What to book: Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

Watch great cinema outdoors this August

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Somerset House is set to host its annual season of open-air film screenings this August. As ever, the wide-ranging programme features the latest festival titles alongside cinematic classics, all of which will be shown, in full surround sound, within the cobbled courtyard of the central-London institute.

The two-week line-up is bookended by two UK premieres: the dark comedy The Wife and the high-octane thriller American Animals. Both of these screenings will be accompanied by an introduction from the directors and, in the case of The Wife, the movie’s star Glenn Close. Other highlights include the Academy Award-winning music documentary 20 Feet From Stardom; Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending opus Inception; Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King biopic Selma; and Alfred Hitchcock’s gothic romance Rebecca. Each feature will be preceded by the surreal short For Sooth, a commission from the artists Mel Brimfield and Ewan Jones Morris that coincides with the 2018 programme’s overarching theme of dreams, fantasies and reveries. 

Before night falls, visitors can enjoy a live DJ set inspired by the soundtrack of their chosen movie, participate in cinema workshops or hear talks from film-makers. Alternatively, bask in the late-afternoon sun with a pre-ordered picnic from Somerset House’s Bryn Williams; then, as darkness descends upon the courtyard, curl up in a blanket and prepare for a dose of silver-screen magic.   

Film4 Summer Screen is at Somerset House from 9 to 22 August. Tickets start at £19.75 and will be available to book from Friday 18 May here.    

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