Film4 Summer Screen
at Somerset House

Celebrate 10 Years of Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
7 – 20 August 2014


'For a near-perfect London night out, you can’t beat watching a movie in the beautiful courtyard at Somerset House.' Time Out

Celebrating 10 years of cinema under the stars, Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House is back for 14 nights with a special anniversary season. Classic, cult, contemporary, never-seen-before films, plus a public vote winning title will feature on London’s largest screen with full surround sound in the spectacular neoclassical setting of Somerset House.

As the sun sets, live DJs will play as cinema-goers chill out in the courtyard with picnics and drinks.  Selected screenings will also be specially introduced by the film’s stars and directors.

Film fans can take a trip inside Somerset House for Behind the Screen – a diverse and entertaining programme of talks, workshops and family activities to celebrate 10 years of Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House.

For General Information click here

Win prizes each night during Film4 Summer Screen including limited-edition screen-printed film posters when sharing your selfie from Summer Screen Prints exhibition. Click here to find out how to enter.

UK Premiere: Two Days, One Night (15)
Thursday, 7 August 2014

Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard stars in this riveting French drama about a woman fighting to keep her job. Tough yet tender, the UK premiere of the new film from acclaimed filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne kicks off Summer Screen in powerful style.

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Rosemary's Baby (18)
Friday, 8 August 2014

A masterclass in suspense, director Roman Polanski's sophisticated horror hit stars Mia Farrow as a mother-to-be who starts to sense the presence of an evil influence on her life. Polanski's subtle approach to shocks makes for a film that will keep you gripped for the entire evening. 

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Double Bill: A Fistful of Dollars + Mad Max 2 (18)
Saturday, 9 August 2014

Two maverick heroes in a pair of films that redefined action cinema. Director Sergio Leone introduces us to Clint Eastwood's 'Man With No Name' in a stylised ‘60s Western, while Mel Gibson’s 'road warrior' Max returns to the screen in an adventure full of heart-stopping thrills.

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (U)
Sunday, 10 August 2014

Need a Sunday night pick-me-up? Director Howard Hawks’ quick-witted screwball-musical is one of the most exuberant cinematic entertainments of all-time, its dazzling colours and sparkling comedy enhanced by the formidable screen presence of stars Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell.

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Sense and Sensibility (U)
Monday, 11 August 2014

Writer Emma Thompson's take on Jane Austen's novel is a perfect literary adaptation, a romantic comedy of manners that won the BAFTA for Best Film. With a cast including Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman and Thompson herself, this tale of two sisters will transform a summer's night.

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Annie Hall (15)
Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Hilarious and provocative, Woody Allen's 1977 classic has lost none if its romantic and comic spark. Diane Keaton is a delight in the title role, teaming up with Allen to play a pair of neurotic New Yorkers drawn to each other from their first meeting.

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UK Premiere: 20,000 Days on Earth (cert TBC)
Wednesday, 13 August 2014

A unique and cinematic documentary film that constructs an imaginary day-in-the-life of writer & singer Nick Cave, following him from Brighton bedroom to Sydney Opera House as it explores the mysteries of the creative process, the nature of collaboration and, ultimately, what makes Nick tick. 

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The Great Beauty (15)
Thursday, 14 August 2014

The winner of this year’s Oscar and BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film takes you on a dazzling trip through contemporary Rome, where the parties may be dizzying, but the comedown can be hard. An extravagant cinematic experience that more than lives up to its title.

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Double Bill: Hairspray (1988) + Spring Breakers (18)
Friday, 15 August 2014

Teenage rebellion comes in all shapes and styles in this double-bill featuring the subversive talents of directors John Water and Harmony Korine. The original version of Hairspray shimmies into Somerset House to shake up the squares, while former Disney starlets-turned-Spring Breakers find trouble in paradise with a deranged James Franco. 

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Double Bill: Ghostbusters + Big Trouble in Little China (15)
Saturday, 16 August 2014

Two supernatural spectaculars team up for one wild night of comedy and action. First, Bill Murray and the ghostbusting gang rid New York of paranormal pests, followed by Kurt Russell as a tough-talking truck driver sucked into a San Francisco underworld of monsters and magic.

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The Royal Tenenbaums (15)
Sunday, 17 August 2014

Three child prodigies struggle to grow up in director Wes Anderson’s endearingly eccentric and emotional comedy, where each big laugh is accompanied by a hard tug on the heartstrings. Featuring a family-tree of famous faces including Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow and Owen Wilson. 

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The 400 Blows (PG)
Monday, 18 August 2014

One of the greatest films ever made about being young, director Francois Truffaut’s debut tags along with a teenage tearaway as he comes of age on the atmospheric streets of late 1950s Paris. Beautiful black-and-white photography and the vivid New Wave style make this an essential big-screen experience.

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BEST OF TEN: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (PG)
Tuesday, 19 August 2014

E.T. comes home! Seven years after Steven Spielberg's heart-warming adventure first graced Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House, the lost and loveable alien returns as winner of our 10th Anniversary vote. There'll be laughter and tears, with childhood memories flooding back as John Williams' memorable music soars into the night sky.

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UK Premiere: What We Do in the Shadows (cert TBC)
Wednesday, 20 August 2014

What happens when four ancient vampires become housemates in contemporary New Zealand? This hilarious mock-documentary, featuring Taika Waititi and Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement, details all the comic complexity that arises from such difficult living (or not living) conditions. A closing night full of laughs and surprises is guaranteed!

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Single screenings - £16.00 + booking fees
Double bills - £20.00 + booking fees
Premieres - £24.00 + booking fees

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