Preview: Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House (2014)

c/o James Bryant Photography

c/o James Bryant Photography

In the spirit of honouring alternative screening joints, we preview Film4’s Summer Screen at London’s Somerset House.

This August, Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House is celebrating its 10th birthday. With another excellent line-up of cult favourites and contemporary classics playing on London’s largest screen, this year is set to be the ideal time to Somerset House’s resplendent courtyard. Bonus: they’re throwing in a UK premiere or two, just for good measure.

The line-up includes the premiere of the Dardenne brothers’ latest slice of social realism Two Days, One Night fresh from the Cannes Film Festival, as well as the premiere of much discussed Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth.

There’s a plentiful pick ‘n’ mix selection of films to suit all tastes; from the gentle charm of Sense and Sensibility to screwball comedies like Gentleman Prefer Blondes and the tender neuroticism of Annie Hall and The Royal Tenenbaums, there’s something for everyone. Hedonism is big on Film4’s agenda with the sumptuous The Great Beauty and a wickedly debauched double bill of the original John Waters Hairspray and Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers (one of our favourites from last year). Other double-bills include the Western in its original and reimagined forms (A Fistful of Dollars followed by – wait for it – Mad Max 2) and the supernatural cop comedies Ghostbusters (of course) and Big Trouble in Little China.

Our picks of the bunch? Francois Truffaut’s beautiful black and white paean to youth The 400 Blows and Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby for an evening of cinematic thrills and chills.

To mark 10 years of their annual Summer Screen, Film4 have also summoned the public to cast their vote for their favourite film from previous programmes. The verdict: Steven Spielberg’s E.T., too little seen on the big screen and perfect for an outdoor screening under the stars.

Tickets cost £16 for single screenings and £20 for double-bills and can be purchased here. Availability is very limited so be quick!

Can’t get your hands on tickets but still desperate for a Film4 fix? Watch this space for more details on Film4 Summer Screen’s ‘Behind the Screens’ talks taking place later on this summer.

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