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    Please join us for a free Screening of Nightcleaners, Part 1 (1972-75) by Berwick Street Film Collective at Cooper Gallery on Wednesday 15 February, 6:30 – 8:30pm. The third instalment in our Event Series for Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event?

    Made by members of the Berwick Street Film Collective, which included Of Other Spaces artist Mary Kelly, Nightcleaners documents the routines and poor working conditions of women nightcleaners in the 1970s and their campaign to unionize.

    Intending at the outset to make a campaign film, the Collective was forced to turn to new forms in order to represent the forces at work between the cleaners, the Cleaners' Action Group and the unions – and the complex nature of the campaign itself, which involved two widely publicized strikes in the early 1970s.

    In its depiction of the precarious and invisible labour conditions of domestic workers, Nightcleaners is celebrated as a landmark of collective and feminist film-making and widely recognised as an important precursor to current political art and moving image practices.

    UK, 1975
    16mm film transferred to digital, black and white, 90 mins
    Director: Berwick Street Collective (Marc Karlin, Mary Kelly, James Scott and Humphry Trevelyan)
    Find out more about the film via LUX: Artists' Moving Image

    This screening of Nightcleaners (Part 1) is part of the Of Other Spaces Event Series.
    Period15 Feb 2017
    Event typeOther
    LocationDundee, United KingdomShow on map