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:: Spotlight :: 2011 ME Bank Starlight Outdoor Cinema

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

ME Bank Starlight Outdoor Cinema is launching its eighth season at North Sydney Oval, with a fabulous line-up of new release and classic films for 2011. ME Bank Starlight Cinema offers a fun atmosphere for all ages where everyone can picnic under the stars while watching the best new films as well as some old favourites. Jill Keyte, Producer of ME Bank Starlight Cinema said, “We have 34 great films on the programme and every night has its own theme. This is looking to be our biggest season yet!”

Nightly themes include Action-Packed Wednesdays, Comedy & Adventure Thursdays, Fun & Romance Fridays, Big Movie Saturdays and Young & Free Sundays. Family films are showing on alternating Friday and Saturday nights.

Ms Keyte added, “What better way to watch a great film than under the stars on a warm summer evening? Make yourself comfortable on the soft grass and relax in front of our huge (16m x 8m) inflatable movie screen. The North Sydney Oval has proven to be very popular over the past seven years, as it is a beautiful, relaxing outdoor location. We have another great line-up of films and early bookings show that this season will be as big as ever.”

Bring a blanket, hire a backrest or sit in the Crust Lawn Lounge, where customers will have a great view from a bean bed right in front of the screen. ME Bank Starlight Cinema also offers Star Class, with VIP entry and service. There is a film for everyone – young, old, couples, friends and families. Some of the highlights are The Social Network, potential Academy Award winner The Kings Speech, Love and Other Drugs, Burlesque with Cher and Christina Aguilera, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Breakfast at Tiffany's, plus two great lifestyle movies, the new surf film, First Love (releasing for Valentine’s Day) and spectacular snowboard film, That’s It That’s All, not previously seen on the big screen.

This season will feature two special events, The LAN Brazilian Festa on Saturday February 19 and Valentine’s Day on Monday February 14.

ME Bank Starlight Cinema will run at North Sydney Oval from Wednesday January 19 until Saturday March 5 2011, screening Wednesday to Sunday. Gates open at 7.00pm and films begin at sundown. There is covered seating for rainy nights.

Tickets can be bought at the gate or online

The schedule is as follows:

19-Jan - The Social Network
20-Jan - Boy
21-Jan - Eat Pray Love
22-Jan - Toy Story 3
23-Jan - Easy A
27-Jan - Red Hill
28-Jan - Despicable ME
29-Jan - Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
30-Jan - Tomorrow When the War Began
2-Feb - The Town
3-Feb - Due Date
4-Feb - Made in Dagenham
5-Feb - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
6-Feb - The Kids Are All Right
9-Feb - Red
10-Feb - The Social Network
11-Feb - Grease
12-Feb - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
13-Feb - Heartbreaker
14-Feb - Breakfast At Tiffanys
16-Feb - Love and Other Drugs
17-Feb - The Tourist
18-Feb - Gulliver’s Travels
19-Feb - Brazilian Festa
20-Feb - Hairspray
23-Feb - Somewhere
24-Feb - Little Fockers
25-Feb - Shrek
26-Feb - Burlesque
27-Feb - First Love & That's It That's All
2-Mar - The Kings Speech
3-Mar - Black Swan
4-Mar - Morning Glory
5-Mar - Love and Other Drugs


**LAN Brazilian Festa returns to ME Bank Starlight Cinema**

The North Sydney Oval will be transformed into a mini Brazil complete with film, music, dance, food and cocktails for the third annual LAN Brazilian Festa at ME Bank Starlight Cinema from 4.00pm on Saturday February 19 2011.

The main stage will feature a Brazilian Drums workshop, traditional Chorinho, the best of Brazilian music, and the latest Brazilian craze to hit Australia, Zumba. Hear talks about the wonders of Brazilian architecture and the big names of bossa nova. The event will feature a carnival parade with drumming, costumes, feathers and dancing. Festa goers will be able to try Brazilian food, play football and frescoball, listen to live bossa nova and samba music and learn to make a caipirinha cocktail.

The LAN Brazilian Festa is a co-production between Starlight Cinema and Festa Event Management. Director of ME Bank Starlight Cinema, Jill Keyte said, “After the success of last year’s Brazilian Festa, we are looking forward to another fantastic evening, providing something for everyone, including families. This year, the party doesn’t just finish with the film but will include an after party with a vibrant Brazilian DJ who will keep everyone dancing until midnight."

Co-Producer, Flavia Fontes of Festa Event Management said, “The event will provide the opportunity for Sydneysiders to have a taste of Brazilian culture without the expensive airfare. For native Brazilians it will be the perfect opportunity to connect with their home country.”

The feature film of the evening, screening at sundown, will be the dramatic black comedy, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (É Proibido Fumar), winner of Best Film and Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Actor at the 2009 Brasilia Film Festival.

Built into the Festa is a special family friendly programme including a separate children’s film screening, cooking classes sponsored by Real Transfer and activities from ABCD including football games and face painting. Festivities start at 4.00pm with the feature film beginning at sundown. The after party will finish at midnight.

Tickets can be bought online or at the gate from 3.30pm.

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