Peter Gidal

Peter Gidal – Collected HD Works (1968-1983)


Peter Gidal’s cinema is anti-narrative, against representation, and fiercely materialist.

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. Read More »

Peter Gidal – Coda II (2013)

Peter Gidal’s second Coda continues with William Burroughs voice, reading three lines of a 1971 story by Gidal. A slightly more abrupt cut in Burrough’s reading of the text accompanies the flickering of light upon 16mm film. – Stela Jelincic Read More »

Peter Gidal – Coda I (2013)

Peter Gidal’s structuralist short CODA I is composed of three lines of a thousand-word story he wrote (as read by William Bouroughs in a cut­up tape collage) amidst an ultra-abstract play-of-light through a camera. Gidal describes his “so­called” imagery as “a complex of barely visible cuts in space and time, the opposite of erasure, but nothing so much as visible.” – Stela Jelincic Read More »