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The LFMC and the film culture of Sixties Britain

Shoot Shoot Shoot: The LFMC and the film culture of Sixties Britain A History of the British Avant-Garde, 1965-1975. By Gareth Buckell

In Britain, critics and historians often look to align cultural shifts neatly with decades, trying to place artistic and intellectual trends within ten-year time-spans. This allows ‘the Sixties’, for example, to act as historical shorthand for a period of left-wing radicalism and intense counter-cultural and avant-garde activity, but as is often the case, these trends cannot be placed as neatly within a ten-year period as common cultural memory might insist.   

It was not until the mid-Sixties that the first organised British avant-garde collective was constituted. In the first half of the decade, certain ‘experimental’filmmakers, film poets and documentary makers continued to operate outside the mainstream cinematic culture, as they had during the Forties and Fifties, producing varied, innovative works without any central organisation, shared aesthetic principles or real interaction.