Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House brings the best of cinema to one of the most spectacular settings in London.
The annual festival presents a two-week programme – handpicked by Film4 and Somerset House – of contemporary, cult and classic films, plus premieres of forthcoming releases, from around the world. Somerset House welcomes 2,000 people per night to share in the laughs, suspense, emotion and excitement of the cinematic selection, within the gorgeous grandeur of its central courtyard. The state-of-the-art projection onto London’s largest outdoor screen and surround sound ensure that every line and every look of every film can be fully appreciated by audiences.
Ahead of each evening’s film, a line-up of DJs will play sets inspired by the upcoming feature, while audiences tuck into picnics or tasty treats from the food offering situated around the neoclassical courtyard. There will also be special, live introductions from familiar faces from the film world in advance of selected screenings.
In addition, a series of Behind the Screen talks from illustrious industry talent and an accompanying film poster exhibition in collaboration with Print Club London make Film4
Summer Screen at Somerset House stand out as film fans’ choice of open-air cinema experience.
This year’s festival will present 16 films over 14 nights (with two double-bills). The first four films revealed for 2017 will delve into the world of wiretapping, with a portrayal of the US’s greatest presidential scandal in its history so far; transport 18th-century France to ‘90s New York with a teen movie classic; enchant with a beloved family fantasy, and offer the opportunity to experience Moonlight in the moonlight.
· Film4 Summer Screen runs from 10 – 23 August 2017
· Ticket prices start from £17 plus booking fee
· Doors open at 18.30, DJs from 18.45 and film starts approx. 21.00
2017 highlights include:
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN
Political conspiracy, dirty tricks, White House scandal, the power of the press – a film that could easily be ripped from today’s headlines is one of the great American movies of the 1970s. Stars Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman are wonderful together as crusading journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the Washington Post reporters whose investigation into the Watergate break-in leads to the downfall of a President. Written by the legendary William Goldman, this formidably compelling classic hooks from the front page.
A wicked black comedy (based on the novel ‘Les liaisons dangereuses’) that turns a literary classic into a contemporary teen movie. Updating an intricately perverse plot of sex and seduction from 18th-century France to ‘90s New York, Ryan Phillippe and Sarah Michelle Gellar are the wealthy, scheming siblings intent on corrupting innocent prey Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair. There’s plenty of fun to be had once this wild ride hits its stride, with racy revelations, campy come-uppances and memorable moments.
One of the most talked-about and deeply-felt films of recent times, this triple Oscar-winner (for Film, Supporting Actor and Adapted Screenplay) follows a young boy as he travels from childhood to young manhood in a threatening Miami neighbourhood. Director Barry Jenkins brings both strength and sensitivity to this story of street-survival and personal awakening, conjuring powerful emotions as he draws the audience into the world of his memorable characters. An intimate film that’s even more stirring when shared with others.
MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO
The magical animation of legendary Studio Ghibli fills the courtyard with colour, charm and adventure as one of the world’s most beloved characters flies in for a summer visit. Two young sisters move to the countryside with their father and find themselves ushered into a world beyond their wildest dreams, where the spirit of nature – embodied by a friendly forest furball – provides unexpected comfort. Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki’s feature promises all-ages enchantment and will leave the audience hoping to catch the first ‘cat-bus’ home.