When the city gets hot, escape to the cool of the Thornbury Picture House with an ice cold Four Pillars G&T in hand. This February in Melbourne immerse yourself in four critically acclaimed and just plain awesome films, each a summer-time adventure in a big city.
Get hot with Spike Lee in NYC... Get romantic with Ethan and Julie in Vienna... Get lost with Bill in Tokyo... Get blown away by Fernando Meirelles in Rio.
Every Thursday evening from 7 - 28 February, join us at the Thornbury Picture House. We'll be teaming screenings of some truly fantastic films, and matching them with Four Pillars G&Ts and more gin-related goodness.
The perfect way to kick into the weekend early, and relive some of your favourite cinematic moments with a drinky in hand.
SEE FILMS BELOW FOR SHOWING TIMES AND TICKET LINKS.
Thurs 7 Feb: DO THE RIGHT THING
On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.
In this masterful film Spike Lee has fused political message, gripping drama and community comedy with finesse.
”I have been given only a few filmgoing experiences in my life to equal the first time I saw “Do the Right Thing.” Most movies remain up there on the screen. Only a few penetrate your soul." - Roger Ebert, 4/4 stars
Thurs 14 Feb: BEFORE SUNRISE
On his way to Vienna, American Jesse (Ethan Hawke) meets Celine (Julie Delpy), a student returning to Paris.
After long conversations forge a surprising connection between them, Jesse convinces Celine to get off the train with him in Vienna.
Since his flight to the U.S. departs the next morning and he has no money for lodging, they wander the city together, taking in the experiences of Vienna and each other.
As the night progresses, their bond makes separating in the morning a difficult choice.
"Before Sunrise" is so much like real life - like a documentary with an invisible camera - that I found myself remembering real conversations I had experienced with more or less the same words.” - Roger Ebert, 4/4 stars
Thurs 21 Feb: LOST IN TRANSLATION
A lonely, aging movie star named Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and a conflicted newlywed, Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), meet in Tokyo.
Bob is there to film a Japanese whiskey commercial; Charlotte is accompanying her celebrity-photographer husband.
Strangers in a foreign land, the two find escape, distraction and understanding amidst the bright Tokyo lights after a chance meeting in the quiet lull of the hotel bar. They form a bond that is as unlikely as it is heartfelt and meaningful.
“Sofia Coppola's second movie as a director is more than a breakthrough: it's an insouciant triumph.” - The Guardian
Thurs 28 Feb: CITY OF GOD
In the poverty-stricken favelas of Rio de Janeiro in the 1970s, two young men choose different paths. Rocket (Alexandre Rodrigues) is a budding photographer who documents the increasing drug-related violence of his neighborhood.
José "Zé" Pequeno (Leandro Firmino da Hora) is an ambitious drug dealer who uses Rocket and his photos as a way to increase his fame as a turf war erupts with his rival, "Knockout Ned" (Seu Jorge). The film was shot on location in Rio's poorest neighborhoods.
“City Of God is the South American GoodFellas.” - Empire 5/5 Stars