Adelaide-girl relocated to Melbourne. Healthy obsession with live music, film and performance, whiskey, wine and gin, Mexican food, brunch.
Published June 6th 2011
I love a harmless B grade flick just as much as anyone. But every now and then, a car chase or sickeningly predictable rom-com just doesn't cut it. So, when I'm craving a different twist on an everyday experience, I head to the Mercury Cinema.
Run by the Media Resource Centre, the Mercury Cinema prides itself on showing films which you won't find at more mainstream venues. Foreign, black and white, silent, political, art house – they're all here.
On the first Wednesday of every month, you can catch one of the world's 'greatest documentaries' at The Screening Room, and a regular seasonal program shows around four films over a few months. (Beat poet enthusiasts can see HOWL for its last screening this Saturday 11 June).
For a little bit of exclusivity, you can join Adelaide Cinémathèque. This film society offers a tantalising program over the year, screening a number of films related to a selection of central theme – be it directors, genres or actors. Previous screenings include retrospectives on Kurt Vonnegut, Godard, Kurosawa and alternative Noir.
From the classic to the experimental, and the silent to the soaring musical scores, Cinémathèque gives you the chance to watch some old favourites and discover new films, and meet audience members and staff who share a passion for screen culture and are more than happy to have a drink and a chat afterwards.
The Mercury Cinema is run by people who are dedicated to promoting and preserving film culture. They welcome everyone, from film buffs to uni students to grandparents who want to see Fred Astair & Ginger Rogers dance across the screen one more time. The great thing about the Mercury is that everyone really can find something just for them.
The cinema is small and intimate. You feel like the show is being put on just for you.They show great films
By crist57 - reader Monday, 13th of June @ 08:07 am
Thanks for writing this article. Without it I never would have found about it and that would be a shame.
After reading your write up I checked online and found out they're having a '1980s Brat Pack' month. I am a huge fan of John Hughes, so I'm glad I found out about it before it was too late :)
By Daniella - senior reviewer Tuesday, 4th of October @ 03:03 pm