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Other Cinemas: Politics, Culture and Experimental Film in the 1970s

Other Cinemas: Politics, Culture and Experimental Film in the 1970s

Edited by: Sue Clayton, Laura Mulvey

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The 1970s was an enormously creative period for experimental film. Its innovations and debates have had far-reaching and long-lasting influence, with a resurgence of interest in the decade revealed by new gallery events, film screenings and social networks that recognise its achievements. Professor Laura Mulvey, and writer/director Sue Clayton, bring together journalists and scholars at the cutting edge of research into 1970s radical cinema for this collection. Chapters are at once historically grounded yet fused with the current analysis of today's generation of cine-philes, to rediscover a unique moment for extraordinary film production. Other Cinemas establishes the factors that helped to shape alternative film: world cinema and internationalism, the politics of cultural policy and arts funding, new accessible technologies, avant-garde theories, and the development of a dynamic and interactive relationship between film and its audiences.

Exploring and celebrating the work of The Other Cinema, the London Film-makers' Co-op and other cornerstones of today's film culture, as well as the impact of creatives such as William Raban and Stephen Dwoskin - and Mulvey and Clayton themselves - this important book takes account of a wave of socially aware film practice without which today's activist, queer, minority and feminist voices would have struggled to gather such volume.

Table of Contents

  • IntroductionSue Clayton and Laura Mulvey Part 1Critical contexts for 1970s experimental filmmakingChapter 1 Sophie Mayer: Feminism and psychoanalytic theoryChapter 2 Nicolas Helm-Grovas: Screen theoryChapter 3
  • Politics and documentary practices Chapter 4
  • Colin Perry: Brecht and theories of historyPart 2Infrastructures, technologies and 1970s experimental filmmaking
  • Chapter 5 Ed Web Ingall: The technologies and practices of community videoChapter 6Julia Knight: From the LFMC to the Lux: DIY distribution networksChapter 7
  • Kim Knowles: The significance of 16mm film stock Chapter 8
  • Lucy Reynolds: The origins and practice of women's distribution: from Circles to Cine-novaPart 3Practices, aesthetics and 1970s experimental filmmaking (The 200 avant-gardes)Chapter 9Catherine Elwes: Avant-garde video and experimental television Chapter 10
  • Steven McIntyre: Structural materialism at the London Film-makers Co-opChapter 11Patti Gaal-Holmes: Women's voicesChapter 12
  • Daniela Rose King: The black workshops and collective practicePart 4Case StudiesChapter 13
  • Amy Tobin: Rapunzel, Let Down Your Hair (1978)Chapter 14Kodwo Eshun: The Song of the Shirt (1979)Chapter 15 Frederico Windhausen: River Yar (1972)Chapter 16 Rachel Garfield: Behindert (1974)Chapter 17 Jamie Chambers: the Amber Film CollectivePostscriptSue Clayton and Laura Mulvey

Author Info

Sue Clayton is a screenwriter and film director, and the Director of the Screen School at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her films include The Song of the Shirt (1979), The Disappearance of Finbar (1996) and The Last Crop (1990). She has made 14 award-winning documentaries for Channel 4, BBC, and Central, and a number of music videos.Laura Mulvey is Professor of Film and Media Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the acclaimed author of: Visual and Other Pleasures (1989; second edition 2009), Fetishism and Curiosity (1996; second edition 2013), Citizen Kane (1992; second edition 2012) and Death Twenty-four Times a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image (2006). She made six films in collaboration with Peter Wollen including Riddles of the Sphinx (1977) and Frida Kahlo & Tina Modotti (1984) as well as Disgraced Monuments (1996) with artist/filmmaker Mark Lewis.


"This superb collection of essays presents a very timely reconsideration of many key independent and radical films of the 1970s, their context of production and exhibition then, and their continuing importance for the aesthetics and politics of image-making in our current era of the digital and global."
Elizabeth Cowie, University of Kent "This anthology brilliantly reflects the struggles and achievements of a generation of filmmakers and film scholars outside Britain's commercial entertainment industry. Edited by two key figures from the movement and introducing texts by leading contemporary scholars on this period, this book offers new insights into a vibrant, influential and often highly contested film culture."
David Curtis, BAFVSC, Central Saint Martins "An invaluable reference source for academics, researchers and the wider public less familiar with this significant period of British film history."
William Raban, University of the Arts London; director of Thames Film (1986)

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781784537180
Publication Date: 14 Jun 2017
Number of Pages: 304
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 30 black and white illustrations

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