Summer 2016 Outdoor Film and Theatre

It may not seem like it right now, but apparently Summer is upon us, and that means braving the outdoors (and possibly the wind and rain) for a few months of special outside events, from outdoor film screening to plays in parks. We round up the best of what Summer 2016 has to offer across the UK.


Somerset House Summer Screen

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Bring a big comfy pillow, grab some popcorn, and sit back and enjoy the big screen delights in the beautiful and ornate 18th Century surroundings of the central fountain court area. This popular series of outdoor film screenings has been running for a while now, and this year will take place between 4-17 August with screenings including the UK premier of Pedro Almodovar’s new offering Julieta, as well as themed double bills like RoboCop + Ex Machina.

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Shorts on Tap – London’s Hottest Short Film Event

12977228_1106961599367301_6909263524154959564_oShorts on Tap is a monthly short film night in London. But when London hosts so many, what makes this one truly unique to its competitors? Well for starters, the amount of events they do is quite prolific. Shorts on Tap don’t just host a standard one a month deal. Instead, on average, Shorts on Tap hold two short film screening events a month all with unique themes. They couple this with a monthly networking night for filmmakers and actors; one where each can see what each other is working on and perhaps even blossom a sprig of an idea into something beautiful (before kicking out time) that can be put in motion to create a superstar filmmaking team. 

In fact as proof of the good work they do, this May there will be three Shorts on Tap screening events, including one which will be held at the prestigious BFI Southbank – “Voices of Africa”. This particular free event is part of Africa Day 2016, a celebration of African culture in London through a programme of stunning works depicting, exploring, deciphering Africa and African culture through the eye of its filmmaking talent. This will be Shorts on Tap’s fifth event of their ROAD MAP series of screenings focusing on foreign culture.read more

Movie Review: The Witch

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The Witch is a haunting film that eschews cheap jumps and thrills to create a truly harrowing world. The film looks beyond the familiar trappings of the horror genre and instead focuses on family dynamics and the harsh trials endured in 1630’s colonial New England.

At the centre of the story is a deeply devout family who have recently arrived from England. We first meet them as they are cast out of their New England settlement following a religious disagreement. Thrown out into the wilderness, they settle upon the edge of a forest, alone and away from any other form of civilization. This makes for a claustrophobic setting. A pervasive sense of unease is emphasized by Jarin Blaschke’s cinematography using mostly natural light and making effective use of intense close-ups.  read more