The term ‘free’ is used loosely to denote a programme of films having been made free from propaganda, under independent circumstances or free from technical and social convention.
As a precursor to the British New Wave, Free Cinema marked a broader attitudinal shift in cinema and the arts against the exclusion of whole areas of life. Through a supporting programme of film and events, the exhibition will examine how the movement reflects the present challenges and methods of resistance employed by filmmakers and artists alike. This will include a temporary cinema space built into gallery one.
Gallery two will house an installation presentation of Ed Webb-Ingall’s video work, We Have Rather Been Invaded, 2017. Drawing on community video methodologies from the 1970s and 1980s, this new video looks at the impact and legacy of Section 28 and the direct action protests that preceded it, including the ‘lesbian invasion’ of the BBC six o’clock news in 1988. Comprised of a roundtable discussion with activists and educators interspersed with archival materials, the video examines the role of activism and our understanding of this piece of legislation that prohibited local authorities and state schools in the UK from promoting homosexuality. This video is part of a project originally commissioned by Studio Voltaire, London.