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Spring School Holiday Program at ACMI 2015

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Movie making, Minecraft, animation classes & movie watching
Good news young folk of Melbourne, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will one again present an action packed spring school holiday program from Saturday 19 September until Sunday 4 October 2015.

ACMI's school holiday programs always feature multifaceted mid-week entertainment to keep school kids busy. This year's spring program will include cult kid movie classics to watch on the big screen, and creative workshops incorporating movie making, Minecraft, puppet creations and more.

ACMI movie making for kids
ACMI movie making for kids


ACMI will screen a selection of interesting children's movies on the big-screen this season, coinciding with not only the amazing David Bowie Is exhibition currently on display, but also the Muppets™, Music and Magic: Jim Henson's Legacy film celebration:

Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird G

When: 5 – 22 September 2015

Join Sesame Street favourites; Oscar the Grouch, Count von Count, Bert and Ernie and Mr Snuffleupagus on a story that follows poor Big Bird who is taken far away from Sesame Street to live with a rather delirious family of dodos!

The Muppets Take Manhattan G

When: 23 – 28 September 2015

Kermit, Miss Piggy, Scooter and the rest of the Muppet gang attempt to join a New York Broadway show.

Howl's Moving Castle PG

When: 21 September – 2 October 2015

Hayao Miyazaki, the director that introduced the world to Spirited Away, returns to the big screen with Howl's Moving Castle, a feature-length animation based on the book of the same name by British author Diana Wynne Jones.

Muppet Treasure Island G

When: 29 September - 4 October 2015

Join Billy Bones (Billy Connolly) and Mrs Bluberidge (Jennifer Saunders) as they take to the high seas on the ship Hispaniola, alongside colourful characters Jim Hawkins (voiced by Kevin Bishop) Great Gonzo, Rizzo the Rat, one-legged Long John Silver (Tim Curry) and Captain Abraham Smollett (Kermit the Frog).

Labyrinth G

Labyrinth at ACMI
Labyrinth at ACMI

When: now until 18 October 2015

A cult movie classic that hardly requires an introduction, featuring magical puppetry directed by the late Jim Henson, with David Bowie staring as the enchanting goblin king Jareth.

All kids flicks at ACMI are priced at $7 full price ($9 for 3D).


Make a Movie

When: 21 – 23 September 2015

Get creative with a hands-on technical filmmaking workshop suitable for children aged 9 to 12 years. The workshop encompasses writing, directing, acting and editing a short film.

Cost: full $270, concession $250, ACMI Member $230

Pop-up Puppets

When: 21 September – 2 October 2015 (10am - 2pm)

Suited to children aged 5 to 10 years, your children will create their own finger puppets, and bring their tiny puppets to life using simple movements.

Cost: FREE Drop-in

The Massive Minecraft Movie

When: 24 September 2015 (from 10am to 4pm)

Young people aged 12 to 16 can go Minecraft crazy, working in collaboration with likeminded folk to build a unique world filled with characters to direct a scene in a specially designed Minecraft adventure. Open to all levels.

Costs: full $120, concession $110, ACMI Member $100

Sock Stars

When: 28 September – 2 October 2015

Socks can be stars too in this workshop aimed at children aged 9 to 12. Colourful socks will be bought to life using green techniques such as those used in film special effects.

Costs: full $16, concession $13, ACMI Member $11

Monster Mayhem

Monster Mayhem at ACMI
Monster Mayhem at ACMI

When: 1 September to 2 October 2015 (10am to 4pm)

This exciting workshop uses stop-motion animation tricks to form a short film clip. Children aged 8 to 11 will create a story, plan shots, characters, cut-outs and background, then learn how to capture numerous photographs of shapes and images and stitching them together to form a short animated tale.

Cost: full $120, concession $110, ACMI Member $100

INTERMIX Future Critics - Music Criticism Now

ACMI's ongoing Intermix workshops for young people 15 - 25 years will offer a unique one hour early evening session this September exploring music journalism.

Join the editor of The Big Issue (Australia) Doug Wallen, who also writes for FasterLouder, Rolling Stone (Australia), The Age, The Guardian, Junkee, STACK and The Thousands as he shares his industry knowledge and offers you the chance to ask questions on what you need to do to become a journalist.

After the session, pick up your pencil and notepad and head down to Bowie late nights to catch Georgia Field's very special Bowie-inspired set and write your own review.
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Why? Fun for kids in the holidays
When: From Sat 19 Sept to Sun 4 Oct 2015
Phone: 8663 2200
Where: ACMI, Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne
Cost: Some programs are free, others at a cost, see article for details
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I love the costumes!
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