Netflix and its streaming competitors may have forced Big Cinema to go blockbuster or bust(read: comic book adaptations and classic animations taking over the big screen) but this only means that smaller, independent film outlets, such as Luna and Palace Cinemas, can get back to the business of presenting quality, variety and diversity on their somewhat smaller screens.
And that’s not to say independent outlets aren’t evolving into greater things. Over the past year and a half Luna has added several ’boutique’ theatres to its premises in Leederville while a huge Cinema Paradiso complex opened in the Perth CBD.
To coincide with this dedication to indie cinema, Luna and its sister outlet Camelot have seen their outdoor cinema programs growing bigger, bolder and brighter than seasons before.
This year’s program is packed with a brilliant array of celluloid gems, and once again looks like the ultimate one-stop movie shop.
While there’s a bunch of 2019 blockbusters included (the wonderful Joker, hugely received Ford v Ferrari, and regular reappearance of that timeless Christmas classic Love Actually), for the most part the program – with films varying across both outlets – is peppered with indie films about big ideas.
Our pick of the bunch is JoJo Rabbit by New Zealand writer, director and actor Taika Waititi: in which a young Nazi is torn between following the commands of his totalitarian idol, Hitler, and following his heart which pines for a headstrong Jewish beauty. Akin to the wry humour of films such as The Royal Tenenbaums and The Death of Stalin, be sure to bring your sense of irony to the cinema with you when going to see this sublime comedy.
Also in our must-see mix are Judy – a biopic starring Renee Zellweger in a remarkable turn as Judy Garland; Little Women – yet another remake of the lit classic, albeit with more humour injected into this latest incarnation; Parasite – a Korean film depicting the darkest edges of social inequality; Knives Out – a star-studded whodunnit that’s one part thriller, two parts hilarious; and Bombshell – starring Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie in an expose of the sexist goings-on behind the scenes at Fox News.
And there’s a whole lot more where those great titles came from.
On some nights at Camelot (namely Wednesdays), patrons will be treated to live music across the genres of jazz, roots, blues and folk and, for us, that equates an awesome lot of sound and vision to soak in during summer.
Antonino Tati & Lisa Andrews
View the full Luna Outdoor Cinema and Camelot Outdoor Cinema programs at www.lunapalace.com.au.