With school out, it is time to entertain the little ones and Melbourne's ACMI has a film program designed to entertain the kids this summer. Curated by James Nolan - some of the upcoming features include festive favorites, such as the rare Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special, which is screening for free, from December 3 to Christmas Eve, daily at 11am.
This special episode from the popular 'Pee-wee's Playhouse' series was filmed in 1988 and stars Paul Reubens as Pee-Wee Herman and a host of stars, including Magic Johnson, Dinah Shore, Little Richard, K.D Lang, Joan Rivers, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Oprah Winfrey, Grace Jones and Whoopi Goldberg.
The 1992 film The Muppet Christmas Carol is also screening. Directed by Brian Henson (son of Jim Henson), and based on the Charles Dickens' novel 'A Christmas Carol,' this popular musical-comedy features Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge alongside all the Muppet favourites - Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo the Great, Rizzo the Rat and many more. This special screening takes place on December 12, at 10.30 and 1pm. All tickets are priced at $6:00 and can be purchased from the ACMI website.
Also part of the film program includes a variety of local Christmas feature films and International productions; from the 1965 Australian musical comedy Funny Things Happen Down Under, (Olivia Newton-John's film debut) screening on December 19, at 10.30am and 1pm, to the 2009 British production Nativity!, starring Martin Freeman and Ashley Jensen, which screens daily from December 11 to Christmas Eve at 1pm. Purchase tickets to this event on the ACMI website.
Vilhelm Pedersen illustration of Andersen's "Snow Queen".
Short films are also screening in two-part events; there is a collection of live-action short film adaptations of Brothers Grimm fairy tales screening from January 5, 2011 and January 28, 2011. Tickets for both these events are free and available on the day of the screening. A hour-long collection of animated and live-action short film adaptations of Hans Christian Anderson's Fairy Tales, is also presented in two parts, screening for free from December 27, 2010 and January 19,2011.
One of the interesting additions to the film program is a two-part screening of International short films under the title of 'Fairy Tales From Around the World'. These special free screenings, taking place from April 9, 2011, include short film productions from Japan, Italy, USA and Canada.
Interesting, educational and most importantly entertaining - this upcoming film program designed for kids (and big kids alike) is sure to be a hit this summer.