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Part of Film4 Summer Screen at #somersethouse: 4 – 17 August 2016 Prices vary, from free to £10
A varied series of events exploring the themes of the classic, cult and contemporary films on the bill of this year’s Film4 Summer Screen at #somersethouse
Behind the Screen returns to #somersethouse in August with a diverse and entertaining programme of talks, screenings and activities for all ages, which celebrate cinema and cast a spotlight on some of the subjects featured in the Film4 Summer Screen line-up.
Highlights of Behind the Screen 2016 include:
Behind the Covers: capturing fashion on film Former Vogue editor Polly Devlin will reveal the details of her working relationships with the legendary real-life inspirations for Funny Face – Diana Vreeland and Richard Avedon – offering unique insights into the fabulous world of fashion.
School of Rook: Ben Wheatley & Andy Starke in conversation Ben Wheatley, director of the recently acclaimed High-Rise, and producer Andy Starke are long- time collaborators, since working together on Wheatley’s debut Down Terrace. With Film4 Summer Screen curator David Cox, they will talk about their careers in #film, their creative partnership and their production company Rook Films, plus their cinematic inspirations.
Cinema and the rise of the man-machine Ex Machina was the surprise standout of this year’s Oscars and its Academy Award winning FX advisor Andrew Whitehurst will join AI and robotics expert and former host of Robot Wars Professor Noel Sharkey for a lively debate, which asks if Hollywood is right to make audiences fear the rise of robots and AI, ahead of the dark and futuristic double bill of Ex Machina and RoboCop.
Nicolas Roeg: It’s About Time Somerset House will present a free screening of a documentary on the visionary director Nicolas Roeg, whose haunting masterpiece Walkabout will be shown on the courtyard screen. It will also be introduced by the documentary’s director David Thompson, who had access to many of the cast and crew with whom Roeg worked, such as Julie Christie and Jenny Agutter.
Shot on Site: #film Tours A renowned #film location in its own right, the popular #somersethouse #film location tours will also return to the Behind the Screen programme. A knowledgeable guide will show the site where Helena Bonham Carter blows up a postbox in Suffragette, Gerard Butler lands a helicopter in #london Has Fallen, Edward Fox procures a false identity in The Day of the Jackal and Keira Knightley is summoned to stay in The Duchess. The building has also stood in for New York in Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow, posed as St Petersburg in Goldeneye and the MI6 headquarters in Tomorrow Never Dies.
The full programme is listed chronologically below:
Friday 5 August Sex, Perversion and the Victorians: Dracula on Screen Ahead of the courtyard screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s classic #film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, join historian Fern Riddell, author of ‘A Victorian Guide to Sex’ and advisor on ‘Ripper Street’, for a lively lecture on cinema's most reincarnated vampire.
Saturday 6 August Cinema and the Rise of the Man-machine
Sunday 7 August Shot on Site: #film Tours
Sunday 7 August Screening: ‘Nicolas Roeg: It’s About Time’
Sunday 7 August Ready for Her Close Up The Guardian’s Pamela Hutchinson and Isabel Stevens of Sight & Sound magazine present an illustrated history of the formidable female stars who ran Hollywood and pay tribute to actress, comedienne and pioneer Gloria Swanson, star of Sunset Boulevard and one of the grande dames of Golden Age cinema.
Tuesday 9 August School of Rook: Ben Wheatley and Andy Starke in conversation
Thursday 11 August Random Acts #film shorts evening A showcase of the best in experimental, visionary shorts commissioned by Random Acts, Channel 4’s cutting-edge short #film strand. Editor of Random Acts Pegah Farahmand will host the special evening with guests including artist-filmmaker Matthew Stone. Shorts featured in the showcase include Wrath by musician Mica Levi and choreographer Holly Blakey and exclusively to Behind the Screen, the directorial debut of presenter Reggie Yates.
Friday 12 August Film4 Summer Screen Short Films Showcase A selection of new short films from emerging British filmmakers includes the UK premieres of two films backed by Film4 productions – hard-hitting Polar Bear by Sean Buckley, and mysterious The Briny by Lucy Kirkwood. Further titles to be announced.
Saturday 6 August We Are All Robots A free family workshop to design the dream robot.
Saturday 6 August Family Screening: The Iron Giant
Saturday 13 August Young Creatives: Create your own Avatar This workshop will introduce participants to the practice of character design. Guided through the process of designing and defining a character’s appearance and actions, the workshop will culminate with the creation of the participants’ own avatar, as they make their characters come to life using simple animation techniques.
Saturday 13 August Cult screening: Forbidden Planet
Saturday 13 August The Final Girls Present: Reinventing the Final Girl
An illuminating and entertaining evening of short films and discussion exploring the familiar genre trope of the ‘final girl alive’, inspired by the ingeniously self-reflexive horror satire The Final Girls, which will be screened as part of the evening’s double-bill with similarly spoof-tastic Galaxy Quest.
Sunday 14 August Shot on Site: #film Tours
Sunday 14 August Behind the Covers: Capturing Fashion on #film
Notes to Editors For #somersethouse enquiries, please contact: Stephanie Lilley | +44(0)207 845 4624 | firstname.lastname@example.org LISTINGS INFORMATION
Dates: 4–17August Opening Hours: #event times vary. Please check the #somersethouse website for times of specific events. Address: #somersethouse, #london, WC2R 1LA Admission: Prices vary from free to £10
Transport: Temple, Embankment Charing Cross, Waterloo, Blackfriars #somersethouse public enquiries: 020 7845 4600 | www.somersethouse.org.uk #somersethouse Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SomersetHouse #somersethouse Twitter: @SomersetHouse
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About Somerset House A unique part of the #london cultural scene, #somersethouse is an historic building where surprising and original work comes to life. From its 18th century origins, #somersethouse has been a centre for debate and discussion – an intellectual powerhouse for the nation. #somersethouse is today a key cultural destination in #london in which to experience a broad range of artistic activity, engage with artists, designers and makers and be a part of a major creative forum – an environment that is relaxed, welcoming to all and inspirational to visit while providing a stimulating workplace for the cultural and creative industries. Since its opening in 2000, #somersethouse has built up a distinctive outdoor public programme including Skate, concerts, an open-air #film season and a diverse range of temporary exhibitions throughout the site focusing on contemporary culture, with an extensive learning programme attached. It is one of the biggest community of creative organisations in #london including The Courtauld Gallery and Institute of Art, King’s College #london Cultural Institute and over 100 other creative businesses. It currently attracts approximately 2.5 million visitors every year. www.somersethouse.org.uk
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About Film4 Productions
Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature #film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in the UK, whether new or established.
Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award-winners such as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Asif Kapadia’s box office record breaking documentary Amy and Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady, in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Chris Morris’ Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This is England, Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and David Mackenzie’s Starred Up.
Film4’s recent releases include Susanna White’s Our Kind of Traitor, Todd Haynes’ Carol, Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette, Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years and Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth. Forthcoming releases include Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Benedict Andrews’ Una and Andrea Arnold’s American Honey. Films in production or pre-production include Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Paddy Considine’s Journeyman, Toby MacDonald’s Old Boys and Danny Boyle’s sequel to Trainspotting.
For further information visit www.film4.com/productions
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