Perthians we are headed into the last week of January and our weather is living up to its steamy reputation. What goes well with these balmy evenings? Wine. Cheese. And cinema with bite. Come to the Luna Outdoors and enter the habitat of the wolf.
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (23-29 January)
Based on the memoirs of Jordan Belfort, this Wall Street true-story follows a massively successful and unscrupulous stockbroker (Leonardo DiCaprio) from his rise to the high life before his 1990 fall from grace involving crime, corruption, mob infiltration and the U.S. federal government. Directed by Martin Scorsese and co-starring Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Favreau and Jean Dujardin. (Read our AccessReel review)
What could cleanse your palate when you’ve had your fill of high finance, hookers and hubris? From Thursday January 30 the programme at the Luna Outdoor changes almost daily and features some brilliant contemporary movies that cover the gamut from the wild surf to the unbearable lightness of being in love with your new smartphone, sorry, operating system.
UNCHARTED WATERS (Thursday 30 January)
Wayne Lynch burst onto the Australian surfing scene in the 1960s and rode a wave like no one else. He was a champion, a draft dodger, a hippie, an outsider, a revolutionary, a messiah, an environmentalist, a victim, a wild man, a pauper and an enigma.
THE STONE ROSES: MADE OF STONE (Friday 31 January)
In 2012 a resurrection no one thought possible took place when legendary band The Stone Roses reformed after 16 years. This documentary by Shane Meadows (THIS IS ENGLAND) documents the reunion of the iconic British band. He had unprecedented access to previously unseen archive footage.
HER (Saturday1 February)
Set in Los Angeles, slightly in the future, HER follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who is heartbroken after the end of a long relationship. He becomes intrigued with a new, advanced computer operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user.
THE ROOM (Sunday 2 February)
Tommy Wiseau’s ‘disasterpiece’ THE ROOM has been hailed as the biggest cult film since ROCKY HORROR. Sooooo bad it’s good, it’s drawn a cult following in the US and here with viewers acting out skits, storming out in disgust, and throwing plastic cutlery during screenings
THE RAILWAY MAN (Monday 3 February & Tuesday 4 February)
Colin Firth is Eric Lomax in this true biopic. Lomax, a British Army signals officer, was captured by the Japanese soldiers in World War II and brutally tortured when his love of the railway made him a spy suspect. Many years later, Lomax is persuaded by his wife Patti (Nicole Kidman) to track down his captors.
TIM WINTON’S THE TURNING (Wednesday 5 February)
THE TURNING is a unique cinema event. Seventeen talented Australian directors from diverse artistic disciplines each create a chapter of the hauntingly beautiful novel by multi award-winning author Tim Winton. THE TURNING stars Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, Richard Roxburgh, Susie Porter and Robyn Nevin.
Come to the Luna Outdoors in Leederville and see the blazing silver screen in the cool night air. For further details or to book on line, hit the Luna site.