"A cinematic Vision flash frozen into language, The Risen redefines the occult novel as some-thing millennial, apocalyptic, unafraid to speak of sex or drugs or the extremities of reason that are central to the magical experience." 

Alan Moore

Peter Whitehead - Crosswords - isbn: 978-1-911158-00-4

Peter Whitehead Obituary - The Guardian by Adam Sweeting

One of Britain’s most provocative film-makers whose work documented the counterculture of the 1960s

Peter Whitehead, who has died aged 82, could justifiably claim to be one of Britain’s most distinctive and provocative film-makers. His film about the Rolling Stones, Charlie Is My Darling (1966), was a pioneering portrait of the group amid the whirlwind of fan mania, its on-the-road intimacy a precursor of Donn Pennebaker’s Bob Dylan film Don’t Look Back and a blueprint for countless future music documentaries.

In Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London (1967), Whitehead created what for many critics was the definitive document of swinging London, a white-hot crucible of music, fashion and film. The many short music films Whitehead made in the 1960s foreshadowed the era of the video promo clip that blossomed in the MTV era of the 80s.

But by the time he made The Fall (1969), arguably his masterpiece, the intellectually restless Whitehead had moved beyond being merely an onlooker recording events with his camera and was pursuing his own inner journey through a period of violent social and political change.

His most intensely creative period began in 1965, when he filmed the International Poetry Incarnation – a gathering of beat poets, including Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti – at the Royal Albert Hall in London, to make the 33-minute documentary Wholly Communion.

Word of this reached the Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham...

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50th ANNIVERSARY SCREENING THE FALL @ The Institute of Contemporary Arts.

"One of Britain's most provocative and idiosyncratic filmmakers, Peter Whitehead (1937-2019) created a body of work which shocked, entertained and infuriated audiences in equal measure.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Whitehead's The Fall (1969), the ICA Cinema screens a new digital restoration of the film alongside Whitehead's Tonite Let's all Make Love in London (1967), accompanied by panel discussions reflecting on the British director's legacy."

ICA: Nov - Dec 2019

Peter Whitehead. The Fall.
Peter Whitehead. Tonite lets make love in London


"As co-curator of the Peter Whitehead Archive at DMU I went to see the extraordinary archive film festival that is Michael Caine's 'My Generation' documentary. During the Q&A, I was delighted to hear the director, David Batty, giving a huge shout-out to Peter Whitehead as a seminal film-maker of the 1960s, and stressing the importance of his 'Tonite Let's All Make Love in London' and its unseen rushes for 'My Generation'. It was a great tribute to the archive which is now with the CATH Centre, Contemporary Films and the BFI. Yesterday's Q&A is not yet on Youtube, but here is what Batty said about Peter in a Q&A at the London Film Festival (4mins to 5mins in). "

Steve Chibnall - Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre

De Montford University.