Gold Coast Explorer since Jan 2010. Always on the lookout for fun, family things to enjoy with my four kids.
Calling all movie lovers
Movies under the stars, even the name begins to work some magic. Call up some friends, round up your rug and chairs, pack a picnic and get down to Sanctuary Cove, for a night of free family entertainment. The Village Green is the venue for the big screen and the setting at the marina is just beautiful. Fabulous boats (we are not talking tinnys here - we are looking at luxury ocean cruisers, worth more the average house) and the streets buzzing with restaurants emanating music and wonderful aromas, affords such a lovely atmosphere. Some residents arrived in their golf cart style vehicles, even sitting in them for the movie when we were there for "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen", creating a mini drive in in the back row.
Showing twice a month through November & December 2012 and January 2013, the outdoor movies will be screening a variety of films. The movies are on Fridays and start at 7pm. Take a picnic or nibbles and there's a great kids playground right next to the grass area if your kids want to play.
So what's the line up for this season? November holds The Help & The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
The Help is the adaptation of Kathryn Stockette's powerful novel which is set in the middle class heart of the deep south, in the early sixties. The town's unspoken code of rules, is shattered by 3 courageous women. They strike up an unlikely friendship, and the story of the African American maid in Jackson Mississippi is revealed.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Fri Nov 23, PG, 124 mins
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows a group of British retirees who seek something different in the exotic locale of India. It follows their ability or inability to deal with the change and the personal baggage they arrive with. Ultimately all are transformed one way or another. The light, the colour and the interwoven stories were what I enjoyed most about this movie, along with the star cast line up. Just loved this quote which is used by the main character: ""Everything will be alright in the end, so if it is not alright it is not yet the end" and his aim to "create a home for the elderly that is so wonderful, they will simply refuse to die".
The Muppets are gathered to save the Muppet Theatre from being destroyed. Love where they are now - Miss Piggy a plus size fashion editor, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management and Fozzie is performing with a casino tribute band but the old gang gets back together to do the impossible. It's time to light the lights and meet the Muppets.
The town is Damper, where the work is hard and the men are tough and the movie follows the story of the town's best friend - Red Dog. Red Dog is "a dog for all but no one in particular" until he meets his master. It's a real feel good story and tear jerker too. Set in the seventies, the redness of the land, the toughness required of the people and the sense of community makes for a very watchable movie. Based on an incredible true story, Red Dog was an inspiration to a whole town.
Dark Shadows is the final offering. This swinging 70's vampire epic, received mixed reviews. An imprisoned vampire, who made the mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique, is inadvertently set free and returns to his ancestral home. I'd say the costumes were the best thing about the film but you judge for yourself.
For the session guide click here and for visitor info, which includes parking and directions, click here. Although we are heading into summer, evenings can be cool, with a breeze off the water, so tuck a jumper in your bag. There's lots of parking but for those with young kids, there's a walk of a few hundred metres to the Vllage Green once you park and you'll be carrying chairs etc. Instead of packing a picnic you can also pick up pizza as you walk through the Marine Village. Check the Sanctuary Cove website for any updates before you go. In event of rain or inclement weather, screenings may still take place in the Village Theatre.