Melbourne, the culture capital of Australia, has a regular international film festival showing 300 films and over 100 shorts over 19 days at 5 or 6 different theatres. The film offerings are amazing - just go.
Various venues. For more information see www.melbournefilmfestival.com.au/2006Festival
Through the summer months the Royal Botanical Gardens organise moonlight cinema sessions. Each night they show one current or classic film on a big outdoor screen in the centre of the park. Check the website for listings.
My tip is to bring a blanket. Melbourne can get cold at night, even after a hot day. Some fly spray helps too. Bean bags can be hired at the venue.
Set around the University of Melbourne, in the city’s north, this minor indie flick captures a version of mid-90s cool which may look dated but gives a good feel for what makes Melbourne unique. Starring Australian actresses like Frances O'Connor (actually British by birth) and Radha Mitchell, who have since gone on to forge Hollywood careers, this lo-fi production reflects Melbourne’s laid back charm.
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