Behind the Screen with Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Film4 Summer Screen, Somerset House presents Behind the Screen, a diverse and entertaining programme of talks, workshops and family activities, which bring the world of cinema into sharper focus and reveal its behind-the-scenes secrets.


Accompanying the season of film screenings, this illuminating programme offers unique insights into this year’s films from a host of industry insiders including Richard Ayoade taking guests on a guided tour of his cinematic inspirations and influences ahead of one of his favourite films The 400 Blows, and Tessa Ross, the outgoing Head of Film4 Productions whose credits include the Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave and Slumdog Millionaire, discussing the films that ignite her passion for cinema on the night of the special anniversary screening.


Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi will fly in from New Zealand to talk about the careers in comedy which has led to the hilarious vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows on the night it receives its UK Premiere at Somerset House.

On Wednesday 20 August at 19.00, Clement  and Waititi join us to discuss a career in comedy that began when the pair were students in New Zealand, and which has now led to the smart and hilarious What We Do In the Shadows. Tickets are £10.00. What We Do In the Shadows premieres after the talk at 21:00. Tickets are already sold out!

Elsewhere, NARS Lead International Stylist, Jane Richardson, will reveal the makeup secrets of glamorous Hollywood icons ahead of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and teen movie expert Charlie Lyne will host an evening of strange tales from the teen genre’s colourful past from the days of Freddie Prinze Jr to Robert Pattinson, before the teen movie double bill of Hairspray and Spring

Breakers. Daytime events include film tours exploring the site of Somerset House, which has provided the location for many Hollywood blockbusters and free family workshops to create spaghetti western style ‘wanted’ posters.

Some other highlights from the programme:

Saturday 9 August
Family film screening: Rango
12.00 and 14.00
An Oscar-winning animated adventure with Johnny Depp providing the voice of the reluctant hero
Rango who works as a chameleon Sheriff in a corrupt town. An action packed, humorous family
film screening.

Sunday 10 and 17 August
Shot on Site: The Somerset House Film Tour
12.00 – 13.00
Somerset House is not only an impressive building, it’s also a versatile film set. It’s been the
location for a stately home, a Victorian prison, even the Kremlin on film shoots, but sometimes
it’s the star. This tour shows the cinematic history of the site, and the stories behind those

Sunday 10 August
Hollywood Glamour: Classic Hollywood icons and how they created their signature looks
19.00 – 20.00
To tie-in with the glamorous Gentlemen prefer Blondes screening, Jane Richardson, International
Lead Stylist at NARS, talks about the fascinating methods used to create the images of the most
iconic leading ladies of the screen. With over 20 years experience, Richardson is responsible for
celebrity, film and catwalk looks.

Wednesday 13 August
Sound and Vision: Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard in Conversation
Newcomers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, the directors of the visionary Nick Cave documentary
20,000 Days on Earth, a unique cinematic drama-documentary that charts the life-in-a-day of the
famous musician, talk about their method of combining film, music and live performance to
create innovative artworks.

Thursday 14 August
Ten Years of Film4 Shorts
Film4 Productions has a history of nurturing new talent through their commitment to making
short films, with many directors going on to make acclaimed features. This programme
showcases a selection of the outstanding work of the past decade.

Friday 15 August
The Secret Life of the Teen Movie
Ahead of the teen movie double bill of Hairspray and Spring Breakers, teen movie expert and
journalist (and director of teen movie documentary Beyond Clueless) Charlie Lyne hosts an
evening of strange tales from the teen genre’s colourful past, with special guests and star
anecdotes a plenty.

Tuesday 19 August 2014
Tessa Ross: Films Of My Life
As Head of Film4 Productions, Tessa Ross has overseen the creation of such distinctive
successes as Slumdog Millionaire, Four Lions, 12 Years a Slave and Under the Skin. In this special
interview, she puts her own work aside to talk about the films that inspired a passion for cinema.

Behind the Screen general information

Doors open for evening events at 18.30 for a complimentary drink courtesy of Heineken in the
Behind the Screen bar, accessed from the River Terrace entrance via Waterloo Bridge. Talks start
at 19.00 and last approximately one hour.

Behind the Screen tickets give access to Behind the Screen events only. Tickets for film
screenings must be purchased separately. In conjunction with a purchased ticket to Film4
Summer Screen, Behind the Screen tickets give access to a reserved space in the courtyard for
the main film.

Print Club London: Summer Screen Prints
31 July – 25 August, daily 10.00 – 18.00
Back for a second year, Print Club London and Somerset House will be curating a series of contemporary screen printed film posters for the 10th anniversary season of Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House. The limited edition screen prints, inspired by the films shown in the season, will be exhibited in the West Wing Galleries at Somerset House, running from 31 July – 25 August. Open daily as well as during each evening’s film event, this will be a unique opportunity to discover some of the UK’s brightest artistic talent and purchase an exclusive screen print for £45.