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06 June 11
Go Behind the Screen with BAFTA at Somerset House with a series of talks which accompanies Film4 Summer Screen. This is your chance to hear filmmakers and industry insiders explore themes and subjects linked to the film programme - your own personal Film Club with some of the best names in the business.
Talks last approximately one hour and guests are invited to enjoy a complimentary drink before hand in the Behind the Screen bar. After the talk anyone who has purchased a ticket to the main film screening will also be given access to an exclusive area in the courtyard, ensuring a great view of the screen. Be sure to book ahead, all events have limited capacity.
BAFTA have a very limited number oftickets for Members for each Behind the Screen session. Each member will only be allowed one ticket per talk.
All other Tickets (inc. complimentary drink): £10.00 (including booking fee)
Please note that Behind the Screen tickets and the Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House tickets are sold separately (ie. Behind the Screen tickets do not give you access to the main film)
Thursday 28 July (7pm)
John Barry’s Golden Touch
The late John Barry is undoubtedly one of cinema’s greatest composers. Well known for his outstanding, brand-defining scores for the Bond series from Dr. No through The Living Daylights, he also wrote the music for countless other major features: Petulia, The Lion in Winter, Walkabout, Midnight Cowboy, Out of Africa, Body Heat, among them. Over the years, he received 5 Oscars, a BAFTA and 4 Grammys awards, an amazing record which also reflects the high regard in which he was held by the industry. In this event, Composer Miguel Mera will lead several of Barry’s musical sons and daughters through a rich array of his spectacular scores to celebrate his particularly golden touch.
Friday 29 July (7pm)
2011 BAFTA Nominated Short Films
Featuring some of the UK’s brightest filmmaker talents of the future, join us for an hour of highlights from 2011's BAFTA nominations for short film and short animation award.The winner of the animation category Mike Please will introduce the films including his short, The Eagleman Stag.
Saturday 30 July (7pm)
Joe Cornish in Conversation
Writer/Director Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block is one of the year’s biggest home-grown hits, a brilliantly inventive south-London set sci-fi horror where ‘inner city meets outer space’, as the tagline memorably puts it. We’re delighted to welcome the filmmaker ahead of tonight's screening to discuss some of the movies which influenced him, from the work of directors John Carpenter and Walter Hill, to E.T. and action-packed 80s extravaganzas such as the first part of tonight's double bill, Die Hard.
Sunday 31 July (7pm)
Wild about Wilder
Sunset Blvd, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like it Hot, Double Indemnity, The Apartment- there is something in Billy Wilder's work for anyone who loves movies; over the course of nearly 60 years at the top of the film industry, Wilder amassed enough famous fans to fill Universal Studios and left us with some of cinema's most indelible memories. Journalist Ian Hayden Smith, novelist and screenwriter David Nicholls (One Day) and filmmaker Terence Davies (House of Mirth) will share their love of Wilder and some wonderful Wilder moments.
Monday 1 August (7pm)
Kick Ass Women on Screen
Thelma & Louise and La Femme Nikita breathed fresh life into the cinema on their release in the early 90s, finding eager fans in female viewers who were hungry for intelligent, tough women on screen. But what kind of female protagonists has cinema offered in the 25 years since? Joined by a panel of filmmakers, writers and social commentators including host Hannah Patterson and producer Elizabeth Karlsen (Made in Dagenham), we’ll look at recent cinema and TV offerings from Misfits and Kick Ass to Salt and Sucker Punch to debate whether movies about strong women are for women at all...
Tuesday 2 August (7pm)
Polanski and the writers: Sir Ronald Harwood and Barry Norman in Conversation
Roman Polanksi's films regularly garner acclaim for great writing, and for the director's ability to get the best out of a screenplay: whether it’s his own re-working of a novel for Rosemary's Baby; Robert Towne's script for Chinatown; or collaborating over several films with partners like Gerard Brach (Cul-de-sac, Repulsion, Tess) and Ronald Harwood (The Pianist and Oliver Twist). Join two true raconteurs, host Barry Norman and Oscar-winning writer Sir Ronald Harwood to talk about Polanski's approach cinema, script and story.
Wednesday 3 August (7pm)
Dressed by Design: Great Costumes in Film
The movies give costume designers a magnificent stage to showcase some true works of art; think Gone with the Wind, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Moulin Rouge, Far from Heaven, The 5th Element and Alice in Wonderland, to name but a few. Anyone who has seen In the Mood For Love will also have Maggie Chung's elegant 50s dresses seared in the memory. In this event, some of our great designers talk us through favourite movie costumes from supreme sartorial elegance to fantastical acts of imagination.
Thursday 4 August (7pm)
Playing Games with Cinema
As the gaming industry has developed, many actors, directors, writers and producers from the film community are working artistically on games production and pushing the creative boundaries of this medium. Prior to our screening of Scott Pilgrim Vs The World we explore the creative relationship between these billion-dollar industries. Supported by Nintendo.
Friday 5 August (7pm)
The Influence of The Actor’s Studio
Founded in 1947, The Actor's Studio in New York can legitimately lay claim to training some of the finest screen actors in cinema history. Famous for teaching Stanislavskli’s 'method', its list of alumni reads like a who’s who of Hollywood greats - Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, James Dean, Robert De Niro and Jane Fonda to name a few. Ahead of tonight's screening of Serpico (director, Sidney Lumet, and Al Pacino attended the studio) we welcome a panel of filmmakers Director Mike Newell (Harry Potter, Donnie Brasco), actors and writers to discuss the impact of The Actor's Studio and its incredible legacy.
Saturday 6 August (7pm)
Creature Features: Ray Harryhausen and the Giants of Special Effects
Hollywood's creature creations may be going digital but some of the most enduring in movie history were made the painstaking way - with models, make up effects and cell animation. From King Kong to The Fly, Harryhausen's Clash of the Titans to Gremlins, the imagination of visual effect creators has played a vital role in cinema's history. In this eventfilmmaker Neil Marshall (Centurion, Dog Soldiers), BAFTA winning animator Barry Purves and Tony Dalton - Film Historian and co-author of numerous books on the work of special effects animator Ray Harryhausen recall the movies that both inspired and terrified them as young fans, spurring them on to make their own creature features.
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FILM4 SUMMER SCREEN AT SOMERSET HOUSE
with American Express
27 July - 7 August 2011
Film4 Summer Screen, London's most beautiful open-air cinema, returns to The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House for 2011. A highlight of the city’s summer calendar, the twelve-day series features everything from UK premieres to cult action thrillers, romantic comedies to film classics - all showing on a state-of-the-art screen with full surround sound.
There’s more than just the movies. Arrive early, picnic in the magnificent Edmond J. Safra Court while DJs play or attend one of the companion events in Behind the Screen.
For the full programme and to book tickets for this summer’s hottest film event, visit