“About Time” to premiere at Film4 Summer Screen

Evening Standard is reporting that “About Time” will premiere during the Film4 Summer Screen Festival at Somerset House in London. The festival is held in August and tickets go on sale these friday. For more information go to the official website of the festival.

After blockbuster hits such as Notting Hill and Love Actually, Richard Curtis’s films took a more serious turn.

But now the master of romantic comedy has returned to his roots with a light-hearted film about time travel.

About Time, starring Bill Nighy, Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson, son of actor Brendan, tells the story of a 21-year-old who discovers he can travel in time and change his life and decides to try to get a girlfriend.

Curtis’s credits also include Black-adder, Mr Bean and The Vicar of Dibley and the screenplay for Bridget Jones’s Diary, but his recent projects, such as The Girl in the Cafe, set against the backdrop of a G8 summit, and Mary and Martha, about preventing malaria, have followed more serious themes.

Producer Tim Bevan today said there has been a gap in the romantic comedy market of the same “pedigree” as Love Actually, Notting Hill and Four Weddings And A Funeral.

He told the Standard: “For Richard’s core audience, generally women from 20 upwards, there hasn’t been a movie like this in a long while. It’s been 10 years since Love Actually, it’s a long time since the Bridget Jones films.I think this film will get a good response. There are deep emotions in it, between father and son.”

The £13 million movie took 10 weeks to shoot last summer, half of the time in Cornwall and the rest in London.

Bevan said it was “the lowest-tech time travel film ever made, it’s not about that, it’s about real people, you forget about time travel after five minutes.”

The film is due for general UK release in September but is one of several to be premiered at the open-air Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House between August 8 and 21.

Bevan said the outdoor event would be like a “people’s premiere” and added: “Richard said while we were filming it would be great to do something different rather than a premiere in Leicester Square, which I think people are getting a bit bored with.”

Curtis himself said: “I’m tremendously excited about it happening at Somerset House, one of my favourite open spaces in London.”

Tickets for Film4 go on sale on Friday (somersethouse.org.uk/film4summerscreen).