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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Somerset House announces its open air season

Somerset House by Aldwych does a lovely season in open air films. It's a beautiful venue and generally sells out pretty quickly.

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
7-28 August 2014

Tickets go on sale 10am Friday 16 May 2014, not 2013 as they have on the website.

Here's what's on offer. I've tweaked the link for the Tenth Anniversary Screening vote so that it doesn't inherit my info.

Text is pinched wholesale from their email to mailing list subscribers, hope they aren't cross with me for reposting it, but if they are I'll remove it.

UK Premiere: Two Days, One Night
UK Premiere: Two Days, One Night (cert TBC)
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 Film4 Summer Screen in powerful style.
Rosemary's Baby
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.
A Fistful of Dollars
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.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
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.
Sense and Sensibility
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.

Annie Hall
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.
UK Premiere: 20,000 Days on Earth
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.

I was at the Sundance Festival London a couple of weekends ago and saw a few snippets of this, as part of the biggest panel interview event I've ever attended (8 panellists plus interviewer). It looked really good.

The Great Beauty
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.
Hairspray + 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 1988 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.
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.
The Royal Tenenbaums
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.
The 400 Blows
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.

Tenth Anniversary Screening
Tenth Anniversary Screening
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Best of Ten – 10 years, 10 films, 10 days to vote.
The winning film chosen by the public will be screened as part of this year’s season. Voters will then be invited to an exclusive 24 hour pre-sale to see the winning film.
> VOTE NOW for your favourite film from our highlights of the past 10 years.
UK Premiere: What We Do in the Shadows
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 Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords, 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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