History of Exploding

This volunteer collective of film makers and cinema fans believe in maintaining an open access screening where anyone can show films regardless of subject matter, taste or filmmaking ability. As long as it’s under 20 minutes long we will show it.

Exploding Cinema was founded in 1991 in a bunker at the back of a squat – a disused sun tan oil factory in Brixton. At that time it was a gathering of media misfits rejected by the ‘Independent’ film/video establishment who decided that rather than griping about the fucked up state of the industry they would stage their own screenings in cafes, pubs and disused buildings and would set about fusing together the isolated and disenchanted fragments of the underground media. The Low/No Budget film is the source of so much talent and creativity, but they need a place to be shown. Not a sterile, unfriendly “arthouse” but a relaxed, open environment where the audience can watch, chat, discuss the film and meet film/video makers.

We hold regular OPEN SCREENINGS of film/video for makers who want a popular audience for their work, we have no preference as to the kind of work…drama, experimental, documentary, splatter, animation, true confessions, protest, pop promos, home videos, found footage….and we’re looking for performance work and musicians. We have facilities for computer video files, DVD, Blu-ray, Super 8, 16mm, Standard 8, VHS, tape/slide, and performance. If you want to bring your own equipment or set up an installation that’s no problem neither.

The group is voluntary and totally democratic, anyone can contribute, anyone can join the group.

Because the cinema is unfunded and non-profit making, we are unable to pay contributors but we do offer an exciting interactive public forum for work and ALL the money we make goes back into the events and buying better equipment.

If you want to show your work don’t HESITATE,