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. There's a bar and restaurant too.
This year's program has some unexpected detours fron convention. They are showing David Stratton's new documentary Stories of Australian Film ahead of its ABC TV premiere. They have the extreme sports action of the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival. And they have the Australian premiere of a new documentary about Sydney artist Brett Whiteley.
They also have 19 movies screening ahead of their official release dates, including Oscar fave La La Land, Jackie Kennedy biopic Jackie, Australian hit Lion, Ben Affleck's Live by Night, Matt Damon in The Great Wall, and the long-awaited sequel T2:Trainspotting.
Update: A second round of screenings has been announced, with two additional premieres added to an already cracking program. Catch the Australian premiere of Martin Scorsese's historical drama Silence, which is being lauded by critics as one of the best works of the filmmaker's career. In February, be the first in Sydney to see Jasper Jones, the highly anticipated adaptation of Craig Silvey's seminal Australian novel. In addition, new screenings of Lion, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and La La Land will go on sale.
The second round of tickets opens 9am, Wednesday December 21. To view the entire program and see Time Out's critics' choices, click on the DATES and TIMES tab.