Preview: Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House


This year’s programme of the highly expected Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House includes interesting and mouthwatering premieres mixed with a wide range of classic films. Amongst the premiere films shown from the 6th to the 19th of August, Gemma Bovery, directed by Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel), staring Gemma Arterton and Fabrice Luchini, but also the Man from U.N.C.L.E, directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes’ films), whose screening was sold-out a few days after the tickets went on sell.

Other films have already proven really popular, the double bill of the 15th of August, True Romance and The Warrior, is also full. However, you can still grab tickets for Withnail and I and An American Werewolf in London on the 8th. Other outdoors screenings include Studio Gibli’s Princess Mononoke, Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, Wrath of God, Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs, and more.

New to this year, Summer Screen Spotlight serves as a showcase for exceptional new filmmaking from around the world and acts as a very compelling addition to the programme of film classics. It is a chance to see something different and make a discovery, the Spotlight for 2015 falls on the big-hearted and beautifully observed The Second Mother, a family drama with a deep seam of winning humour that won over both Sundance and the Berlinale earlier on this year.

The festival also sees the return of the Best of 10 Public Vote feature. This year, you will be able to pick which musical you would like to see in the courtyard of the Somerset House. The list is already online, and you can vote between films that range from Singing in the Rain to West Side Story and Bugsy Malone. Last but not least, the festival also curates Behind the Screen, a programme of talks, workshops and family events with special gets and industry insiders, details will be announced in June. You will also be able to see the Summer Screen Prints exhibition returning to Sommerset House, featuring some of the best names within the graphic art world. Limited-edition art prints will be on sell for £50 each.

Full programme and tickets to Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House (6-19th August 2015) are available here

Image: Film4 Screen at Somerset House, Copyright: James Bryant.


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