Melbourne movie screenings and events
QV Melbourne presents a sun-drenched mix of al fresco film screenings, cocktails, bring-your-dog charity nights and special food offerings this summer. The summer program has been dubbed Flick Fest and will an eclectic line up of films. Bring your pals along on launch week to see Bridesmaids (Thu Feb 14) where punters are encouraged to wear their worst bridesmaids dress to win a $500 QV voucher. There will be QV Cinema's famed doggie dress up night on Saturday Feb 23 where pooches are encouraged to attend alongside their owners for a screening of Isle of Dogs. Ticket sales for the night will go to the Lost Dogs Home. Other fun screenings include Back to the Future (Thu Feb 28), Labyrinth (Sat Mar 2), Avengers: Infinity War (Sat Mar 2), Spirited Away (Fri Mar 15) and Aussie flick The BBQ (Fri Mar 22). Check out the full program here. QV Cinema is also one of the most affordable outdoor cinemas with tickets only $12 for deckchair hire and high-quality headphones. The cinema will also host the Prosecco Van and Scrolls Ice Cream on most nights, while the très adorable La Petite Crêperie caravan will be giving away 2-for-1 crêpe vouchers with every ticket purchased on Thursday nights.
The growth of the global youth climate movement, alternative power and a filmmaker’s attempt to replace himself with a robot are some of the topics covered in this year’s festival of world-changing films. Part of the Sustainable Living Festival, the Transitions Film Festival’s eighth edition is a chance to join like-minded viewers in watching local and international documentaries that seek to address the world’s problems and face the probable future head on. A total of 28 films will screen at Cinema Nova, and a program of speakers will feature leading sustainability academics, artists and entrepreneurs, including celebrity endurance athlete Samantha Gash, Solar tuk-tuk adventurer and social entrepreneur Julian O’Shea and comedian and lawyer Corinne Grant. Opening night’s film is Point of No Return, in which two pilots attempt to circumnavigate the globe in an experimental solar-powered plane. Closing night’s The Serengeti Rules is a study of food chains around the world that puts forward a hopeful theory about the resilience of the natural environment. More Human than Human is Tommy Pallotta’s disturbing investigation into AI and robotics, exploring the ways in which both have already infiltrated our lives. Dystopians will also enjoy System Error, which questions the economic logic of infinite growth. On the inspirational side of the equation comes Run India, about endurance athlete Samantha Gash (Australian Survivor) and her 3,200km run across India to raise awareness a
Australia’s only film festival dedicated to film lovers aged 60 and up, Young at Heart, is returning in February. The festival program includes acclaimed features, special guests, Q&As and cinema classics brought back to their rightful home on the big screen. Screenings are at Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona and Palace Central, and if you're a senior you're looking at just $8.50 a ticket plus booking fee (sorry, full price is $20). The festival opens with Swimming with Men, which stars Welsh comedic star Rob Brydon as a mature man who joins an all-male synchronised swimming team; there'll be afternoon tea and a glass of sparkling wine before the screening. Nonna on the Run is an Italian comedy concerning two woman who flee their retirement home in Rome for a trip to Venice – screen icon Claudia Cardinale (Once Upon a Time in the West) is one of the stars. An Australian screen great, Elizabeth Debicki, plays Virginia Woolf in Vita and Virginia, portraying the writer's romance with Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton). The Heiresses was named Best Film at the Sydney Film Festival last year, and Young at Heart presents an opportunity to see this emotionally compelling Paraguayan movie. Screen favourite Bill Nighy plays a Scrabble obesessive searching for his lost son in Sometimes, Always, Never, and Judi Dench appears in Red Joan, based on the life of British KGB agent Melita Norwood. On the documentary fron there's Older than Ireland, centring on Irish cente
Screening a bunch of fresh new releases, golden oldies and critically acclaimed alternative films, American Express Openair Cinemas offers movie fanatics much more than the average cinematic experience. From February 21 to March 17, Yarra Park will be taken over by a packed program of live entertainment, dining, music and dog dates. Yes, that’s right, dogs. Proud puppy parents can snuggle up to their own wonder dogs while they settle in for a season of new release flicks, including Green Book, A Star is Born, On the Basis of Sex, The Hate U Give, Mary Queen of Scots, If Beale Street Could Talk and Glass. You’re sure to work up an appetite with all the excitement, so grab a slice of something covered in cheese from the Italian masters at Ladro. They're curating a menu for the evening, complemented by gourmet ice cream from Häagen-Dazs. Beer will come by way of Urban Alley Brewery, there’ll be fine drops from Giesen Wines, refreshing fruity brews from Black Devil Cider plus Pimms aperitifs. If you have an American Express Card membership, this will be is your golden ticket to the exclusive lounge area at the event. You’ll receive the VIP treatment, complete with a comfortable bean bag chair, blanket, movie snacks and the best view in the house. There’s also a tidy 15 per cent off selected tickets for members, plus access to the American Express Garden for sunset tipples. Sans American Express? No worries, tickets start at $17 and are on sale now.
Returning for its third year, Melbourne Women in Film Festival is designed to redress the relative lack of women in the film industry, celebrating the work of women filmmakers and creatives. This year's program takes the theme of 'Dark Delights' and begins with a triptych of three short films called Freaky, Fantastic and Feminist. It includes Margaret Dodd's startling 1982 short film 'This Woman Is Not a Car', in which men project their lust upon an FX Holden, Jub Clerc’s award-winning Indigenous horror film 'Storytime' (2006), and 'On Guard' (1984), a boldy feminist short focusing on the ethics of reproductive rights in the 1980s. A digital restoration of 1997 Australian rural gothic The Well will screen, followed by a Q&A with director Samantha Lang, and preceded by Jennifer Kent's short film 'Monster', the forerunner to her horror blockbuster The Babadook. Keep an eye out for Angie Black's new film The Five Provocations, an ensemble drama about love, loss and gender identity, with a range of cabaret stars playing the mysterious 'five provocations'. The Late Night Screaming session pairs Ursula Dabrowsky's 2014 horror thriller Inner Demon with witchy short 'Blood Sisters'. Other sessions include Stranger than Fiction, a program of documentary shorts; Sinister Shorts, a session of weird and dark films; and a Q&A screening of Mairi Cameron's 2018 suspense movie The Second. A series of workshops and panels will also take place, aimed at women filmmakers. Closing f
There's nothing quite like a film under the stars in the evening cool of the Botanic Gardens. Settle back with friends and family for a movie and as always, the Moonlight Cinema food truck and bar can supply you with comestibles, but you're welcome to BYO food and drinks too. This summer's programming has the usual mix of acclaimed Oscar hopefuls, kids' favourites and retro screenings to satisfy the nostalgic urges. Time Out is especially looking forward to The Favourite – the new film by the director of The Lobster that portrays the outrageous rivalry of two cousins in the court of England’s Queen Anne in the 18th century, with Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. Green Book follows a distinguished African-American pianist (Mahershala Ali) as he’s chauffeured through redneck southern towns by a tough white New York City bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) in 1962. Mary, Queen of Scots pits Mary (Saoirse Ronan) and Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) against each other in a struggle for the throne of England. Meanwhile balls-out Will Ferrell-John C Reilly comedy Holmes and Watson has the former Step Brothers playing an idiotic Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, to Ralph Fiennes’ supervillain Moriarty. Widows promises to knock your socks off: Viola Davis and Elizabeth Debicki star in crime thriller about widows banding together to pull off their late husbands’ big heist. The director is Steve McQueen (Shame, 12 Years a Slave). We can also recommend Gaga and Bradley Cooper in the
Grab a deckchair and make yourself comfortable – Melbourne's Rooftop Cinema at Rooftop Bar in the city hosts an impressive roster of cult classics and new releases each summer. The first part of the season a run of this year's biggest flicks including A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, Blackkklansman, Avengers: Infinity War, Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Suspiria. Classics like Napoleon Dynamite, Heathers, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Crow, Casablanca, Clueless and more will bring up those retro feels. Fuel up from Rooftop Bar’s burger stand, where you can also get your choc-top and popcorn fix ahead of the screening. The venue is fully licenced, so you can sip on Rooftop Bar's wide selection of beers, wines, ciders and cocktails.
It’s back! Park Cinema Docklands is popping up for another summer of outdoor movie delight. And did we mention it’s free? Zilch! Nada! Niente! Put away the wallet, dig out the trusty picnic rug and run, don’t walk down to Buluk Park right in the middle of the picturesque Victoria Harbour on two Fridays and three Saturdays. This year they are screening the Bowie/Jennifer Connelly/Jim Henson goblin extravaganza Labyrinth, Julie Roberts romcom My Best Friend's Wedding and the Bollywood take on Jane Austen Bride and Prejudice, with the remaining two films of the season to be The Never Ending Story and doco Pick of the Litter. There’ll be pre-movie entertainment on offer to enjoy as the sun goes down, then at 8.30pm, it’s showtime. This year, Park Cinema Docklands has paired up with Saluministi as a food partner, meaning you can purchase #30 antipasto boxes complete with ciabatta, cacciatore salami, buffalo mozzarella, marinated artichokes and more. There’ll also be a dedicated drop-off point for Uber Eats, Deliveroo and others or you can BYO food and drink (alcohol permitted). Tickets are free but extremely limited, so book yourself a spot soon to make sure you don’t miss out.
Australian fashion takes centre stage at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF). Held at the Royal Exhibition Building and Melbourne Museum precinct, the two-week festival features free and ticketed events including runway shows, workshops and shopping events. Past festival highlights include the Gala Runway, which showcases the work of Australian and international designers and the Premium Runways, which present the work of Australian designers. Aussie designers who have earned international acclaim, such as Camilla and Marc, Kate Sylvester and Thurley, as well as those who are making their VAMFF debut are represented at the festival. For those who pride themselves at being at the forefront of fashion, it's a great way to see potential fashion stars before they become famous. Aside from the runway shows, other events such as shopping events, workshops and exhibitions will be happening around Melbourne and in regional Victoria. There will be beauty workshops for the makeup mavericks, industry seminars for those who regard fashion as their life's work and live entertainment to keep everyone feeling as good as they look. Visit the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival website for more program details.
Thanks to wildlife researchers and scientist like the beloved David Attenborough, we are no longer in the dark about the mysteries of the ocean floor. The award-winning BBC Studios Natural History series Blue Planet II has let us explore the the crawling creatures who live in the deepest caverns of the earth, as well as the majestic mammals and schools of sea life that inhabit the blue world below the waves. Now, you’ll get to experience all the wonders this program has to offer in a live concert adaptation. The original score by Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea and David Fleming will be played by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, while UK actress and social activist Joanna Lumley (aka Absolutely Fabulous's Patsy) narrates the screening as a worthy stand-in for Attenborough. The running time comes in just under two hours, and will feature some of the most spectacular footage from the series, and all the drama of the deep. The Blue Planet has become an institution among nature documentaries, with the highly-acclaimed 2001 television series representing 20 years worth of research. Its sequel, Blue Planet II, was based on 125 expeditions, travel to 39 countries, and filming across every continent and ocean. The eight episodes in the series were produced out of 6,000 hours deep-sea diving and 1,000 hours in submersibles.