Summer nights and movies: what more could you want?
The most glam of the outdoor cinemas is St George OpenAir. From your seats in the stadium you can watch the screen rise up over the water, with the Opera House and Bridge as the backdrop. The full program for 2018 has been announced.
Opening night film is the new Steven Spielberg movie, The Post, about the Washington Post and the Pentagon Papers. It was named Best Film of 2017 by the National Board of the Review in the US, with its stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep picking up Best Actor and Best Actress.
Other movies bound to get Oscar nominations that are in the program include ravishing gay romance Call Me by Your Name; black comedies Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell) and I, Tonya (Margot Robbie); sci-fi romance The Shape of Water (Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon); Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour (Gary Oldman); coming-of-age comedy Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan); Aaron Sorkin drama Molly’s Game (Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba); and Daniel Day-Lewis in fashion industry drama Phantom Thread.
Big summer releases playing down at Mrs Macquaries Point include The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams; Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin; and Matt Damon-starrer Downsizing.
Audiences have a second chance to see some of 2017’s biggest films with Blade Runner 2049, Murder on the Orient Express, Battle of the Sexes, The Big Sick and Star Wars: The Last Jedi all getting a guernsey.
Other program highlights include the Australian premiere of National Geographic’s documentary, Jane, about Jane Goodhall and her groundbreaking chimpanzee research; Simon Baker’s film of Tim Winton's novel Breath; Warwick Thornton’s award-winning western, Sweet Country; and Australian actor Jason Clarke as Senator Ted Kennedy in Chappaquiddick.
Also announced for the 2018 season is the food offering from Matt Moran’s Chiswick, which will be bringing the philosophy of paddock-to-plate cooking to a cinema-friendly menu prepared on site every night during St George OpenAir Cinema.
The first round of tickets goes on sale 9am, Monday December 11. Last year, 30,000 tickets were sold within the first half hour – so don't dilly-dally.