“These films were not made together; nor with the idea of showing them together. But when they came together, we felt they had an attitude in common. Implicit in this attitude is a belief in freedom, in the importance of people and the significance of the everyday.

As filmmakers we believe that

No film can be too personal.
The image speaks. Sound amplifies and comments.
Size is irrelevant. Perfection is not an aim.
An attitude means a style. A style means an attitude.” – The Free Cinema Manifesto

Today marks the birthday of influential British filmmaker (also documentarian, theater director, and film critic) Lindsay Anderson, whose legacy is most deeply felt with his membership in the Free Cinema documentary film movement of the 1950s and his contributions to the British New Wave.

In 1985, Anderson crafted a film essay for television reflecting on the subject of Free Cinema and its impact on British filmmaking. That documentary is available to watch in the video embedded below.