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The EXPLODING CINEMA is a coalition of film and video makers committed to developing new modes of exhibition for underground media through DIY screenings, performances and installations, in all kinds of venues and on low budget film tours.

projblackIt’s TWENTY years since the Exploding Cinema was founded in a stone cold bunker at the back of a squatted sun tan oil factory in Brixton. At that time it was a gathering of media misfits rejected by the ‘independent’ film and 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. Low/No Budget film is the source of so much talent and creativity that needs to be shown – not in a sterile, friendless ‘art house’ but in a relaxed, open environment where the audience can watch, chat, discuss film and meet the makers.

We hold regular open screenings of film and video for makers who want a popular audience for their drama, experimental, documentary, splatter, animation, true confessions, protest, pop promos, home videos and found footage… and we’re looking for performance work and musicians. We love Super 8, Standard 8, 16mm, Slide, VHS, Digital, Blu-Ray. If you want to bring your own equipment or set up an installation that’s no problem neither.

The collective is voluntary and totally democratic: anyone can contribute, anyone can join the collective and sign up for the mailing list.

As 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.

See images and video from some of our recent shows here:

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