Last week I happened to find a bit of a treasure on my local travels. Free movies! The Gallery of Modern Art is showing free films as part of its Fairytales and Fables cinema program.
Basically each week there will be screenings of films, some new and some classic, but all interesting and innovative workings and re-workings of classic stories and myths and bit of legend.
I think the fact that they're screening some films that I've not heard of, was what had my ears pricking up. There are also some brilliant finds like Terry Gilliam's 1977 piece, Jabbawocky[I], and Jim Henson's much loved 1986 classic [I]Labyrinth.
You're welcome to buy a drink at the GoMA bar, which is right outside the cinema doors and take it in with you to enjoy during the film. And there's a nice bit of a movie marathon going, so you can leave after the first one and combine it with other Friday night plans, or you can stay and enjoy the second film.
I have to admit, that part was my favourite. There's nothing quite like being able to watch a good film comfortably with a drink in hand. I should mention also that the staff were also quite friendly and amiable! I think good customer service always helps an experience like this and it's nice to feel welcome to these events.
There's also a nice selection of films all of which are fairytale and fable themed. The one I ended up going to see was The Juniper Tree (1990) which starred a very young Bjork and was a pretty interesting re-telling of the Grimm brother's tale of the same name.
Basically it's a great bit of fun if you're not doing much of a Friday night and want good cheap/free entertainment.
The Fairytales and Fables program runs until 30 March 2014 and screens on Wednesday and Friday nights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. And the best part is it's free! (Unless you want a drink.)