The Solar Cinema of the West

Future Art Research brings a special family program of cinema screenings to the banks of the Maribyrnong River for three nights in March. Featuring historic footage from Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West, locally made animations and documentaries, together with classic Australian movies from the Victorian Film and Sound Archives.

What’s more, the cinema is entirely Solar Powered!

Bring a cushion or blanket to sit on, and come early for a picnic in the park! In the event of rain, the cinema will move indoors to Future Art’s big bluestone studio, part of the Living Museum’s Complex.

Cinema screenings are free (just join F.A.R. Film Society for $1!*).

The Solar Cinema is funded through the Maribyrnong City Council grant program and has been made possible with the generous support of the the Living Museum of the West.

When : Sat 12, Sun 13 and Sat 19 March 8pm for 8:15 start
Where : Pipemaker’s Park, Maribyrnong. Melways Map ref : 28 B10 On the grassy area by the river in front of the Museum Buildings, or inside the Bluestone building if it looks like rain!


Sat 12th March
The Blue Devil Waltz 1996 – Documentary on the History of the Land Discovery Trail, Pipemaker’s Park
Under the Peppercorns 1988 – The story of Newmarket saleyards (150th anniversary this year!)
Babe 1995 – A little pig goes a long way.

Sun 13th March
The Other River 1989 – A history of the Maribyrnong River and surrounds
Labour history in the West Short Compilation – Intriguing and colourful local history including a feature on wartime women munition workers in the West facing equality challenges.
Spotswood 1992 – Starring Anthony Hopkins and Ben Mendelsohn. He entered the Factory as the enemy, He left as their hero – wearing Moccasins.

Sat 19th March
PuddleHush 2009 – Educational video on the history, flora and fauna of our Stony Creek by Alarna Gray
Saltwater Reflections – 2006 Maribyrnong River Documentary by Gaga Productions’ Aneeta Krishna and Alarna Gray.
Storm Boy – 1976 Classic Australian cinema, awarded AFI Best Film 1977

Plus surprise shorts every night including old newsreels, Billi Tea Tales and More!

*why $1?  It has to do with the joys of screening copyrighted material to large groups.  Film clubs are a great way to get this happening with a mimimum of fuss.  Thanks go to the Federation of Victorian Film Societies for all their helpful advice!

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