Italian-born Lorenza Mazzetti produced Together (1956) during her time at the Slade School of Fine Art, recruiting fellow artists Eduardo Paolozzi and Michael Andrews to play deaf-mute dockers. The film is a unique portrayal of working class life in post-war East London, as the protagonists go about their daily routine, walking the docklands and alleyways of the area.
This realist yet experimental work is considered part of the ‘Free Cinema’ movement of which Mazzetti was a member, holding a manifesto celebrating ‘freedom’ for filmmakers from orthodoxy and conservatism.
The screening is introduced by Brighid Lowe, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, who has been researching Mazzetti and the history of the Slade Film Department
Brighid Lowe is an artist and a part-time Senior Lecturer at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. Her work uses a wide variety of media and formats including text, photography, sculpture and drawing. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Kunstmuseum Olten, Switzerland; Baltic 39, Newcastle Upon Tyne; Jerwood Foundation, London and Tate Britain. Writings have been included in an anthology of artists’ fiction, The Alpine Fantasy of Victor B and Other Stories and have been performed at the Festival of Art Writing at the Whitechapel Gallery, London and Camden Arts Centre, London. In 1998, she received a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists. In addition to her practice as an artist, as part of the Slade Archive Project, she has been researching the Slade School’s unique relationship to film as an art form.