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.


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.

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