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:: Spotlight :: St.George OpenAir Cinema 2007

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

St.George OpenAir Cinema’s giant screen will rise again from the waters of Sydney Harbour on January 11, 2007 as this hallmark event celebrates a remarkable 10th season on Mrs Macquaries Point.

Framed by the stunning backdrop of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and city skyline, St.George OpenAir Cinema is set to continue its greatly admired style of presenting a festival of film against one of the world’s most picturesque outlooks, while providing patrons with grandstand seating, sunset views from its Hahn Premium Bar, and fresh, delicious menus prepared by leading Sydney Caterer Belinda Franks.

Over its ten year history St.George OpenAir Cinema has come to be recognised as a must-do event for Sydneysiders, visitors and the many local and international celebrities and film stars who attend each year. Last summer, a record 18, 000 tickets sold on the opening day of pre-sales, with three films selling out in less than two hours. Within weeks, presales exceeded 50, 000 tickets and 38 of the 40 scheduled evenings had sold out.

With ten premieres and previews included in this summer’s 34 night program, tickets will be in yet greater demand this December. The 2007 season opens on January 11 with a must-see Australian premiere screening of Anthony Minghella’s stylish London based thriller Breaking and Entering, starring Jude Law and Juliette Binoche.

On January 16 all eyes will turn to the Australian premiere of Miss Potter, Chris Noonan’s much awaited portrait of Beatrix Potter featuring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. Previews in the program will include three critically praised titles: the documentary US vs John Lennon, The Illusionist starring Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti, and Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, and Will Ferrell in Stranger Than Fiction.

Current and recent releases sure to be in high demand will include The Queen, The Devil Wears Prada, Casino Royale and an Australia Day screening of Kenny.

“St.George OpenAir Cinema is proud to be celebrating its 10th birthday with the people of Sydney and its visitors. No matter how many times we’ve stood and watched the audience hush before they go wide-eyed watching the huge screen rising from the water as the sun sets behind it, the feeling is just as exhilarating as it was on the first night, ten years ago,” said Rob Bryant, General Manager

The season runs from January 11 - February 16 (excluding January 13, 20, 27)
Gates, Good Living Restaurant and Hahn Premium Bar open 6.15pm each night
The location is Mrs Macquaries Point, adjacent to Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Ticket prices: Pre-sales - general admission $22 / concession $20 + booking fee.
Gate sales - general admission $23 / concession $21

Pre-sales commence: 9.00am December 27 via the event website

Programme is as follows:

Jan 11 - Australian Premiere : Breaking and Entering
Jan 12 - Borat
Jan 14 - Children of Men
Jan 15 - The Queen
Jan 16 - Premiere: Miss Potter
Jan 17 - Catch a Fire
Jan 18 - Thank You for Smoking
Jan 19 - The Story of My Life
Jan 21 - An Inconvenient Truth
Jan 22 - Preview: Stranger Than Fiction
Jan 23 - The Devil Wears Prada
Jan 24 - The Wrong Man
Jan 25 - The Departed
Jan 26 - Kenny
Jan 28 - Ten Canoes
Jan 29 - Casino Royale
Jan 30 - Preview: Little Children
Jan 31 - Friends With Money

Feb 1 - Little Miss Sunshine
Feb 2 - Preview: Glastonbury
Feb 3 - Premiere: Scoop
Feb 4 - Premiere: Paris, Je T'aime
Feb 5 - The Prestige
Feb 6 - Preview: The Illusionist
Feb 7 - The Valet
Feb 8 - Marie Antoinette
Feb 9 - World's Fastest Indian
Feb 10 - Volver
Feb 11 - Preview: U.S. vs. John Lennon
Feb 12 - Premiere: My Best Friend
Feb 13 - Premiere: Notes on a Scandal
Feb 14 - The Holiday
Feb 15 - Babel
Feb 16 - Premiere: The History Boys

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