Peter Gidal, Close Up, 1983. © Peter Gidal

This rare screening of Peter Gidal’s ‘feature length’ film Close Up anticipates the publication of Flare Out: Aesthetics 1966–2016, a collection of essays by one of film’s great polemicists. Gidal was a central figure during the formative years of the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative, whose 50th anniversary is being celebrated throughout 2016, and made some its most radical works. His cinema is anti-narrative, against representation and fiercely materialist. In Close Up, Gidal’s political, ultra-leftist practice is augmented by the disembodied voices of Nicaraguan revolutionaries heard on the soundtrack.

Introduced by Mark Webber. Flare Out: Aesthetics 1966–2016 is published by The Visible Press in Spring 2016.

Close Up, dir: Peter Gidal, UK, 1983, 70min + Intro, 16mm, LUX, London.

Presented as part of Resistance: British Documentary Film, more information about all the films in the series here.

Film Pass Four: Resistance: British Documentary Film
Tue 1 – Thu 24 March
£28 Full Price / £23 Concession
Includes entrance to all films in the series, including screenings at Northern Charter
Film Passes can only be booked via the Tyneside Cinema Box Office.

Close Up
Peter Gidal

FREE, book here

Wed 16 March, 7pm (70min + Intro) 

Northern Charter

Fifth Floor
Commercial Union House
39 Pilgrim Street