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Venice Biennale

It would be nice to do something political (AIS 22)

Flashbacks: David Leister’s Kino Club
Two decades of Kino Club by David Leister and Stefan Szczelkun
The Eighties is often seen as a period of decline for independent film - before Exploding Cinema and all the other London film clubs burst onto the scene in the Nineties, and after the heyday of the London Film-Makers Co-op in the Seventies. This is partly an illusion caused by considering film as a self-contained area of study when in fact, outside of the professional industry and the field occupied by the academic subject, there is a great deal of cross fertilisation between different cultural arenas.
In order to understand what happened to film in the Eighties it is helpful to take a wider view of culture. At the time unlicensed warehouse dance parties or ‘raves’ were sweeping the country and there was a revival of live performance, particularly in the area of stand-up comedy. This resurgence of live urban culture had a direct influence on the format of the subsequent London film clubs. This is well illustrated through the activity of the filmmaker David Leister.