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BOOKS BY & THE LIFE OF

PETER WHITEHEAD

HATHOR PUBLISHING UK

"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

NEWS / CURRENT EVENTS

FILM / THEATRE

MY GENERATION FILM FESTIVAL with Michael Caine 

"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.

SUMMER OF LOVE REVISITED at The Royal Albert Hall

The iconic venue is holding a season of performances, screening, talks and events called Summer of Love: Revisited, marking 50 years since the 1967 apex of the ‘hippie’ movement. 

 

A key part of the season will be four special events in the Hall’s Elgar Room celebrating the work of subversive filmmaker Peter Whitehead, who made some of the most vivid, intoxicating and important music documentaries of the period. 

Mon 1 May, 8pm Tonite Let's All Make Love in London + Post Film Discussion

Tues 2 May, 8pm Pink Floyd '66-'67, hosted by Joe Boyd

Sun 7 May, 1:30pm Wholly Communion

Sat 27 May, 1:30pm Icons at the Hall

 

Monday 1st May marks a special evening which will celebrate the Blu-Ray launch of the new HD restoration of Whitehead’s 1967 feature Tonite Lets All Make Love in London, followed by a post film discussion.

NEW RELEASES

THE FALL : ALBERTA DIARIES SCREENPLAY & DOSSIER

Peter Whitehead and Alberta Tiburzi Diaries.

 

Alberta: Northport, Long Island. 24th December 1967: 'I am beginning to write a diary... Will it be serious? I don't know, but i just feel the need to write about Peter and the things I am now living...'

 

Peter: Hotel de Nice, Paris.  Saturday 27th January: "What are you thinking?' I ask her, remembering this is Godard's biggest discovery, this single phrase..."

 

"Peter Whitehead's difficult and disturbing 1969 masterpiece The Fall is a fiercely political and, by now, a richly historical film... With a suffocating compression, The Fall traces the narrative arc from 'Protest to resistance to revolution" Jeremey Varon, 'Politics, Representation and Permanence.'

(Framework, Volume 52 No1, Spring 2011).

THE FALL SCREENPLAY & DOSSIER

The Fall - The Film:

 

"Considered by Whitehead to be his most important film, The Fall is an extraordinary piece of filmmaking, an extremely personal statement on violence, revolution and the turbulence within late sixties America. Filmed entirely in and around New York between October 1967 and June 1968, it features Robert Kennedy, The Bread and Puppet Theater, Paul Auster (fresh-faced as a Columbia student), Tom Hayden, Mark Rudd, Stokely Carmichael... 

 

...Richard Roud, co-director of the New York Film Festival wrote of the film, “…an attempt to come to grips with today, both in terms of its content as well as of its form.” HARVARD FILM

 

The Screenplay & Dossier:

 

Post production shooting script with Dialogue Reference.  

Edited by Peter Whitehead and Jenny Spires.  

Featuring an Introductory eassay by Jeremy Varon.

BEST SELLERS

TONITE LETS ALL MAKE LOVE IN LONDON

" Novel as History, History as novel. Film-maker and artist without portfolio, Peter Whitehead centres a tale of espionage and illumination on the Beat Poetry Incarnation at the Albert Hall in June 1965."

 

“Tonite...” deals with nearly everything, including the 

infiltration and takeover of nascent Brit counter-culture by the American intelligence services. Interchangeable and self-replicating... "

 

"The narrative swaps energetically between notes, tapes, film and slash-punctuated stream-

of-consciousness musings... fractured consciousness or a statement about society’s schizophrenic nature... Can a blind owl fly by insight? "

 

 Stephen Blanchard

TIME OUT MAGAZINE

AWARDS

NATIONAL MEDIA MUSEUM.  BRADFORD 15TH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2009


PETER WHITEHEAD RECEIVED THE 2009 FELLOWSHIP AWARD."PETER WHITEHEAD; The WORD and the IMAGE"

The British film director Peter Whitehead was given a retrospective at the 2009 Bradford Film Festival. He was also awarded the festival fellowship. Whitehead’s films including Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London (1967), The Fall (1969) and Daddy (1972) were screened alongside the premiere of a new documentary about Whitehead By Any Old Light by Dyonisos Andronis. The retrospective was curated by Mark Goodall from the CCM group.

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