Film4 Summer Screen goes online for 2020
James R | On 13, Aug 2020
Film4 Summer Screen will take place online this year, with a series of events to recreate the annual celebration of film.
Usually taking place in the courtyard of Somerset House in London, the summer screenings have previously included everything from Inception and Labyrinth to Call Me By Your Name and Blue Velvet. With the 2020 edition cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Film4 and Somerset House are instead hosting a week of digital events.
It will kick off on 13th August with a discussion with Suffragette director Sarah Gavron about her upcoming new film Rocks, including some clips from the movie. It then continues the following week with a double-bill from American cinematographer Bradford Young (Selma, Arrival): his 2019 Film4 Summer Screen commission will stream online and, the day after, he’ll take part in a career talk to give insight and encouragement to aspiring creatives.
The events will stream on the Somerset House YouTube channel. Here’s the schedule:
In Conversation: Rocks
Sarah Gavron (Suffragette), associate director Anu Henriques, screenwriters Theresa Ikoko (winner of the Alfred Fagon award in 2015 for her play Girls) and Claire Wilson (Little Drummer Girl, Gangs of London), and actors Bukky Bakray and Kosar Ali discuss the collaborative creative process behind Rocks, set for release this autumn.
Rocks follows teenager Rocks (Bakray) who fears that she and her little brother Emmanuel (D’angelou Osei Kissiedu) will be forced apart if anyone finds out they are living alone. With the help of her friends, she evades the authorities and navigates the most defining days of her life.
A memorial to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, Bradford Young’s film is a meditation on the cathartic nature of collective mourning in the African diaspora. Join Young (When They See Us, Solo: A Star Wars Story) for this special online screening – with a live introduction.
Upgrade Yourself: The Cinematographer’s Lens with Bradford Young
Join Bradford Young as he shares his career journey and industry advice, covering areas such as collaboration, creating a vision, project management, connecting with actors and building a character, story-telling and communicating with the audience. Bradford will also take questions from viewers.