Film Free and Easy: Raw Material

Photo: Frank Abbott
Photo: Frank Abbott
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From the 1960s, accessibility to lightweight technology allowed for new methods and pioneering changes in cinema that put filmmaking into the hands of a new generation. Inspired by underground cinema, the historical avant-garde or the new political activist cinema, independent filmmakers contributed to challenging film form. Regional production became possible across the UK as a series of workshops and film houses emerged to make and show these new films. Revisiting this legacy, Nottingham-based collective Film Free and Easy presents an evening of independent films from the East Midlands 1965 to 1985.

The programme 'Raw Material' will be accompanied by a commentary from Film Free and Easy, contextualising the conditions, aesthetic turns and period in which these films came to be made.

The evening will have the atmosphere of a Film Free and Easy event, the discussion will be accompanied by a display of publications, posters and photographs from the period.

Our Cafe.Bar will be open for the duration of the event.

Programme:

Showerproof, Fred Drummond, 1969, 10 mins, 16mm
Windowframe, Roger Hewins, 1976, 6 mins, 16mm
Mantra, Jeanette Iljon, 1975, 6 mins, 16mm (to video)
Scarborough Fair, Frank Abbott, 1974, 1.5 mins, 16mm
Passing Time, Richard Urbanski, (unknown), 9 mins, 16mm
The Little Dog, Malcolm Ellis, (unknown), 3 mins, Super 8 (to video)
Onwards, Paul Edmondson, (unknown), 4 mins, Super 8
The Cutting Edge, Karen Ingham, 1986, 8 mins, 16mm
The Boiler, Liz Soden, (unknown), 7 mins, 16mm (to video)
Downside Up, Tony Hill, (unknown), 18 mins, 16mm
Developing Pictures, Tony Bloor, (unknown), 2.30 mins, Home Process 16mm
Cold and Whet, Carol Slater, (unknown), 5.00 mins, Super 8 (to video)

Film Free and Easy is a Nottingham based collective of artists who, over the last four years, have run a series of film events across the East Midlands. Each event is devoted to the creation of a unique evening of site-specific work where every piece of moving image work, brought along by the audience, is programmed together. This mixture of failures, triumphs, curiosities, and experiments form a melting pot of material to look at, talk about and learn from. https://www.filmfreeandeasy.co.uk/

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