UK film premieres at Film4 Somerset House Summer Screen include THE WIFE and AMERICAN ANIMALS

 Glenn Close drama THE WIFE opens this year's Film4 Somerset House Summer season

Glenn Close drama THE WIFE opens this year's Film4 Somerset House Summer season

Though the cobblestones of the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court can kill your backside, there is no doubt that Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House is one of the capital's premiere outdoor film events. 

The season returns this August for 14 nights of the expected classic, cult and contemporary cinema mix, with extras provided by Bryn Williams' picnic hampers  plus a range of food to buy on site from vendors, and there's a fully-licensed bar and coffee point. There are  back-rests and blankets and even a very limited number of seated tickets for those who can't rough it.

What spices up the film programme though are the double-bill nights and red carpet premieres. In particular the Smoke Screen can recommend THE WIFE, the opening night premiere, for its superb Glenn Close central performance as a wife who has to confront her internalised submission to her husband's desire for a famous literary career which has in fact been built on her support and sacrifice. If you want to see acting greats like Close and co-star Jonathan Pryce tear chunks off each other in a timely story about wives and the patriarchy, this is for you. Closing the season is heist thriller AMERICAN ANIMALS, based on the true story of four students who mistake their lives for a movie and attempt to pull of one of the most audacious art-thefts in recent US history. It hails from the BAFTA-winning director Bart Layton, who will introduce the premiere.

The Somerset House E-newsletter Subscribers Pre-Sale is open from 10.00 today Wed 16 May. Tickets go on general sale on Friday 18 May at 10.00.

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Women to be championed by the BFI throughout June

 Agnes Varda is one of several female filmmakers celebrated by the BFI in June

Agnes Varda is one of several female filmmakers celebrated by the BFI in June

The BFI always have a lot going on, but June promises to be something extra special. Tying in with the Vote100 campaign, June will see the BFI celebrate work by and about women in a dizzying number of ways, through screenings, panels, Q&As, and more.

There will be a major season devoted to legendary french auteur AGNÈS VARDA, as well as the pioneering figure of IDA LUPINO, who carved out her own space in the male-dominated Hollywood of the 1940s as one of the few female directors and producers. The BFI’s new CLOSE UP series focuses on 13th and A Wrinkle In Time director AVA DUVERNAY, while women animators get their due as part of the BFI’s year-long ANIMATION 2018 programme. The WOMAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA SUMMIT will honour trailblazers of the past, explore the power and pitfalls of grassroots feminist cinephile activism, champion new voices in criticism and programming, and explore movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp. The summit will take place on Saturday 16 June, with events including The Guilty Feminist podcast and a screening of Working Girl (Mike Nichols, 1988)Also in June the BFI will mark the 70th anniversary of Windrush with a programme celebrating WINDRUSH WOMEN.

Gaylene Gould, BFI Head of Cinema and Events said: “One hundred years ago British women marched to the voting booths for the first time. One hundred years later, Frances McDormand brandished a little gold man and instructed the women at the Oscars® ceremony to stand up. A continuum of action has brought about seismic change and, just like those women and men a century ago, we are witnessing a shift. This month, in honour of the Vote 100 campaign, we pay tribute to the women who transcended their worlds to expand ours, and present a programme bursting with female stories.”

Find out more and book tickets on the BFI site here.

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Greetings. I am a Film History MA graduate from Birkbeck University of London and a trained NCTJ qualified journalist. Apart from a long history of film and news writing for this site and various other publications, I am also a trained photographer with my own camera kit. I write mostly every day. Along the way I have picked up work experience at Sight & Sound, The Guardian, The Independent, The FT, The New Statesman, and more. I have written hard news stories, features, arranged and conducted interviews with celebrities, film directors and other major cultural figures, arranged photo shoots, and covered film festivals, conferences and events in the UK and abroad. If you wish to commission me or enquire about full-time opportunities please find my CV and contact details below. A physical portfolio of print only cuttings can also be provided.

Edgar Wright curates Monday nights at Picturehouse Central, starting this week

 Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

The man behind Shaun Of The Dead and The World's End, Mr Edgar Wright will be lending his film taste buds to Picturehouse Central from this Monday, as he has programmed in a series of Monday night flicks, starting on 12 September with Michael Cimino's '70s heist/buddy movie Thunderbolt And Lightfoot, starring Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges – screening from a rare and original 35mm print.  A perfect accompaniment to the release of the Texan-set thriller Hell or High Water, which also stars Bridges and mines some of the same genre terrain.

The PHC will be showing Wright's curated films every Monday evening at Picturehouse Central, and he hopes to attend as many as possible. 

Check the PH Twitter and Facebook pages for updates!  

 Up next in Edgar Wright Presents...The Blues Brothers. "They don't make them like this any more. They didn't then, either," says Edgar. John Landis's 1980 musical comedy stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, and boasts cameos by more blues and soul legends than you can shake a stick at. Mon 19 Sep, 7.00

 Full season details 

Edgar Says...

Raising Arizona

"Quite simply my favourite movie." Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter are hilarious in the Coen brothers' comedy. Mon 26 Sep, 7.00

The Driver

"Walter Hill's hugely influential The Driver is the apex of late-'70s neo-noir." Ryan O'Neal stars. 
Mon 3 Oct, 7.00

Phantom Of The Paradise

"This will become your new favourite cult movie." Brian De Palma's 1974 rock 'n' roll opera will blow your mind.Mon 10 Oct, 7.00

Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls

"Russ Meyer directs! Roger Ebert writes! Traditional Hollywood burns to the ground!" Screening on 35mm. Mon 17 Oct, 7.00

What are the films that inspired STRANGER THINGS? Find out at the Prince Charles Cinema in November


Since it launched, the Netflix series STRANGER THINGS has blown up as this season's essential TV show, with its appeal seeming to be particularly strong with those of a certain generation who grew up on a diet of now-legendary 80s films and pop culture. The PCC has decided to honour it in the best way possible... an all-night marathon on November 26, featuring 6 films which they figure heavily inspired the series. Expect some synths on the night too!

The line-up for The Films That Inspired STRANGER THINGS is as follows:

STAND BY ME (Digital)
THE GOONIES (35mm)
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (Format TBC)
FIRESTARTER (35mm)
POLTERGEIST (35mm - note, print has faded)
THE THING (Format TBC)

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Greetings. I am a Film History MA graduate from Birkbeck University of London and a trained NCTJ qualified journalist. Apart from a long history of film and news writing for this site and various other publications, I am also a trained photographer with my own camera kit. I write mostly every day. Along the way I have picked up work experience at Sight & Sound, The Guardian, The Independent, The FT, The New Statesman, and more. I have written hard news stories, features, arranged and conducted interviews with celebrities, film directors and other major cultural figures, arranged photo shoots, and covered film festivals, conferences and events in the UK and abroad. If you wish to commission me or enquire about full-time opportunities please find my CV and contact details below. A physical portfolio of print only cuttings can also be provided.

September is Scalarama month! Top picks to see in the monthly celebration of cinema going...

 Psychomania, one of the many special screenings showing at this year's Scalarama season

Psychomania, one of the many special screenings showing at this year's Scalarama season

 

Scalarama is an annual DIY Celebration of Cinema, where across London and the wider UK repertory cinemas, film clubs and societies screen a huge variety of films for everyone, by everyone, everywhere, every September. The idea is to celebrate cinemas and cinema-going, whilst encouraging wannabe film programmers and film club regulars to set up their own screenings. Many screenings will be of cult gems, provocative one-offs and unearthed forgotten classics.

You can track the 2016 events in London (and elsewhere) on Screening Film...

Check the Scalarama map here...

What to see at the year's Scalarama:

Video Nightmare VHStival- 9 September, 3pm, Genesis Cinema

A special VIDEO NIGHTMARE all-dayer in the Genesis's Bar Paragon from midday on Friday 9th September, a day to mark the general awesomeness of the videotape.

The Final Girls present Carrie's Bloody Prom Party + Panel talk - 24 September 4pm, ICA

The Final Girls programming duo explore the intersection of horror and feminism, showcasing films which offer up interesting perspectives on women's roles in the horror genre. Appropriately, the Girls will be showing Brian de Palma's cult classic horror flick Carrie on 24 September at the ICA London. Expect an informative panel discussion after.  Also you can read the Smoke Screen's reviews of the Final Girls previous screening of the great, off-kilter slasher Office Killer.

Rochester Kino Presents: Re-Animator = Intro+ Salon Discussion- 15 September, 7pm Genesis Cinema

Rochester Kino screens classic and cult films at various venues including cultural institutes and pop-up settings in London. The events are always introduced by Nick Walker with a brief talk followed by an informal group discussion over refreshments. Rochester Kino’s instalment at Genesis this time is a rare screening of Re-Animator (1985).

A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.

Reel Good Film Club Presents: Losing Ground - 18 September, 6pm, Genesis Cinema

Reel Good Film Club present a special screening of Losing Ground, followed by a panel discussion. Losing Ground is the first feature-length drama directed by a black American woman. The film follows a philosophy professor (Seret Scott), who prides herself on being liberal but is jealous of her artist husband’s (Bill Gunn) gorgeous model (Maritza Rivera).

Psychomania screening - 25 September at Genesis Cinema, 9pm.

Ahead of its re-release on bluray from BFI Flipside, this little seen black comedy will screen at Scalarama, and is billed as the “greatest, weirdest, post-psychedelic undead-biker zombie-horror movie ever made, and the only one to star Witchfinder General’s Nicky Henson accompanied by screen legends George Sadners, Beryl Reid and Bill Pertwee (aka Hodges from Dad’s Army). Directed by Hammer horror veteran Don Sharp. The film’s score has become something of a must-have item in certain circles.

Out of Print -  6 September, Genesis Cinema, 9pm

A documentary exploring the importance of revival cinema and 35mm exhibition - seen through the lens of the patrons of the New Beverly Cinema - a unique and independent revival cinema in Los Angeles.

Interview with a Vampire screening at the Phoenix Cinema, September 16 at The Phoenix, 9pm

A chance to see Neil Jordan’s hit vampire flick in the glorious Phoenix Cinema in North London, which was actually used as a shooting location in the film.

Chaplin's South London walk and The Immigrant- Cinema Musuem, 24 September 9.45pm

Starting at the Cinema Museum, Oval from 9:45pm on Saturday 24th September, The Beekeepers will retrace the steps of local boy Charles Chaplin, ending up at his boyhood home in Kennington. A projected screening of his acclaimed film The Immigrant will follow.

Want to get involved? With loads of support out there, it has never been a better time to get screening and start dreaming what you would show. For more information or to find local support, email hello@scalarama.com.

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Greetings. I am a Film History MA graduate from Birkbeck University of London and a trained NCTJ qualified journalist. Apart from a long history of film and news writing for this site and various other publications, I am also a trained photographer with my own camera kit. I write mostly every day. Along the way I have picked up work experience at Sight & Sound, The Guardian, The Independent, The FT, The New Statesman, and more. I have written hard news stories, features, arranged and conducted interviews with celebrities, film directors and other major cultural figures, arranged photo shoots, and covered film festivals, conferences and events in the UK and abroad. If you wish to commission me or enquire about full-time opportunities please find my CV and contact details below. A physical portfolio of print only cuttings can also be provided.