Welcome to Close-Up!


Close-Up makes film culture and history accessible through its cinema, film library & online archive.

Located in the heart of Shoreditch, Close-Up is the ideal venue for all your screening needs, whether you wish to host a press screening, corporate event, presentation, conference, Christmas or birthday party. Our adjoined cafe and bar is fully licensed and offers a convivial atmosphere for drinks receptions, networking or informal post-screening discussion.

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Film Programmes

1 - 30 June 2018: Close-Up on Michelangelo Antonioni

1 - 30 June 2018: Close-Up on Michelangelo Antonioni

Tremendously influential yet largely taken for granted, Michelangelo Antonioni made difficult, abstract cinema mainstream. Observing modern maladies without judgment – sexism, dissolution of family and tradition, ecological/technological quandaries and the eternal questions of our place in the cosmos – Antonioni’s prescience continues to resonate deeply.
2 - 30 June 2018: Close-Up on Tony Richardson

2 - 30 June 2018: Close-Up on Tony Richardson

Three masterpieces of the British New Wave from Tony Richardson. This programme presents new restorations of A Taste of Honey and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner alongside the Jean Genet scripted Mademoiselle on 35mm.
3 - 30 June 2018: Take Two: Persona / 3 Women

3 - 30 June 2018: Take Two: Persona / 3 Women

“You’re the most perfect person I ever met,” Exploring themes of obsession and identity merger, Ingmar Bergman and Robert Altman push the limits of cinema to achieve two dreamlike masterpieces of profound psychological depth.
3 June - 29 July 2018: A One and a Two... The films of Edward Yang

3 June - 29 July 2018: A One and a Two... The films of Edward Yang

A programme of three films from across the Taiwanese master’s career, including Yang's urgent and enigmatic Taipei Storyalongside the sprawling works that are his defining and lasting legacy, Yi Yi and the intimate but monumental A Brighter Summer Day.
17 - 25 June 2018: Take Two: The Blue Angel / Lola

17 - 25 June 2018: Take Two: The Blue Angel / Lola

Shot simultaneously in German and English-language versions The Blue Angel made Marlene Dietrich an international icon with the role of Lola Lola, a performer in a cabaret dripping with atmospheric Weimar sleaze. Conceived as a homage to Sternberg's film, Fassbinder's Lola is a biting satire of capitalist greed starring Barbara Sukowa as the eponymous cabaret singer and call girl.
1 - 26 July 2018: Face of Another

1 - 26 July 2018: Face of Another

A programme of six extraordinary films exploring questions of identity, personality, and the illusory nature of appearance.
1 - 28 July 2018: Close-Up on Kaneto Shindo

1 - 28 July 2018: Close-Up on Kaneto Shindo

Throughout his remarkably prolific career, Kaneto Shindô has remained at the center of major trends and turns in Japanese cinema. In 1950 Shindô formed one of Japan’s first independent production companies with actress Nobuko Otowa nd began to direct politically outspoken features with a distinct class-consciousness, focused principally upon the struggle of the lower and working classes – an interest which would culminate in his extraordinary study of a rural 20th century peasantry The Naked Island.
4 - 28 July 2018: Jacques Rancière: Philosophy and Cinema

4 - 28 July 2018: Jacques Rancière: Philosophy and Cinema

Christopher Kul-Want presents a programme of films inspired by the ideas of the contemporary French philosopher and self-professed cinéphile, Jacques Rancière. In his remarkable books on cinema Rancière writes about the work of some of the most significant film makers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries including Fritz Lang, Roberto Rossellini, Robert Bresson, Pedro Costa and Béla Tarr, all of whom are represented in this programme. 
7 - 8 July 2018: Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival

7 - 8 July 2018: Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival

Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival is a new UK-wide film festival dedicated to screening some of the boldest, most daring, challenging, and striking films from the Asian and Pacific regions. The festival focuses particularly on underrepresented cinemas, from Azerbaijan to Vanuatu and everything in between, opening windows on a world whose landscapes and peoples remain largely absent from our screens.