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Ben and Jerry's Brisbane Openair Cinema @ Southbank 2012

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Movies al fresco
Ben and Jerry's Openair Cinema is back for another year bringing "Lights. Camera. Action" to South Bank for yet another festival of film. This year's al fresco film lineup features "quirky comedies, retro classics, great Australian fare, award-winning features, new releases, premieres and sneak previews", and if that's not enough, there's entertainment, food, drinks, games, free ice cream for Sundae Sessions, and a place for your family pooch.

Brisbane Openair Cinema
Brisbane Openair Cinema

All the film fun kicks off with the gala opening session on Sunday 21 October and continues until 25 November. The Opening Night Charity Sundae Session features New Zealand bands, Kids of 88 and Avalanche City, and will screen the latest Aussie hit, The Sapphires. All proceeds from this night will go to OzHarvest, a charity organisation that collects excess food from the hospitality industry and gives it to those in need. You can read all about their work here.

Opening night also marks the first of the season's Sundae sessions. On all Sundays throughout the program everyone can indulge in free Ben and Jerry's ice cream along with the Sunday movie.

You'll find something from whatever movie genres are your favourites at this year's screenings. Dramas, thrillers, crime, rom-coms, cult classics and even documentaries all get a run. Offerings include Take this Waltz with Michelle Williams and Seth Rogan, Wes Anderson's tender Moonrise Kingdom, the wild Aussie surfing documentary Storm Surfers, the futuristic fantasy Looper, and cult classics like The Blues Brothers and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Image from Openair Cinema website

Event Information

When: Tuesdays to Sundays from 21 October to 25 November. Opening Night Charity Sundae Session 21 October. Individual session times vary.

Where: South Bank Cultural Forecourt (next to the Wheel of Brisbane), South Bank.

Tickets: Check the website here, click on the session you want and book online.

Opening night: $35 plus $3.50 booking fee. Includes free bean bag or deck chair (limited supply). You can also choose to make an extra donation to OzHarvest.
Other Sessions: General Admission - Adult $10, Student or Child $10. General Admission with Deck Chair - $18. Star Class (reserved VIP seating with bean bag and free ice cream) - $30. All bookings attract a $2.90 booking fee.

More Information: Information about all the movies on show is available on the website here.

Food and Drink: There will be a fully licensed bar and places to buy food and drink. BYO food is permitted but NO BYO alcohol, due to licensing laws.

Seating: General seating is unreserved and on the lawn. You can hire a beanbag or BYO rugs. Star Class seats are reserved.

The Fine Print:
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Movies will still screen in mild wet weather, but if a session is cancelled tickets can be transferred to another session.
Dogs are allowed on leads, but remember your pooper scooper.
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Why? Movies by moonlight.
When: From Sunday 21 October to Sunday 25 November
Cost: Varies. See article for details.
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