Re: Jeff Keen

From: Rob Gawthrop (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Oct 18 2008 - 14:49:50 PDT

I was aware that the BFI had recently bought many of Jeff's prints so its
really pleasing that these will at last get wider dissemination. In terms
of the shows - will you be doing any expanded events? If so who will you be
working with on these? At Jeff's 80th Birthday a few people raised the
possibility of re-enacting aspects of his shows but nothing really came of

Thanks & best wishes


On 18/10/08 15:26, "William Fowler" <email suppressed> wrote:

> Hi all
> There is some good news here. I've been working at the BFI and with Jeff to
> put out an epic DVD boxset of his films. This will give a very substantial
> overview of his entire body of work, from the underground '60s stuff right up
> until his incredible videos from the '90s - which includes the full on assault
> of 'Artwar' that was screened on Channel 4 in Britain. Much of this stuff is
> unseen and amazing - like his standard 8 CINEMASCOPE film, 'Spontaneous
> Combustion'. They'll also be illustrations of his paintings, sculptures, toy
> and comic collections plus a new interview.
> We're restoring some of the films and there'll be a touring programme too and
> a series of shows at the BFI Southbank/NFT in London. This will all be
> happening in February.
> Jeff is an undervalued and incredible filmmaker so its great to see his name
> coming up on frameworks and I hope that people reading this will be interested
> in him and his work. Some people may have seen his film 'Marvo Movie' from
> 1967 which featured in LUX's Shoot Shoot Shoot programmes.
> Will
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> Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2008 08:45:39 +0200
> From: Deke Dusinberre <email suppressed>
> Subject: Re: Jeff Keen
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> Hi Rob (and all),
> On Oct 16, 2008, at 10:43 AM, FRAMEWORKS automatic digest system wrote:
>> Jeff Keen is now very frail and has had to move out of his studio/
>> flat to be
>> looked after in Brighton,England. All his material, films, paintings
>> sculptures etc. need a benefactor and home or at least secure storage.
> Sorry to hear that Jeff has had to move out of his Brighton flat. Do
> give him my warm regards when you see him.
> 'Fraid I'm a bit far away (Paris) to be of much help, but have you
> contacted David Curtis and Malcolm Le Grice at the Centre for British
> Film and Video Studies (link below)? Even if the centre itself
> doesn't have the financial resources to secure Jeff's archive
> materials, they should certainly know where to turn.
> It's absolutely essential that Jeff Keen's work (and life) be saved.
> Regards,
> Deke
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