Great Outdoors

Great Outdoors

Perth -it’s movie time. You’ve seen Reboot:The Toy Franchise Sequel VII: The Cashening and it was fun. But now you can change things up, enjoy the cool breezes of a Perth evening and watch some damned fine flicks under the stars.

2017 has brought forth a brilliant bunch of unusual, dramatic, edgy, funny films. The Luna Outdoor in Leederville has a playlist of unique and amazing entertainment in the coming seven days.

Friday 27 January: A UNITED KINGDOM starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. He was an Oxford-educated African king. She was a white Englishwoman working as a clerk at Lloyd’s of London. Now their 1948 marriage, which caused scandal in Apartheid-stricken South Africa and the British protectorate of Bechuanaland (later Botswana).

Saturday 28 January: PERFECT STRANGERS are actually seven long-time friends, all 40ish, who gather one night for a dinner party and agree that no private calls or messaging will disrupt their evening. They place their devices on the table, and all incoming calls and texts are shared with the group. But what seems at first like an innocent and playful distraction between friends quickly turns into something more, as the messages start to reveal some eye-opening secrets and how little they truly know about the partners and acquaintances opposite. This Italian comedy of manners has won multiple awards and continues to impress.

Sunday 29/Monday 30 January: LITTLE GIRL BLUE. With a big mouth, brash style and passionate pipes, Janis Joplin was the iconic blues mama of the 60s. This capsule of her brief, bright life from Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Amy Berg (Prophet’s Prey, MIFF 2015; Deliver Us From Evil, MIFF 2006) brings us the most definitive portrait yet.

Tuesday 31 January: GIMME DANGER: The Stooges bottled lightning in the late 60s and early 70s, retching out three classic albums of sinister blues squall. Pop and co. were confounding and alien, with a stage presence and sound not seen before or since. American auteur Jim Jarmusch is likely the only director who could deliver a documentary this playful and touching portrait about the primal proto-punks The Stooges. His kinship with icon Iggy Pop means Gimme Danger gets as close to the enigmatic band as any film ever will.

Wednesday 1 February: LA LA LAND. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone channel old-school Hollywood glamour in this bright and playful romantic musical from director Damien Chazelle (WHIPLASH). Chazelle’s bitter-sweet love letter to the city of Los Angeles, the golden era of Hollywood musicals and the visual flair of French maestro Jacques Demy, is beyond glorious. It’s a perfect confection with medicinal properties. Currently sitting on 14 Oscar nominations, the movie could dominate the upcoming Academy Awards.

Thursday 2/Friday 3 February: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA. Golden Globe winner Casey Affleck (PIC: Above Left) is formidable as the volatile, deeply troubled Lee Chandler, a Boston-based handyman called back to his hometown on the Massachusetts North Shore after the sudden death of his brother, Joe (Kyle Chandler), who has left behind a teenage son (Lucas Hedges). This loss and the return to his old stomping grounds summon Lee’s memories of an earlier, even more devastating tragedy. In his third film as a director, Kenneth Lonergan and a remarkable cast, unflinchingly explores grief, hope, and love, giving us a film that is funny, sharply observed, intimately detailed yet grand in emotional scale.

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