Melbourne's a movie loving town, which means there's always a special screening, career retrospective or movie night around the corner. Check out our round-up of the best upcoming film events and screenings below. For more Melbourne movie fun, take a look at the best upcoming film festivals and our latest movie reviews.
Melbourne movie screenings and events
Shot on more than 20 locations over the past four years, A Plastic Ocean is an adventure documentary by Australian journalist Craig Leeson. The journey began when Leeson went out in search for the elusive blue whale. Upon discovering the pristine ocean had been overrun by plastic waste, Leeson teamed up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers to explore the fragile state of our oceans. This hard-hitting doco uncovers alarming truths about plastic pollution and reveals working solutions that can be put into immediate use by the wider population. A Plastic Ocean will be screening on Wednesday June 28 at the Sun Theatre in Yarraville. Attendees will be able to purchase goods to help kick start their plastic-free life – including a discount code to nab a KeepCup. Zero-waste lifestyle blogger Erin Rhoads, known for living plastic-free for two years now, will be speaking at the screening. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Clean Coast Collective and their 2017 Cape York Trash Tribe Expedition.
Interested in finding out how changes in your lifestyle could contribute to addressing some of the world's major crises? Join like-minded Melburnians at this special screening of Tomorrow at Prahran sustainable Italian eatery Ladro Tap, in partnership with community garden organisation 3000 Acres. Tomorrow is a documentary that investigates all the creative ways that we can act on a local level to work towards a better future. Not only does the film explore alternative ways of living, but it also outlines the impact that our changes could make on global agriculture, economics, education and energy. Where other documentaries grappling with these topics depict a grim future, Tomorrow takes an optimistic approach to the years to come, if we start changing the way we live now. Your ticket to this screening will include a stand-up dinner before the movie from Ladro (who recycle 100 per cent of their organic waste), plus a chat afterwards. What's more, $10 from your ticket will go towards 3000 Acres in their quest to empower people to create community gardens and live more sunstainably.
The fourth Scandinavian Film Festival is coming soon with films from Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Sweden, screening at Palace Cinema Como, Westgarth, Brighton Bay and the Astor Theatre. “It came about because Scandinavia makes so many amazing films and so many of them weren’t being picked up for distribution here, or even being picked up by the festivals,” says festival director Elysia Zeccola. “I think audiences are drawn to the dark tone of gripping Scandi noir dramas. The deadpan humour of Nordic comedies is also popular. Scandinavian films tend to have very well-drawn characters, the story is the main focus, not bells and whistles, and so I find myself getting absorbed in the drama.” Here are Elysia’s picks of the festival. Heartstone Iceland “Iceland doesn’t make that many films and has a small population but it always has at least one remarkable film every year that has really stunning landscapes – those amazing icy peaks and mountains creating this dramatic background to the film already before anything’s even happened. Heartstone is a beautiful coming-of-age story with a stunning sense of place.” A Conspiracy of Faith Denmark “It’s the highly anticipated third installment of the Department Q trilogy [starring Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares]. We screened The Keeper of Lost Causes and The Absent One and they were both really successful in previous festivals so we knew that the audience would be keen to see the third one. It’s a cold case crime t
The Astor Theatre is paying tribute to the fastest and most furious movie franchise on earth. In over 16 action-packed hours, the cinema will be screening all eight of the Fast and Furious films back to back. Interestingly, the marathon will be arranged by plot chronology, not by release order. So the films will be screened in the following order: The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Fast and Furious, Fast 5, Fast & Furious 6, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious. See as the rag tag team of street racers with a talent for heists rev their way into becoming international super-spies at break-neck speed. No prizes for the best costume, but top points if you can pull off Suki's (AKA Devon Aoki) pink leather chaps and crop top combo.
The MIFF vision is nothing less than to "build an enlightened, engaged society through film". And under director Michelle Carey, this aim is always carried out as entertainingly as possible. The festival returns in 2017 with 31 movies already announced. They include a screening of Paul Thomas Anderson's 2007 masterpiece There Will Be Blood with the score performed live by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead compiled the groundbreaking score from his own compositions as well as music by Arvo Pärt and Brahms. The film, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, is about the rise of a ruthless Texas oil man and is one of those rare movies where something astonishing happens in every scene. There's also a lecture and concert by sound in cinema expert Michael Chion. Check back here for more details as they're released. 13 sneak-peek highlights of MIFF 2017.