Wes Anderson Retrospective
The kitsch, whimsical world of Wes Anderson is coming to the Astor Theatre this month. From July 4 to August 9, Wednesday nights at the Astor will celebrate the entirety of Wes Anderson’s directorial career from 1996 comedy-crime Bottle Rockets right up to this year’s stop-motion animated hit Isle of Dogs. Inspired by the likes of Orson Welles and Federico Fellini, Anderson has spent his 20 or so years as a director carving out a rather fanciful niche. The seven-week retrospective at the Astor includes both single and double bills, as well as plenty of pastel-hued sets and Owen Wilson moments. For the full schedule of films check the Dates and Times tab above.
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September at Drum Theatre
This September the Drum Theatre is gearing up for three gigs that'll have dads a-rockin'. Instead of getting your dad another pair of useless socks or a OTT lunch, you can give him the gift of live music. Get groovy on September 1 at the Australian Bee Gees Show, which will bring a visual and musical discotheque to life with some help from classic tracks by the Gibbs brothers. The show has been performed around the world for the past 20 years and is now coming to Dandenong direct from Vegas. Or you can catch Aussie rocker Ian Moss live in concert in acoustic mode on Friday, September 14. If it's more musical nostalgia you're after, then book tickets to the Bootleg Beatles on September 16. Direct from London, this world-class Beatles show will take audiences on a ride through the band's iconic back catalogue, including a special tribute to mark the 50th anniversary of the White album. These guys are the real deal, having performed across the world and even at Glastonbury Festival. Each concert will tap into all the hits your dad (and you) know and love, making for a memorable evening that's about enjoying the music, nostalgia and each other's company. Whether he's a disco dad, an Aussie rock die-hard or a Beatles fanatic, each of the evenings will offer up a one-off chance to celebrate at the Dandenong theatre.