Close-Ups Events
These events are enjoyable, informal and sociable with no prior knowledge of the films necessary and opportunities to gain insights into many different aspects of film via a combination of input, informal discussion and a variety of fascinating film clips. Close-Ups are held at Thoresby College on the South Quay.

Our Close-Ups events are £5 for members and their guests, otherwise £6, which includes complementary refreshments.   This can be paid on the door but please book your place in advance by e-mailing email hidden; JavaScript is required as this helps us with catering and photocopies!

  Film Close-Ups
  Social Events
  Other Events
  Sunday 26thJanuary 5.30pm   POST-FILM MEAL
  Thursday 30thJanuary 7.30pm   BEHIND YOU! – BRITISH FILM COMEDY
  Thursday 12thMarch 6pm   PRE-FILM MEAL
  Thursday 2ndApril 7.30pm   HOW DOES A HITCHCOCK FILM WORK
  Thursday 4thJune 7.30pm   EARLY SPECIAL EFFECTS



Sunday 26thJanuary 5.30pm

Post-Film meal at Pizza Express

We would like to invite you to join fellow Cinema Club members for a meal at Pizza Express, 1 Saturday Market Place, after the matinee film “All is True” on Sunday 26th January.   In addition to a large variety of Pizzas, their menu includes some pasta dishes, salads and a mushroom risotto.   To drink, there are a large variety of wines as well as beers, ciders and soft drinks.   We have a Pizza Express voucher which gives a 30% discount on the bill for everyone in the group. You can still pay separately.

In the hope of reducing the time you will have to wait for your meal, this year we are asking you to pre-order your starter and main dish.   There is no need to pre-order desserts.

To book please e-mail us at email hidden; JavaScript is required with your name(s) and choice of starter (if you are having one) and main dish from the menu below by Thursday 23rd January.

Click image for the menu in PDF format




Thursday 30thJanuary 7.30pm

Presented by Nigel Herwin

Banish those midwinter blues with this celebration and exploration of the films that have tickled the British funny bone since the late 19th century.   Beginning with the weird and wacky world of early British silent film, discover the extent to which comedy has its roots in pantomime and how music hall stars like George Formby and Will Hay kept the British end up during World War Two.   Ponder the fact that the sophisticated satire of the Ealing comedies may be an aberration in the ongoing English obsession with embarrassment (that returned big time with the saucy innuendo and cross-dressing of the Carry On films).   Trip out to the surrealism of Monty Python and find out how transferring television comedy to the big screen saved the British film industry during the 1970s. And then…?

Among the films which will be looked at are (although this may change!):

Band Waggon (Marcel Varnel, 1940)
Let George Do It! (Marcel Varnel, 1940)
The Goose Steps Out (Will Hay & Basil Dearden, 1942)
Passport to Pimlico (Henry Cornelius, 1949)
The Belles of St. Trinian’s (Frank Launder, 1954)
Doctor in the House (Ralph Thomas, 1954)
Carry On Nurse (Gerald Thomas, 1959)
On The Buses (Harry Booth, 1971)
Monty Python’s Life of Brian (Terry Jones, 1979)
A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton, 1988)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (Mike Newell, 1994)

If I was to list all the (obscure) silent shorts I’m planning to show, that list would be twice as long and twice again!



Thursday 12thMarch 6pm

Pre-Film meal at the Riverside Restaurant

The menu and booking arrangements will be e-mailed to members closer to the event.
Pre-booking is essential.




Thursday 2ndApril 7.30pm

Presented by Phil Lloyd

Considered one of the most influential film makers in the history of cinema with a career that lasted over six decades.   Hitchcock was the master of more than just suspense, he was the master of cinema. What were his own cinematic influences?   How do the great technician’s famous sequences work?   Why is the staircase always so important?   And what would his mother say?

Films discussed will include overlooked treasures such as The Pleasure Garden and Stage Fright to Strangers on a Train, Rear Window and the great Vertigo.



Thursday 4thJune 7.30pm

Presented by Christopher Budd

Details to follow


Please let us know if you have any requests for future events.


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