Anne Rees-Mogg was born in 1924 and died in 1984. She studied at Bristol Art School and Central School of Arts and Crafts before becoming an inspiring and dedicated teacher herself at the Regent Street Polytechnic from 1951 and Chelsea School of Art from 1964 to 1984. She was a committed advocate of artist’s filmmaking and was Chair and Director of the London Film-makers’ Co-operative between 1981 – 1984.
Anne’s films are about time, memory, personal relationships and the discovery of film-making. Where others took up Super 8 in the late 1970s (Jarman’s Home Movies, et al), Anne preceded them using 16mm, collecting, capturing and tirelessly documenting the people, objects and spaces, that are one’s life. With the use of crackly old thirties music, ivory letters, the inflatable Coca Cola bottle, the vast collection of enamel signs and mementoes, academy leaders and old Kodak Spools, the round mirror-topped table heaped with cut glass decanter tops – every room of Anne’s house was like a living Joseph Cornell box. The collecting phenomena was the key to her films.
Founded in 1966, the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative started life at Better Books, a counter-culture bookshop on Charing Cross Road, where a group led by poet Bob Cobbing and filmmakers Stephen Dwoskin and Jeff Keen met to screen films. Initially inspired by the activities of the New American Cinema Group in New York, the London Co-op grew into a pioneering organisation that incorporated a film workshop, cinema space and distribution office. During its four-decade history, the Co-op played a crucial role in establishing film as an art form in the UK and participated in a vibrant international film scene. This BFI Player collection brings together new scans of films distributed by and/or produced at the London Co-op.