Peter Gidal: Close Up

Date: 16 March 2016 | Season: Peter Gidal: Flare Out

Wednesday 16 March 2016, at 7pm
Newcastle AV Festival at Northern Carter

This rare screening of Peter Gidal’s ‘feature length’ film Close Up (1983) 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 of the soundtrack.

Peter Gidal, Close Up, 1983, 70 min

The programme will be introduced by Mark Webber.