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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Showing This Month

1 - 28 February 2018: Close-Up on Michael Haneke

1 - 28 February 2018: Close-Up on Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke has established himself as one of cinema's most original, daring and controversial filmmakers. This retrospective brings together eleven of his acclaimed works, including his most recent film Happy End.
21 February 2018: Films from the Archive: Forgotten Women of the 1930s

21 February 2018: Films from the Archive: Forgotten Women of the 1930s

Marking the centenary of the Representation of the People Act – when some women were granted the vote – and with today’s headlines dominated by the #MeToo movement and gender politics in the film industry, this Queen Mary Grad Fest event will rediscover some of cinema’s forgotten women.

Coming Soon

3 - 4 March 2018: Edge of Frame Weekend

3 - 4 March 2018: Edge of Frame Weekend

A unique three-day celebration of experimental animation, featuring innovative, visionary and risk-taking work in a packed programme of screenings and discussion. Featuring premieres of new films alongside classics and rarely screened historical work.
11 March 2018: Extracted and Circulated: Material Exchange

11 March 2018: Extracted and Circulated: Material Exchange

Responding to their ongoing conversation around their individual practices and methods Graeme Arnfield and Beny Wagner’s programme commingles their own recent film works with images collected and recontextualised from their ongoing archives collected from YouTube.
14 March 2018: Strain Andromeda The

14 March 2018: Strain Andromeda The

As a project of complete appropriation, Anne McGuire’s Strain Andromeda The exacts a methodology at home with the many processes and tests conducted by the scientists and physicians depicted within its source. Her version of The Andromeda Strain, Robert Wise’s adaptation of Michael Crichton’s novel, reverses the film, every shot re-cut so that the last becomes the first, and the first becomes the last.

Film Courses

5 - 26 February 2018: Close-Up Film Course: Expanded Cinema

5 - 26 February 2018: Close-Up Film Course: Expanded Cinema

Karel Doing leads a four-week course exploring the history and concepts of expanded cinema from its inception in New York and London in the 60s, to its global impact and contemporary re-invention.
5 - 26 March 2018: Close-Up Film Course: Surrealism and Cinema from Luis Buñuel to David Lynch

5 - 26 March 2018: Close-Up Film Course: Surrealism and Cinema from Luis Buñuel to David Lynch

Due to popular demand Virginie Sélavy returns with her four-week course on the history of Surrealist cinema, from its beginnings in the 1920s to its re-emergence in the 1960s-70s art/exploitation/psychedelia and Surrealism's socio-political contextualisation in Eastern European cinema before concluding with a survey of the role of Surrealism in contemporary cinema.