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Shoot, Shoot, Shoot exhibition begins international tour, Tate Modern

A major retrospective film programme and research project entitled Shoot Shoot Shoot, The First Decade of the London Film-Makers' Co-operative and British Avant-Garde Film 1966-76, is launched at Tate Modern in May 2002 and embarks on a world wide tour.

Based on the legacy of the London Film-Makers' Co-operative, Shoot Shoot Shoot was curated by Mark Webber following an extended period of research and development, during which he contacted many of the artists involved in British avant-garde film and the London Filmmakers' Co-operative between 1966 and 1976. The eight programmes in the 2002-04 touring package covered many aspects of enquiry relating to avant-garde filmmaking in Britain over this ten-year period. Seminal expanded cinema works such as Malcolm Le Grice's Castle 1 (1966) and William Raban's Diagonal (1973) were reprised alongside screenings that explored the diverse process-based experiments and the anti-narrative concerns of structural/materialism. The films were shown in new 16mm prints that were made especially for this project.

At Tate Modern, each programme was introduced by one of the featured artists, and the screenings were supported by a contextual seminar that included speakers such as Al Rees and artists Lis Rhodes and Peter Gidal. The main programme was complimented by additional events at London galleries, including an evening of work by expanded cinema pioneer Jeff Keen at the Photographers Gallery, and a revival of the multi-screen, landscape installations of Ron Haselden and Chris Welsby at the 291 Gallery.

The Shoot Shoot Shoot screenings and events in London began a worldwide tour of single-screen, multi-projection and expanded cinema works to venues across Europe, Australia and the Far East, introducing new audiences to the innovative and radical work that emerged from this unique period. As a LUX project funded by Arts Council England, the British Council, BFI and Esmée Fairburn Foundation, Shoot Shoot Shoot also helped to re-establish the organisation after the demise of the Lux Centre one year earlier. Whilst LUX no longer functions as a publicly accessible venue, Shoot Shoot Shoot initiated a series of successful LUX touring film programmes which have offered greater visibility not only to the filmmakers, but also that of the organisation itself. It is fitting that this new start began with a timely reassessment of LUX's predecessor, the London Film-Makers' Co-operative.

In October 2006, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Co-op, LUX and Re:Voir released the DVD "Shoot Shoot Shoot: British Avant-Garde Film of the 1960s & 1970s", and a condensed two-programme touring package was made available for further touring.

Lucy Reynolds

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Projection of Castle One (1966) by Malcolm Le Grice, at Deste Foundation, 18 March 2004, as part of the exhibition "Shoot Shoot Shoot".

Courtesy: The Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens. Photograph: © Fanis Vlastaras & Rebecca Constantopoulou.
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