Preview: Film4 Summer Screen 2007

By London_DaveK Last edited 131 months ago
Preview: Film4 Summer Screen 2007

With grey skies, low temperatures and ever-present rain comprising the key features of our lovely non-summer, it may seem unwise to choose to see a film anywhere lacking the protection of a roof and four walls. You certainly could choose to stay inside the confines your local multiplex, but then you'd miss out on the return of Film4's fabulous Summer Screen tradition at Somerset House.

For ten nights from 2 August until 11 August, Somerset House will again play host to a wide-ranging selection of films, each presented on a massive screen in surround-sound. Tickets are selling fast, with several of the features already sold out online, though according to their web site, "a limited number of tickets are available for in-person purchase only, on site at Somerset House, from the Courtauld Gallery Shop". Even if you've missed out on securing tickets for "Rear Window" or "E.T.", at the time of writing there was still availability for some of our favourite movies of all time, including "Rushmore", "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "2001: A Space Odyssey". Act quickly though or you'll have to settle for seeing HAL 9000 less-impressively lose his digital mind at home on DVD.

The full schedule follows:

Thursday 2 August - Knocked Up

Friday 3 August - The Descent / The Thing (double bill)

Saturday 4 August - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Sunday 5 August - Rushmore

Monday 6 August - Rear Window

Tuesday 7 August - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Wednesday 8 August - Walk the Line

Thursday 9 August - Chak de India (India Now Premiere)

Friday 10 August - Hot Fuzz / Point Break (double bill)

Saturday 11 August - 2001: A Space Odyssey

Film4 Summer Screen 2007 at Somerset House. All tickets £12.50 except Friday double bills which are £15. All bookings carry a £1.75 transaction fee (per booking, not per ticket) and can be made here. Rugs will be available for purchase for £10 or you can just bring your own (or you can just be a rebel and go rugless). Doors 18.30, DJs from 19.30, film 21.15.

Image taken from Swiv's Flickr photostream.

Last Updated 26 July 2007


The Good The Bad And The Ugly!! Outside and GIANT!!

I am so there I can't even stand it. Can you bring babies?

Dave Knapik

Hmmm, I'm not sure about babies. Every note on their web site seems to be about rugs, which I assume are indeed more comfortable and less risky to sit on. ;)

They would be quite heartless, though, to turn away any parent awesome enough to take their little one to see the best spaghetti western ever! I reckon if you dress the young gunslinger up in a cowboy hat, you'll be assured entry on cuteness points alone.


that's some mighty expensive film watching. But I do really really want to be a rugless rebel.

Edwin Lyons

Seems like a bit of a rip off, considering other places show outdoor films for free... This is about twice the cost of my local cinema...


that's what I think... with canary wharf showing free stuff each week recently, I'd rather do that... then I can also afford a bottle of wine too! besides, The Descent is really really really scary and there would be no sofa to hide behind!!!


It is quite expensive I suppose. But it's way better than most Outdoor Cinema because of the building; no traffic noise gets in, and it permits proper Dolby Digital 7.1 sound that no other outdoor venue can provide due to the wind etc.

I'd recommend bringing a rug or cushion though; the stone floor is hard to sit on for a long time. And hope to hell they remembered to set the timer on the fountains properly so that they don't try to automatically come back on during the second show of the double bills!


Oh and it's proper 35mm presentation, the recent outdoor films at Broadgate and Canary Wharf have all been cheap video projector or giant LED TV (poor resolution) haven't they? Which are both way cheaper to put on.