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

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.
1 - 26 July 2018: Face of Another

1 - 26 July 2018: Face of Another

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

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

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.