Close Up

1 - 3 July 2016: Close-Up Cinema First Anniversary Party and Liberated Film Club Programme Launch

We're thrilled to invite you to celebrate Close-Up cinema's first year anniversary with a programme that leaves everything to the imagination – a month of secret films running throughout July!

On Saturday 2 July, we celebrate Close-Up Cinema Year 1 with an all-night party. Short films, drinks, guest DJs, eccentric staff playlists, and a few surprises to take you into the night.

For this opening weekend we are delighted to host artist and filmmaker Shezad Dawood to introduce Friday’s LSD tinged 3D extravaganza; whilst filmmaker and critic Chris Petit introduces a programme of his re-forgotten film works, gleaned from three decades of navigating the fringes of British cinema.

Curated by Schtinter, the Liberated Film Club programme consists of more than 23 lost, banned and forgotten films you cannot see anywhere else and you will not see again, screened each Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the month. No titles will be announced in advance, so expect the unexpected! Look out for further guest announcements in the following weeks. 

Book your season ticket now to avoid disappointment! And fall in love with getting lost this July at Close-Up Cinema, as unexpected pleasures are the best kind...

Friday 1 July: The Face on the Cutting Room Floor (Appropriate Everything: A Double-Bill)

A suitably misleading preview of the month to come, introduced by artist and filmmaker Shezad Dawood and series curator, Schtinter.

1: "If a bush can say: I am the Truth, so can a man." An experiment in disappearance and smear: Mordant Music’s birthday present to Iain Sinclair. Where is Ramon Miguel?
2: "The past remains present to the future... the future is already present to the past." If Jack Nicholson’s great undoing at The Overlook Hotel had been recorded on LSD in 3D by HAL 9000 of Space Odyssey fame…

Saturday 2 July: All-Night Launch Party and Short Film Programme

“When I am open I am the party - when I am closed I am not the party.”

Join us to celebrate an extraordinary first year of Close-Up Cinema and launch July’s secret programme of lost banned and forgotten films. We’ll leave the cinema door open with shorts screening throughout the night.

Sunday 3 July: Museum of Loneliness and the Caribbean Mystery

Director, writer and critic Chris Petit presents an evening of his re-forgotten film work, including a live performance. The director’s diverse and enigmatic career is explored in this programme, and summarised – in part – as: Radio On as YouTube virus starring Donald Pleasence and produced by Paula Yates.

Petit’s film work includes Radio On, Content, and (with Iain Sinclair) The Cardinal & The Corpse,The Falconer and Asylum. His first novel Robinson is republished by Granta Books, and his latest, Butchers of Berlin, by Simon & Schuster. 

Read Alan Moore’s recent feature on The Psalm Killer here:

Signed copies of Petit’s recent releases: in conversation with the notorious British crime writer, Derek Raymond, and in collaboration with Mordant Music, will be available at the event.

More info:

Part of Close-Up Cinema first anniversary programmes