Wednesday, 29 June 2011

A Belated Plug For Film4's Summer Screen Thingy

Much has already been made of the Film4 Summer Screen event taking place at London's Somerset House between July 27th and August 7th. I've never been so I can neither confirm nor deny the aceness of the experience, but I'll be there to see the Die Hard / Attack The Block double bill on July 30th, and I expect it'll be a ruddy bloody smashing thing.

I have it on good authority that there are still tickets available for The Spy Who Loved Me, The Big Blue, The Apartment, Thelma & Louise, In The Mood For Love, Scott Pilgrim vs The World and the Serpico / Shaft double bill, so have a crack at any of those you fancy.


What's received less coverage is the equally worthy 'Behind The Screen' programme that accompanies the main event: a series of hour-long talks with some big names from the movie world, each related to the main screening that follows it. Joe Cornish will be there to waffle about his filmic influences, Barry Norman will be having a go on Roman Polanski, and John Barry's "musical sons and daughters" (whoever they are) will be discussing the great man's legacy. The full programme can be found here, and includes a rotating image gallery that features this hair / aviators / moustache combo:
So if you've failed to secure tickets to the screening of your choice or are the kind of weirdo who watches all the DVD extras but not the actual film, then maybe Behind The Screen is for you. Yes, you!


  1. LastRealReveal30 June 2011 at 16:29

    Through various means (my means are various) I have determined you live also in England and would recommend the Screen on the Green series throughout July and August. They also have ridiculously sized screens in parks throughout London showing classic films such as Time Bandits next weekend :) also can i recieve a t-shirt for being your 4th reader?

  2. The dude in the shades is Al Pacino in Serpico (1973). The best place to watch a movie is in an air-conditioned cinema. Anything else, like being out of doors in competition with jets, helicopters and roosting starlings, is a distraction. My viewing of an open air film in the Middle East is memorable partly for my amusement that plain white subtitles against the alpine snow in 'Where Eagles Dare' deprived locals of whatever the arabic is for 'Broadsword to Danny Boy' line, but mainly being eaten alive by mosquitoes in a feeding frenzy. Legend has it that during the screening of 'Gone With The Wind' (1939) a hurricane carried away the screen (and Toto & Dorothy probably).

  3. By jingo, you're right, those are some cracking screenings. We live in special times I say.