Tonite Let's All Make Love in London (film)

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Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London
Directed byPeter Whitehead
Written byPeter Whitehead
Produced byPeter Whitehead
CinematographyPeter Whitehead
Edited byPeter Whitehead
Music by
Lorrimer Films
Release date
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London is a 1967 documentary film by Peter Whitehead. It includes sequences of “Swinging London” with accompanying contemporary pop music, concert and studio performances by musicians including the Rolling Stones and the first professional footage filmed of Pink Floyd,[1] and several interviews. It is notable for showing footage shot inside the short-lived UFO Club, the British counter-culture night club in the basement of 31 Tottenham Court Road, and at The 14 Hour Technicolor Dream multi-artist event held in the Great Hall of the Alexandra Palace, including John Lennon. The film also shows scenes of soldiers parading in scarlet jackets and bearskins, London street scenes, a protest march, psychedelic patterns being painted on a semi-naked girl, the arrival of Playboy Bunny girls by plane, and guests including Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate, Terence Stamp, and Jim Brown arriving at the premiere of Polanski’s film Cul-de-sac.

The film has been described as "what for many critics was the definitive document of swinging London, a white-hot crucible of music, fashion and film."[2]


The film self-describes as a “Pop Concerto for Film” and is divided into seven themed sections or “movements” with a prelude and a coda.

Pink Floyd – "Interstellar Overdrive"

1. Loss of the British Empire

2. Dollygirls

3. Protest

4. It’s All Pop Music

5. Movie Stars

6. Painting Pop

7. As Scene from U.S.A.

  • Pink Floyd – "Interstellar Overdrive" (reprise 2)
  • Allen Ginsberg – "Tonite Let's All Make Love in London"
  • Pink Floyd – "Interstellar Overdrive" (reprise 3)


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 83% based on 6 reviews.[3]

The film was shown at the 1967 New York Film Festival, where The Daily Telegraph reported it was the “hit of the festival”.[4]

Kim Newman described the film in Empire magazine as “An interesting and amusing documentary that captures the icons of the time in candid interviews and performances from the biggest bands around.”

Soundtrack album[edit]

A soundtrack album with the same title was released on LP in 1968.


  • "Tonite Let's All Make Love in London (1967)". BFI Screenonline. British Film Institute. Retrieved 5 November 2022.
  • Glynn, Stephen (7 May 2013). The British Pop Music Film: The Beatles and Beyond. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230392243. Retrieved 5 November 2022.
  • Genzlinger, Neil (19 June 2019). "Peter Whitehead, 82, Swinging-'60s Filmmaker, Is Dead". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 November 2022.


  1. ^ Chibnall, Prof. Steve; Alissa, Clarke. "THE LONG READ: Peter Whitehead obituary". De Montfort University. Retrieved 7 November 2022.
  2. ^ Sweeting, Adam (13 June 2019). "Peter Whitehead obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 November 2022.
  3. ^ "Tonite Let's All Make Love in London". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 6 November 2022.
  4. ^ Obituaries, Telegraph (20 June 2019). "Peter Whitehead, documentary maker whose work captured the essence of the Swinging Sixties but who abandoned films to become a falconer – obituary". The Telegraph. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 November 2022.

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