If going to the movies is putting a strain on the purse or wallet, then check out the Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre in Moonee Ponds. This landmark building in the North Western suburbs of Melbourne is offering a series of 5 FREE films in the afternoons and evenings from May to July.
This 2014 movie stars Julianne Moore as a renowned linguistics professor living in New York. She is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease just after her 50th birthday and at the height of her career. This painful and sad film depicts her journey and struggle with the disease. New York Times call it "a movie that addresses a nightmarish circumstance with calm, compassionate sensitivity" and Rolling Stone says it is "an emotional powerhouse". Click here for tickets.
This 2015 British film is a romantic comedy-drama based on the true story of how Princesses Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth) and Margaret Windsor slipped out of Buckingham Palace in 1945. The sisters joined the masses to celebrate the end of World War II. They moved through London, sipping champagne at the Ritz, dancing at Chelsea Barracks, gambling in Soho and experiencing romance sailing across the Thames. Washington Post states that "It's fun to imagine, if only for a moment, that behind the facade of stately hats and matching suits, the queen is hiding some wacky stories". Click here for tickets.
Aired during Refugee Week, this 2009 French film directed by Philippe Lioret highlights the challenges faced by immigrants and the dangers they are willing to endure. This social drama revolves around a 17 year old Kurdish refugee who attempts to swim the English Channel in order to reunite with his girlfriend. Click here for tickets.
This movie is based on Alan Turing who helped to crack unbreakable codes and in turn shorten World War II and saved millions of lives. Empire says it's a "superb thriller and a worthy biopic of a real hero. It's also simultaneously an impressive debut for screenwriter Graham Moore, and a big-screen career highlight for Benedict Cumberbatch" and Rolling Stone calls it "an undeniable pleasure to dig into a crackling spy thriller dished out by experts". Click here for tickets.
Screened during NAIDOC Week, this 2009 movie is a musical comedy drama made in Australia. Staring Jessica Mauboy, Missy Higgins and Ernie Dingo, it tells the story of the coming of age of an Aboriginal Australian teenager in the late 1960s. It is adapted from the 1990 stage musical Bran Nue Dae by Jimmy Chi. Click here for tickets.