Film4 Summer Screen At Somerset House Announce First Films
6- 19 August 2015
- First four films for 2015 line-up announced: Withnail and I, Roman Holiday, Do the Right Thing and True Romance
- Best of 10 Musicals: Public Vote
- Full announcement of films and tickets on sale in May
Over 14 nights this summer, Film4 Summer Screen stages London’s best-loved outdoor cinema experiences under the stars with a typically eclectic programme of movies for all tastes, from cult classics to new releases and red-carpet premieres. Set within the stately surroundings of Somerset House’s neo-classical courtyard, movie-goers can enjoy a sun-down drink and picnic with early evening live DJ sets and special-guest introductions to selected films.
Amongst the titles planned for this year’s programme is the legendary British cult comedy Withnail and I, starring Richard E. Grant; director Spike Lee’s incendiary masterpiece Do the Right Thing, with its wall-to-wall cool music and sweltering summer heat; the wild-at-heart road-movie True Romance, from the mind of Quentin Tarantino and starring Oscar-winner Patricia Arquette; and romantic-comedy’s crowning achievement Roman Holiday, the light-as-air classic that introduced the world to Audrey Hepburn.
In addition, Film4 Summer Screen will be repeating the popular Best of 10 Public Vote, which for the first time last year gave fans, friends and followers the chance to select what film they wanted to see in the courtyard. Voters picked from the highlights of ten years of Somerset House screenings; this summer, the choice will be between ten of cinema’s greatest movie musicals. The winning film will take its place in the 2015 Summer Screen line-up and all those who voted will have the chance to book before anyone else. Details to be announced.
During the two weeks of Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House, film fans will also be able to come along to Behind the Screen. This diverse and entertaining programme of talks, workshops and family events brings the world of cinema into sharper focus, with special guests providing unique insights into a world that usually only exists up on the big screen. The full programme of films will be announced in May, with further details about the Behind the Screen programme. The synopses for the first four films announced are below:
WITHNAIL AND I
A one-of-a-kind British comedy about two aspiring actors whose Bohemian dreams start to fade as the reality of terminal unemployment sets in. Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann are the title characters, who flee the urban squalor of their everyday lives and escape to a new nightmare – the countryside! A much-loved cult favourite and a perfect film to share with a large summer audience.
A colourful screenplay by Quentin Tarantino and the stylish direction of the late Tony Scott make for a wild-at-heart rollercoaster of a road-movie that mixes comedy, action, great music, cool cameos and the key eponymous ingredient. Christian Slater and this year’s Supporting Actress Oscar winner Patricia Arquette star, but it’s the supporting cast of Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper and Samuel L. Jackson that keeps the film’s motor running.
DO THE RIGHT THING
Director Spike Lee’s incendiary city symphony, set on a single blazing hot day in Brooklyn, is a riot of colour, raised voices, sweaty stand-offs and unstoppable cinematic energy. A controversial talking-point upon release the film still has the power to provoke, although the humour and humanity of Lee’s striking vision burns bright throughout. From its propulsive Public Enemy opening, the soundtrack is a perfect sonic tapestry for a summer night, full of jazz, soul, RnB and hip-hop.
The wonderful romantic comedy that introduced the world to Audrey Hepburn, who will grace Summer Screen for the first time in this down-to-Earth fairy-tale. Hepburn is a princess who slips away from stifling royal duties to explore Rome for one magical day of freedom, with American journalist Gregory Peck as her guide. Light as air and full of charm, this is sheer delight for a summer’s night.
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2 1LA
- Tickets will go on sale in May and will be available from www.somersethouse.org.uk
- Film4 Summer Screen runs from 6 – 19 August 2015
- Ticket prices start from £16.00 plus booking fee
- Doors open 18.30, DJs from 18.45, Film starts approx. 21.00