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:: Spotlight :: Moonlight Cinema 2014/2015

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The bean beds have been fluffed, the lawns have been manicured and the silver screens are sparkling, ready to be lit up around the country for Moonlight Cinema’s nineteenth season in 2014/15.

Australia’s favourite and biggest outdoor cinema, Moonlight Cinema shows advance screenings, new releases and cult favourites all summer long. On gorgeous rolling lawns in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, film-lovers can recline on a picnic rug underneath the stars and catch a flick on the big screen for the quintessential summer cinema experience.

Drum roll please…the coming season dates are locked in and are as follows: Adelaide, Dec 4 – Feb 22 on the lawns of Botanic Park; Brisbane, Dec 4 – Feb 22 on the lawns of New Farm Park at Brisbane Powerhouse; Melbourne, Dec 4 – Mar 29 on the Central Lawn at the Royal Botanic Gardens; Perth, Dec 7 – Mar 29 at Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Sydney, Dec 11 – Mar 29 on the lawns of Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park.

Saturday night live music sessions at the Sydney and Melbourne Moonlight Cinemas this season will be more than enough reason to get a big group of friends together and get there early. Bring some dips and cheese, pack a bottle or two of wine and enjoy some tunes as the sun goes down before the film. Barefoot dancing on the grass is almost mandatory.

No time to pack a picnic basket? No worries! A new LA style food truck will be serving up tantalising street fare at Moonlight Cinema nationally, adding a little extra pizzazz to the usual box of popcorn.

To toast the beginning of a long summer of cinema under the stars, Moonlight Cinema will be hosting glittering red carpet affairs at each venue, with celebrity guests adding a bit more star power to the already starlit event.

Returning this season will be the ever-popular Doggie Nights for film-loving pooches and their humans to catch a movie together, as well as everyone’s favourite cult classic nights and special themed screenings.

“The team at Moonlight Cinema are so excited to get the nineteenth season off and running,” said Ian Sutherland, the Director of Moonlight Cinema. “The new LA style food trucks and the live music nights at our Sydney and Melbourne venues are going to really bring a summer party vibe to Moonlight Cinema that I think people all over Australia will love to get involved in!”

As always, Moonlight Cinema’s Gold Grass offers the ultimate outdoor cinema experience; the perfect treat for someone special in your life. With reserved bean beds in a premium viewing location and wait service, you won’t even have to get up from your bean bed!

Moonlight Cinema brings the festival atmosphere to film-watching. Gates are open an hour and a half before the film starts so grab all your mates and loved ones for a night of summer fun, food and film under the stars!

Stay tuned for program and ticket details.


**February programme confirmed**

Throughout December and January, Moonlight Cinema has entertained crowds on the lush lawns of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. The action, drama and laughs are set to continue with a number of exclusive and advanced screenings, dress-up nights, cult films, kid’s nights and doggie nights, helping to beat those back to work blues this February.

Choose the perfect Valentine’s Day date option - a romantic night under the stars at a special screening of the iconic 1961 film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Moonlight will also be adding a touch of ritz for what is sure to be a classy affair with a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival!

With the award season upon us, Australia’s favourite and biggest outdoor cinema will present advance screenings of films that are sure to define 2015. These exclusive screenings kick off on Sunday 1 February with a showing of Selma, a historical drama about Dr Martin Luther King’s voting rights march. On Wednesday 4 February you’ll be spying on Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine in the advanced screening of Kingsman: The Secret Service.

The month will draw to a close with an advanced screening of Tim Burton’s latest offering Big Eyes, featuring Amy Adams’ Golden Globe winning performance. On Tuesday 24 February catch Michael Mann’s Blackhat, starring Chris Hemsworth as the furloughed convict Nicholas Hathaway in search of a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Jakarta. On Friday 27 January catch Joaquin Pheonix’s latest venture Inherent Vice, a psychedelic comedy-drama set in 1970. The advanced screenings round off on Saturday 28 February with Focus, an account of veteran criminal (Will Smith) and his attractive apprentice (Aussie actress, Margot Robbie) on their subsequent affair.

Exclusive to Moonlight Cinema will be the premier of The Dead Lands, a tale of treachery set in tribal New Zealand, as well as an exclusive airing of Escobar: Paradise Lost on Thursday 19 February; a thrilling drama about Pablo Escobar and Colombia’s sinister underbelly featuring star of The Hunger Games, Josh Hutcherson.

The February fun and frivolity continues as Moonlight invites you to show your true colours at their dress-up movie nights. The zombie apocalypse is summoned on Friday 6 February as the festival screens the new Aussie Armageddon flick, Wyrmwood. The theme shifts from gruesome to gaudy on Friday 13 February for a special airing of the iconic cult hit, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Dust off those fishnets and sequins and get ready for a rollicking night under the stars. The nostalgic hits commence on Sunday 8 February with a screening of Monty Python’s laugh-a-minute classic Life of Brian.

Get your chance (finally!) to weigh in the most controversial film of 2014, The Interview. The comedy, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, became the eye of a political storm as North Korea took exception to the plot of the satirical film. Come see what the fuss was all about and have a few laughs along the way when Moonlight shows an advance screening of the film on Wednesday 11 February.

Also joining the stellar lineup will be everyone’s favourite, marmalade loving bear, Paddington. Bring the kids along on Saturday 7 February to a night of family entertainment. On this special night for the kiddies, Moonlight is also presenting free entertainment from crowd faves, Hi-5! The group will hold a meet and greet session and give a free performance in Sydney starting at 7:15pm.

The Doggie Night sessions have been a hit with Moonlight crowds this year and you’ll get the opportunity to bring your pooch along for two more nights in February. Dates include Thursday 12 February with the critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Into The Woods. You’re also invited to bring your pooch to the most recent installment of the Taken franchise: Taken 3, with Liam Neeson returning to the familiar role, the action-thriller is sure to satisfy all comers.

Moonlight Cinema is the perfect place to pack a picnic, a bottle of wine and relax at the flicks. Don’t worry if you’ve had to rush from the office; the LA style food trucks will be serving up tantalizing street fare, including wagyu beef cheeseburgers, pulled pork brisket burgers and Southern-fried chicken burgers.

Ian Sutherland, the Director of Moonlight Cinema said “We’re so happy about how successful Moonlight Cinema has been so far and how well the December and January program was received. Even during the second half of the season there is no chance of us slowing down, we’re keen to keep up the momentum of the Moonlight fun with lots of advanced screenings and themed evenings!”

As always, Moonlight Cinema’s Gold Grass offers the ultimate outdoor cinema experience: the perfect treat for someone special in your life. With reserved bean beds in a premium viewing location and wait service, you won’t even have to get up from your bean bed!

Gates are open an hour and a half before the film starts so grab all your mates and loved ones for many nights of summer fun, food and films under the stars!

WHAT: Moonlight Cinema
WHERE & WHEN: Adelaide: Botanic Park, Feb 1 – Feb 15
Brisbane: New Farm Park at Brisbane Powerhouse, Feb 1 – Feb 22
Melbourne: Central Lawn at Royal Botanic Gardens, Feb 1 – Mar 29
Perth: Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Feb 1 – Mar 29
Sydney: Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park, Feb 1 – Mar 29
TICKETS: Adult: $19+bf / Cine Buzz Member: $15+bf / Concession: $16.50+bf / Sen/Child (3-15years): $14.50+bf / MasterPass Gold Grass: $35+bf
Thursdays: All tickets $12 and Gold Grass $25.

Start locking in some movie dates with your mates by checking out the program online, following Moonlight Cinema’s social media channels and signing up to Moonlight e-news.


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