Behind the Screen

28 July – 14 August 2016

Behind the Screen brings the world of cinema into sharper focus with a varied and entertaining programme of talks, screenings and activities, providing unique insights into the film industry and some of the subjects featured in the Film4 Summer Screen programme.

A collection of industry insiders, including Ripper Street advisor and historian Fern Riddell, explore the gruesome and alluring Dracula; Oscar-winning FX advisor for Ex Machina, Andrew Whitehurst and former host of Robot Wars, Professor Noel Sharkey discuss the rise of A.I.; and Vogue editor and author Polly Devlin who will talk about the real-life inspirations for Funny Face and fashion on film all of which can be enjoyed before the accompanying film screening in the courtyard.

Guests can be the first to see a selection of new short films from emerging British filmmakers backed by Film4 Productions, and exclusive premieres of Random Acts shorts presented by their commissioning editor Pegah Farahmand and some very special guests. Plus, an evening with Ben Wheatley and Andy Starke in conversation on their mutual inspirations and working together at Rook Films.

Families can get involved at the weekend with a Robot workshop and free afternoon film screenings, and young creatives can create their own Avatar with Ravensbourne College. The popular Shot on Site film tours return, highlighting the various locations across Somerset House where the cameras have rolled for the likes of Johnny Depp, Emma Thompson and Keira Knightley. 

There’s more to see at this year’s Summer Screen Prints exhibition, with its largest collection to date and a new programme of events as part of Behind the Screen. Get involved with one of the weekend workshops or see Little White Lies discussing print media in a digital age.

THIS YEAR'S LINE-UP
How To Make Magazines And Influence People with Little White Lies
Thursday 28 July 2016, arrive from 18.30 for a 19.00 start
East Wing, £10.00

Bi-monthly print magazine, Little White Lies will host an evening in the Summer Screen Prints exhibition to discuss their creative process, and the art of making print media engaging, relevant and successful in the digital age. Ticket includes a complimentary drink and a copy of Little White Lies.
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Young Creatives: An Introduction to Screen-Printing with Print Club London
Saturday 30 July 2016, 12.00-14.00
East Wing, £10.00, ages- 13-17, parental consent needed in advance

This workshop will introduce participants to the practise and art of screen-printing. Print Club London will guide members through what’s involved in screen-printing, and how artists begin to imagine their work in this form. The workshop will culminate with the creation of your own print using a template and stencil technique, ready to take home.
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An Introduction to Screen-Printing with Print Club London
Saturday 30 July 2016, 15.00-17.00
East Wing £10.00, age 18+

This workshop will introduce participants to the practise and art of screen-printing. Print Club London will guide members through what’s involved in screen-printing, and how artists begin to imagine their work in this form. The workshop will culminate with the creation of your own print using a template and stencil technique, ready to take home.
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Sex, Perversion and the Victorians:
Dracula on Screen
Friday 5 August 2016, 19.00-20.00
Screening Room, £10.00

Francis Ford Coppola claims that his Dracula is the most faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker’s book. Is he right? Ahead of the courtyard screening of Coppola’s classic film, join historian Fern Riddell, author of A Victorian Guide to Sex and advisor on Ripper Street, for an illustrated lecture on cinema's favourite blood sucker. Expect fangs, frills and plunging necklines.
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Young Creatives: An Introduction to Screen-Printing with Print Club London
Saturday 6 August 2016, 12.00-14.00
East Wing, £10.00, ages- 13-17, parental consent needed in advance

This workshop will introduce participants to the practise and art of screen-printing. Print Club London will guide members through what’s involved in screen-printing, and how artists begin to imagine their work in this form. The workshop will culminate with the creation of your own print using a template and stencil technique, ready to take home.
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Free Family Drop-In Workshop:
Radical Robots
Saturday 6 August 2016, 12.00-15.00
South Wing, Drop-in, free

Embrace your inner automaton, and design and make the head of the robot you’d like to see, or even be. What super machine skills would you include in your costume? Join us for a free family drop-in inspired by robot heroes past and present of the big screen.
Free for families with accompanied children aged 6-12 years
Drop-in, Limited Spaces. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis

Free Family Screening: The Iron Giant
(PG, 86 mins)
Saturday 6 August 2016, 12.00 & 14.00
Free for families with accompanied children aged 6-12 years

A beautiful and stirring animated feature from director Brad Bird, who went on to direct The Incredibles and Ratatouille for Pixar. Inspired by the Ted Hughes book of the same name, and with strong echoes of Spielberg’s E.T., the film tells the story of a young boy who befriends a gentle-giant robot that he discovers in a junkyard. Some traditional hand-drawn animation helps to bring a warm, homemade feel to this family-friendly adventure. 

An Introduction to Screen-Printing with Print Club London
Saturday 6 August 2016, 15.00-17.00
East Wing £10.00, age 18+

This workshop will introduce participants to the practise and art of screen-printing. Print Club London will guide members through what’s involved in screen-printing, and how artists begin to imagine their work in this form. The workshop will culminate with the creation of your own print using a template and stencil technique, ready to take home.
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Cinema and the Rise of the Man-machine
Saturday 6 August 2016, 19.00-20.00
Screening Room, £10.00

Is Hollywood right to be robophobic? As A.I. and robots rapidly become ubiquitous and the quest for human-like intelligence ever closer, is cinema right to make us fear the rise of the man-machine? Will AI turn on their creators? Will they look like Alicia Vikander? Could robot police go rogue? With Oscar-winning FX advisor for Ex Machina Andrew Whitehurst and Professor Noel Sharkey, AI and robotics expert, former host of Robot Wars and founder member of Responsible Robotics and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.
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Shot on Site: Film Tours
Sunday 7 August 2016, 13.00 & 15.00
Meet in Seamen's Hall, £6.00

Somerset House has been used for many purposes over the years, but few people know about its extensive use as a film set. Over six decades, it’s starred in dozens of films, playing a Victorian prison, a St. Petersburg square, a World War Two bunker, Buckingham Palace – and on a few occasions, itself. This guided tour explores this little-known facet of the building’s history, pointing out various locations across the site where the cameras have rolled for the likes of Johnny Depp, Dustin Hoffman, Keira Knightley and Emma Thompson.
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Nicolas Roeg: It’s About Time
Sunday 7 August 2016, 14.00-15.00
Screening Room, Free, advance booking required

The perfect way to find out everything you need to know about visionary director Nicolas Roeg ahead of the courtyard screening of his haunting masterpiece Walkabout on Tuesday 9 August.  Made for BBC’s Arena, this documentary explores the radical artistry behind Roeg’s films, talks to actors including Julie Christie and Jenny Agutter and traces his influence on filmmakers such as Danny Boyle and Ben Wheatley. Director David Thompson will introduce this free screening. 
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Ready for her Close Up
Sunday 7 August 2016, 19.00-20.00
Screening Room, £10.00

Pamela Hutchinson of The Guardian and Silent London film blog and Isabel Stevens, Sight & Sound magazine, present an illustrated history of the incredible female stars who ran Hollywood and pay tribute to actress, comedienne and pioneer Gloria Swanson, star of Sunset Boulevard, and one of the great power-players of Golden Age cinema.
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Ben Wheatley & Andy Starke in Conversation
Tuesday 9 August 2016, 19.00 – 20.00
Screening Room, £10.00

Director Ben Wheatley and producer Andy Starke have been creative partners since working together on Wheatley’s debut Down Terrace. Their production company Rook Films has been responsible for four further films by Wheatley, as well as Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy, Steve Oram’s Aaaaaaaah! and more (including the forthcoming Free Fire). Ben and Andy will join us at Somerset House to talk about how – and why – they work together, their mutual inspirations and the past, present and future of Rook Films. 
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Random Acts Shorts
Thursday 11 August 2016, 19.00-20.00
Screening Room, £10.00

Random Acts present the best in original short form creative content. Bold and thought-provoking, Random Acts invites artists to play with your minds and make you ponder your existence. Join the Editor of Random Acts, Pegah Farahmand, and some very special director guests for an unforgettable evening of exclusive premieres and visionary new shorts cinema.
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Young Creatives: Create your own Avatar
Saturday 13 August 2016, 11.00-16.00
South Wing, £10.00, ages 13-17, parental consent needed in advance

This workshop will introduce participants to the practice of character design. Participants will experiment with an approach to characterization rooted in their own observations on themselves. They will then be guided through the process of designing and defining a character, focusing on conveying their character insights through physical appearance and a simple action. The workshop will culminate with the creation of the participants’ own avatar, as they make their characters come to life using simple animation techniques.
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Free Family Cult Screening: Forbidden Planet (U, 98 mins)
Saturday 13 August 2016, 14.00 & 16.00
Screening Room, Free for families with accompanied children aged 6-12 years

A must-see science-fiction favourite featuring the famous Robbie the Robot, one of the genre’s most instantly recognisable icons. When a scientific colony on a distant planet falls silent, a crew of space explorers goes to investigate. What they discover bears a striking resemblance to Shakespeare’s The Tempest, albeit done in classic 50s sci-fi style with a rampaging monster, innovative special-effects and a wonderful - and rather cool - electronic score. 

The Final Girls present:
Reinventing the Final Girl
Saturday 13 August 2016, 19.00-20.00
Screening Room, £10.00

Feminist horror collective The Final Girls presents an illuminating and entertaining evening of short films and discussion inspired by the ingeniously self-reflexive horror-comedy of the same name, shown as part of Film4 Summer Screen. There’ll be plenty of laughs and screams during this exploration of the familiar genre trope of ‘last girl alive to confront the killer’.
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Shot on Site: Film Tours
Sunday 14 August 2016, 13.00 & 15.00
Seamen's Hall, £6.00

Somerset House has been used for many purposes over the years, but few people know about its extensive use as a film set. Over six decades, it’s starred in dozens of films, playing a Victorian prison, a St. Petersburg square, a World War Two bunker, Buckingham Palace – and on a few occasions, itself. This guided tour explores this little-known facet of the building’s history, pointing out various locations across the site where the cameras have rolled for the likes of Johnny Depp, Dustin Hoffman, Keira Knightley and Emma Thompson.
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From the Silver Screen to the Catwalk:
a celebration of fashion on film
Sunday 14 August 2016, 19.00-20.00
Screening Room, £10.00

Join us for a gorgeous celebration of fashion and film. With special guests including fashion historian, Amber Butchart, who will explore how iconic movies have inspired the world of fashion and former Vogue editor and author Polly Devlin who reveals what it was really like to work with the real-life inspirations for Funny Face, screening this evening at Summer Screen, legendary magazine editor, Diana Vreeland, and photographer, Richard Avedon. “If you can survive all-night fittings with Streisand and Avedon in Paris, you can handle anything!”.
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