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 Courses

5 - 26 November 2018: Film Course: Dance/Film - Speaking Back to the Canon

5 - 26 November 2018: Film Course: Dance/Film - Speaking Back to the Canon

Portland Green leads a four part evening course with guest co-presenters: journalist and author, Michael Carlson; curator, film-maker and writer, Helena Blaker; producer Abigail Addison and film maker David Warwick. The course explores the relationship between dance and film; from the the early 1900s through to contemporary moving image practices.

Film Programmes

18 August - 29 September 2018: Agnès Varda: Gleaning Truths

18 August - 29 September 2018: Agnès Varda: Gleaning Truths

One of the most influential and inventive artists of the French New Wave, Agnès Varda has created a remarkable body of films that playfully and insightfully dance between, and beyond, the traditional categories of fiction and nonfiction, poem and prose, cinema and photography.
5 - 28 September 2018: Close-Up on Peter Watkins

5 - 28 September 2018: Close-Up on Peter Watkins

Covering the breadth of Peter Watkins extraordinary body of work this programme presents the radical filmmaker’s most well known films. As the centrepiece to the programme, we're thrilled to welcome Watkins to Close-Up to introduce the rarely screened theatrical cut of his masterpiece, La commune.
10 - 30 September 2018: Kiju Yoshida: Love + Anarchism

10 - 30 September 2018: Kiju Yoshida: Love + Anarchism

A legendary figure of the postwar Japanese cinema, Kiju Yoshida is one of Japan's most artistically ambitious, politically astute and influential filmmakers. This season brings together three works from the late sixties and early seventies, a loose trilogy united by their radical politics and an even more radical shooting style.
17 - 27 September 2018: Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival

17 - 27 September 2018: Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival

Part two of Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival – a new UK-wide film festival focussing 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.
22 September 2018: JAEFF: Youthquake

22 September 2018: JAEFF: Youthquake

Countercultural new wave cinema from the 60s and 70s comes face-to-face with new experimental films in the Japanese Avant-Garde and Experimental Film Festival’s (JAEFF) investigation of youth and protest in Japan. Expect drag queens, surreal rock musicals, juvenile delinquents, street performance artists uprisings, and astonishing innovation at JAEFF 2018.
25 September 2018: John Torres: Years When I Was a Child Outside

25 September 2018: John Torres: Years When I Was a Child Outside

Following the London premiere of People Power Bombshell, we’re thrilled to welcome John Torres back to introduce and discuss his autobiographical meta-film Years When I Was a Child Outside. The film follows Torres' perspective as the son of best-selling self-help author Rodolfo Torres. Upon learning of his father's secret family, the narrator embarks on a quest to create order from this chaos.
29 September 2018: Mappings: Landscape, Memory, Histories

29 September 2018: Mappings: Landscape, Memory, Histories

Aperture presents a programme of artists’ shorts from New Zealand, exploring indigenous lives, shared histories and remoteness, in partnership with CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand.
1 October 2018: Bertrand Mandico: The Wild Boys

1 October 2018: Bertrand Mandico: The Wild Boys

Close-Up presents Bertrand Mandico’s outré, gender-bending, William S. Burroughs adaptation The Wild BoysCoinciding with its debut in MUBI’s Special Discovery series as part of their focus on Mandico.
9 October 2018: Claes Söderquist: Reflections on Landscape

9 October 2018: Claes Söderquist: Reflections on Landscape

We're thrilled to host Claes Söderquist for a rare screening of his 16mm films followed by a discussion with Martin Grennberger and Daniel A. Swarthnas. A prominent figure of Swedish experimental film, Söderquist's visually appealing and personal films revolve around slow cinematic reflections on architecture, landscape, strata, time and space.
29 October 2018: Sick Monday: Society

29 October 2018: Sick Monday: Society

Sick Monday presents six newly commissioned short video works followed by Brian Yuzna's cult classic Society. Featuring new works by Anita Delaney, Anne Kathrine Bindesbøll & Ava Fersi, Dave Burrows, Noor Afshan Mirza & Brad Butler, Birgit Ludwig, and Vanessa Scully, this series celebrates the “video nasty” horror genre, its influence on contemporary video artists, and its overlooked critical capacity to express social truths in an exuberant style.
9 - 11 November 2018: Heart to Heart: Lee Myung-se

9 - 11 November 2018: Heart to Heart: Lee Myung-se

The London Korean Film Festival presents three early features by Korean New Wave director Lee Myung-se. Presented here on 35mm each screening will be followed by a discussion between Lee and LKFF programmer, Mark Morris.