Wembley Park presents Summer on Screen
We are pleased to announce this year’s Summer on Screen programme taking place from 31 May to 23 July. The specially curated film season will feature Hollywood Blockbusters, Sing-A-Long Classics and South Asian Cinema presented exclusively by Tongues on Fire.
In a first for North West London, Wembley Park announces a new cultural partnership with the Royal Opera House, home to two of the world’s great artistic companies – The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet – which will broadcast acclaimed productions of Romeo and Juliet, Carmen and The Marriage of Figaro, as part of ROH’s BP Big Screens festival.
Members of the public will be able to enjoy the free outdoor screenings from deck chair seating in Arena Square, set against the dramatic backdrop of The SSE Arena, Wembley.
- Hollywood Nights- Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
- Royal Opera House: BP Big Screens festival – Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro
- Sing-A-Long Classics – Sister Act, The Greatest Showman
- Tongues on Fire: Celebrating South Asian Cinema – Chaal Jeevi Laiye, Hamid, KD, Dhh, Movies, Memories, Magic and Life Goes On
There will be a variety of pre-show entertainment ahead of the Hollywood Blockbusters and Sing-A-Long Classics screenings from Lady Gaga style Drag Queen Karaoke before A Star is Born to a six piece gospel choir before the ultimate sing-a-long Sister Act.
The screenings form part of the busy summer events programme at Wembley Park, with hours of free arts and entertainment in the area’s public squares and boulevards. The cultural programme adds to sporting, music and live entertainment events for which the neighbourhood is world famous, and further enhances its reputation as the ideal place to live, work, play and shop.
Further details of the summer programme will be announced in early May.
This year’s packed programme includes a selection of box-office smashes screened for free alongside a series of pre-show entertainment:
– The Opening Night will see a Queen Double-Bill, Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film follows the band from their early beginnings to their legendary Live Aid performance at Wembley. Bohemian Rhapsody will be preceded by a screening of The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, held at Wembley Stadium in 1992 and broadcast live to 72 countries, featuring Elton John, David Bowie, George Michael, Annie Lennox, among many others– 31 May, 7pm
– A Star Is Born (2018) starring Bradley Cooper as seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers – and falls in love with – struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). She has just given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight + a pre-show Drag Queen Karaoke ‘Lady Gaga’ style session to belt out those classic tracks! – 7 June, 7pm
– The 2019 Oscar-winning picture Green Book (2018) set in America in 1962, tells the heart-warming true story of Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a working-class Italian-American bouncer who takes on a job as a chauffeur for Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), an African-American classical pianist + a pre-show live performance by six piece brass jazz band – 27 June, 7pm
– Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann’s musical mashup Moulin Rouge! (2001) about an idealistic poet (Ewan McGregor) drawn into the dark, fantastical underworld of the Parisian nightclub the “Moulin Rouge”, where he finds a seedy, glamourous haven of ex, drugs and electricity. He also finds himself plunged into a passionate love affair with the club’s star, who is also the city most famous courtesan, Satine (Nicole Kidman) + a pre-show performance by Moulin Rouge stilt walkers from Divine Dance Company – 7 July, 7pm
– The classic romantic fantasy Dirty Dancing (1987) set in the summer of 1963 features innocent 17-year-old Baby (Jennifer Grey) on vacation with her parents at a Catskill’s resort. One evening she is drawn to the staff quarters by stirring music. There she meets Johnny (Patrick Swayze), the hotel dance instructor, who is as experienced as Baby is naïve. Baby soon becomes Johnny’s pupil in dance and love + a pre-show interactive swing dance workshop by Swing Patrol – 16 July, 7pm
– The summer smash-hit Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) returns ten years after ‘Mamma Mia!’ to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA + a pre-show performance by the world’s first and only shopping trolley dance display act, Granny Turismo playing all the ABBA hits! – 18 July, 7pm
– La La Land (2016), a modern take on the Hollywood musical from director Damien Chazelle, starring Ryan Gosling as Sebastian, a jazz pianist and Emma Stone as Mia, an aspiring actress who meet and fall in love while pursuing their dreams in Los Angeles + a pre-show performance by Rimski’s Rolling Piano – 23 July, 7pm
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE PRESENTS: BP BIG SCREENS AT WEMBLEY PARK
There will be free outdoor screenings of opera and ballet productions broadcast live from the Royal Opera House, part of BP Big Screens festival:
– Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan’s 20th century ballet masterpiece – 11 June, 7:30pm
– Carmen – Bizet’s greatest opera tells the story of the enigmatic and seductive Carmen and the dangerous passion she arouses in Don José – 2 July, 7pm
– The Marriage of Figaro – Mozart’s great comic opera of intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness returns with Christian Gerhaher and Simon Keenlyside as the clever Figaro and his aristocratic master piece – 9 July, 7pm
The Sing-A-Long film events are an immersive cinema experience: uplifting and irresistible fun. Arrive early for pre-show entertainment and to warm your vocal chords before belting out the classics. This year’s Sing-A-Long classics screenings programme features:
– Sister Act (1992) stars Whoopi Goldberg as a mobster’s girlfriend cum trashy lounge singer who is sent to a convent under the Witness Protection Program, and leads the choir there to national fame + a pre-show live Motown DJ set and a six piece Gospel Choir – 20 June, 7pm
– The Greatest Showman (2017), starring Hugh Jackman, is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we fell when dreams come to life + a pre-show circus performance and burlesque dance from The Framettes – 19 July, 7pm
TONGUES ON FIRE PRESENTS: SOUTH ASIAN CINEMA IN WEMBLEY PARK
Tongues on Fire present a specially curated selection of six films that celebrate South Asian cinema, opening with Gujarati-language comedy road movie, Chaal Jeevi Laiye.
– Chaal Jeevi Laiye (2019) written and directed by Vipul Mehta. Aditya Parikh and his father Bipin Chandra Parikh begin to explore the meaning of life as they meet a traveller named Ketki, who takes them on a journey of surprises and realizations that strengthens their bond with every situation that tests their drifting relationship. Distributed by Rising Star Entertainment (In Gujarati with English subtitles) The film will open with a Bollywood Dance workshop by Sole Beats dance group – 5 June, 7pm
– Hamid (2018) is a drama about eight-year-old Hamid who learns that 786 is God’s number and decides to try and reach out to God, by dialling this number. He wants to talk to his father, who his mother tells him has gone to Allah. Using his father’s old mobile phone he tries different combinations to speak to God. One day the phone call is answered by Abhay, a hard-knuckled CRPF Jawaan and two lives shattered in the strife of Kashmir find a way to be complete again. (In Urdu and Hindi with English subtitles) – 12 June, 7pm
– KD (2019) is about Karuppu Durai, an 80-year-old man, bedridden for the past three months in a coma, who suddenly wakes up one fine day to overhear his family planning to kill him by performing an ancient euthanasia ritual. Hurt, heartbroken and afraid, Karuppu Durai runs away from the only home he has ever known. On an aimless path with nowhere to go, he accidentally meets a 10-year-old orphan Kutty. Kutty is everything Karuppu Durai isn’t; smart, spunky and full of life. The fiercely independent Kutty encourages KD to chalk out a bucket list and start living for himself. Thus begins an eventful road trip of this unlikely pair – an old man running away from his family and a young boy who never had one! (In Tamil with English subtitles) 19 June, 7pm
– Dhh (2017) is a heart-warming story of three friends Gungun, Bajrang & Vakil and their journey towards realizing their true potential. An afternoon of sauntering leads them to a magic show and leaves them awestruck. Magic, it seems is a solution for all their problems including mathematics! The boys write to the Magician asking him for a trick to ace their examinations. Days go by and times get tougher with punishments at school and warnings at home. All hope is lost, but one ﬁne day the Magician replies! His letter arrives with a parcel that claims to hold the key to cracking their examinations. Can this be true? In pursuit of learning from magic Gungun and his friends soon realize, that there is a lot more learning to be done from life itself. (In Gujarati with English subtitles) The film will open with a children’s magic show – 26 June, 7pm
– Movies, Memories, Magic (2018) celebrates the hybrid cinematic and cultural heritage sculpted by London’s South Asian communities across time and space. Cinema has served as a vital bridge between cultures and countries, for South Asians in Britain. This documentary is the result of a year-long Heritage-supported South Asian heritage project – Memories Through Cinema, led by the UK Asian Film Festival (UKAFF) in collaboration with Queen Mary, University of London. The film paints a vibrant picture of how iconic South Asian films such as Mother India (1957) and Sholay (1975) screened in renowned cinema halls in London, from the winding alleyways of Brick Lane to the bustling streets of Wembley and Southall. The project received a Queen Mary University Community Engagement Award in November 2018. The cast and director Dr. Ashvin Immanuel Devasundaram will introduce the film – 3 July, 7pm
– Life Goes On (2009) is a drama inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear that explores the relations between a grief stricken father and his three daughters. Set in London, the time is now, the family of Indian origin – part of the UK diaspora. With his wife’s sudden death, Sanjay is suddenly thrown into close proximity with his three daughters. The drama unfolds over five days from the day when Manju dies to the day of the funeral. Haunted by memories, grappling with the devastating loss, missing the mediating influence of his wife, Sanjay finds himself assessing and carving out new relations with his three daughters. The cast and director Sangeeta Datta will introduce the film – 7 July, 2:30pm
SPORT ON THE BIG SCREEN
Sport on screen is always popular, and the Wembley Park Summer Screening programme will broadcast live coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup, the Tour De France and the Wimbledon Finals.
– ICC Cricket World Cup screenings run from 30 May to 14 July.
– Tour de France screenings run from 6 to 28 July.
– Wimbledon Finals screenings run from 10 to 14 July.
Family favourites, classics and the latest hits will be screened for an hour or two on Saturday and Sunday mornings in June 1-2, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 and July 6-7, 13-14.
Further screenings and events as part of Summer on Screen at Wembley Park programme to be announced soon.
Summer on Screen at Wembley Park runs from 31 May to 23 July 2019