Social Works: New Documentary Forms

Date: 30 May 2008 | Season: Videoex 2008

Friday 30 May 2008, at 4pm
Zurich Videoex Festival Cinema Z3

Long before the celebrated ‘Free Cinema’ movement of the 1950s, British-based filmmakers were advancing the documentary form through innovative styles and techniques. Beginning with a hilariously absurd travelogue from 1924, this programme traces that development through good times and bad, resolute with humour and irony.

Adrian Brunel, Crossing the Great Sagrada, 1924, 35mm, tinted b/w, sound, 10 min
Arthur Elton & E.H. Anstey, Housing Problems, 1935, 35mm, b/w, sound, 13 min
Stefan & Franciszka Themerson, Calling Mr Smith, 1943, 35mm, colour, sound, 10 min
Len Lye, N or NW, 1938, 35mm, b/w, sound, 8 min
Charles Ridley, Germany Calling, 1941, 16mm, b/w, sound, 2 min
Claude Goretta & Alan Tanner, Nice Time, 1957, 16mm, b/w, sound, 17 min
John Bennett, Papercity, 1969, 35mm, colour, sound, 5 minutes