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8k Radius at Lido Cinemas

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
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The unique lives of ordinary people
The recently opened Lido Cinemas in Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, has teamed up with the City of Boroondara to launch the second series of the critically acclaimed 8k Radius.

The 8K series had its origins at the Elsternwick Classic Cinema and was well received by patrons - both local and otherwise.

8K Radius at Lido Cinemas
One of the stories in 8K Radius features Jaya, the Bollywood dancer

Directed by award winning Australian film director, writer, producer and editor, Clayton Jacobson - perhaps best known for his debut feature film, Kenny - the series premieres at the Lido Cinemas at 7.00pm on Thursday 23rd July 2015.

The series features glimpses into the lives of local people, captured in eight four-minute films.

The people featured in the films were selected following a call for nominations. The response was overwhelming! The intention is that the series showcases everyday people going about their everyday lives.

8K Radius at Lido Cinemas
Catherine, an Aikido instructor features in one of the four-minute movies

Having seen four of the eight films at a preview screening, I was impressed by the understated nature of the films. There's no hype or Hollywood glamour, and the 'stars' give the impression of not considering what they do to be in any way extraordinary. One could almost consider these films to be a 'time capsule'; an insight to ordinary early 21st century people and what they do in their everyday lives. Having said that, Peter Falk's cinematography is of a high standard and the movies are compelling viewing.

Of the four movies I saw, I most enjoyed the story of Pekx, a blind champion power weightlifter who is also a remedial therapist. As someone who was sighted at birth, but lost his vision through two accidents, Pekx has not let his disability hold him back. It's an inspiring story.

Other films include the story of Xocolatl, a family run business of chocolatiers; Jaya, a Bollywood dance teacher, and Angelo, a tram depot supervisor based at Camberwell tram depot.

8k Radius is a further demonstration of the commitment by Lido Cinemas owner, Eddie Tamir, to engage with and support the local community.

8K Radius at Lido Cinemas
Ben Puglisi, instrument maker, is the subject of another of the 8K Radius films

Following the premiere on 23rd July, the films will screen individually for one week before every main feature film screening at the Lido. It will then be available for free viewing on the Lido website from August 2015.

Tickets to the premiere are available online by clicking here. Ticket prices range between $11.50 (seniors) and $19.50 (adults).
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Why? Skilfully produced films about ordinary locals and what they do in their everyday lives.
When: 7pm on Thursday 23rd July (premiere) and screening for a week thereafter
Phone: (03) 86580000
Where: Lido Cinemas,1/675 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn
Cost: Tickets range between $11.50 (seniors) and $19.50 (adults)
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