Watching a movie in the courtyard at Somerset House on a balmy summer evening (yeah, think positive) is a can’t-miss London experience. The 14-night season is back in August with a mix of new releases, cult classics and red-carpet premieres. Audiences at Somerset House will be the first in London to see Gemma Arterton in ‘Gemma Bovery’ and Guy Ritchie’s ‘Man from Uncle’ as well as feasting on old faves like ‘The Silence of the Lambs’.
Top tip: bring a picnic and arrive early to bagsy a spot. Films don’t start till sundown, but doors open at 6.15pm, with DJs playing music inspired by that evening’s film. Remember to take a cushion, or risk the cobbles turning your butt black and blue like something out of ‘50 Shades’). Tickets go sale on Friday from 10am, only at www.somersethouse.org.uk. Irritatingly organised people always get in there early, so set a reminder now!
Gustave Flaubert’s desperate housewife gets a modern update, starring Gemma Arterton. Thursday, August 6.
The Man from Uncle
Guy Ritchie gives the 1960s TV show a slick Bond-spoof makeover. Friday, August 7.
Withnail & I + An American Werewolf in London
It’s a double bill! They say London is dangerous. But only bad things happen when the characters in these two movies tiptoe through tulips in the countryside. Saturday, August 8.
Studio Ghibli’s gorgeous tale of a medieval warrior on a whopping screen. Sunday, August 9.
The Silence of the Lambs
Watching on your laptop isn’t the same as seeing Hannibal’s face 20ft wide. Monday, August 10.
In the role that made him a Hollywood star, Dustin Hoffman finds himself in the tricky position of falling in love with the daughter of the older woman he’s sleeping with. Careless. Tuesday, August 11.
The Second Mother
Be among the first to catch this Brazilian arthouse gem in London. Wednesday, August 12.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God
Discover Werner’s Herzog’s mad masterpiece from 1972. Thursday, August 13.
Do the Right Thing
Spike Lee’s 1989 drama is set over one sweltering Brooklyn day as racial tensions boil over. Friday, August 14.
True Romance + The Warriors
Young hearts run free in this double bill. Christian Slater is a comic-book geek on the rampage with Patricia Arquette in ‘True Romance’. Cult classic ‘The Warriors’ finds a New York gang battling their way home. Saturday, August 15.
Audrey Hepburn sparkles as a runaway princess who slips incognito into Rome during a state visit. Sunday, August 16.
The Last of the Mohicans
Daniel Day-Lewis springs through the forest like a deer, hatchet raised. Monday, August 17.
Best of ten musicals – audience vote
Go to www.somersethouse.org.uk to vote for your favourite movie musical. The choice is between ten of cinema’s greatest, including ‘Oliver!’ , ‘Bugsy Malone’ and ‘Singin’ in the Rain’. Tuesday, August 18.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Take tissues along to this teenage cancer comedy-drama. Wednesday, August 19.
We’ve got all of London’s outdoor screens in one place here.