Artists at the Summer Screen Prints exhibition get set to revision posters for some of cinema’s most iconic movies
Back for its third year, Film4’s Summer Screen comes to Somerset House for 14 nights of classic, cult and contemporary films, and with it returns the film poster exhibition Summer Screen Prints, which proved so popular at last year’s outing.
The exhibition was formed from a collaboration between Film4 and printing publishers Print Club London, and features a series of limited edition, signed contemporary works by some of the brightest and best artists and illustrators from the UK and abroad. Each exhibiting artist was hand-picked to represent a range of styles and each one tasked with re-imagining a poster for one of the films in the Summer Screen programme, taking particular scenes, quotes or characters from their selected titles as inspiration.
This year’s line-up of 15 artists includes renowned French illustrator Lucille Clerc, who recently rose to prominence following the Charlie Hebdo tragedy for her work entitled ‘Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’. Clerc will be designing a poster for the opening night premiere Gemma Bovery. The Summer Screen Prints exhibition also features street artist RYCA, who is re-interpreting the poster for cult classic Withnail & I, while illustrator Ben Rider brings his punk-inspired aesthetic to Werner Herzog’s epic Aguirre, Wrath of God. Elsewhere Cassandra Yap reinterprets the poster for Quentin Tarantino and Tony Scott’s True Romance, and Rose Blake brings her bold, playful style to romantic tragedy West Side Story.
Talented draughtsman Joe Wilson will also be illustrating the poster for Film4 Summer Screen’s first screening of the Studio Ghibli masterpiece Princess Mononoke. “I chose to tackle Princess Mononoke as it’s one of my all-time favourite films,” says Wilson. “It’s essentially a comment on nature versus man, so I wanted that feeling of wilderness to come through in the poster, as well as trying to draw the characters in my own style.”
Some 200 limited edition posters are available to buy from the exhibition, which runs until 23 August, as well as through the Print Club London website for £50 each. www.printclublondon.com