Somerset House opens its (metaphorical) doors for a new season of Film4 Summer Screen this August.
Imagine a warm summer evening spent sitting back on blankets, outside in the Somerset House courtyard, sipping Prosecco and munching on sausage rolls and popcorn while you watch Black Panther or Clueless. Sounds peachy, right? Well, the Film4 Summer Screen full lineup has been revealed, and all that and more awaits you at summer’s most atmospheric outdoor cinema…
I mean, just take a look at the goodies lined up for this August:
Thu 8 Aug Opening Night UK Premiere: Pain And Glory, introduced by director Pedro Almodóvar.
Fri 9 Aug Black Panther
Sat 10 Aug Nicholas Cage Special Double Bill: Wild At Heart + Mandy (yes, we’re very much here for this one)
Sun 11 Aug The Princess Bride
Mon 12 Aug The Matrix (featuring a live DJ set from Will White of Propellerheads)
Tue 13 Aug God’s Own Country
Wed 14 Aug This Is England
Thu 15 Aug Straight Outta Compton
Fri 16 Aug Double Bill: Before Sunrise + Before Sunset
Sat 17 Aug Double Bill: Get Out + They Live
Sun 18 Aug Clueless (featuring a live DJ set from Jonbenet Blonde of Sink the Pink)
Mon 19 Aug Reservoir Dogs
Tues 20 Aug The Piano
Wed 21 Aug Closing Night UK Premiere: Inna De Yard
As outdoor cinemas go, they don’t get much bigger than Film4 Summer Screen. Somerset House provides a gorgeous backdrop – and that, paired with the cracking film selection, makes Summer Screen the full package. Especially with food from The BBQ Club, Little Moons, and handcrafted hampers from chef Bryn Williams on offer.
Sink into a bean bag or a director’s chair, and prepare for a season of new and cult cinema. As is tradition, Summer Screen will open and close with UK premieres. Opening the festival this year is Pain And Glory, a semi-autobiographical work from Spanish legend Pedro Almodóvar. Featuring Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz, it visits the most important moments in the life of fictional filmmaker Salvador Mallo.
Rounding off proceedings this year is Inna De Yard, billed as a “feel-good reggae film” that follows a group of reggae legends banding together to create a new album. Their road to success is paved with happiness, heartbreak, and setbacks, and this film charts it all.
Ticket to Film4 Summer Screen go on sale on Wednesday, May 22nd, with prices starting from £18. Find them on the Somerset House website – they’re expected to go rapidly though, so don’t waste your time!
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Also published on Medium.