by Gidal, Peter

Film: 16mm 1997


Assumption is a film which operates on many levels. It features glimpses of life at previous, less luxurious premises of the London Film Makers' Co-op; but it is more than a potted history of an organisation. It pays tribute to Mary Pat Leece, a founding member of Four Corners Film Workshop and a teacher at Chelsea School of Art and St Martin's School of Art, one of the true innovators of the independent film sector who died earlier this year; but it is more than just an elegiac tribute. With its virtuoso editing, voice-overs and scrolling titles, it works as a densely-plotted celebration of independent film culture at the end of the 1990s.


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