Cin­ema Un­der the Stars re­turns


In ad­di­tion to the reg­u­lar screen­ings at the Mon­u­ment, Cre­ative City has an­nounced the re­turn of Cin­ema un­der the Stars at Fid­dlers Green. “On Fri­day 16 and Satur­day 17 Fe­bru­ary, the big screen will be hauled up; the popcorn ma­chine will make its way down the hill; and du­vets, cush­ions and deck chairs will be the or­der of the day,” a press state­ment from Cre­ative City read in part.

“We’ll be screen­ing two dou­ble bills of great movies: The Se­cret Lives of Pets at 7pm and Avatar at 8.30pm on Fri­day; and Mon­sters Univer­sity at 7pm and The Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show at 9pm on Satur­day.”

Fri­day night kicks off with The Se­cret Lives of Pets – an an­i­mated com­edy about the lives our pets lead af­ter we leave for work and school. Rot­ten Toma­toes rates the film highly, de­scrib­ing it as, “Fast­paced, funny, and blessed with a tal­ented voice cast, [this film] of­fers a beau­ti­fully an­i­mated, cheer­fully un­de­mand­ing fam­ily-friendly diver­sion.’

Avatar, the spec­tac­u­lar, fu­tur­is­tic sci-fi epic by James Cameron (Ti­tanic, Aliens) fea­tures Sam Wor­thing­ton, Zoe Sal­dana and Sigour­ney Weaver among oth­ers. Avatar tells the story of an ex-Ma­rine who finds him­self thrust into hos­til­i­ties on an alien planet filled with ex­otic life forms.

On Satur­day at 7pm, the pre­quel to Mon­sters Inc lights up the big screen. Mon­sters Univer­sity tells the story of how Mike and Sul­ley met and be­came friends while they at­tended the ‘School of Scar­ing’. “The Pixar crew has lov­ingly re­fash­ioned the R-rated fraternity com­edy into a G-rated ad­ven­ture that kin­der­garten­ers, frat broth­ers, and tired par­ents can all en­joy equally and with­out reser­va­tion.” – Com­mon Sense Me­dia

Cre­ative City then asks res­i­dents to hire a babysit­ter so they can watch The Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show, “a scream­ingly funny, sin­fully twisted sa­lute to sci-fi, hor­ror, B-movies and rock mu­sic, all rolled into one de­li­ciously deca­dent morsel… Join Tim Curry, Barry Bost­wick, Su­san Saran­don and rock star Meat Loaf in the most pop­u­lar cult clas­sic of all time,” ac­cord­ing to the stu­dio 20th Cen­tury Fox.

Tick­ets are R30 for adults and R20 for chil­dren, pen­sion­ers and stu­dents – for one film or both. There will be food and drink stalls too. 046 603 1103 ( Akhona or Kate).

Take a child to the movies

Wouldn’t it be great to bring 40 or more chil­dren from the Ikhaya Yoliso Foster Homes and Sun City Af­ter Care to town to watch one of the early movies? We hope to be able to do just that again. If you’d like to help, please drop us an email – kate@na­tion­alarts­fes­ti­ Spon­sor­ship for trans­port, tick­ets and a meal is R60 per child.

Movies at the Mon­u­ment

De­spite small­ish au­di­ences at the Fri­day night films, or­gan­is­ers hope to see more schools and, on their re­turn, univer­sity stu­dents sup­port­ing the films screened at the Mon­u­ment.

But, they have a ques­tion for Gra­ham­stown: is Fri­day night the best night? Would a Thurs­day, Satur­day or Sun­day evening be a bet­ter op­tion? Have your say at www.face­­gra­ham­stown and help us to keep this value-for-money al­ter­na­tive to a night on the town alive and kick­ing.

This Fri­day’s of­fer­ing is Moana at 6pm and the bi­o­graph­i­cal drama Walk the Line, a chron­i­cle of coun­try mu­sic leg­end, Johnny Cash’s life at 8.30pm.

On 23 Fe­bru­ary, the mon­u­ment will screen the stage pro­duc­tion of the Uk’s Na­tional The­atre Live pro­duc­tion of Rosen­crantz and Guilden­stern are Dead at 7pm.

Photo: Kyle Prinsloo

A stage ac­tor dur­ing on of the Bard’s iconic plays.

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