Special events and screenings

At inner west cinemas

April 7 Late Night Preview Screening of RAW

The US rating warning (their version of R) is hilarious, letting us know we’ll see “Aberrant behaviour, bloody and grisly images, strong sexuality, nudity, language, drug use, and partying”. Partying? What sort of party needs paramedics on stand-bye to treat those who faint? That did happen in the US, but at Dendy’s special preview all you’ll get the barf bags, lollies and “delicious treats”. But having seen this thoroughly original and utterly shocking French thriller, I’m going to warn you – don’t eat them, or anything else beforehand! Check the trailer too, and be strong. CTC and definitely not recommended for vegetarians. Details here

Dendy Newtown, Friday Apr 7 at 9pm. Admission $15, club members $12

All week Art-house pick this week: Land Of Mine

Two Best Foreign Film Oscar-nominated movies opened last week – Sweden’s A Man Called Ove and this one from Denmark. Both are excellent, though Land of Mine does have the dramatic edge. It tells a gripping, sometimes unbearable tense story of redemption and forgivenesss as it follows a group of captured German soldiers who have to clear live mines from Denmark’s beaches in the immediate aftermath of WWII. MA15+ Info and trailer here

Palace Norton Street

April 3-9 Young At Heart Film Festival

Australia’s only film festival programmed for film lovers aged 60 and up, Young at Heart, presents a fascinating and varied line-up this year, with must-sees like Neruda, festival highlight Their Finest, Viceroy’s House, Whiteley, and lots more. Some of these are getting a later general release, but those prices (just $7.00 Gold Club members, or $7.50 for seniors without a members card) are unbeatable. Young at Heart is the only film festival specifically curated for seniors, Australia’s fastest growing demographic and the fastest growing segment of the film-going population. More

Palace Norton Street, April 3 to April 9

April 8 Free Movies in the Park: Finding Dory 

Confident that the rain has stopped? Lets hope so because our own Inner West Council have optimistically scheduled their last free outdoor movie, Finding Dory, for this Saturday. The family-friendly twilight screening brings the community together to enjoy not just a movie screening, but also live music, dance, and international food stalls. Food choices include wraps (chicken and garlic, lamb kafta, or falafel), BBQ, gozleme, baked goods, ice cream, fairy floss, snow cones and of course popcorn. Maybe bring your own brolly and groundsheet, just in case… Free event More

Johnson Park Dulwich Hill from 5pm (movie starts around 7pm).

April 9 Lion: The Extended Cut plus Q&A

Judging by Lion’s fantastic box-office, not many of us haven’t already seen this passionate, heroic and wonderfully up-lifting memoir of family loss and redemption. Even if you have, this extended version put together by director Garth Davis as a special “thank you” to all Australians who have made the films such a success is worth seeing. And if you haven’t yet – no excuses! Includes a Q&A with Garth Davis.  More

Dendy Newtown, Sunday Apr 9 at 3.30pm. Admission $15, club members $10

April 18 Looking forward to: Spanish Film Festival Opening Night

The Hollywood Reporter called Paco Leon’s festival opener Kiki, Love To Love “an upbeat, vibrant crowd-pleaser. Sexy, daring, transgressive and hilarious.” If that’s not enough to get you along, maybe the Freixenet cava before the premiere screening followed by an after party featuring Torres Wines, Stella Artois, catering by Ola Lola, and Pepa Molina’s Australian Flamenco live performance will be. Star of the film, festival guest Natalia de Molina will be at the gala too. Admission $55, Palace Club members $50 More

Palace Norton St. Tue Apr 19 from 7pm (film 7.30pm)