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You won’t need to pack
your binoculars for this
opera. Some of New York’s
most award-winning acts
have been captured live
in high definition, so sit
back and relax as you
watch modern and classic
operas on the big screen.
Before blockbuster cinemas – with 3D screens and popcorn boxes bigger
than an infant – a crop of indie cinemas entertained Perth locals. These are
the last ones standing.
This art deco building has been reinvented to showcase live music, comedy, theatre and film festivals. With
heritage-listed walls and a history dating back to 1915, the theatrical venue is situated right in the middle
of Mount Lawley’s uber-cool cultural hub. 659 Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley.
Cinema Paradiso is part of the much-loved Luna empire, showing world cinema across four stylish screens.
Culture vultures will froth its European flair and international film festivals. 164 James Street, Northbridge.
If you’re looking to see blockbusters in a cool, vintage venue, then it’s time to say goodbye to Hoyts and
hello to Luna Leederville. Check it out on Wednesdays for cheapies. 155 Oxford Street, Leederville.
LUNA ON SX
Lovers of Hollywood hits or secret-shame rom coms, this cinema is not for you. But for indie flick fans,
there’s nowhere better than Luna on SX. Tucked away in one of Freo’s backstreets, the decor ain’t much
to look at, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. 13 Essex Street, Fremantle.
The retro exterior is as cool to look at as the carefully selected international films they show. Don’t be fooled
by the roadside entrance – this venue has plenty of parking out the back, and can even be hired for fundraising,
and corporate and social events. 98 Stirling Highway, Nedlands.
The Cygnet was the first purpose-built sound cinema south of the city, screening contemporary mainstream films as well
as classic movies on the third Sunday of each month. Every outing is memorable, thanks to its art deco architecture,
listed on the state’s Heritage Register. 16 Preston Street, Como.
It’s Rev’s 18th birthday this year, and she’s throwing
one helluva party. Just ask triple J, who rated our
homegrown fest “one of the best, if not the best
film festival on Australia’s cultural landscape.”
Which of the hundred edgy international flicks
will you check out? We turn to curator Suzanne
Worner for the shortlist. Various locations, Jul 2-12.
This apocalyptic narrative follows two women named
Helen, who live in the same town but never interact
(though the older Helen interacts plenty with her
‘child’, a lifelike baby doll. Creepy). As the movie
develops, it gets more surreal, heightened by Daniel
Garcia’s dreamlike filmmaking.
2. THE LOOK OF SILENCE
The follow-up to the 2012 Oscar-nominated
documentary The Act of Killing, this documentary
continues to examine the Indonesian genocide of
1965, this time through the prism of optometrist
Adi, whose brother numbered among the
victims. Through his casual conversations
with the townspeople, the horrors of the
genocide are revealed.
3.WHEN MY SORROW DIED:
THE LEGEND OF ARMEN RA
AND THE THEREMIN
What in heaven’s name is a theremin, you might
ask? It’s a musical instrument, the only one that can
be played without physical touch. This doco follows
theremin master Armen Ra, including his friendships
with celebs like performance artist Amanda Lepore
and Sex and the City costume designer Patricia Field.
Full details and online bookings at scoop.com.au/film
Luna Leederville and Luna
on SX, Jun 13-14; Jul 4-5;
Aug 1-2; Sep 12-13.
Scandis are so much more
than their swoon-worthy
street style and bargain
furniture, you know. Or,
for that matter, their
fabulous hair or egalitarian
particularly taken with their
slick films, like sinister crime
shows and pulsing dramas.
Cinema Paradiso, Jul 23-29.
The dark horse of the
international film circuit,
the Israeli Film Festival has
been running for twelve
years, with a range of
culturally diverse short films,
comedies, dramas and
docos. Cinema Paradiso,
Aug 20-26 .
We welcome any excuse to
take a road trip down south,
The Look of Silence.
When My Sorrow Died.
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