Showing This Week

27 - 29 May 2016: Close-Up on Jonas Mekas

27 - 29 May 2016: Close-Up on Jonas Mekas

Jonas Mekas' highly personal film diaries recorded many of the "underground" events from the 1950s to the 80s as well as his own life, creating a unique body of work that is both a record of those eventful years and remarkable film poetry.
27 May 2016: Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania

27 May 2016: Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania

"I talk during much of the film, reminiscing about this and that. Mostly it's about myself, as a Displaced Person, my relation to home, Memory, Culture, Up-rootedness, Childhood." – Jonas Mekas
28 May 2016: Lost Lost Lost

28 May 2016: Lost Lost Lost

Lost Lost Lost comprises fourteen years of filming, starting from his arrival in America as a political refugee. It documents the New York counterculture of the '50s and the development of Mekas' own filming style.
29 May 2016: Walden

29 May 2016: Walden

"Since 1950 I have been keeping a film diary. I have been walking around with my Bolex and reacting to the immediate reality: situations, friends, New York, seasons of the year. On some days I shot ten frames, on others ten seconds, still on others ten minutes. Or I shot nothing." – Jonas Mekas
29 May 2016: Meanwhile a Butterfly Flies

29 May 2016: Meanwhile a Butterfly Flies

To conclude our season on Jonas Mekas we're proud to present Julius Ziz's poetic documentary, an intimate homage to his friend Jonas Mekas.  Ziz will attend the screening for Q&A.

Coming Soon

30 May 2016: Kurt Kren: Structural Films Screening and Book Launch

30 May 2016: Kurt Kren: Structural Films Screening and Book Launch

Kurt Kren was a vital figure in Austrian avant-garde cinema of the post-war period. His structural films, often shot frame-by-frame following elaborately pre-scored charts and diagrams, have influenced filmmakers for decades, even as Kren himself has remained a nomadic and obscure public figure.
2 June 2016: Miranda Pennell: People in Motion, People at Rest

2 June 2016: Miranda Pennell: People in Motion, People at Rest

Pennell has produced a body of award-winning film and video work that explores forms of collective performance, whether dancers, soldiers or fight directors. This programme brings together both early and recent works, and the evening will also include Pennell’s latest film The Host.
3 June 2016: Leila and the Wolves

3 June 2016: Leila and the Wolves

Following Filmarmalade's programme of Miranda Pennell's films at Close-Up, we will screen one of Pennell's favourite films, Heiny Srour's Leila and the Wolves. Pennell will introduce the film and will be in conversation with Palestinian writer and commentator Nadia Hijab following the screening.
4 June 2016: Hand and Machine

4 June 2016: Hand and Machine

This programme presents seven recent film works from Australian diy cine experimentalists Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie exploring the primitive apparatus of cinema and the relation between hand and machine. Richard Tuohy will be in attendance for a Q&A session after the screening.
7 June 2016: Re-membering the Lost Ones in the Films of Stan Brakhage

7 June 2016: Re-membering the Lost Ones in the Films of Stan Brakhage

This programme and talk will focus on the theme of dissolution and the process of recovering and re-membering the departed in several key films by Stan Brakhage which cover his entire career.
17 June 2016: Ikarie XB 1

17 June 2016: Ikarie XB 1

Part of Second Run’s strand of screenings at Close-Up, presenting a selection of the masterpieces from their catalogue, we are delighted to screen Jindřich Polák seminal work of fantasy cinema, Ikarie XB 1. The film is presented in a superb new anamorphic digital transfer with restored picture and sound.
18 - 19 June 2016: Alex Cox's Introduction to Film Book Launch and Screenings

18 - 19 June 2016: Alex Cox's Introduction to Film Book Launch and Screenings

Join Kamera Books and Close-Up in a special programme of films to mark the release of Alex Cox's Introduction to Film: A Director's Perspective. Gareth Evans will be in conversation with Alex Cox to discuss his new book.
19 June 2016: I Could Read the Sky

19 June 2016: I Could Read the Sky

As part of The Immigrants of Spitalfields Festival, Gareth Evans will be in conversation with writer Timothy O'Grady about the film based upon his photographic novel I Could Read the Sky.
24 June 2016: Indefinite Visions Part I

24 June 2016: Indefinite Visions Part I

This two-day event brings together academics, filmmakers and artists to explore the indefinite and the illegible in film – from artists’ film and video to experimental film and commercial cinema. Each programme includes a variety of screenings on 35mm, 16mm, and digital, bringing together recent examples of indefinite vision in experimental film.
25 June 2016: Indefinite Visions Part II

25 June 2016: Indefinite Visions Part II

This two-day event brings together academics, filmmakers and artists to explore the indefinite and the illegible in film – from artists’ film and video to experimental film and commercial cinema. Each programme includes a variety of screenings on 35mm, 16mm, and digital, bringing together recent examples of indefinite vision in experimental film.
26 June 2016: Penda's Fen

26 June 2016: Penda's Fen

To celebrate David Rudkin's 80th birthday, we will screen one of the masterworks of British television drama, Alan Clarke's Penda's Fen, fuelled by an imaginative response to Penda, the last pagan king of England.
27 June 2016: Celluloid Symposium: Analogue! Accident! Alchemy!

27 June 2016: Celluloid Symposium: Analogue! Accident! Alchemy!

Chaired by Helen Dewitt, this panel discussion will focus on the use of analogue film technologies in a predominantly digital age, with the participation of Nicholas Abrahams, Douglas Hart, Bea Haut.