Many of us enjoy going to the movies. You should check out this list before planning your next movie schedule. There are art films, classics, documentaries and even movies just for the kids. There is no lack of movies to keep your eyes glued to the big screen for the rest of the year. Best of all, they are FREE.
The China Cultural Centre in Sydney is hosting a free movie screening of a 2011 Chinese historical drama film based on the Xinhai Revolution or The 1911 Revolution. The story revolves around the founding of the Republic of China when nationalist forces led by Sun Yat-sen overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Produced, directed and starring Jackie Chan, the film was a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution, and was selected to open the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival. It stars a stellar cast of Chinese artistes including Jaycee Chan, Li Bingbing, Winston Chao, Joan Chen and Hu Ge. The China Cultural Centre is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of understanding and appreciation for Chinese culture and the arts through educational and cultural activities. Rated R. Click here to reserve your ticket.
Time: 6pm - 8pm Venue: China Cultural Centre in Sydney Address: 151 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 Phone: (02) 8228 3050
Instituto Cervantes Sydney is hosting a Spanish film entitled A Gun in Each Hand (Una pistola en cada mano). It is non-profit organization founded by the Government of Spain to promote Spanish language teaching and foster knowledge of the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries throughout the world. Directed by Goya-wining Cesc Gay, this comedy revolves around the lives of eight seemingly unconnected men, each stumbling through life and trying to find their way in the workplace and in love. The cast includes prominent and highly talented Spanish and Latin American actors and actresses, including Ricardo Darín, Javier Cámara, Leonor Watling, Luis Tosar and Leonardo Sbaraglia. Click here to get your tickets.
Time: 6pm - 8pm Venue: Instituto Cervantes Sydney Address: Level 3, 299 Sussex St, Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9274 9200
3 September - The Strangest Stranger
Photo courtesy of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) and the Swedish Film Institute present the curated screening of an art film directed by Magnus Bärtås. The Strangest Stranger is based on the story of Tokyo-based art impresario Joni Waka & Kafka. He is a Jewish man in Tokyo who constantly presents his biography to people he randomly meets in the streets or at social events. Refreshments are available and Dr Gene Sherman from SCAF will give an introductory talk before the screening. SCAF is a philanthropic enterprise dedicated to providing an innovative forum for contemporary art and presenting work by internationally renowned visual practitioners primarily from Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East. Click here to get your ticket.
Time: 3pm - 5pm
Venue: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
Address: 16-20 Goodhope Street, Paddington, NSW 2021
Phone: (02) 9331 1112
The Joy House Film Festival provides a platform for emerging filmmakers to showcase their stories of joy and diversity. It serves up a great selection of short films, including drama, documentary, drama-comedy, animation, stop animation and action films. Prizes include Best Film, Best Women in Theatre & on Screen (WITS) Film, Hoyts People's Choice and Best Diversity Film. Head over to Hoyts to get your dose of happy films. There are even free showbags for the first 50 attendees with every Hoyts Candy Bar purchase. Click here to get your ticket.
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Veune: Hoyts Mandarin Centre
Address: Cnr Albert & Victor Sts Chatswood NSW 2067
Phone: (07) 5522 0492
This classic masterpiece is one of the world's most highly rates movies. It is the work of Orson Welles, actor, producer, writer, director and genius. The story revolves around publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane and the effort by news reporters to discover the meaning of his last dying words. The film premièred in New York in 1941 to controversy because it appeared to fictionalize certain events in the life of William Randolph Hearst, a powerful newspaper magnate and publisher. Rated G. Click here to get your ticket.
Ashfield Council is hosting a screening of Chinese film 'The Nightingale'. Suitable for families, this heart-warming story is centred on the relationship between a grandfather and his granddaughter. It reflects family life in modern day China where families are challenged by disconnection as parents are busy with careers and children are endeared to iPads and television. The film brings viewers to urban and rural China where the travels and interactions between the grandfather and granddaughter help to build bonds. Click here to get your ticket.
Marrickville Library is hosting a special screening for 5 to12 year olds. Children can enjoy the original 1979 version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Popcorn and drinks are also provided and the best dressed child as a Willy Wonka character can stand to win some prizes. To gain entry to the screening, simply borrow a book in the library before the movie and receive a Golden Ticket. Don't fret if you're not a member. Simply go online to get your free membership. Click here to reserve your seat. Adult supervision is required for those aged 10 years and under. Rated G.
Stanmore Library is hosting a movie screening of 'Matilda' for 5 to 12 year olds. It is based on the novel by Roald Dahl and is the author's last long children's book. The 1996 film directed by Danny DeVito revolves around a highly intelligent young girl who loves reading and discovers she can control things with her mind. Unfortunately her life is a rocky road due to disapproving parents and a terrifying school headmistress. She gets help from her supportive teacher along the way. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.
Adult supervision is required for those aged 10 years and under. Rated G. Click here to get your ticket.
Mosman Council invites you to join them in a outdoor cinema in support of Mental Health Month. You and your family can enjoy a screening of Project Wild Thing in the Village Green Mosman. This documentary by Filmmaker David Bond focuses on getting more kids (and their parents) outside and reconnecting with nature instead of being glued to the television and ipad. This assists in child development and supports mental health. Sam Webb, the founder of 'LIVIN', will also be onsite to discuss issues relating to mental health and raise awareness for suicide prevention. Click here to get your ticket.
Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: Village Green
The Crescent, Mosman, NSW 2088
Phone: (02) 9978 4000
29 October - Seven Year Itch
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Co- written and directed by Billy Wilder, this movie revolves around a family man in New York who is tempted by a beautiful neighbour while his family is away on summer vacation in Maine. The film is adapted from the Broadway play by George Axelrod and stars Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell and Evelyn Keyes. Rated PG. Click here to get your ticket.
'A Touch of Spice' is a reflection of Greek filmmaker Tassos Boulmetis' own life. The story revolves around a young boy who grows up in Istanbul with his grandfather who owns a spice shop. He and his family are deported from Turkey back to Greece where he struggles to fit into Greek society. The memories of his grandfather and teachings about food and life help him to become an excellent cook and to spice up the lives of people around him. Click here to get your ticket.
This 2010 British biographical drama film tells the story of King George VI, father of Queen Elizabeth II and his struggle to find his voice. He reluctantly assumes the throne after his brother abdicates. Unfortunately he is plagued by a speech stammer that affects his ascension. Through the unorthodox help and friendship with a speech therapist, George is able to overcome his weakness and lead the country through war. Rated M. Click here to get your ticket.
This 1954 American musical romantic comedy film stars actors Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney and the great Hollywood costume designer Edith Head. The story revolves around a song and dance team and a sister act. They try to save the failing Vermont Inn and become romantically involved in the process. The wonderful songs and humour help to get everyone in the mood for Christmas. Rated G. Click here to get your ticket.