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70 minutes. Colour.
 (Available on video, summer 1995 from SEE FOR MILES

Tonite Lets All Make Love In London

If any one film truly reveals "Swinging London", it is Peter Whitehead's little-seen documentary Tonite Let's All Make Love In London (1968).

Beautifully shot, with a Syd Barrett-led Pink Floyd supplying the soundtrack, it is perhaps the only true masterpeice of the period, offering a visually captivating window on the 'in' crowd. Revealing, often very personal interviews with the era's prime movers - Michael Caine, Julie Christie, David Hockney and Mick Jagger - are interspersed by dazzling images of the 'dedicated followers of fashion', patronising the clubs and discotheques of the day. As a trusted confidant of the Rolling Stones, who had filmed their first US tour, and a member of the inner circle, Whitehead was able to give an unusually free rein to his eye for detail.

excerpt from “Your Face Here” by Ali Catterall & Simon Wells

A sealed Time Capsule of that colourful and capering period known as Swinging London would probably contain a copy of 'Sgt Pepper', David Bailley's book of photographic icons ‘Goodbye

and Amen', and Peter Whitehead's 1967 documentary, TONITE etc ...
VOX magazine

TONITE etc - named after Allen Ginsberg's poem - is one of 1967's archetypal psychedelic rockumentaries, filmed in the aftermath of the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards ‘butterfly on a

wheel drugs trial and acquittal.
Q Magazine

 Peter described the film as a "Pop Concerto for Film"; capturing the mood perfectly: pop music, pop artists, pop movie stars, with a dash of protest and druggy shots of Pink Floyd in one of

 first-ever gigs at the legendary UFO Club. Peter took the Floyd into a studio and for £80 recorded two songs for exclusive use in the film - Interstella Overdrive and Nick's Boogie; almost 30 minutes of music.

"Seemed expensive at the time for an unknown band - I thought they were were lucky to get such good promotion!"

By the time TONITE was released, Syd Barrett had blossomed, faded and crashed out. The film includes the now famous (and often stolen!) shots of the Rolling Stones and some over zealous fans swinging round Mick's and Keith's stoned heads, at the Albert Hall - Mick bravely singing "Have you seen your mother baby...." The lyrical, hypnotising slow motion shots were edited to "Lady Jane" and somehow summed up the sombre, poignant side to the Sixties. It wasn't all fun and games, as Vanessa Redgrave shows so effectively, singing (again at the Albert Hall) a Cuban revolutionary song dressed in an outfit (straight from the jungles of Bolivia?) that might have been made fashionable by Che Guevara. Eric Burdon's song - "When I was Young" was grittily and grainily "illustrated" with images from the Second World War.

Intercut between the music sequences are interviews with Mick Jagger, ("I don't see it as my job to change the world!"), Michael Caine, (some hints at Pop Art Seduction - "At least I never ask!"), Julie Christie, ("This is where it's all happening!"), Donyale Luna (you don't remember her? A peach!), Lee Marvin on the set of the film Dirty Dozen, (wondering what's under the mini-skirts), Edna O'Brien, ("A girl can't just go off alone across bloody Africa - or if she does, she'll come back pregnant or something!"), the Pop artist Alan Aldridge, and various snap interviews with people in clubs like TILES or posturing on the streets - like Carnaby Street and the Kings Road.

This unique film not only captures the excitement of the that historic era - but also manages to capture most of the themes of the prevailing zeitgeist - and does so with great cinematic invention and style.
Dave Davies.