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Intriguing season of outdoor summer films
Guests to the opening of the Luna Outdoor Cinema in Leederville not only enjoyed the VIP tastes of wine from Hay Shed Hill, beer from Otherside Brewing Company and cold meat and cheeses from European Foods – they were also given an advance taste of some delightful summer movies and a preview of the multi-awarded film, The Florida Project.
Halley, played by Briavinaite and Moonee played by Brooklynn Prince. Picture supplied.
American actor, Willem Dafoe, with two Oscar nominations to his name, plays an Orlando motel manager who has to deal with the crazy characters who stay at the $US38 a night purple painted property called the Magic Castle.
Set in a seedy neighbourhood of diners, ice cream parlours, tourist shops and car dealerships near Disney World - highlighting the chasm between the poverty of those who live at the Magic Castle and the tourists who lap up all the dreams at the magical world.
Seasoned actor Dafoe as Bobby, plays a fatherly figure to seven-year-old Moonee (played by Brooklynn Prince) and her mum Halley.
She along with her pals, Jancey (Valeria Cotto) and Scooty, (Christopher Rivera) spend their summer holiday up to no good – spitting from a balcony on to car windows below, yelling "boobies" at a topless guest lying by the pool and setting fire to a disused building.
Willem Dafoe plays Orlando motel manager Bobby. Picture supplied.
Prince steals the film with her cute looks but brash, foul-mouthed, sassy attitude, who, when the time comes and trouble hits home with social services being called in, shows just how vulnerable she is.
Her heavily tattooed mother, Halley (Bria Vinaite, who was spotted by the director Sean Baker on Instagram, dancing around her garden with a pink feather boa and falling over), loves her daughter Moonee – but scrimps, begs and prostitutes herself to get money.
Then, when she has money, she blows it on silly trinkets for her daughter and junk food – all eaten in the cigarette smoke-filled bedroom they call home.
When Halley is having sex, her daughter, Moonee, is in the bath playing with her dolls and the radio up loud.
Moonee doesn't see any of this. To her, the Magic Castle is where there is fun around every corner; the ice cream place is where you con tourists for money for you and your friends because you have to have ice cream, as your doctor says it is good for your asthma.
The low budget film is a sad reflection of life for real people who live in a shabby motel whose lives are going nowhere.
The awards are flooding in for this film with Baker winning 'Best Director' and Dafoe for 'Best Supporting Actor' at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards to being a top 10 film for 2017 from the American Film Institute.
Much praise was lavished on the film at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
Next year, Dafoe finds out if he takes home the 'Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture' at the Golden Globe Awards or the 'Best Supporting Actor' award at the Critics' Choice Awards or for an 'Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role' at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.
Prince has also been nominated for the' Best Young Actor/Actress' at the Critics' Choice Awards and Baker has scooped up significant awards for his directing.
The Florida Project has advance screenings at the Luna Outdoor Cinema in Leederville from Thursday December 21 to Saturday December 23 and then opens on January 7.
Previews were also shown for Call Me By Your Name (a romantic coming of age drama set in Northern Italy focusing on 17-year-old Elio and a relationship with his father's research assistant) which opens on Boxing Day; Three Billboards (a dark comic drama from Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes and Peter Dinklage) opening on December 31; The Shape of Water (master story-teller, Guillermo del Toro's fairytale set in a hidden high-security government laboratory where a mysterious scaled creature who lives in a water tank catches the eye of Elisa, a mute cleaning lady) opening on January 12; The Post starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in the Spielberg directed real life story of the Washington Post's legal battle with the US Government, opening on January 18; and Sweet Country (an Australian western set in the Northern Territory in the 1920s tells the tale of an Aboriginal farmhand who kills a white man in self-defense and goes on the run) on January 25.