Somerset House promises two film-filled weeks with Film4 Summer Screen, an open-air film screening season that kicks off this Thursday. Expect fourteen epic evenings filled with the classics, perfect double bills and recent favourites!
The outdoor cinema returns to the venue this summer to revisit brilliant picks from the filmographies of such household names as Nolan, DuVernay or Haynes and masterpieces from Hitchcock and Lynch. The brand-new films directed by Runge and Layton will also get their UK premieres during the festival.
The screenings will be introduced by special guests. Michael Caine will say a few words about Christopher Nolan’s Inception, an award-winning producer behind Their Finest and On Chesil Beach Elisabeth Karlsen will share secrets of her passion project Carol, Genn Close and Bjorn Runge will talk about their collaboration The Wife, while the director Bart Layton will set the scene for his newest true crime film American Animals that blurs the boundary between a fictional story and a documentary.
You can find the full line-up below:
Thursday 9 August: Opening Night UK Premiere: The Wife
Friday 10 August: Inception
Saturday 11 August: Labyrinth + The Wizard of Oz Double Bill
Sunday 12 August: Rebecca
Monday 13 August: Being John Malkovich
Tuesday 14 August: 20 Feet From Stardom
Wednesday 15 August: Carol
Thursday 16 August: Blue Velvet
Friday 17 August: Bride of Frankenstein + The Beauty and The Beast Double Bill
Saturday 18 August: Total Recall + A Nightmare on Elm Street Double Bill
Sunday 19 August: Sleeping Beauty
Monday 20 August: Call Me By Your Name
Tuesday 21 August: Selma
Wednesday 22 August: Closing Night UK Premiere: American Animals
The summer film celebration includes also a variety of supporting events. Before each screening, the activities prepared by the East Wing residents Little White Lies and Discover.film will get the cinemagoers in the mood for the evening, while the DJ sets in the West Wing will soundtrack the events with eclectic sets that fit the cinematic theme of any given day.
The festival will also give the audiences an opportunity to learn more about some of the headlining titles during Behind the Screen events. These discussions with filmmakers, industry insiders and film critics will shed some light on the context of the films and spark thought-provoking conversations between the people who mould modern film discourse. The guest list is impressive indeed: among the panellists appear such names as Francis Lee (the director of God’s Own Country), Stella Fox (the set decorator of Star Wars films), Elizabeth Karlsen, Bart Layton, the creative collective Bechdel Test Fest, Channel 4’s Random Acts, Truth and Movies podcast team joined by special guests, as well as writers Bidisha and Sophie Monks Kaufman.
Tickets are available on the Somerset House website. Prices vary from £19.75 – £26.75.