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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Secret Cinema to launch Romeo + Juliet event tickets 18 May, promising to bring you to Verona Beach this summer

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Seemingly not content with letting Backyard Cinema play Baz Luhrmann's Romeo+Juliet in an immersive event cinema setting (they book a church and an entire choir), Secret Cinema are getting in on the action too with this just-announced limited run. Promised is an outdoor, summer festival-type experience taking place (once more) in a secret location, transformed for a limited time into the colourful world of Verona Beach from the movie. Will this deliver? Or will yet a barrage of yet more articles criticising the hefty ticket prices vs the actual experience be Secret Cinema's fate this summer? Its certainly a safe, crowd-pleasing choice of film, so high sales are no doubt ensured. Get thee to their mailing list to get early access to ticket sales from Tuesday 15th May at 12pm (BST), 72 hours before everyone else.

Tickets start from £49 (+ booking fees).

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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.

Outdoor cinema in the big smoke this summer

We are possibly set for the hottest summer on record here in the UK, so, although this means the planet is doomed by climate change, it also at least allows for one more year where we can chill to open air film screenings in the capital.

Already running screenings or advertising upcoming seasons for the summer are:

Rooftop Film Club:

Providing headphones, deckchairs, cocktails, and a blanket if it gets too cold, the Rooftop Film Club, as their name suggests, will be using various roof venues across London this year, including the Bussey Building in Peckham, Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, and Tobacco Dock. Screenings are running now and include Straight Outta Compton at the Queen, and Withnail and I at the Bussey Building on on 22 May. Future dates through to June on sale too.

The Nomad Cinema:

The Nomad Cinema is the roaming pop-up running since 2010, and has earned the reputation as ‘London’s best outdoor cinema’ [so said the Evening Standard], popping up at a range of beautiful, unique and intriguing screening locations across London and beyond. This year's venues include the Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey and The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Films on offer include the expected crowdpleasers like Dirty Dancing, but also some offbeat choices; including Orlando and Marie Antionette at the aforementioned NMM. Screenings running now and future dates through to September on sale.

Cult Screens:

Similar to the Nomad, in that the mission statement of Cult Screens is to be ".. the country’s most luxurious and comfortable open air cinema experience. We run events throughout the UK and turn some pretty unusual and spectacular locations into cinemas." The difference is it is a UK wide project, but their London venue will by York House and gardens in Twickenham. There you can see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Pulp Fiction and Dirty Dancing from 31 August on.

Pop-Up Screens:

Also similar to the Nomad, with venues including Fulham, Greenwich Peninsula, The City, Holborn, Hammersmith and Hither Green.

The Luna Cinema:

Classic cinema under the stars in some of the UK's most picturesque settings. London locations include Brockwell Lido for Jaws and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and Alexandra Palace for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

 

 

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Christmas Film Choices in London (updated as more announced)

London does not lack for film choices during the holiday season, be it left-field curiosities, guilty pleasures or winter heart warmers. Here are just a few December highlights:

Prince Charles Cinema:

Die Hard in 70mm extended run.

Its a Wonderful Life extended run.

Indiana Jones and Back to the Future trilogies.

The PCC Christmas Pyjama Party marathon.

Meet Me in St Louis.

See Prince Charles Cinema for details and dates.

 The BFI will be screening Disney shorts old and new this Christmas

The BFI will be screening Disney shorts old and new this Christmas

BFI Southbank and IMAX:

Its a Disney Christmas Seasonal Shorts- some of the best Disney shorts from the 1930s to the present day.

Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life and the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol, Brian Desmond-Hurst's Scrooge, play on extended run in the Studio for Christmas.

The entire BFI's Christmas programming can be seen here.

 The Barbican goes punk this Christmas

The Barbican goes punk this Christmas

Barbican Film:

Never Mind the Baubles. Tue 1 - Thu 17 Dec, Cinema 3

A selection of films with a punk rock twist for audiences wishing to steer clear of festive cheer and seasonal clichés. From teenage punk Björk to GG Allin and the Murder Junkies, this programme aims to stick it to the man this Christmas. Films include the digital restoration of 1982 Icelandic documentary Rock in Reykjavík, featuring live performance footage of a teenage Björk back in her Tappi Tíkarrass days, Bruce LaBruce’s cult classic No Skin Off My Ass and Rock ’n’ Roll High School featuring The Ramones. See website for details.

The Nomad Christmas program:

London's popular pop-up cinema have a festive season on in Belgravia's Eccleston Place Courtyard, with charity coat collections for the needy on site. Runs from 10-13 December and films include Die Hard, Elf and It's a Wonderful Life. Details here.

 Underground Film Club at the Vaults in Waterloo

Underground Film Club at the Vaults in Waterloo

Underground Film Club:

A chance to explore the vaults hidden under Waterloo station in this new pop-up cinema. Details here on the site.

Shorts on Tap Christmas Film shorts:

Shorts On Tap presents: WINTER TALES - SHORT FILMS & XMAS DRINKS on Wednesday, December 16th at 93 Feet East, Brick Lane, 
London E1 from 7pm. FREE ENTRY FOR ALL!

Details here. 

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Underground Film Club and Londonist present An American Werewolf In London:

Underground Film Club and Londonist present An American Werewolf In London on Monday 14 December at 8pm. Tickets £15 (food, drink and golf are all extra).

Londonist is also screening Shakespeare In Love on 21 December at 8pm  you can book tickets here.

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The Roxy Bar & Screen Christmas Season

DETAILS
Date: Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23, Thursday 24 December 2015
Time: 6.00pm and/or 8:00 pm
Tickets: Child £6 / Adult £12 | Tickets include any main dish or burger and a glass of prosecco. Book online.

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Close-Up's New Year's Eve Film Party

Thursday 31 December 8pm - till late!
Tickets: £15 with one free drink
Box Office: 020 3784 7975

Close-Up invited you to celebrate New Year's Eve with a special double bill of Easy Rider and The Wizard of Oz. They will leave the cinema doors open and screen both films throughout the night. Films, drinks and our eccentric staff music playlists are promised.

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Christmas ticket deal at the Regent Street Cinema

 

But 3 tickets for the Regent Street CInema's Christmas movies here and get a 4th free


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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.

The KinoVan is out and about in London

The FilmLondon mobile cinema-on-wheels the KinoVan is taking rare programmes of London archive film across the capital. From early footage taken in 1901 to the neon lights of Piccadilly in the 1980s, silent films, home movies and more.  The FIlm London site has a handy map to see whereto van will be, and you can bring it to your local area or event by emailing screenheritage@filmlondon.org.u, as well as donating your own footage to Film London.  The van is stopping off at the below places over August:

Chiswick Library 
22 August, 11am-3pm, the BBC will be filming this special event

Valentines Mansion & Gardens, Essex
23 August, 3-5pm

British Museum
27 August, 7-8:30pm, BFI LOVE

British Museum 
28 August, 7-8:30pm, BFI LOVE

Valence House Museum 
29 August

Southbank Centre
30 August, 12-8pm, Love Festival Wedding Weekend

 

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Owen Van Spall

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.