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Wouldn’t it be cool to step inside your favourite childhood movie, and interact with its characters? What about being
able to throw objects and shout at the screen, breaking cinema etiquette? Immersive films are on the rise in Perth,
with tickets selling out within 24 hours. Tony Bective, marketing and promotions manager at Luna Palace Cinemas,
says they add a different dimension to cinema. Whether it’s themed cocktails, lobby boys walking around from The
Grand Budapest Hotel, or playing football in front of the screen, every event is different. Often you’re met at the door
by a host and given a pack filled with props and a program, guiding your engagement during the night. “Immersive
events are a new and old phenomena, old in the sense it probably all started from The Rocky Horror Picture Show days,
but now they have evolved to a different level of engagement,” says Tony. Labyrinth, Life of Brian, and Back to the
Future have all been immersive opportunities for Luna, distributors, and performance groups to create a unique film
experience. The best part is seeing the reactions of unassuming people dragged along by their friends. “At first they
kind of look at you as if you’re a lunatic, but they end up right into it, and the night becomes a riot, taking on a life of its
own,” he says. lunapalace.com.au.
Italian cinema ain’t just mafia movies and OTT family
dramas – just ask Italian Film Festival director Elysia
Zeccola Hill, who gives us her top festival picks.
GOD WILLING (SE DIO VUOLE)
Scooping the Best New Director Award at the
David di Donatello (Italian Academy) Awards, this
opening night selection stars Alessandro Gassman
and Laura Morante in the hilarious tale of an atheist
father, floored by the news his son wants to become
a priest. Disastro!
Matteo Garrone’s Godfather-esque drama about
three brothers from a southern Italian crime family is
a riveting morality tale told with gritty realism. It won
Best Film and Best Director at the Venice Film Festival
and David di Donatello Awards.
An all-star cast
shows the intense
struggle of two
and their wives
are involved in
a shocking crime.
adaptation of Herman
Koch’s best-selling book,
I nostri ragazzi, won the Venice
Film Festival Audience Award.
Starring Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Barbora Bobu’lová,
Alessandro Gassman and Luigi Lo Cascio.
AN ITALIAN NAME
The hit French farce What’s in a Name? is transposed
to Italy while retaining its crowd-pleasing core. David
di Donatello Award winners Alessandro Gassman
and Micaela Ramazzotti play Paolo and Simona,
a glamorous couple with a child on the way. They are
invited to dinner by another couple (played by Valeria
Golino and Luigi Lo Cascio) and a quirky musician
friend (Rocco Papaleo), but things turn volatile when
the pending child’s name is broached.
DO YOU SEE ME?
(SCUSATE SE ESISTO!)
On the lighter side, Italian heart-throb Raoul Bova
returns in this genuinely funny Italian comedy about
a successful and talented female architect, Serena
Bruno, who returns to work in Italy after years abroad,
and finds it difficult to be taken seriously in her
male-dominated field... that is, until she finds a male
friend to pose as an architect and pitch her projects.
Cinema Paradiso, Luna on SX, Sep 24-Oct 14.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is
one of the movies that lends itself
to the immersive experience.
DRAGON BALL Z:
We thought super-villain
Frieza had been defeated
for good, but (wouldn’t
ya just know it?) he’s been
resurrected and has vowed
revenge. It’s only the
second time in a decade
Dragon Ball Z’s been in
theatres, so we’re expecting
big things! Luna Leederville,
until Sep 19.
It’s slightly more informative
than that episode of The
Simpsons where Homer
goes into space, but it’s
no less entertaining: kids
will be transfixed by how
astronauts train underwater
to live in space in this film.
Scitech, until Sep 26.
The theatrical concept
album The Wall lends
itself well to this concert
film, which goes beyond
the stage and into the
psyche of songwriter Roger
Waters. Luna Leederville,
Luna on SX, Sep 29.
THE ROCKY HORROR
Here’s your chance to try
one of those immersive
(see above). Costumes,
cocktails and characters in
the cinema foyer will have
you doing the Time Warp.
It ain’t for kids though
– expect rudeness and
crudeness! Luna Leederville,
Cast your mind back to
before Winona Ryder was
best-known for her sticky
fingers, when the lauded
actress starred in 90s
classics like Beetlejuice and
Edward Scissorhands. Pay
homage with this free film
series! Northbridge Piazza,
from Oct 28.
JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL
Sure, there’ll be anime
movies and karate flicks,
but don’t think that’s all
Japanese cinema has to
offer. This festival – the
largest outside Japan – will
showcase the country’s
diverse cinematic stylings.
Venue TBC, Oct 29-Nov 2.
Thrill-seeking wave riders
find the biggest slabs
possible for this festival,
which showcases footage
of all the terrifying,
exhilarating big wave rides
of the past year. Perth and
Fremantle, Nov 12-15.
Roger Waters The Wall.
Northbridge Piazza, home
to Winona Wednesdays.
The Dinner (photography
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