Behind the Screen at Somerset House: Celebrating 10 years of Film4 Summer Screen, Somerset House, London

The iconic Somerset House presents a new exhibition to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Film4 Summer Screen events. The much-loved outdoor screenings are accompanied by Behind the Screen, a series of talks, workshops and activities that explore the art and craft of cinema. This illuminating programme offers a unique insight into this year’s films and reveals the part that Somerset House has played as the location for many cinematic events.

Events reflect the films that have screened, with A Fistful of Dollars being accompanied by a workshop about all things spaghetti western. Visitors can create a “Wanted” poster and have a mugshot in the sherriff’s Gaol. Other experiences include a film tour around the site, showcasing the locations for various different films where the building has performed as a stately home, a Victorian prison and many more. In line with the screening of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Lead Stylist Jane Richardson talks about the methods used to create the images of the most revered leading ladies of the screen.

Other industry professionals bring their voices to the conversation with talks from Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, directors of the visionary Nick Cave documentary, 20,000 Days on Earth. Charting the life-in-a-day of the famous musician, Nick Cave, Forsyth and Pollard talk about combining film, music and live performance to create innovative artwork.

New talent also gets a look in with a showcase of Film4’s short film work and an exploration of teen movies with Charlie Lyne. Budding filmmakers can also try their hand with a youth film-making workshop demonstrating the art of suspense in film and a business discussion about where the skills shortages lie in the industry.

Behind the Screen at Somerset House: Celebrating 10 years of Film4 Summer Screen, 7 – 20 August, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA, www.somersethouse.org.uk.

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