‘These two essential films had a central, even mythic, place in the 1970s juncture between radical politics and radical aesthetics.’ — Laura Mulvey
Nightcleaners (1975) by the Berwick Street Film Collective has long been recognised as a landmark of British experimental film and political cinema. Together with its companion film, ’36 to ’77 (1978) it pioneered a film form as radical as the Collective’s politics.
The films chronicle one of the key campaigns of the women’s movement in the 1970s. The campaign to unionise women night cleaners in London anticipates contemporary issues regarding precarious labour.
To celebrate the first digital release of the films, this special box set has been produced containing the two films on DVD, reproductions of historical material, including news sheets of the women’s movement – one designed by Mary Kelly (member of the Film Collective), an interview with whom is also included, as well as rare illustrations and contributions from the filmmakers.
With contributions by Ben Cook, Kodwo Eshun, Mary Kelly, Marc Karlin, Dan Kidner, Sheila Rowbotham, Alex Sainsbury, Sukhdev Sandhu, James Scott and Humphry Trevelyan.
This box set includes: 2 DVDs, a 148 page book, and an 84 page booklet-zine featuring facsimiles of the original political campaign newsletters, magazines, film transcriptions and other material.
Nightcleaners (running time, 90:00)
’36 to ’77 (running time, 94:00)
Published in partnership with Raven Row (London), and LUX (London).