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Victorian lantern slides and a ‘patriotic’ rendering of God Save the Queen

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1983 3 mins


A ‘patriotic’ rendering of all the verses of God Save the Queen illustrated with a series of Victorian lantern slides. The lantern slides serve not only as a reference to Queen Victoria – and to the Victorian era’s sense of Britishness and Empire – , but also provide Anne Rees-Mogg the opportunity to make a work with pre-cinematic artefacts; the discovery of cinematography is an ongoing preoccupation in her work.

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.