Summer Screen Somerset House


Written by Georgie Hobbs
20 Monday 20th June 2011

This year we’ll be covering the “creature feature” triple bill; Gremlins (1984), the UK premiere of The Troll Hunter (it’s not in cinemas till September) and watch Kevin Bacon vs the worm in Tremors (1990). We’ll also be popping along to hear what Ray Harryhausen has to say about the morphing designs of movie critters over the years.

The 12-night mini-festival kicks off with the UK premiere of Pedro Almodóvar’s twisty new thriller, The Skin I Live In. Starring the Spanish auteur’s favoured collaborators Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya (who will also introduce the film) - it got great buzz at Cannes.

July then continues with The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), the full cut of Besson’s The Big Blue (1988) and an awesome and unlikely double bill that pairs (what I always see as) the ultimate Christmas movie Die Hard (1988) with aliens invading Oval on Bonfire Night, Attack the Block (2011). Director Joe Cornish will also be around beforehand to talk about his film debut.

The last screening of July is the unmissable The Apartment (1960) and there’s a chat about the influence of European émigré Billy Wilder just before the screening too. (There’s a great variety of Behind the Screen talks before each film but bear in mind that you have to buy a separate ticket for these). 

Kicking off August is the movie that launched Brad Pitt’s career Thelma & Louise (celebrating its 20th anniversary this year). The month is then filled by cinema stalwarts that deserved to be seen under the stars - Polanski’s Chinatown (1974), Wong Kar-wai’s sixties-set romance In the Mood for Love (2000) and a New York double bill - Serpico (1973) from the late great director Sidney Lumet followed by Gordon Parks’ Shaft (1971).

The season finishes with two more modern cult classics – 2010’s fanboy pick, Scott Pilgrim Vs the World and 80’s childhood classic, The Princess Bride (1987).

“Farmboy, fetch me my Summer Screen tickets!”

“As you wish.”

Film 4 Summer Screen runs from 27 July – 7 August 2011. To book your own tickets, visit:




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