On the BFI Flipside

ON THE BFI FLIPSIDE

Exploring British Underground Cinema with the BFI Flipside series

Beginning in the 1960s, London became the center of cool. It was the era of Swinging London, when the kids had gotten sick and tired of the grim, grey austerity of the post-war years. David Bailey was taking photos of Jean Shrimpton. Mary Quant was designing mini-skirts. The Beatles and the Stones were skyrocketing to fame. And they were making movies. Fabulous, freaky movies. Some of them were great. Others were “merely” entertaining. But each of them spoke to an emerging youth culture and the need to reject the stuffy morals of the previous generation — unless, that is, the kids needed the older generation to swoop in at the end and save them from their own folly. The BFI Flipside, from the British Film Institute, collects some of the best and most interesting forays into British underground cinema. On Diabolique, I’m slowly working my way through the series. New reviews will be added here as they are posted there, so keep an eye out from time to time.

Links below point to the posts on Diabolique.

“Next week – boom! – the world goes up in smoke. And what’s the score? Zero!”

Beat Girl

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