The year celebrates the 200th anniversary of Somerset House being used as an outdoor screening venue, and audiences can for the first time choose and enhance their seating – adding to the experience with cosy bean bags as well as novelty director's chairs.
The rest of the lineup will be announced in May, after which tickets will go on sale. Here's everything you need to know about the titles so far.
The first of the films announced was seminal teen flick Clueless. The coming-of-age high school classic features endlessly quotable quips, lines, and outfits still remembered over 20 years after the film was first released. Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Britany Murphy, and Paul Rudd make up the all-star cast.
Black Panther will enchant London audiences on the big screen this summer, as the most recent title to feature in the lineup. Set in the afrofuturist land of Wakanda, new king T'Challa is torn over whether to take his country out of isolation. The film, starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita N'yongo, earned widespread acclaim and went on to garner several nominations at the 2019 Academy Awards.
God's Own Country
The third film is the multi-award winning British drama God's Own Country. The triumphant Sundance film sees Francis Lee making his tender and convincing directorial debut, as Josh O'Connor and Alec Secăreanu play a mismatched pair of lovers in the Yorkshire moors.
This is England
The British drama, written and directed by Shaun Meadows (who took inspiration from his own experience growing up in the Midlands), follows an 11-year-old boy and the story of how he becomes involved with a group of skinheads. The film, set against the backdrop of skinhead culture and far-right nationalism, won the award for Best Film at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards and has led to a multi-part TV spinoff.
|What||Film4 Summer Screen 2019, Somerset House|
|Where||Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Temple (underground)|
08 Aug 19 – 21 Aug 19, TIMES VARY
|Website||Click here to book via Somerset House|