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Southgate's free deckchair cinema often runs movies that line up perfectly with whatever is happening in Melbourne at any given time.
At the moment the free sessions are all comedies because our city is in the grip of the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Up next, on Tuesday April 8 2014, is the film Tim Minchin – Rock n Roll Nerd.
Many people will have heard Minchin perform the song Rock N Roll Nerd with its clever lyrics and kick ass piano. It is one of his staples. This is a film by the same name. It was filmed over three years of his life in which he rose from obscurity to celebrity. As well as being genuinely funny the film is also an exploration of success and ambition. Despite the laughs the documentary also becomes quite moving. It includes backstage antics, home footage and candid interviews and loads of laughter worthy moments.
The following Tuesday, on April the 22nd, you can watch The Trip. When I first heard about this film I thought wild brumbies couldn't drag me along to see it. On paper it seems to have no real plot. It is really just about a food snob and his mate travelling across the northern English countryside eating in various fine dining establishments. Yet the film is totally riveting and hysterically funny, mainly because Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, who play versions of themselves, spark against each other so that there are flashes, flares and even cascades fireworks of incredible humour. Apparently there was no script. These guys are a phenomena.
Like Minchin, in Rock N Roll Nerd, there is also a deeper side to the humour and it concerns life and fame and what we are put on this planet for.
Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Starting: 7:00 pm
Southgate has an interesting ticketing system so you have to be slightly organised to get tickets. Bookings are available online from 10am the Monday prior to the actual film. Patrons with pre-booked tickets are required to check-in onr hour before the film commences. Any tickets not claimed by 7pm sharp may be re-released to waiting patrons so if you don't have a ticket you can always chance it and just turn up.
The ticket desk is open from 6pm for these limited spaces available at the door.
Southgate Cinemas is also like Gold Class cinemas in that you can have gourmet food and wine brought to you while you watch your movie. There are items such as fries with aolii, smoked almonds, great cakes, gourmet pizzas and all kinds of wines. The food is by nearby Bluetrain which you can see in the photo above. You can book tickets through this site.
If you love films, especially free ones, you might also be interested in the Bridge Road Film Festival in Richmond. Click here.