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ENLIGHTEN 2014: Outdoor cinema


What were we thinking? Outdoor cinema

Wednesday 26 February and Thursday 27 February

In collaboration with the National Film and Sound Archive and ENLIGHTEN, join us for two nights of retro television and film from the 70s and 80s.

Important notice

Please note that due to wet weather the entry time and venue have changed for the screening of Oz: A Rock 'n' Roll Road Movie. The gates will now open at 7.30pm (not 6.30pm) for an 8pm start and the screening will be indoors in the Visions Theatre.

Oz: A Rock 'n' Roll Road Movie (M), 26 February 2014

Directed by Chris Löfvén, Australia, 1976, 103 minutes.

Oz is Australia’s own rock and roll road movie – so bad it’s good, and too good to be true. Here’s your chance to rediscover this cult classic, interspersed with snapshots of life in the 70s, exclusively from the National Film and Sound Archive’s collection.

Oz, also released as 20th Century Oz in United States, is a 1976 Australian film written, directed and co-produced by Chris Löfvén. It stars Joy Dunstan, Graham Matters, Bruce Spence, Gary Waddell, and Robin Ramsay; and received four nominations at the 1977 AFI Awards. The musical score is by Ross Wilson (frontman for Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock). The plot is a re-imagining of the 1939 The Wizard of Oz film transferred to 1970s Australia and aimed at an older teen/young adult audience. It was released on DVD in 2004. The poster and album sleeve for the American release was done by rock artist Jim Evans.

View clips from Oz on the australianscreen website

Costs: $18 adult, $45 family, $10 child (16 and under), $15 concession (including Friends members)
Tickets available from ENLIGHTEN
Note: Gates open 7.30pm for 8pm start
Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia

BMX Bandits (PG), 27 February 2014

Directed by Trenchard-Smith, Australia, 1983, 88 minutes.

See the action-packed children’s adventure film that launched Nicole Kidman’s career on the big screen, and relive the 80s with classic ads for products like Coke, Apple computers and No Knickers, as well as C’mon Aussie C’mon clips and a lesson in tax returns featuring Ben Mendelsohn and Gia Carides in nightclubs!

After a successful Sydney bank robbery at the 'Montgomery Street Bank' where they grabbed $101,586, The Boss (Bryan Marshall), plans a further and larger payroll robbery for two days later worth at least $1.5 million.

Two young BMX experts, PJ (Angelo D'Angelo) and Goose (James Lugton), meet Judy (Nicole Kidman), who is working as a trolley collector at the Warringah Mall during the school holidays in order to be able to buy her own BMX bike. They accidentally get Judy fired from her job when they crash into trolleys, so attempt to collect enough cockles to rebuild their own bikes and buy Judy her own. The three get up to high-jinxs including finding a cache of walkie talkies, getting involved in the mob and confusing the heck out of the Bayside Police.

View clips from BMX Bandits on the australianscreen website

Costs: $18 adult, $45 family, $10 child (16 and under), $15 concession (including Friends members)
Tickets available from ENLIGHTEN
Note: Gates open 6.30pm for 8pm start
Amphitheatre, National Museum of Australia

Important tips

Entry for all patrons is via the Museum’s Hall. There is no access along the lake.

We will open our doors from 7.30pm to allow time for all guests to collect their tickets and select their spot for this performance. There will be no allocated seating. The Museum box office is located in the main Hall. Be sure to arrive early.

These film screenings are outdoor events that will continue in the case of rain and will only be cancelled if the weather conditions are considered dangerous by ENLIGHTEN Event Management. This may occur at short notice. In the unlikely occurrence that the event is cancelled, information will be posted on the event website, and on the Museum’s website Details will also be communicated through local radio. 


Will food and drink be available?
Yes. Food and drinks will be available for sale, but you are welcome to bring your own refreshments.

Is seating allocated?
No. Seating is not allocated and in fact there are no seats! Find a place on the grass to sit when you arrive.

Should I bring something to sit on?
Yes.  Seating is on the grass and we recommend a picnic blanket (ideally rubber-backed).

Can I bring an umbrella?
A parka or rain jacket would be the most considerate option, but you may bring an umbrella.  Please be aware of the impact on other people’s sightlines and enjoyment of the films. 

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Enlighten 2014