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If you love film or need something different to do in London this month then Somerset House is the venue for you in August. Firmly established as a summer tradition, Somerset House is again celebrating film and there’s something for eveyone.
Film4 Summer Screen: In its 10th year, there are 14 nights (7 – 20 August 2014) of cinema under the stars in the magnificent central courtyard on the largest outdoor screen in London. Expect this summer tradition to continue as a great way to have a truly unique evening. Tickets for the films generally sell out (click here for details of films & tickets) so you may need to plan ahead for next year or find a way to be creative to secure some for 2014. Prior to the film’s start, DJs play music and people picnic for a festive atmosphere. Certain films are introduced by those involved in their making – including actors and directors.
Film Poster Exhibition: There is another way to celebrate film here this summer if you are unable to secure film tickets. For the 2nd year, the venue is also exhibiting the “Summer Screen Prints Film Poster Exhibition”. This is a collaborative effort where Print Club London has engaged UK based artist talent to create posters for the films being shown. This exhibit just opened on 31-July and runs through 25-August 2014. The exhibition is open daily from 10am – 6pm and admission is free. If you are fortunate enough to have secured film tickets, the exhibition is open from 6:30-9pm.
The 16 artists on display include Caspar Williamson and his take of “Ghost Busters” and Concepción Studios poster for “The Royal Tenenbaums. Other artists include Cassandra Yap, Hattie Stewart, Kate Moross, Steve Wilson, Kate Gibb and HelloVon, with takes on E.T., Hairspray, Annie Hall & Mad Max 2… just to name a few. If one appeals to you, limited edition versions can be bought for £45 onsite or online. The way the artists have taken imagery, themes or phrases from the films to stimulate the creative process is excellent.
The organizer of the exhibition, Print Club London, was founded in Dalston in 2007. In addition to having a contemporary screen printing studio, their goals are to nurture creative talent, further the craft of screen printing, and produce high-quality, handmade, limited-edition prints. In addition to the exhibition at Somerset House, Print Club has its own exhibition space, a print studio and an online gallery. For more information visit www.printclublondon.com .
“Behind the Screen” events: In addition to the evening film screenings and the poster exhibition, Somerset House is also hosting a series of workshops, talks and family events. Some of these events involve touring Somerset House to learn about its own role in films as a location spot, other events include documentary films in the indoor screening room. Most of these events require tickets, but are generally easier to obtain. Click here for specifics and ticket availability.
Location: The exhibition is held in the West Wing Galleries, Somerset House, The Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Closest Tube: Temple