Movie buffs, rejoice! Canberra is playing host to a range of film festivals to keep you entertained over the coming months.
24th Greek Film Festival
Returning to Palace Cinemas this month, the 24th Greek Film Festival will be showcasing the very best contemporary Greek Cinema. The opening night, on Thursday 19 October, will feature George Kordellas’ debut Roza of Smyrna, a story about a collector from a renowned museum in Athens, who while searching for artefacts in the lost city of Smyrna, uncovers a story of star-crossed lovers.
Other notable screenings for the festival include Boy on the Bridge, Mythopathy, The Bachelor and The Killing of a Scared Deer. The 24th Greek Film Festival will run from Thursday 19 October – Sunday 22 October, and tickets can be purchased from the Palace Electric website, here.
Curnard British Film Festival 2017
Back for its fifth year, the Curnard British Film Festival will feature a selection of fantastic cinematic works from the British Isles. The Australian premiere of Andy Serkis’ (The Lord of the Rings, Planet of the Apes) directorial debut Breathe will kick off the festival. Breathe tells the inspirational true story of a couple who refuse to give in when faced with devastating illness. It is a gratifying tale of the strength of the human spirit.
Other festival highlights include: Tulip Fever, a retelling of Deborah Moggach’s bestselling novel about beauty, lust, deception and greed; On Chesil Beach, an adaptation of the iconic Ian McEwan novel; Goodbye Christopher Robin; a rare insight into the relationship between Winnie the Pooh author A.A Milne and his son Christopher Robin, and A Life in Twelve Bars; a documentary about the life of prolific musician Eric Clapton.
The Canberra leg of the British Film Festival will take place exclusively at Palace Cinemas, New Acton, from Wednesday 25 October – Wednesday 15 November.
Sunset Cinema Lawn Lounge
With the warmer months not too far away, what better way to enjoy a movie with friends or family than on the Northern Eucalypt Lawn at the picturesque National Botanic Gardens? The IMB Bank Sunset Cinema is back again, playing some of the year’s biggest flicks, and some classics, in the natural bush amphitheatre. Films on offer include Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Blade Runner 2049, Thor: Ragnorok, Dirty Dancing, and Captain Underpants.
This event is fully licensed, and there will be a fantastic range of food and beverage options on offer every screening night. Patrons can bring along their own seating, or hire a backrest or beanbag, either when booking tickets or on-site. The Citroen Lawn Lounge ticket comes packed with everything you’ll need, including entry to the event, a reserved Ultimate Bean Lounger, a bag of popcorn and one beer or wine. These tickets are limited for each screening, so get in quick!
Screenings at the Sunset Cinema run from Thursday 16 November – Saturday 23 December. Tickets can be purchased from their website, here.