- Films shown at the UWE Occupation Camp For Education
- photos from core cafe 24
- occupation films – resource list
RSA Animate – Crises of Capitalism
An animated short, in which social theorist David Harvey discusses the reasons behind the current economic crisis and proposes to look beyond capitalism.
Not Just Tea and Sandwiches
During the Miners Strike 1984/85 the media coverage of the strikes was unbalanced to say the least. In response, several filmmakers’ collectives from around the UK were making short films that were distributed on VHS tapes presenting an alternative view of the events, and fostering solidarity. Not Just Tea and Sandwiches tells the story of women’s involvement in the strike.
Here’s an article from Close Up journal, by David E. James, about the Miners Tapes Project: For a Working Class Television: The Miners Campaign Tape Project
Now! (Santiago Alvarez, 1965)
Cuban director Santiago Alvarez’s classic short on the US Civil Rights struggle. Thanks to Mark Cousins for recommending this film
Battle of Trafalgar (Despite TV, 1990)
Despite TV‘s analysis of how police went out of control (with repeated horse charges, and driving vehicles into the crowd at speed) at the Poll Tax Demonstration in central London March 31st 1990, and the misrepresentation of events by BBC and ITN news.
Battle of Trafalgar has immediate relevance when looking at the current police Kettle strategy which actively creates disorder rather than “containing” disorder. See useful links on kettling and strategies to avoid it at the end of this k-punk blog entry.
In Freefall (Hito Steyerl, 2010)
Many thanks to Hito Steyerl and Picture This for giving us permission to show this film. You can download an interview with filmmaker and theorist Hito Steyerl about the film here. And Gil Leung’s essay on the film is here.
While the Bioskop was putting together a programme of films for the UWE Occupation we emailed friends asking for recommendations of films and documentaries that would be particularly relevent and inspiring for the present political situation. We wanted to avoid films that slide into revolutionary kitsch or nostalgia.
The list below is compiled from choices made by John Cussans, Mark Cousins, Juan of Cinema Klandestino, Dominic Al-Badri, Al Cameron, Kevin from the Cube Cinema, Steve Presence (special thank to him for a particularly comprehensive list) and Jelena and Marko from the Bioskop. If you have any suggestions please let us know and we’ll add them.
nb. this list is on-going and additions have continued to be made since the original post…
The Age of Stupid (Franny Armstrong, 2008)
The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966)
The Battle of Chile (Patricio Guzman, three parts, 1975, 1976, 1979)
The Battle of Orgreave (Mike Figgis, 2001)
The Battle of Trafalgar (Despite TV, 1990)
BIT Plane (Bureau of Inverse Technology, 1998) The Bureau of Inverse Technology send their prototype drone (the BIT Plane) on a series of covert reconnaissance missions over Silicon Valley – the world’s highest concentration of venture capital.
A Brief History of Cuba in D-Minor (Emily James, 2000)
The Century of Self (series of 4 one hour programmes, Adam Curtis, 2002)
La Chinoise (Jean Luc Godard, 1967) Godardian fiction about a student Maoist terrorist cell spending the summer holidays in a posh parisian flat… the film was released eight months before the events of May 1968.
Coalition of the Willing (Simon Robson, 2010)
The Coconut Revolution (Dom Rotheroe, 2000)
Coup pour Coup ( collaborative project, no director credited, 1972)
Death of a President (Gabriel Range, 2006)
Drowned Out (Franny Armstrong, 2002)
‘Don’t Worry’ (Emily James, series, 2004)
Episode 3 : Enjoy Poverty (Renzo Martens, 2009)
Enron – the Smartest Guys in the Room
Hour of the Furnaces (Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino, 1968)
Ice (Robert Kramer, 1970)
If Women Counted
Grin Without a Cat (Chris Marker)
Handsworth Songs (John Akomfrah, 1986)
Just Do It: Get Off Your Arse and Change the World (Emily James, 2011)
Listen to Venezuela (Mike Wayne and Deirdre O’Neil, 2009)
The Luckiest Nut in the World (Emily James, 2002)
Manufacturing Consent ( Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick, 1992)
McLibel (Franny Armstrong, two versions -1998 and 2005)
Miners Campaign Tapes ( 6 short films , 1984/5)
Mortgaged to the Yanks (2007) The financial reality to the UK’s special relationship with USA.
Mother Dao the Turtlelike (Vincent Monnikendam, 1995)
Night Cleaners, Part 1 (Berwick Street Collective, 1972-75)
Night Of The Pencils / La Noche De los Lapices
Now! (short by Santiago Alvarez, 1965)
Operation Solstice: Battle of the Beanfield (Gareth Morris and Neil Goodwin, 1991)
The Pipe (Risteard Ó Domhnaill, 2010)
Pipe Down (Cian O Laoi and Oliver Knowles, 2009)
The Power of Nightmares (Adam Curtis, series, 2004)
Resonating Surfaces (Manon de Boer, 2005) An interview portrait with Brazilian psychoanalyst Suely Rolnik. She recounts episodes from her life in Sao Paolo – her imprisonment under the dictatorship of Humberto Branco, her encounters with Deleuze and Guattari in Paris, and her later return to Brazil.
Rail against Privatisation (Chris Reeves, 2005)
The Revolution will not be Televised
RSA Animate Series (select examples, 2010)
Scenes from the Class Struggle in Portugal (Robert Kramer, 1977)
Seven Songs for Malcolm X (John Akomfrah, 1993)
Social Genocide / Memoria Del Saqueo (2004), directed by Fernando Solanas “…is a devastating flurry of facts and figures about the collapse of Argerntina’s economy afterPresident Carlos Menem globalised the country in the early 1990s – not about students or funding but radical and brill” Mark Cousins
Steal This Film (Jamie King, 2006)
Stealing Beauty (Guy Ben-Ner, 2007) Filmed without permission in Ikea stores in Tel Aviv, Berlin and New York, Israeli video artist Ben-Ner and his family create a comedy about authority, private property and family life … as Ikea customers wander through the shots.
The Take (Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis, 2004)
Taking Liberties (Chris Atkins, 2007)
Too Early, Too Late (Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huilet, 1982)
Il Trasloco – Moving out of the Future ( Renato de Maria, 1991) Documents 20 years of lives of the many inhabitants of a flat in Bologna which was a centre for the actions, imaginings and discussions of the various social movements that formed the Autonomia movement – at the moment when the last of its original tennants, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, moves out…
The Trap (Adam Curtis, 2007)
Videograms of a Revolution (Haroun Farocki and Andrei Ujica, 1992)
Winstanley (Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo, 1975)
The War on Democracy (John Pilger)
The War You Don’t See (John Pilger, 2010)
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Ken Loach, 2006)