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 - 29 April 2018: Essential Cinema XII

1 - 29 April 2018: Essential Cinema XII

Our Essential Cinema programme presents series of films that have shaped the history and art of cinema.
1 - 28 April 2018: Close-Up on Andrey Zvyagintsev

1 - 28 April 2018: Close-Up on Andrey Zvyagintsev

Stark and austere in both style and theme, the films of Siberian-born Andrey Zvyagintsev explore moral dilemmas and spiritual torment with unabashed, painful honesty. Since his debut feature, The Return, the director has closely examined the subject of family, and all the love, secrets, violence, and betrayals that entails.
3 - 30 April 2018: Close-Up on Krzysztof Kieślowski

3 - 30 April 2018: Close-Up on Krzysztof Kieślowski

A filmmaker preoccupied with similarities and paradoxes, Krzysztof Kieślowski’s own career seems to have slowly inverted over the years from one centered on political realities to one of effervescent abstraction. Upon closer examination, however, both ends of his career focus on human individuals struggling to reconcile daily life with its cultural myths.
4 - 30 April 2018: Close-Up on Hal Hartley

4 - 30 April 2018: Close-Up on Hal Hartley

Six films by the American independent pioneer Hal Hartley conveying themes of love, class and ambition with an impassivity that represents reality as stark and absurd.

Coming Soon

1 May 2018: Jaap Pieters: The Long Gaze

1 May 2018: Jaap Pieters: The Long Gaze

Jaap Pieters, the “eye of Amsterdam,” began shooting films in Super8 in 1985. Much of his work concentrates on urban subjects – trams, crossroads, city dwellers and drifters – to which Pieters directs his voyeuristic gaze to capture their everyday existence. This hour-long, spontaneously selected, programme will include Stringless, Taksimtree and Clear Views and will be followed by a Q&A with Pieters.
21 May 2018: Sex, Politics, Art and Revolution: French Cinema in 1968

21 May 2018: Sex, Politics, Art and Revolution: French Cinema in 1968

1968 was a year of revolutionary turmoil all over the world, from anti-Vietnam war, feminist activism and civil rights protests in the USA to student protests and a general workers’ strike in France. Marking the 50th anniversary of the events of May 68, this talk will survey the major French films released that year and look at their contrasting visions.