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Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House 2016

24 May, 2016 Posted in: Film4 Channel, Film4 Summer Screen


Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House, London’s groundbreaking open-air film festival, returns between 4-17 August, with a prestigious programme of classic and contemporary films, and a total of three UK premieres.



The 2016 season will open with the UK premiere of the critically-acclaimed Things To Come. Isabelle Huppert gives a commanding performance in Eden director Mia Hansen-Løve’s smart Paris-set drama, which explores how it feels to have led a full life yet still be searching for answers.

Pedro Almodóvar will make a special appearance at this year’s festival to introduce his 20th feature film Julieta, which was in competition at Cannes. Representing a return to the female-centric storytelling of many of Almodóvar’s most notable works, such as Volver and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, a younger and older version of the film’s protagonist Julieta confronts the loves and losses of her life. 

The season will close with the UK premiere of Cannes award-winner Captain Fantastic, directed by Matt Ross, which follows the heartfelt story of a father (Viggo Mortensen) whose idealistic parenting comes under attack when his family is forced to leave their sheltered paradise and enter the world.



Two special screenings will celebrate cinema icons – master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick and one of the most inspired and influential British films of all-time Trainspotting.

This year’s Best of 10 vote will coincide with Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick, an exhibition of works created by contemporary artists, filmmakers and musicians and inspired by Stanley Kubrick at Somerset House from 6 July – 24 August. The public ballot will allow the audience to choose their favourite Kubrick film from a list of his 10 most famous movies. The vote-winning title will be revealed in front of the Somerset House audience on the night of the screening itself.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Film4’s Trainspotting, and ahead of the 2017 release of sequel T2, Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House will put Danny Boyle’s controversial 1996 hit back on the big screen in its original 35mm format.


Alex Garland's Ex Machina, backed by Film4

In addition, Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House will stage a typically eclectic mix of movies, from comedy and musical to horror and sci-fi. Sundown DJ sets inspired by the screenings will set the mood before the films begin.

Saturday nights will see double bills of Ex Machina and RoboCop, two dark futuristic visions that bring together Man and Machine, and Galaxy Quest and 2015’s The Final Girls (unreleased theatrically in the UK), a pair of comedies that take a fun twist on the sci-fi and horror genres.

There will be classics in Sunset Boulevard, the fable of fading movie star Norma Desmond, the fashionable affair of Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire in Funny Face and 90s teen rom-com classic 10 Things I Hate About You. Legendary directors will feature with Quentin Tarantino’s crime caper Jackie Brown and Francis Ford Coppola’s flamboyantly frightening adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Finally, landscapes and coming-of-age experiences will contrast with Australian outback adventure Walkabout and the gritty realities of urban life in the Parisian suburbs portrayed in the gripping Girlhood.


August 4              THINGS TO COME (UK PREMIERE)

August 5              BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA

August 6              EX MACHINA + ROBOCOP

August 7              SUNSET BOULEVARD

August 8              10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU

August 9              WALKABOUT

August 10            JULIETA (UK PREMIERE)

August 11            WINNER OF BEST OF 10 KUBRICK VOTE

August 12            JACKIE BROWN

August 13            GALAXY QUEST + THE FINAL GIRLS

August 14            FUNNY FACE

August 15            TRAINSPOTTING

August 16            GIRLHOOD


Tickets for Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House go on sale at 10am on Thursday 26th May. For more information visit the Somerset House website.

Film4-backed film deals at Cannes 2016

23 May, 2016 Productions Posted in: Cannes, Uncategorized

In addition to Andrea Arnold’s American Honey taking home the Jury Prize, Film4 are thrilled to report that a number of deals were announced for Film4-backed films in Cannes…



A24 bought US rights, and Haut et Court snapped up French rights, to the next film from Yorgos Lanthimos. It was also announced that the film will reunite Colin Farrell with the director of The Lobster, which won the 2015 Cannes Jury Prize. Farrell will play Steven, a charismatic surgeon whose ideal life starts to fall apart, after a teenage boy who is trying to integrate him into his broken family starts to behave increasingly sinisterly. Inspired by a Euripides tragedy, the film was developed by Film4 in collaboration with Element Pictures, and is co-financed by Film4 and New Sparta under a partnership brokered by HanWay Films. The film is expected to begin shooting in August.


A24 picked up North American rights to British director Andrew Haigh’s (45 Years) next film ahead of its shoot in the US this summer. Other deals secured by Le Bureau Sales and Celluloid Dreams on the film included the UK (Curzon Artificial Eye), France (Ad Vitam), Benelux (Lumière), Greece (Seven Films), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Italy (Teodora), South Korea (Beetwin) and China (DD Dream). Film4 supported the development of the film with The Bureau, and are backing the film alongside The Bureau and the BFI. Haigh will direct his own adaptation of Willy Vlautin’s acclaimed novel about 15-year-old teenager Charley, as he embarks on a perilous journey in search of his long lost aunt and a possible home, his only companion the stolen racehorse Lean on Pete.


Focus Features acquired the majority of key international territories – including Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Spain, UK, Italy and Scandinavia – to Andrea Arnold’s widely praised Competition entry. Sales agent Protagonist Pictures had already pre-sold to France (Diaphana) and A24 (US) ahead of the festival. The film is a Parts & Labor / Pulse Films Production in association with ManDown, which Film4 co-developed and co-financed alongside Maven Pictures and the BFI.

Andrea Arnold’s Film4-backed American Honey wins Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival

23 May, 2016 Productions Posted in: Cannes

Film4-backed American Honey was among the prizes at the Cannes Film Festival last night, taking home the Jury Prize for British director Andrea Arnold, and earning a Commendation from the Ecumenical Jury.


It’s the third time Cannes-favourite Arnold has won the Jury Prize, following wins in 2006 for Red Road and 2009 for Fish Tank. She also served on the Jury for the Main Competition in 2012, and chaired the International Critics’ Week Jury in 2014.

Film4’s Head of Creative Rose Garnett commented: “We are so thrilled that Andrea Arnold’s American Honey was selected In Competition at Cannes, and that the Festival’s Jury has seen fit to recognise the film with the Jury Prize. American Honey is a passionate and brilliant odyssey that takes us into the hearts and minds of the young and disenfranchised in modern America. Film4 is proud to have supported the project from its inception. Andrea is one of the great directors working today – and American Honey is a landmark film that places British talent at the centre of the world cinema stage.”

American Honey tells the story of Star (Sasha Lane), a teenage girl from a troubled home, who runs away with a travelling sales crew that drives across the American mid-west selling magazine subscriptions door to door. Finding her feet in this gang of teenagers, one of who is Jake (Shia LaBeouf), she soon gets into the group’s lifestyle of hard partying, law-bending and young love.

American Honey: the reviews are in at Cannes 2016

15 May, 2016 Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Festivals, Opinion

We round up our favourite reviews of Andrea Arnold’s American Honey coming out of Cannes 2016

American Honey screened yesterday for press at Cannes for the very first time. We’ve already taken a look at the best instant responses on Twitter. Now that the critics have had time to write up their reviews, here are a selection of some of our favourites…


Guy Lodge for Variety says:

“Part dreamy millennial picaresque, part distorted tapestry of Americana and part exquisitely illustrated iTunes musical, “Honey” daringly commits only to the loosest of narratives across its luxurious 162-minute running time. Yet it’s constantly, engrossingly active, spinning and sparking and exploding in cycles like a Fourth of July Catherine wheel”

Read the full review


Finn Halligan for Screen Daily says:

American Honey is a vivid polaroid of a point in time, that reckless bridge between stepping out into adult life and fully entering it, a point during which you’re never more alive. Following a quasi-renegade group of poor white kids as they bus around the American heartland selling magazine subscriptions to the gullible, it pulsates with energy, and not just from its rousing soundtrack.”

Read the full article


 Ryland Aldrich for TwitchFilm says:

Only a few times in a generation does a film speak to youth in a lasting and powerful way. Films like Rebel Without A Cause, Easy Rider, and Kids all tapped into their respective contemporary consciousnesses with the effect of not just capturing the era for preservation, ut also influencing the very generation of portrayal. With astonishing performances, remarkable use of music, and truly deft filmmaking, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey has every potential to be that film for this generation.

Read the full review


Eric Kohn for Indiewire says:

“With only four movies in 10 years, director Andrea Arnold has developed a rich filmography that other filmmakers spend decades trying to accumulate. [...] While her Wuthering Heights adaptation tried to take her technique to a grander scale, American Honey completes the effort with its sprawling portrait of young outcasts. It’s the closest thing to a magnum opus in Arnold’s blossoming career.”

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Donald Clarke for the Irish Times says:

“What really makes the film sing is its gorgeous, original texture. Our own Robbie Ryan, shooting in Arnold’s preferred narrow Academy ratio, offers dynamic, glowing images that capture each destination with startling concision. Joe Bini, a regular collaborator with Werner Herzog, brings zipped-up energy to the editing. Any five-minute stretch could be extracted to form a worthwhile short film.”

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We’ll be adding more reviews as they come in, so watch this space!





Reactions to American Honey at Cannes 2016

14 May, 2016 Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Festivals, Online, Opinion

The first screening for press of Andrea Arnold’s Cannes Competition entry American Honey has just taken place here at Cannes – we’ll be tallying reactions as they land, so keep refreshing the page for more throughout the night.

Shia LaBeouf and Sasha Lane star in Andrea Arnold’s drama about a troubled teen who finds her feet among a group of traveling magazine subscription salespeople. But what did the the critics think? Scroll down for our favourite reactions coming out of Cannes…

Update: full reviews are in – click to check out our round up of the best.

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Click here to check out the full reviews as they come in.