Can­vass­ing movies

Artists at the Sum­mer Screen Prints ex­hi­bi­tion get set to re­vi­sion posters for some of cin­ema’s most iconic movies

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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

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