LUX Scotland celebrates the launch of the LUX publication Shoot Shoot Shoot: The First Decade of the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative 1966 – 76 with an illustrated talk by Mark Webber.
Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative – LUX’s historical predecessor – this new book explores the formative years of the organisation by bringing together texts, interviews, images and a large number of archival documents
Initially founded in October 1966 as a non-commercial distributor of experimental films, the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative was soon reconfigured into a unique organisation that provided access to production facilities and developed a context for radical investigations of film as material. Its film workshop enabled artists to control every stage of the filmmaking process; a creative freedom that was often extended, through the creation of expanded cinema works, to the moment of projection.
Collectively run on a largely voluntary basis, the LFMC operated without funding throughout its early years. Nonetheless, it maintained a distribution office, cinema space and film workshop in each of the run-down, former industrial buildings in which it was based. This precarious but supportive environment stimulated a remarkable body of films and theoretical work that anticipated today’s diverse culture of artists’ moving image.
Mark Webber, editor of Shoot Shoot Shoot, will present an illustrated talk that includes rarely seen documentary footage, archival materials and screenings of key films from the period. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at a discounted price.
This event has been rescheduled, after a cancellation in December. Initially programmed as part of a wider programme by LUX and LUX Scotland celebrating the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative’s 50th anniversary #LFMC50.