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Summer Film in South Bank

July 17th, 2017 | by Matthew Walsh

Summer Film in South Bank

Summer in the cinema calendar can be a time of great contrast. Not too many decades ago it was traditionally a farrow period for the movies, in between the important festivals and away from audiences choosing to head outside in hope of sunnier times. Then Steven Spielberg made Jaws, invented the summer blockbuster and ever since the year’s biggest films receive their debut before the leaves start to turn. Catering for fans of both the bolder things in film as well as those seeking out a quieter route to cinematic nirvana, South Bank offers up an endless supply of big hitters, explorative seasons, escapist dramas and thought-provoking flicks across each of its heralded hubs.

  • Film Series: On the Road

    London’s premiere skate destination is packing its bags and hitting the road this summer with a series of films dedicated to life on the tarmac. Motorific movies such as Easy Rider, The Motorcycle Diaries and Halfway to Nowhere will transport viewers to carefree and wide-open worlds of endless possibility, diminishing responsibility and full-on adventure throughout July.

    House Of Vans
  • Gross Indecency

    Using the 1967 partial legalisation of homosexuality as its focus, BFI Southbank welcomes a host of films before and after the Act that focus on queer life in Britain around that time. There will be a screening of the country’s first explicitly gay feature film, Nighthawks, a chance to catch John Hurt’s ground-breaking performance as Quentin Crisp in a rare big-screen showing of The Naked Civil Servant alongside the progressive love triangle of Sunday Bloody Sunday and many more throughout August.

    BFI Southbank
  • India on Film

    70 years on from India and Pakistan’s independence from Britain a season of films that explore the Partition in one form or another take centre stage in August at the BFI’s riverside home of cinema. With different religions now wrestling for control over large swathes of the sub-continent it was an era of uncomfortable division, a period that is reflected in these films that range in style, attitude and date.

    BFI Southbank
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    The wall-climbing, web-slinging teen hero is back as Tom Holland steps into the spandex for a re-introduction to Marvel’s youngest star. Following his adrenaline-fuelled turn in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker yearns for more than a supporting role alongside the Avengers. Trying to balance studies with superhero duties and under the watchful eye of Tony Stark, he faces a battle to prove he is up to the task.

    BFI IMAX
  • Dunkirk

    He’s rebooted Batman, entered dreams in Inception and sent Matthew McConaughey into space. Now Christopher Nolan tackles real life with his suspense-filled WWII epic, DUNKIRK, filmed with IMAX screens in mind. With allied troops stranded and surrounded in the coastal French town, calls are made to launch an evacuation mission on an unprecedented scale. Told from air, land and sea, this gripping survival saga places us amongst the biggest recovery mission of all time.

    BFI IMAX
  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    Its primate’s v people in this war-torn new instalment that sees opposing species face-off in an almighty battle for the future of the planet. Caesar, newly embittered by the reckless loss of simian life at the hands of a ruthless and determined Colonel, turns to his inner angst, listening for the first time to the darker voices inside that turn his mind to vengeance. With a renewed sense of purpose and an unflinching desire for payback Caesar leads his apes against a tyrannical human regime regardless of the cost. At the Curzon, Mondrian London. 

    Mondrian London

Find The Venues

  • 1 - House Of Vans

    Main entrance
    Arches 228 – 232
    Station Approach Road
    London
    SE1 8SW 

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  • 2 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 3 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 4 - BFI IMAX

    BFI IMAX, 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, South Bank, London SE1 8XR

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  • 5 - BFI IMAX

    BFI IMAX, 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, South Bank, London SE1 8XR

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  • 6 - Mondrian London

    Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank London SE1 9PD 

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