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It even has Gold Class food service
Southgate Free Cinema
Congratulations are in order to the person choosing the line-up of films at Southgate Cinema. Not only are the movies well-thought out choices but many of them nestle in seamlessly with Melbourne's forthcoming events calendar.
Southgate is an inside/out cinema. You feel like you are outside because you are on deck chairs but there is glass roof so that in terms of Melbourne's changeable weather you are inside. Best of all, the films are totally free although you do need to book.
It is also like Gold Class cinemas in that you can have gourmet food and wine while you watch your movie. There are items like smoked almonds, fries with aolii, luscious cakes, gourmet pizzas and all kinds of wines. This will be great for the forthcoming Food and Wine Festival when many of the films will put mouth-watering foods and drinks on your mind. For a full movie menu click here.
In line with Australian Open and all Melbourne going tennis crazy the first movie is Match Point. This is a thriller set in Britain concerning a pro tennis star. It is directed by Woody Allen and it put him back on the A list because it is just such a damn good film. It stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Scarlett Johansson. Allen was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Starting: 8:45 pm
Roman Coppala was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Moonrise Kingdom. It's a pubescent love story. A pair of kids flee their home town and set out into the wilderness where they hike, camp and fish. It is an eccentric and witty film which won the AFI award for Movie of the Year in 2012. It has a stellar cast including Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Bill Murray. While the plot might sound simplistic it is a film you have to see for yourself to find out what all the fuss is about.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Starting: 8:45 pm
Place Beyond the Pines
This is another movie with rave reviews. A motorcycle stunt rider decides to rob a bank in order to provide for the mother of his child. Lots of dizzying action scenes but it is also a film with plenty of emotional poignancy. Starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
While made in 2001, this film remains a firm favourite with many people. It is about a young woman, Amelie, who decides to change the world by changing the lives of the people she knows. In the process of this she finds someone to love. This charming French film is by director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and stars the legendary Audrey Tautou.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I Give it a Year
A 2013 British comedy written and directed by Dan Mazer (co-author of Borat and Bruno). After meeting at a party Nat (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall) decide to marry although they have only been together 6 months. Their friends joke that they think it will last a year. The couple certainly go through the newly weds' mill with everything thrown at them and as they reach their first year anniversary will they or won't they make it? Stars Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Anna Faris and the delicious looking Simon Baker. Reminiscent of Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The great films continue with No, a 2012 Chilean film about an ad executive campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum. (Madmen South American Style) Directed by Pablo Larrain and starring Gael Garcia Bernal, New York critic David Fear called No "the closest thing to a masterpiece that I've seen so far this year in Cannes."
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Having worked in a second hand book store I have seen thousands of copies of the Kon Tiki Expedition. Now I bet you can't buy one for love or money. The movie based on the book Kon-Tiki has brought the famous story to a new generation. It is the true story of Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947. A true adventure tale!
Monday, March 3, 2014
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival: SIDEWAYS
What more could you ask for than a film about beautiful food, drink and great company. A wonderful and witty movie about two men's drive through California's wine country. It is their last fling before one of them marries. Written by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne and directed by Payne; the duo won multiple awards for their screenplay and it had a huge impact on the local wine industry.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival: Haute Cuisine
Hortense Laborie, a chef from the Périgord, is amazed when the President of the Republic appoints her as his personal chef, responsible for conjuring up all his meals at the Élysée Palace. Based on the amazing true story of President Francois Mitterend's private cook.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival: Bottle Shock
American comedy based on the 1976 wine competition 'Judgment of Paris' tastings when, shock and horror, a Californian wine defeated a French wine in a blind taste test.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival: Chocolat
Famous movie staring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche about a woman and her daughter starting a chocolate shop in a small French village. This movie drips with chocolate. I recommend you take a whole box with you for all the cravings it will induce.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival: Delicatessen
Nominated for several important European awards Delicatessen is a zany, almost cultish, film. It is a post-apocalyptic, surrealist black comedy about the landlord who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants. It even includes a vegetarian sub group of French rebels. Crazy stuff in this significant movie.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival: Mondovino
Mondovino is the Italian word for wine. This was a 2004 documentary on the impact of globalisation on the world's wine regions. One of only four documentaries ever nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes festival.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The Great Gatsby
Valid opportunity to bring out your 1920s vintage gear. This is the 2013 adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's much celebrated novel. The excesses of this social set puts the later Great Depression into perspective. The extravaganza is directed by Baz Luhrmann and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Iron Man 3
Lastly comes Iron Man 3. See Robert Downey Jr (as Ironman) take on the world - well at least some bad guys. More action than you can possibly deal with in one sitting but still great fun.
It is important to note that while the movies are free, you must book to secure your place. Booking becomes available before each movie so you do need to keep your eye on their website for when to book.