Film

Each summer, The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court hosts London's most beautiful open-air cinema; Film4 Summer Screen. A highlight of the city’s summer calendar, the series features a range of films, all showing on a state-of-the-art screen with full surround sound.

"Watching a movie under the stars in Somerset House’s beautiful courtyard on a balmy summer evening is a near-perfect London experience." TimeOut

In addition to this, throughout the year, we show films in our Screening Room which give insight into or are inspired by our current programme of events.

Information about upcoming screenings and material from previous film related talks and events can be found below.

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Film4 Summer Screen
at Somerset House
6 - 19 August 2015

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House returned this August for 14 nights of classic, cult and contemporary films, plus new premieres. 

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Behind the Screen
8 – 17 August 2015

Film fans can take a trip inside Somerset House for Behind the Screen – a diverse and entertaining programme of talks, workshops and family activities. Behind the Screen brings the world of cinema into sharper focus with special events and guests providing unique insights into a world that usually only exists on the big screen.

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Unorthodocs: Documentary Screening Series
11 January 2016 - 21 March 2016
The Screening Room, £12.00 / £10.00

Curated in partnership with Dartmouth Films, Somerset House presents Unorthodocs: a programme of documentaries that have won awards, been screened at international festivals, but fall outside the remit of British television. Ranging between the quirky, surreal, poignant and profound, these films reveal documentary-making at its most innovative and imaginative. Each screening will be followed by the chance to hear from a member of the filmmaking team.

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The Museum of Innocence: In Istanbul Series
3 February - 8 March 2016
The Screening Room, £12.00/£10.00

Marking the hosting of Somerset House's exhibition, displaying vitrines on loan from Pamuk's Museum for the first time outside Turkey we present a short series of films showcasing other visions of that compelling metropolis. From a snowbound Cannes-winner to a study of urban yearning and a song of praise to the city's street dogs, the emphasis is strongly on the unexpected, intimate and always atmospheric. 

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Sound and Vision
Sound and Vision

Explore our Behind the Screen archive, watch and listen to directors, actors and industry insiders illuminate the Film4 Summer Screen programme, in animated and interesting discussions. 

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