Melbourne movie screenings and events
Cine Latino Film Festival returns to Melbourne for its third year in 2018, with a schedule of 26 features, three docos, a special Argentinian film screening and a Cuban retrospective. The festival is presented by Palace Cinemas. The festival kicks off with a bang in the form of the Australian premiere of Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma. This semi-autobiographical drama is set Mexico City in the early 1970s revolves around two domestic workers who help a single mother with her children. Cuarón based this story on his own upbringing during the political upheaval of 1970s Mexico as a show of affection for the women who raised him, and this personal story won this year’s Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion Award. The director’s previous film, Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, earned him the Oscar for Best Director in 2013. If you can’t get enough of Cuarón, you’re in luck as his 2001 breakout film Y Tu Mamá También (And Your Mother Too) will close the festival. This is coming-of-age drama about two boys who take a road trip with an older woman holds the record for the highest box office opening in Mexican cinema history, and launched the careers of Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal and Maribel Verdú. Also screening is Amalia la Secretaria (Amalia the Secretary), a Colombian romcom centering around an irritable office worker and the bond she forms with the bumbling maintenance man of her office building. Touching Costa Rican drama Violeta al Fin (Violeta
The Jewish International Film Festival hits town this October and November, showcasing more than 60 films from 23 countries. This year’s festival will include 31 feature films and 28 documentaries, including Love, Gilda, a film dedicated to comedy legend and original Saturday Night Live cast member Gilda Radner. JIFF's opening night film will be comedy-tragedy The Interpreter, which tells the tale of a Holocaust survivor who wishes to seek revenge on the former SS officer who killed his parents but instead ends up on a road trip with the officer’s son. Other highlights of the program include Russian historical movie Sobibor and Seder Masochism, an animated musical comedy film featuring animation by American artist Nina Paley. The Jewish International Film Festival will screen at Elsternwick’s Classic Cinemas, Hawthorn’s Lido Cinemas and Belgrave’s Cameo Cinemas. Check out the full program here.
Lido Cinema’s rooftop makes a triumphant return this summer for its fourth year under the stars. Lido on the Roof will screen critically acclaimed summer releases including Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Claire Foy's turn as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider's Web, Joel Edgerton's powerful story about gay conversion camps Boy Erased and the newest Fantastic Beasts film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Other screenings include Disney's new film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Suspiria, I Used to be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story and The Old Man and the Gun. Press rewind and get stuck into Lido's '90s film offering with 1996's Romeo + Juliet and 1997's Romy and Michele's High School Reunion screenings. No need to BYO snacks: Lido's food and drink counter serves up great movie treats, from choctops and vegan-friendly popcorn to edamame and craft beers. Check out the full program to see what's showing and hit the Book Now button to buy your tickets. The full summer program will be released in the coming months – watch this space!
The Japanese Film Festival returns in 2018 with a packed program of 30 features and one doco, all curated by the Japan Foundation, Sydney, a non-profit cultural organisation that works to promote Japanese culture abroad. This year, the festival will feature romantic detective mystery Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura, which many people are calling a live-action version of the Studio Ghibli classic Spirited Away. Another highlight of the program is the action-packed One Cut of the Dead, which is being touted as a cleverly disguised low-budget but high-concept take on the zombie comedy genre. Keep an eye out for Oh Lucy!, which stars Australian-born and Deadpool 2 cast member Shioli Kutsuna alongside Megan Mullally (Will and Grace) and Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbour). It tells the intriguing story of a lonely Japanese woman who awakens her alter ego in an English class taught by Hartnett. There’s also Yakiniku Dragon, which brings the award-winning 2008 play about a Korean immigrant family's experience in Japan The film features a star-studded line-up including Jeon-eun Lee (Okja), Yoko Maki (The Grudge) and Yo Oizumi (Bread of Happiness). The festival will also be presenting a free classic film program which will feature influential works by cinematic masters from the Japanese Golden Age and New Wave cinema. JFF will play at ACMI and Hoyts Melbourne Central from Thursday, November 22 to Sunday, December 2.
And so it returns. The most (un)talked about immersive cinema experience returns to Melbourne. This time, the theme is Hotel, and the teaser picture in the email announcing the new them is an old-fashioned train. Underground Cinema has been in the live immersive cinema business for seven years and has recreated more than 30 filmic worlds. Arriving feels like walking onto a film set, full of actors, costumes and props (and an onsite bar). The website says: "The Hotel is the epitome of elegance and luxury, renowned for our service and style" and advises "Esteemed Guests" to "book passage" as soon as possible. It is signed "M.G. The Hotel". The dress code is "1930s elegance". Any guesses? The Grand Budapest Hotel? Titanic? Murder on the Orient Express? A Cure for Wellness? Tickets go on sale on September 25 at 1pm.
Set in the not too distant future, Gattaca stars Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law in an engrossing sci-fi thriller that deals with the ethics surrounding genetic engineering and what it means to be 'perfect'. Since its release in 1997, the film has gained quite the cult following, and on Saturday, November 24, audiences will be able to head along to a very special screening of Gattaca in Scienceworks’ Lightning Room. Created in partnership with Science Gallery Melbourne, the screening will include an introductory talk by a special guest speaker as well as time spent exploring electrical engineering in the Lightning Room. You will also get to search for Saturn’s moon Titan, inspired by Ethan Hawke’s journey to the moon in the film. Tickets are $20. There will be Suspended Gravity cocktails, wine and Two Birds Brewing craft beers available to purchase, as well as dinner options including nachos and loaded fries.
Once a month Australian films play the lead role at Eaglehawk’s Star Cinema. In 2018 the cinema is hosting a year-long festival called Australia on Screen to celebrate the nation’s creative film industry. On the fourth Tuesday of every month the cinema is screening an Australian film, and tickets are just $11. These aren’t your major blockbusters: the Australia on Screen event puts the spotlight on some of Australia’s lesser-known films, highlighting those with a strong connection to regionality and place. From February 27 to November 27 catch films like Love Serenade, Monkey Grip, Walkabout and Celia. For the true Aussie film fans Star Cinema is also hosting a three-day film forum from June 1 to June 3. To buy tickets to the monthly screenings or film forum call 03 5446 2025.
The inaugural Paracinema Fest will be headed to Melbourne this November and December for seven days of bizarre yet beguiling cinema. The line-up features a series of boundary-pushing genre films, some high brow, some hilariously low brow, but all entertaining. Highlights of the festival program include the Melbourne premiere of An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, which stars Aubrey Plaza and Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement. The film tells the story of Lulu Danger, whose unhappy marriage takes a turn for the worse when a mysterious man from her past comes to town to perform an event called, ‘An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn; For One Magical Night Only’. Another hit will be the zombie apocalypse thriller Overlord, a gory tale of American paratroopers in Nazi-occupied France before D-Day. Others to look out for include the Australian premieres of the super-gory The Dark, French black comedy Keep an Eye Out, the grisly Possum, and You Might Be the Killer, which stars Alyson Hannigan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods). There will also be a spotlight on riot grrrl filmmaker Sarah Jacobson (known for I Was a Teenage Serial Killer and Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore) and Ugandan filmmaker Nabwana Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey, who is known worldwide as Uganda’s answer to Quentin Tarantino. There will also be a series of kids’ robotics workshops, Dungeons and Dragons sessions running in the Lido foyer and a cult film night at the Classic showing a
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
Screening 33 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 November 29-December 21, St Kilda Foreshore will be taken over by a packed program of live entertainment, dining, music and dog dates. Yes, that’s right, dogs. If your plus one cancels last minute, you can replace them every Wednesday night with a furry companion. Proud puppy parents can also snuggle up to their own wonder dogs while they quote the cue cards in Love Actually, thrill to Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born, or watch box office hits like Bohemian Rhapsody or Dirty Dancing. Check the roster of special events including an open-captioned screening of First Man. 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 4 Pines, there’ll be fine drops from Giesen Wines, refreshing fruity brews from Black Devil Cider plus Pimms aperitifs. Your American Express Card membership is your golden ticket to the exclusive lounge area. 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 tipp