Third Eye Centre Film Archive

TE2/1973/107 DESCRIPTION

Poetry reading. Begins with tracking lines in a black screen. At the 09 sec mark, an English man's voice starts, "backing things thing, so it's called Ode to the Sponsors of the British Appeal Committee…". Fade in at the 14 sec mark to reveal a cut and continuation of 'Adrian Mitchell (1)' (TE2/1973/106). The man (Mitchell) is dressed in an open-collared white shirt and khakis, his cravat gone. He is standing and reading from a manuscript at the foot of an L-shaped stage. The film is being shot by a stationary camera positioned at front centre. The room (Blythswood Square) is white-washed with square-shaped wooden panelling along its ceiling perimeter. Behind Mitchell, there is a small, white round table with 2 white cups, a glass of water, a capped bottle, and 2 wooden chairs. Mitchell launches into a sing-song style poem, almost to a beat. He comments on the nature of this style across performing several pieces, notably singing a Welsh tune at the 8 min, 16 sec mark, stopping to refresh himself from a white cup throughout. The film is conducted in one continuous shot with gradual zooms to emphasis Mitchell's gestures and performance. There is some light photo camera-like flashing throughout the footage. Ends with Mitchell speaking, "thanks a lot for coming". He stoops to pick up his jacket and a black book. A person from the audience rises and obscures part of the frame as he moves towards the stage. A cut to static at the 14 min, 46 sec mark remains until the film cuts at 15 min, 39 sec.

Adrian Mitchell was an English poet, a socialist and a vociferous pacifist – his reading of To Whom It May Concern (Tell Me Lies about Vietnam) was a highpoint of the International Poetry Incarnation at the Albert Hall in 1965. Third Eye director, Tom McGrath (who also read at that 1965 event) was a friend and had been staying in Mitchell’s North Wales cottage when he was contacted to come to London and edit International Times in 1966.

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Third Eye Centre Film Archive

CCA: Glasgow PRO

This archive collection reveals over 100 films documenting the activity of the Third Eye Centre in the 1970s and early 1980s. The footage covers the early existence of the organisation in Blythswood Square, the construction of a gallery space and café…


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This archive collection reveals over 100 films documenting the activity of the Third Eye Centre in the 1970s and early 1980s. The footage covers the early existence of the organisation in Blythswood Square, the construction of a gallery space and café in 350 Sauchiehall St and the appearance of many famous artists, bands and performers. In the spirit of the age, the films also chart Glasgow itself, audiences and activities in the art centre, and key figures such as Jimmy Boyle, John Byrne, Michael Craig-Martin, Madelaine Taylor, Keith Tippett and Tom McGrath.

These films were in the care of Street Level Photoworks for many years and it has only recently become possible to digitise and view them due to an AHRC funded research project undertaken by CCA and Glasgow School of Art in 2012. All of the digitised film is still in a raw unedited state. The catalouging work provides descriptions of each film and contextual information but in many cases there is much still unidentified. We invite you to help us to identify some of the material or to share your memories of the events that you may have attended.

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(Original text by Francis McKee for 'What We Have Done, What We Are About To Do', films uploaded by Carrie Skinner and catalouged with the support of Nick Thomas, Nicole Stapinski, Shiori Satoh and Judith Mittelberger)

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