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The Forum, Elmer Square, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1NB
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Southend Victoria Station Southend Central Station

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May 12 - Aug 19, 2018
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 artist Ed Webb-Ingall's new community video project originally commissioned by Studio Voltaire. 'We Have Rather Been Invaded' looks at the impact and legacy of Section 28 and a historic ‘lesbian invasion’ of the BBC six o’clock news on May 23rd 1988. Comprised of archival material and interviews, the video examines the role of activism and our understanding of this piece of legislation 30 years on which prohibited local authorities in England and Wales from promoting homosexuality.

Aug 19, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm talk/event
To close current exhibition 'Get Out and Push!', Focal Point Gallery will host a rare screening of Lorenza mazzetti's 'Together', originally shown in the first Free Cinema programme at the National Film Theatre in February 1956. This event will include a reading from her new book London Diaries. It will also include a presentation by artist Brighid Lowe and Sight and Sound critic Henry K. Miller, drawing on their research in the Slade's archives and reflecting on their time with Mazetti in Rome earlier in 2018.
This event is free to attend and no booking is necessary.


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