Every year Somerset House stages London’s best-loved open-air cinema – we are of course talking about the hotly anticipated Film4 Summer Screen. It’s a highlight of the summer calendar and a must-see for film lovers across the UK.
This year offers an extended programme of 14 nights of film, featuring classics, comedy, romance, musicals, thrillers and everything in between. It will also present three premieres over the course of the fortnight, including the World Premiere of Richard Curtis’ About Time and the UK Premiere of both The Way Way Back (starring Steve Carell and Toni Colette) and Prince Avalanche (from director David Gordon Green). The films are presented in the magnificent 18th century courtyard on a giant 17 x 8 metre screen with full surround sound. There’s plenty to enjoy apart from the actual screenings too, with early evening DJ sessions, food and drink, and special live introductions to warm you up. It really is the ultimate summer cinema experience!
If you haven’t already bought your tickets you better hurry! All screenings are sold out bar one, which is Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood (12A) on Thursday 15th August. It’s a spectacular and haunting version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, with every frame of the film proving unforgettable. The DJ of the evening with be Jack Savidge (Friendly Fires) and tickets are £14.50 + booking fees. Book now to avoid disappointment, it’s expected to sell out completely very soon.
For those who love cinema and want to hear more about the films and filmmakers showcased at Film4 Summer Screen, you can take a trip behind the scenes with ‘Behind the Screen’, a series of exclusive on-stage interviews and talks exploring the art and craft of cinema. Highlights include Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, writers of The Descendants and The Way Way Back. These events are intimate and entertaining, allowing you to take part in chats with America’s best and brightest screenwriters and directors. The talks start with The Great Teen Movie Debate on the 10th August and finish with David Gordon Green in Conversation on the 21st August. Doors open at 6.30pm for a complimentary glass of wine (we love it already!) and the talks start at 7pm, lasting approx one hour. Book your tickets for Behind the Screen here.
To make the evening one to remember, pack a picnic, blanket and some cushions to enjoy your film in comfort. We’ll be there, so join us for a merry time – fingers crossed for good weather!
For more info on Film4 Summer Screen go to http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/film/film4-summer-screen-2013