Summer is truly on its way, with tickets going on-sale today for Australia’s favourite outdoor cinema, Moonlight Cinema, presented by NAB.
The December/January program is jam-packed with eight advanced screenings, over 25 new releases and a bunch of fan favourite films. Returning to stunning inner city parklands in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, film-lovers across Australia can recline on a picnic rug underneath the stars and catch a flick on the big screen for the quintessential summer cinema experience.
The huge program includes advanced screenings of summer’s must-see films; The Favourite, Mary Queen of Scots and Second Act, flicks for the family; Incredibles 2, Smallfoot and Bumblebee, the top picks for award-season; Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star is Born, Green Book andWidows, and a showcase of Australia’s very best talents; Storm Boy, Boy Erased and Ladies in Black.
There are a stack of new releases on offer. Head on over to Moonlight where you can kick back with a drink, catch up with friends and enjoy films such as Aquaman, Vice, Bad Times at the El Royale, Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Crazy Rich Asians under the stars in picturesque park settings.
Check out some of the highlights of the December/January program:
MUST-SEE FILMS OF THE SUMMER
From side-splitting comedies, to epic adventures through time, all the way to this award season’s top contenders, expect nothing but the very best at Moonlight. An age-old classic gets the Will Ferrell treatment in the hilarious Holmes and Watson; see the legendary thief like never before in the newest iteration of Robin Hood; watch the Transformer’s family-friendly spin-off Bumblebee, and witness the epic new fantasy adventure from the team that brought life to the Lord of the Rings trilogy in Mortal Engines.
For some more comedic flair, Instant Family stars Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne as they try their hand at parenthood through foster care adoption. Certified rom-com veteran Jennifer Lopez stars as a middle-aged woman desperate to fulfil her dreams in Second Act, and the lives of four mature, unlucky-in-love women have their world turned upside down after reading Fifty Shades of Grey in Book Club.
Travel back in time with historical dramas from Hollywood’s heavyweights. Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz bitterly battle for the affections of Queen Anne in The Favourite; witness Margot Robbie’s stark transformation into Mary Stuart alongside Saoirse Ronan in Mary Queen of Scots, and see Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in Green Book as they develop an unexpected bond in an era of segregation.
In the week leading up to the holidays, Moonlight will screen new and beloved Christmas films to get film fans in the mood for the Silly Season. Catch the fantastical new take on a classic tale with The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and rally the family together for the animated remake of The Grinch.
Moonlight’s fan favourite program will screen two of the biggest Christmas blockbusters ever, Love Actually and Elf, at a discounted Fan Favourite price.
Other family flicks include a host of the most hotly anticipated kid friendly films. Enter the hidden world of the Yeti in Smallfoot; Fight evil masterminds with everyone’s favourite superhero family in Incredibles 2; and cast a spell with Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beats: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Once January hits, gather the family and warm the vocal cords for a special sing-a-long screening of last year’s smash hit The Greatest Showman.
Family saver passes to select G and PG rated films at Moonlight are also offered at a special discount, so it’s one of the most affordable outings a family of four can have!
AUSTRALIA’S HOLLYWOOD TAKEOVER
The very best of Australia’s cinematic talents will proudly take centre-stage at Moonlight Cinema. Be one of the first to see Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney team up for the heart-warming remake of the 1970’s classic Storm Boy; Catch veteran director Bruce Beresford’s tender and funny love letter to 1950’s Sydney with Ladies in Black; and a star-studded cast including Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Troye Sivan and Joel Edgerton lead Boy Erased, the gut-wrenching tale of a young boy forced into gay conversion therapy in the American South.
A favourite amongst families, groups of friends and for that special date night, Moonlight Cinema brings the festival atmosphere to film watching. It’s more than a movie experience, it’s an opportunity to kick back in the outdoors and relish in the summer vibes.
Being a BYO* event, Moonlight makes a night out easy. Prepare a picnic of delicious deli treats, lollies for the little ones or your best bottle of bubbly, you can bring it all to Moonlight! Don’t have the time to pull together a snack pack for date night? Don’t worry, Moonlight Cinema has you covered, their onsite food truck offers up a licensed bar and scrumptious variety of hot food and movie-going morsels to whet the appetite of film fans.
Elevate that movie magic and treat yourself! Moonlight’s Gold Grass offers the ultimate A-List cinema experience. With reserved bean beds in a premium viewing location and wait service, you won’t even have to get up from your bean bed!
Tickets for this epic summertime experience are on sale now at www.moonlight.com.au
WHERE & WHEN:
Adelaide: Botanic Park, Dec 8 – Feb 17
Brisbane: Roma Street Parkland, Nov 29 – 31 Mar
Melbourne: Central Lawn at Royal Botanic Gardens, Nov 29 – 31 Mar
Perth: May Drive Parkland, Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Dec 1 – 31 Mar
Sydney: Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park, Nov 29 – 31 Mar
*BYO alcohol is not permitted at Brisbane’s Moonlight Cinema.