Film4 Summer Screen 2010

• HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER OPENS ‘AL FRESCO’ SUMMER MOVIE SEASON AT SOMERSET HOUSE

• GO ‘BEHIND THE SCREEN’ WITH CHRISTIANE KUBRICK, DAVID WALLIAMS, SAM BAIN AND GUY HAMILTON

• RARE BIG SCREEN SHOWING FOR POWELL & PRESSBURGER MASTERPIECE BLACK NARCISSUS

Film4 Summer Screen 2010, featuring eleven nights of movies on the giant open air screen at Somerset House with an accompanying season of insider talks, discussions and special events in Behind the Screen in collaboration with Film4 and BAFTA, will run from Thursday 29 July to Sunday 8 August.

The programme gets off to a high voltage start with the ‘People’s Premiere’ of the blockbuster action-comedy adventure, Knight and Day, bringing together Hollywood superstars Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz (Thu 29 July).

This is followed by:

• A spectacular double bill of kung fu carnage and rampaging revenge with Tarantino’s Kill Bill Volume 1 and Bruce Lee’s landmark of action cinema Enter the Dragon (Fri 30 July).

• Puppets and stop animation at their most outrageous and surreal in a plastic fantastic double bill of Team America: World Police and a special preview of the ingenious French comedy A Town Called Panic (Sat 31 July).

• Woody Allen’s wise and witty love letter to his home city, Manhattan (Sun 1 August).

• Sean Connery is the iconic Bond in Goldfinger (Mon 2 August).

• A rare big screen showing of legendary British film-making duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s classic, with its erotic under-currents and delirious beauty, Black Narcissus (Tue 3 August).

• Stanley Kubrick’s anti-war masterpiece Paths of Glory (Wed 4 August) proving the director was a genius even in his early years.

• Liza Minnelli steps into the spotlight with dazzling musical set pieces and the decadence of 1930s Berlin in Cabaret (Thu 5 August).

• David Lynch’s troubling adult fairy tale, Mulholland Drive (Fri 6 August).

• ‘Bite-night’ featuring a double bill of vampire tales: Let The Right One In and The Lost Boys (Sat 7 August).

• Russell Crowe stars in the epic sea-faring adventure, Master and Commander directed by Peter Weir, and adapted from the novels of Patrick O’Brian. In the words of Time magazine: “With subtlety and power, it explores the complexities of men at war, even with themselves. It puts the passion into action.” and by the New York Times as “stupendously entertaining.” (Sun 8 August).

BEHIND THE SCREEN, presented in association with Film 4 and BAFTA, brings unique insights from some of the key figures of film-making in nightly screenings, talks and round table discussions before each of the main films. The programme includes:

Fri 30 July: Movie Mix Tapes, Music supervisor Ian Neil (Ashes to Ashes, Kick-Ass, 4-3-2-1) discusses the creative choices involved in making a great movie soundtrack.

Sat 31 July: Satirical Cinema, the history of political satire on film and more recently on television, with speakers including writer Jesse Armstrong (In the Loop, Four Lions).

Sun 1 August: Bright Lights Big City, exploring cinema’s depiction of the big city, from romantic to dystopian, from clinical to fantastical.

Mon 2 August: All that Glitters is Goldfinger, Guy Hamilton, David Arnold and David Walliams lead a cast of Bond collaborators and fans celebrating and recalling the stories behind some of the best moments in the film.

Tue 3 August: BAFTA Winning Shorts, screening highlights of this year’s nominations for BAFTA short film and short animation award including the inners in each category.

Wed 4 August: Kubrick’s Camera, producer Jan Harlan (The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut) join friends of the Director explore some of Kubrick’s most mesmerizing and unforgettable images. Stanley Kubrick’s widow, Christiane Kubrick will then introduce the film on stage.

Thu 5 August: Dance on Film, Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini, the film-makers behind this summer’s massive box office hit, StreetDance 3D, will be joined by a panel of choreographers, dancers and directors to discuss the challenges associated with representing dance on screen.

Fri 6 August: Celluloid Dreams, A special panel event featuring writers and film-makers, looking at the long standing relationship between the world of dreams and the cinema.

Sat 7 August: The Immortal Appeal of the Vampire, film critic and novelist Kim Newman (Anno Dracula) will be joined by writers and film-making talent to look at the on-screen legacy of the vampire.

Jenny Waldman, Public Programmes Consultant, Somerset House Trust, said: “Film4 Summer Screen is so much more than just a beautiful open-air cinema: it is a total film experience: the best films shown in state of the art conditions, unique encounters with the people who make them, the splendour of the setting at Somerset House. We are thrilled to announce a great programme for everyone in our tenth anniversary year.”

David Cox, Film4 Channel Editor, said: "A love of film has always been very much at the heart of Film4, with Summer Screen providing a unique opportunity for us to celebrate our passion for cinema directly with fellow fans. Of course, there's no better place to do that than at Somerset House, where the courtyard brings a sense of the extraordinary to the simple act of sharing a film."

Film4 Summer Screen
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2 1LA

  • To book tickets, visit www.somersethouse.org.uk or call Ticketmaster on 0844 847 1715
  • Ticket prices: £14.50 plus booking fees, Double Bills: £18.00 plus booking fees
  • For further information, call 020 7845 4600
  • Doors open 18.30, Djs from 19.30, Film starts 21.15
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey is the Official Drinks Sponsor of Film4 Summer Screen, continuing the brand’s collaboration with film.

Press Enquiries: Josephine Rodrigues, Somerset House Trust 020 7845 4638
josephine.rodrigues@somersethouse.org.uk


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