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15 November 2019: The Liberated Film Club XI with Dennis Cooper


"Because you're sick of knowing exactly what you're going to get and you're sick when you get it."

The Liberated Film Club began as a pirate DVD company, issuing irregular mail-order catalogues of lost, suppressed and impossible films otherwise unobtainable. It hosts a monthly event at Close-Up, with guests invited to introduce a film which neither they nor the audience know in advance of screening. As John Akomfrah, one of the previous guests put it: "the premise of these events is the premise of cinema itself. You will not know". Recent guests have included Astra Taylor, Laura Mulvey, Adam Christensen, Juliet Jacques, Athina Tsangari, Chloe Aridjis, Sean Price Williams, Xiaolu Guo, Mania Akbari and many more.


We're thrilled to welcome Dennis Cooper as our special guest for the eleventh 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.

Dennis Cooper is the author of nine novels as well as numerous books of poetry and non-fiction. He has made two feature films in collaboration with artist Zac Farley, Permanent Green Light (2018) and Like Cattle Towards Glow (2015). His most recent publications are a novel, The Marbled Swarm (Harper Collins, 2011) and four works of fiction composed of animated gifs, most recently the gif novel Zac's Freight Elevator (Kiddiepunk Press, 2016) and a short gif fiction collection, Zac’s Coral Reef (Kiddiepunk Press, (2018). He has written the works of French theater director and choreographer Gisele Vienne since 2004. He has recently completed his tenth novel, I Wished, and is currently working on Room Temperature, his third film with Farley. He blogs at and lives in Paris and Los Angeles.

The Liberated Film Club is curated by Winstanley Schtinter. Schtinter has been described as an artist by the Daily Mail and as an exorcist by the Daily Star. He also produces records as