In February 1956 a group of young film-makers launched their Manifesto at the NFT, they named the programme ‘Free Cinema’ and took their cameras out onto the streets, capturing a new naturalistic and unscripted look at England. It made such an impact that 400 filmgoers were turned away from the first screening. Almost 50 years since that day, a selection of those films will be shown once more at the NFT on 5 February. The selected films are: ‘O Dreamland’ by Lindsay Anderson, ‘Momma Don’t Allow’ by Karel Reisz/Tony Richardson, ‘Nice Time’ by Alain Tanner/Claude Goretta, ‘Enginemen’ by Mike Grigsby and ‘Food for a Blush’ by Elizabeth Russell.

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