Here’s this year’s Film4 Summer Screen line-up

Monday June 6th 2011


There can be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House is the most enjoyable place in London to see a film. This year’s programme runs from the 27th July to the 7th August and the awesome line-up has just been announced. Obviously it won’t all be your cup of tea (personally I can take or leave The Spy Who Loved Me and the thought of seeing Scott Pilgrim again makes me want to slam Ramona’s mallet right into my eyeballs) but you’re sure to find something to love in the ever-unpredictable, satisfyingly diverse list of movies that follows…

Wednesday 27th July
THE SKIN I LIVE IN (UK PREMIERE)

Thursday 28th July
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME

Friday 29th July
THE BIG BLUE

Saturday 30th July
DIE HARD / ATTACK THE BLOCK

Sunday 31st July
THE APARTMENT

Monday 1st August
THELMA & LOUISE

Tuesday 2nd August
CHINATOWN

Wednesday 3rd August
IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE

Thursday 4th August
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD

Friday 5th August
SERPICO / SHAFT

Saturday 6th August
GREMLINS / TROLL HUNTER / TREMORS

Sunday 7th August
THE PRINCESS BRIDE

Plenty to be getting on with, I’m sure you’ll agree. If this was one of those ‘community-led’ movie blogs, I’d ask you which nights you’re most looking forward to, but it’s not so instead I’m just going to tell you HOW FUCKING EXCITED I am about those double bills. Die Hard and Attack the Block are so perfect for one another that it’s amazing Fox didn’t delay the release of the former by 23 years so it could go out theatrically with the latter. Bonus nugget: check out this thing Joe Cornish wrote about the first time he saw Die Hard in New York.

Elsewhere on the schedule, I’m sure you’re as eager as I am to see Melvin from Tremors back on the big screen where he belongs, as part of a triple bill (the first at Somerset House) which also includes a special preview of Norweigan horror Troll Hunter, which people have been feverishly whispering about for months now.

For those of you with earlier bedtimes, there are also plenty of single-billed films to choose from, including Pedro Almodóvar’s sexy new thing The Skin I Live In and obligatory (but nonetheless brilliant) old one The Apartment.

Tickets will be available from the Somerset House website from Thursday. They’re not cheap, but also not insanely expensive given the circumstances. Book some.