SWITCH attended the media launch of this summer’s Sydney season of Moonlight Cinema and had a brief chat with Ian Sutherland, Group Marketing Director for AHL, the parent company of Moonlight and Event Cinemas.
With offerings such as ‘The Imitation Game’ and ‘Birdman’, this season aims to appeal to serious movie-goers, while family favourites like the ‘Frozen Sing-a-Long’ hope to get all ages out on the bean bags in Centennial Park.
According to Sutherland, 2015 should be a revival for big-screen movies, with such fantastic films on offer convincing consumers to get back into the cinema. Amongst those fantastic films, Sutherland was hard pressed to give away his top pick, claiming it was like choosing a “favourite child,” but admitted that out of the 30-odd films this season, he’d choose ‘Birdman’ as his number one.
|IAN SUTHERLAND'S TOP 4||SWITCH’S TOP 4|
|Birdman||#1||Guardians of the Galaxy|
|Dumb & Dumber To||#2||What We Do In The Shadows|
|American Sniper||#4||Big Hero 6|
Also in the line-up this summer are some classics, included as there is “a whole generation who haven’t seen these great movies in the cinemas,” says Sutherland. These include ‘Grease,’ ‘Top Gun,’ and ‘The Shawshank Redemption.’ Speaking of, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ is one of several Doggie Nights, where viewers can bring their canine family members along to enjoy the film. These nights were such a hit last year that Moonlight is now including them as a regular feature of the line-up.
If you were lucky enough to be in Martin Place today, you might have gotten your hands on some of the tasty street food being served as a sample of things to come at Moonlight screenings over the next few months. On the menu this year are chilli cheese dogs (which were delicious), chicken burgers and chicken wings, tasty nachos with guacamole and beans, and even churros.
If you have an evening free, there’s plenty of excellent choices for film-lovers this Moonlight Cinema season.