Carroll / Fletcher @ Close-Up Cinema: William Raban - making films politically?

28 March 2017



William Raban - making films politically?


Close-Up Film Centre

97 Sclater Street, London E1 6HR


Tickets: £10 / £8 conc. / £6 Close-Up members

Tickets can be booked via Close-Up Film Centre here.


Close Up and Carroll / Fletcher are delighted to present a programme of films by William Raban. Artist filmmaker William Raban was a central figure of the London Film-makers' Co-operative (LFMC), he was the manager of LFMC Workshop from 1972 to 1976. Initially known for his landscape and expanded cinema works of the 1970s, Raban's films from the 1990s onwards look at the island of Britain and its people, in the context of the global economy and the effects of urban change.


Despite the apparent shift in Raban's interests, his work has always been informed by a structural film approach. As he recently commented: "[A structural film approach] is especially evident in About Now MMX (2010), which uses grid-like camera movements to create a cinematic map of the city of London. Perhaps it is less obvious with films like the Houseless Shadow (2011) and Time and the Wave (2013), but nevertheless I see the methodology of using straight cuts and no special effects as linked back to minimalist principles. When making a film now I am always asking 'what is the simplest and most direct way to achieve the desired affect?'"


Sundial, 1992, 2 minutes

Island Race, 1996, 27 minutes

About Now MMX, 2010, 28 minutes 

Time and the Wave, 2013, 15 minutes

Available Light, 2016, 9 minutes

London Republic, 2016, 2 minutes


Each of the films will be preceded by a brief introduction by William Raban. The programme will be followed by a Q&A with William Raban, moderated by Steve Fletcher.