experimental techniques such as superimposition, refilming, changes of speed, pace and an elaborate layering of sounds where 'atmos' recording mixes with voices and music. Made in collaboration with other LFMC filmmakers including Jean Matthee and Anna Thew, Uranium Hex addresses the relation between nature and culture as a way to question the power relations between man and woman. The radiation of the body is transferred to the radiation of the picture.; radioactivity is deployed as a radioactivity of the film image in itself.

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.