Welcome to Close-Up!


Close-Up makes film culture and history accessible through its film programmes and mediatheque.

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 Week

Tuesday 23 April: The White Dove

Tuesday 23 April: The White Dove

František Vláčil’s debut feature is an exemplar of the purity and poetry of his vision. A near-experimental work of great humanism and lyricism, it traces the flight of a bird that loses it way home to the Baltic coast, where a young girl waits for it, and winds up in Prague, where a young boy and a painter rescue it.
Wednesday 24 April: The Childhood of a Leader

Wednesday 24 April: The Childhood of a Leader

We're thrilled to welcome Brady Corbet and Stacy Martin to present a special screening of Corbet's debut, in tribute to Scott Walker. Loosely inspired by the writings of Jean-Paul Sartre and Margaret MacMillan, The Childhood of a Leader is a nightmarish coming-of-age tale charting the early stirrings of despotism in a French choirboy.
Thursday 25 April: Filmarmalade: Doozy

Thursday 25 April: Filmarmalade: Doozy

Part creative documentary, part essay film, Richard Squires' debut uses animated antihero "Clovis" as a means to explore the 1960s voice casting of actor Paul Lynde as a series of Hanna-Barbera villains. Through the lens of one of Hollywood’s hidden queer histories, Doozy contemplates cartoon villainy and hysterical masculinity; the use of voice to signify "otherness" and the frequently uneasy relationship between character and actor.
Friday 26 April: The Liberated Film Club IV

Friday 26 April: The Liberated Film Club IV

"Because you're sick of knowing exactly what you're going to get and you're sick when you get it." We're thrilled to welcome Chloe Aridjis as our special guest for the fourth instalment of The Liberated Film Club, and an edition of 5 risograph printed posters signed by the guest will be available exclusively on the night.
Saturday 27 April: The Firemen's Ball

Saturday 27 April: The Firemen's Ball

A milestone of the Czech New Wave, Miloš Forman’s first colour film The Firemen’s Ball is both a dazzling comedy and a provocative political satire. Presumed to be a commentary on the floundering Czech leadership, the film was "banned forever" in Czechoslovakia following the Russian invasion and prompted Forman’s move to America.
Saturday 27 April: Daisies

Saturday 27 April: Daisies

Věra Chytilová’s classic of surrealist cinema is the most adventurous and anarchic Czech film of the 1960s. Two young women, both named Marie, revolt against a degenerate, decayed and oppressive society, attacking symbols of wealth and bourgeois culture. A riotous, punk-poem of a film that is both hilarious and mind-warpingly innovative.
Sunday 28 April: Czech Mate: In Search of Jirí Menzel

Sunday 28 April: Czech Mate: In Search of Jirí Menzel

This expansive and intimate, eminently engaging documentary was a labor of love by Mumbai-based archivist and filmmaker Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, who became enamoured with Jiří Menzel’s work after seeing Closely Observed Trains. Years later, Dungarpur initiated a correspondence and eventual friendship with Menzel that resulted in this astonishingly detailed and probing documentary on Menzel’s life, career, and postwar Czechoslovak cinema. Introduced by Ehsan Khoshbakht.

Showing Next Week

Monday 29 April: Closely Observed Trains

Monday 29 April: Closely Observed Trains

At a village railway station in occupied Czechoslovakia, a bumbling dispatcher’s apprentice longs to liberate himself from his virginity. Oblivious to the war and the resistance that surrounds him, this young man embarks on a journey of sexual awakening and self-discovery, encountering a universe of frustration, eroticism, and adventure.
Wednesday 1 May: International Workers’ Day: Class Relations

Wednesday 1 May: International Workers’ Day: Class Relations

"Kafka, for us, is the only major poet of industrial civilisation, I mean, a civilisation where people depend on their work to survive. That’s why there is this permanent fear of losing your job, there are traces left by the fact of having been afraid, and there is constantly misery that appears and is threatening" – Jean-Marie Straub

Friday 3 May: Gwendolyn

Friday 3 May: Gwendolyn

One of the founding members of Close-Up, Gwendolyn Leick, the London-based Austrian protagonist of Ruth Kaaserer’s latest film, is in her mid-sixties, barely weighs 52kg and is a three-time world champion in weightlifting. The film documents her return to training following a cancer diagnosis. We're thrilled to welcome Gwendolyn Leick and director Ruth Kaaserer for a Q&A session.
Saturday 4 May: Take Two: Diamonds of the Night / Josef Kilian

Saturday 4 May: Take Two: Diamonds of the Night / Josef Kilian

A driving forward motion propels Němec’s debut feature, Diamonds of the Night, an almost wordless film that jumps between silence and bursts of gunfire, close-ups and long shots, the present and a time that may be past or future, real or dreamed. The surreal Josef Kilián is a dark and absurdly humorous, biting allegory of life under a totalitarian regime  inspired by the grotesque nightmares of Franz Kafka and another icon of Czech literature, the anti-militarist, anti-authoritarian Jaroslav Hasek.

Coming Soon

23 April - 15 May 2019: Close-Up on the Czechoslovak New Wave

23 April - 15 May 2019: Close-Up on the Czechoslovak New Wave

Coinciding with the UK premiere of Shivendra Singh Dungarpur's epic documentary CzechMate: In Search of Jirí Menzel at Close-Up, we're thrilled to present a programme of masterpieces from the Czech and Slovak New Wave.
24 April - 31 May 2019: Close-Up on Scott Walker

24 April - 31 May 2019: Close-Up on Scott Walker

In memory of the late great Scott Walker, Close-Up is honoured to present three films featuring of his original scores alongside a selection of cinematic masterpieces originally selected by Scott for his edition of Meltdown Festival in 2000. Introductions by special guests and a series of listening sessions will continue to be announced over the coming weeks.
1 - 29 May 2019: The Films of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub

1 - 29 May 2019: The Films of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub

Despite the importance and influence of their work, there has not been a UK retrospective of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub's films since the early 1990s. Close-Up is thrilled to be part of this three-month multi-venue programme, presenting a selection of their features and shorts, as well as the films Straub shot on his own after 2006, which reaffirm with equal strength the aesthetic and political principles that had guided their previous works.
3 May 2019: Gwendolyn

3 May 2019: Gwendolyn

One of the founding members of Close-Up, Gwendolyn Leick, the London-based Austrian protagonist of Ruth Kaaserer’s latest film, is in her mid-sixties, barely weighs 52kg and is a three-time world champion in weightlifting. The film documents her return to training following a cancer diagnosis. We're thrilled to welcome Gwendolyn Leick and director Ruth Kaaserer for a Q&A session.
12 May 2019: Guy Sherwin and Peter Todd: Recent Work

12 May 2019: Guy Sherwin and Peter Todd: Recent Work

We’re thrilled to present a hybrid programme of digital videos by Guy Sherwin and 16mm films by Peter Todd. These recent works will be shown in an indeterminate way, enabling connections to be made unique to the screening. Both filmmakers will be present throughout and will participate in a discussion following the screening.
25 May 2019: Alt/Kino: Terror Nullius

25 May 2019: Alt/Kino: Terror Nullius

ALT/KINO presents the London premiere of Soda_Jerk's sample-based political revenge fable TERROR NULLIUS, preceded by Lewis Klahr's Pony Glass and Eileen Maxson's Cinderella+++ – short films that explore notions of sampling and re-mixing traditional cultural narratives in different ways. Soda_Jerk will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening.

Calendar

Tue 23 Apr 8:15pm
The White Dove
Wed 24 Apr 8:15pm
The Childhood of a Leader
Thu 25 Apr 8:15pm
Doozy
Fri 26 Apr 8:15pm
The Liberated Film Club IV
Sat 27 Apr 6:00pm
The Firemen's Ball
Sat 27 Apr 8:00pm
Daisies
Mon 29 Apr 8:15pm
Closely Observed Trains
Tue 30 Apr 8:15pm
Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
Fri 03 May 6:30pm
Gwendolyn
Fri 03 May 8:15pm
Gwendolyn
Sun 05 May 6:30pm
The Leopard
Mon 06 May 8:15pm
The Round-Up
Tue 07 May 8:15pm
The Shop on the High Street
Sat 11 May 6:00pm
Hunger
Sat 11 May 8:00pm
A Man Escaped
Sun 12 May 5:00pm
Pola X