‘Interesting project!’
(Anita Dobson [Angie Watts])

‘An epic film . . . the Warholian result is a spellbinding – and frequently baffling – meditation on time.’
(Jonathan Jones, The Guardian)

‘The Lock-In when shown in pubs is Marcel Duchamp's urinal for the meta-saturated 21st century. But in this case, artist Stanley Schtinter has put the urinal back into the toilet.’
(Gareth Evans, Adjunct Moving Image Curator, Whitechapel Gallery)

‘A Buñuelian nightmare in which it’s your round, every round, for the rest of time.’
(Dan Fox)

‘You feel pissed just watching it.’
(Matthew Harle, Sight & Sound)

‘Amazing project!’
(Joanna Hogg)

The Lock-In never ends.

Consisting entirely of pub footage from the British soap opera ‘EastEnders’, it is endless inasmuch as its source is endless and its makers living. It never leaves the Queen Vic pub.

In June 2022, The Lock-In toured the real pubs of London's East End. Each venue screened a different year in a day (from the programme’s launch in 1985 until 1995), with an average screening duration of ten hours. Attendance was free for drinkers.

Throughout July 2022, The Lock-In was installed at the Barbican Centre, London. More information on that can be found here.


In May 2024, The Lock-In continues at Close-Up Film Centre in London, and various venues across Ostend in Belgium, with additional satellite screenings in Paris and Cologne, all marking the announcement of the forthcoming artist print edition. For more information on this please contact


15 June
(Cologne, DE)

15 June
Le Voûtes
(Paris, FR)

25 May
Close-Up Film Centre
(London, UK)

17–18 May Monokino
(Ostend, BE)



1–30 July
Barbican Centre


1 July (xii)
The Gun

29 June (xi)
The Hare

26 June (x)
The Wentworth Arms

22 June (ix)
The Old Ship

20 June (viii)
The Bow Bells

19 June (vii)
Biddle Brothers

15 June (vi)
Turner's Old Star

12 June (v)
The Palm Tree

9 June (iv)
The Wentworth Arms

7 June (iii)
The Anchor & Hope

3 June (ii)
Queen Adelaide

1 June (i)
The Globe in Morning Lane

The Lock-In is by Stanley Schtinter. It premiered at the Int’l Short Film Festival Oberhausen as a 96-hour ‘working-week’ installation.

The Lock-In is a physical phenomenon, you have to go,
but for occasional updates (where to go & when):