Visions, Divisions and Revisions: Political Film and Film Theory in the 1970s and 80s

A programme of screenings and discussions organised by Petra Bauer and Dan Kidner.

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Monday 8 March, 7pm
Nightcleaners (1975) by Berwick Street Film Collective
Screening and discussion with Humphry Trevelyan.

Tuesday 9 March, 7pm
Edinburgh International Film Festival in the 1970s: A Panel Discussion
With Esther Leslie (chair), Paul Willemen, Colin MacCabe, Margaret Dickinson, Noreen MacDowell and Felicity Sparrow.

Wednesday 17 March, 7pm
Deux Fois (1968) by Jackie Raynal
Screening and discussion with Marina Vishmidt and Nina Power.

Wednesday 21 April, 7pm

London Women’s Film Group

Screening of Women of the Rhondda (1973, 20 minutes) by Mary Capps, Margaret Dickinson, Mary Kelly, Esther Ronay, Brigid Segrave and Humphry Trevelyan, and The Amazing Equal Pay Show (1974, 48 minutes) by London Women’s Film Group. Discussion with Julia Knight.

Saturday 24 April, 3pm
Cinema Action
Screenings and conversation between Steve Sprung, former member of Cinema Action and co-director of Year of the Beaver, and Alex Sainsbury.

3pm So That You Can Live (1981, 83 minutes) by Cinema Action.
4.30pm Year of the Beaver (1985, 77 minutes) by Steve Sprung/Poster Collective.
6pm Steve Sprung and Alex Sainsbury in conversation.

Wednesday 28 April, 7pm
Peter Osborne and Paul Willemen in conversation
Peter Osborne and Paul Willemen will critically examine the discourses that proliferated within the British film culture of the 1970s, and which informed the film theory that was developed then. The event will consist of short presentations from Paul Willemen who edited the film journal Framework in the 1980s and was on the board of Screen throughout the 1970s, and Peter Osborne, Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University. The presentations will be followed by responses from each participant and a wide-ranging discussion.

‘Me, You, Us, Them’ a project by Petra Bauer will be at Focal Point Gallery from 27 March to 8 May 2010.