STUART BRISLEY, Arbeit Macht Frei, 1973

Arbeit Macht Frei, 1973

Bomb Culture

BFI South Bank


6 July 2012, 6:20 PM
11 July 2012, 6:20 PM

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Colour Poems (1974 UK. Directed by Margaret Tait. 12min)
Bang! (1967 UK. Directed by Bob Godfrey. 8min)
Speak (1962 UK. Directed by John Latham. 10min)
Meatdaze (1968 UK. Directed by Jeff Keen.10min)
O Dreamland (1953 UK. Directed by Lindsay Anderson. 11min)
How to Have a Bath (1971 UK. Directed Bruce Lacey & Jill Bruce. 5min)
Arbeit Macht Frei (1973 UK. Directed by Stuart Brisley. 19min)
Head In Shadow (1951 UK. Directed by John Sewell, Edward Dicks, Bruce Lacey & John Rolfe. 19min)



Presenting films by artists and filmmakers who saw National Service - such as Bruce Lacey - this programme highlights the brutality and dark absurdity that many artists saw behind the political rhetoric of the post-war decades. It blurs the boundaries between art, experimental, amateur and Free Cinema filmmaking and invites speculation as to the impact that these people's military experiences had on their films and the peace and psychedelic movements that followed.

Introduced by William Fowler, Curator of Artists' Moving Image, BFI National Archive