10th-23rd August 2017
Returning this August, Somerset House and Film4 present two weeks of classic, cult and contemporary films, plus new premieres in London's most beautiful open-air cinema.
A highlight of London’s summer calendar, the series features everything from red-carpet premieres and comedies to thrillers and foreign-language films, all shown on a state-of-the-art screen with full surround sound.
Ahead of each evening’s film, a line-up of DJs will play sets inspired by the upcoming feature, while audiences enjoy their picnics or tasty treats from the food offering situated around the courtyard.
In addition, a series of Behind the Screen talks from illustrious industry talent and an accompanying film poster exhibition in collaboration with Print Club London make Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House stand out as film fans’ choice of open-air cinema experience.
Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday 19th May. For full details and booking information, visit the Somerset House website.
Thursday 10th August - An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power
Former Vice President Al Gore joins us at Somerset House for the UK Premiere of the riveting sequel to his Oscar-winning environmental documentary An Inconvenient Truth. This timely and inspirational follow-up travels the world with Gore as he visits areas affected by climate change and fights to influence international policy.
Friday 11th August - Victoria
A moment of criminal madness sends a young woman and her new friends on the run through the streets of Berlin. This unique thriller, shot in a single take, unfolds on-screen in real-time without any cuts; the result is a breathless romantic-adventure that has to be experienced on the big-screen. In German with subtitles.
Saturday 12th August - Donnie Darko, plus The Omen (double bill)
Two creepy kids to whom bad things keep happening team up for a double-bill of suburban Gothic and Satanic panic. Jake Gyllenhaal delivers a star-making performance as troubled teen Donnie Darko, followed by diabolical terror in the form of Devil’s spawn Damien Thorn in 1970s horror blockbuster The Omen.
Sunday 13th August - The Philadelphia Story
You’re sure to fall for this funny, sophisticated and star-packed comedy, a double Oscar-winner from 1940. An unbeatable trio of Hollywood greats Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart form the romantic triangle at the heart of this beloved classic that mixes terrific physical comedy with dazzling verbal wit.
Monday 14th August - Moonlight
This triple Oscar-winner (Film, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay) following an African-American boy’s journey from youth to young manhood is one of the most talked-about and deeply-felt films of recent times. An intimate tale that’s even more stirring when shared with others - experience Moonlight in the moonlight at Somerset House.
Tuesday 15th August - All The President's Men
Political conspiracy, White House scandal – a film that could be ripped from today’s headlines is actually one of the great political thrillers of the 1970s. Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman are crusading journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the reporters whose Watergate investigations led to the downfall of a President.
Wednesday 16th August - Centrepiece Premiere: The Square
Ruben Östlund, director of 2014 hit Force Majeure, returns with a hilarious and profound art-world satire about a museum curator attempting to manage a crisis involving a major new exhibit. Dominic West and Elisabeth Moss are supporting stars in this moral odyssey that balances laugh-out loud moments with unsettling setpieces. In Swedish with subtitles.
Thursday 17th August - Bhaji On The Beach
Here’s one summer trip you mustn’t miss! Director Gurinder Chadha and writer Meera Syal’s big-hearted 1993 British comedy returns to the big-screen, following a group of South Asian women as they cram into a minibus and hit the road to Blackpool for a fun-filled, incident-packed day at the beach.
Friday 18th August - In Bruges
A wickedly funny black comedy starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as hitmen sent to beautiful Bruges to stay out of trouble. Fat chance! Highly-acclaimed playwright Martin McDonagh outdoes Tarantino with his directorial debut, using his sharp humour and skill at conjuring wild surprises to create an immediate classic.
Saturday 19th August - Jaws, plus Deliverance (double bill)
Prepare yourself for a nerve-shredding night with our double-bill of cautionary tales about what can happen when you’re out of your depth. Seeing Jaws on the big-screen is still the best way to experience Steven Spielberg’s suspense classic, while things get even more intense with John Boorman’s white-knuckle ride Deliverance.
Sunday 20th August - My Neighbour Totoro
The animation of legendary Studio Ghibli fills the Somerset House courtyard with magic and adventure as two young sisters move to the countryside and find themselves taken under the wing of a friendly forest furball. Enchantment for all-ages that will send you out hoping to catch the first ‘cat-bus’ home. In Japanese with subtitles.
Monday 21st August - Cruel Intentions
A wicked delight starring Ryan Phillippe and Sarah Michelle Gellar as wealthy scheming siblings intent on corrupting innocent prey Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair. This twisted black comedy transforms literary classic ‘Les liaisons dangereuses’ into a teen movie full of racy revelations, campy come-uppances and perverse pleasures.
Tuesday 22nd August - Blow-Up
You may never believe your eyes again after witnessing this icon of 1960s cinema, a hypnotic mystery that follows a fashion photographer drawn into a London where nothing is what it seems. The harder you search for answers, the deeper you’ll be sucked into director Michelangelo Antonioni’s seductively confounding classic.
Wednesday 23rd August - Closing Premiere: Patti Cake$
Meet Patricia Dombrowski, a New Jersey girl with big dreams of becoming superstar rapper ‘Killa P’. This bold, funny and infectiously upbeat coming-of-age crowd-pleaser hits all the right notes, with newcomer Danielle MacDonald bringing so much energy and emotion to the lead role that the big-screen can barely contain her.