As the final month of 2017 kicks in, Dendy Canberra has doubled-down with various Special Screenings lined up over the next couple of weeks. Decompress, wind down and recharge for the impending silly season with the following features and events offering something for everyone.
Defiant Lives (Documentary) 2017
Monday – December 4 @ 6:30 pm
From writer/director Sarah Barton comes her first feature-length documentary tracking the rise of the Disability Rights Movement here in Australia, as well as in the UK and the USA.
The film is an intimate look at the broader struggle to achieve equal footing in today’s society beyond the daily personal battles faced by those with impairment. A rousing look at one of the lesser-explored worlds of contemporary activism and the history of the movement over the last half-century.
Promoted by People with Disabilities ACT, the screening follows International Day of People with a Disability on Sunday December 3. Pre-purchase tickets ($20) and learn more about the film HERE.
Wonder Wheel (Drama) 2017
Wednesday – December 6 @ 10:30 pm
Wonder Wheel is the newest whim from workhorse writer/director Woody Allen after last year’s Café Society. Set in 1950s New York on Coney Island, the lives of four characters intertwine in this kaleidoscopic narrative set amidst the wonder of the famed amusement park.
With a similarly famous cast which includes Justin Timberlake as a lifeguard/aspiring playwright in his first major film role since the Coen Bros. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), the film is headlined by Kate Winslet as waitress Ginny and Jim Belushi as her carousel-operator husband Humpty. Rising star Juno Temple plays Carolina, Humpty’s long-estranged daughter.
This Special Senior Screening includes morning tea on arrival. Club senior tickets only $7. General release December 7.
Ferdinand (Family) 2017
Sunday – December 10 @ 10:00 am
Based on the classic 1936 children’s book by Munro Leaf, Ferdinand is the famous story of the little bull that couldn’t. Couldn’t bring himself to fight, that is. Preoccupied with smelling the flowers and enjoying life, Ferdinand has no time for the arena or its famous bullfights. Ferdinand doesn’t want to be grabbed by the horns – he wants to grab life by the horns! But one day, five men make a massive Madrilenian mistake and choose Ferdinand as the “biggest, fastest, roughest bull” for the fights.
Take the kids to Dendy for pre-film activities from 10am followed by the Family Preview Screening at 10:30am for this fun day out with Ferdinand. All tickets $10. General release December 14.
The Florida Project (Drama) 2017
Sunday – December 10 @ 6:30 pm
From writer/director Sean Baker, whose last film Tangerine (2015) made the world sit up and take notice, comes The Florida Project – a moving ode to childhood which explores the innocence of youth against the oppressive realities of responsibility and adulthood in modern poor America.
Anchored by the performances of two complete debutants in Bria Vinaite as Halley, a young and rebellious mother, and Brooklynn Prince as her six-year-old daughter Moonee, the film has already generated considerable buzz. In a rumoured Oscar-worthy turn, Willem Dafoe stars as Bobby, the compassionate owner of the “The Magic Castle” hotel where Halley and Moone make ends meet from week-to-week.
Enjoy Exclusive treatment with red-carpet and a glass of sparkling from 6:30 pm. Screening to commence at 6:45 pm. Tickets are $15/$20. General release December 21. A moving drama not to be missed.
Die Hard (Action) 1988
Monday – December 11 @ 6:30 pm
An atypical Christmas classic. Revisit one of the flagbearers of the action movie genre adapted from the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp.
Catapulting Bruce Willis to fame in what would become a defining role as NYPD Cop John McClane, introducing iconic screen villain Hans Gruber in one of the late Alan Rickman’s most memorable roles, mounting a muscular display of spectacular stunts and showdowns, and birthing a whole host of one-liners – not to mention a slew of sequels of fluctuating quality with rumours of yet another currently afoot – Die Hard still stands tall like Nakatomi Plaza. 40 stories. 12 terrorists. One cop. Sitting at #122 on the IMDB Top 250 List with a legion of die-hard fans, it remains an undeniably influential and enduring Hollywood hit.
Get festive with a cookie and a Christmas beverage in hand at this rambunctious Retro Screening. Tickets are $15/$18.
As the year dies down, Dendy Dies Hard. Yippee-Ki-Yay, Father-Christmas!