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The 1960s heralded the emergence of an increasingly coherent experimental film culture in America, known as Underground film and characterised by the films of Jack Smith and Andy Warhol. In Britain an indigenous film culture begins to emerge from the explosion of arts and performance events taking place in London at that time through centres like the Drury Lane Arts Lab. The one of the most significant events for British artist filmmakers was the formation of the London Filmmakers' Co-operative, based on the model of the New York Filmmakers' Co-op which was initiated several years before.

Still from Scorpio Rising by Kenneth Anger, 1963

KEY EVENTS: 1960-1969


New York Filmmakers Co-operative is formed

Fluxconcerts in New York by the Fluxus group


Kenneth Anger makes Scorpio Rising

Towers Open Fire by Anthony Balch and William Burroughs, London

Stephen Dwoskin moves to London, makes Alone


A screening of Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures is raided by police in New York

Andy Warhol shows Empire, Sleep and Kiss, New York

New Cinema Festival, New York


London Filmmakers' Co-operative is formed


First London Filmmakers' Co-operative screening


Spontaneous Festival of Underground Films

Destruction in Art Symposium


Drury Lane Arts Lab opens, London


Knokke-le-Zoute Exprmntl 4 Film Festival, Belgium


Fuses by Carolee Schneeman

Valie Export performs Tapp Und Tastfilm in Vienna.

Cybernetic Serendipity: The Computer and the Arts: ICA, London

Motion Parallax by David Hall London

Drama in a Wide Media Environment: The Arts Lab, London


Castle 1 by Malcolm Le Grice, London


Screening of Michael Snow's Wavelength at the Arts Lab

First funding of an artist's film by the Arts Council of Great Britain: David Hall makes Vertical


Land Art: Fernsehgalerie Schum, London. Screenings of Gerry Schum's TV Gallery production

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