Len Lye


Mu.: The Bagirmi Tribe of Africa; Prod.: Len Lye, per Direct Film Company; 35mm. D.: 4’ a 24 f/s. Bn

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Working for a Sydney advertising firm in the 1920s, Lye became fascinated by the motions of scratches and other marks on film stock. Entranced, he took spare bits of celluloid, made his own scratches, and projected the results after hours. Thirty years later he scratched his way through an entire film, the spare and powerful Free Radicals, synchronised to the sounds of African tribal dancing. Stan Brakhage called it “an almost unbelievably immense masterpiece”.

Geoff Brown

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