Exploding Cinema

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20110116Exploding Cinema, or 'Exploding' for the initiated, is turning 20 this year and still going strong.|A collective of filmmakers and film-lovers, it pledges to screen any film that someone submits.|No selection, no censorship, Exploding Cinema holds firmly by the principle that, the question of what's good and what's not, is solely for the audience to decide.|Their screening events are legendary.|Usually held in some disused warehouse or factory - and never at a cinema - to enter an Exploding Cinema show is to step into a grotto of film.|There is colour everywhere, vintage super 8 footage ticking away on a constant lop, covering every bit of wall in shimmering light and images, comedy, horror, animation, a live band playing and, on the main screen, there's a succession of about 20 short films, people sitting on cushions watching them or wandering about chatting and drinking.|Asif meets with the founders of Exploding Cinema to rummage through their archive of films and to hear how the group emerged from some strange filmic goings on at a disused suntan oil factory in South London's Brixton neighbourhood - The Cool Tan, which, in the early 90s, a bunch of film makers had claimed as a squat.|We hear from filmmakers who currently show their work at Exploding Cinema: interactive filmmaking group Genetic Moo describe their maggot-themed installations which feed off the light emitted from other films, Mucky Puppets talk about their shadow puppet films exploring the darker side of well-known fairy tales, and we follow Ryd Cook as he films the sequel to his "60 Second Documentary About The Stuff What Is In This Room".|Now that it is possible for anyone to show pretty much any film online via video sharing websites like YouTube and Vimeo, we ask what that means for a group like Exploding Cinema? Does it still have a place?|Producer: Hannah Rosenfelder|A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.|Filmmaker Asif Kapadia journeys deep into London's underground film scene.