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It’s a bit like the heyday of the drive-in.  Moonlight Cinemas gives you the freedom to eat and drink and relax in a seat of your choice or the comfy bean bag sofas you can hire.  But the biggest advantage is being able to check in with your companion about the plot details.

Very useful for a film such as DESTROYER which has a time structure that requires constant attention from the audience to site the narrative as the threads weave together toward the slow burn climax.

The narrative eddies around the plodding, broken character of Erin Bell who staggers into frame with hangover and rumple, having slept in her car.  A banger is dead and Erin knows how and why … and who killed him.  A past is catching up with her as she hangs on by a liquid filament to her job as an LA Detective with a violent backstory, including an undercover operation that brings her to standing over a dead and dumped body. Continue reading DESTROYER AT MOONLIGHT CINEMA. LIKE THE DRIVE-IN ONLY BETTER.


DESTROYER is a 2018 crime drama directed by Karyn Kusama from a screenplay by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. It follows an undercover LAPD officer who must take out members of a gang years after her cover was blown. It stars Nicole Kidman who, at the 76th Golden Globe awards, was nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture- Drama.

In Australia to support her husband Keith Urban for his drought relief charity concert, Nicole Kidman also enjoyed  the Australian Tennis Open and found time to attend the Red Carpet  for this movie  at the St George Open Air Cinema.

It is award season and it would  appear  that Nicole Kidman  has forsaken the icy blasts of the US for the warmth of an Australian summer and time with her family.

If her husband is not on the Red Carpet her plus one, lately, has been her niece Lucia Hawley. Nicole Kidman’s Instagram followers had the unique experience of the actress televising herself as to when she would arrive at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.

There was a large crowd waiting to greet her  and she was very relaxed meeting and greeting with the enthusiastic throng.

To overcome the disadvantages of inclement weather and occasional  energy sapping humidity the Open Air Cinema runs first time movies often ahead of their official release date.

However when the weather is just right there is no more lovely place in the world to watch a film.

All pics by Ben Apfelbaum


A torrential storm described as a one in a century storm for November (though the last one was in 1984) smashed Sydney and potentially threatened the Aria awards Red Carpet. Rather than holding it at the usual Pirrama Road entrance, workers toiled furiously to erect the media walls and carpets at the front entrance of the Star. It worked so well it might be held there again next year.

Despite the heavy clouds many stars emerged to participate in the Aria awards ceremony. There were many international guests including Sir Bob Geldof, US crooner Richard Marx and pop Brit sensations, Rita Ora and George Ezra.

The event was compered by Keith Urban and with him came the extra bonuses of his singing and the support of his wife Nicole Kidman, who also brought along her niece, Lucia Hawley. Continue reading ANOTHER GREAT NIGHT @ THE ARIA AWARDS


LION, based on the autobiographical book, A LONG WAY HOME by Saroo Brierley and Larry Buttrose, tells the story of how Saroo, adopted by a loving couple in Tasmania, with the help of Google, searches for and finds his birth mother.

Nicole Kidman hugs Sue Brierley

Nicole Kidman stars as his adoptive mother Sue Brierley and David Wenham plays his adoptive father John. Dev Patel stars as Saroo.

The film’s Sydney premiere took place on the 19th December at the State Theatre saw the real life Brierley’s join their celebrity counterparts on the red carpet.

The director Garth Davis, the writer Luke Davies, the producers and all the major stars attended with the exception of Rooney Mara stayed after the screening to participate in a Q and A.


stuff the taxidermist
Nicole Kidman plays Millicent, a sinister taxidermist who has her eye on Paddington

Grin and bear it. PADDINGTON is the best teddy bear picture since Ted.

Kudos in the cute and cuddly big screen adaptation of Michael Bond’s beloved creation must go to writer/director Paul King who has not only written a very funny screenplay but assembled a brilliant cast and a superlative crew.

The cast of PADDINGTON is led by acclaimed British talent, Ben Whishaw, who has gone from Keats to Q and is now the voice of Paddington, and what an evocative vocalisation it is, perfectly pitched to the pictorial presentation and emotional characterisation. Continue reading Paddington

Russell Crowe’s ‘The Water Diviner’ receives 8 Australian Academy Award Nominations

4th AACTA Awards Feature Film Nominations

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) unveiled its nominees for the Australian equivalent to the Oscar and the Emmy this week, with sci-fi thriller PREDESTINATION, leading the pack of feature films at nine nominations. Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, THE WATER DIVINER, received eight nominations including Best Film and Best Actor. Following with seven nominations is David Michôd’s THE ROVER, which will compete in the directing category, as well as in Best Actor for Guy Pearce and Best Supporting Actor for Robert Pattinson.

Continue reading Russell Crowe’s ‘The Water Diviner’ receives 8 Australian Academy Award Nominations


Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman in THE RAILWAY MAN
Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman in THE RAILWAY MAN

Traditionally, Boxing Day heralds the release of the big Christmas movies.

Traditionally, a big Christmas movie is a saccharine Disney animation or a bloated CGI fantasy or a mindless, jejune gross out comedy.

THE RAILWAY MAN is none of these and yet it most encompasses the true meaning of Christmas – peace on earth and good will to all men.

It’s a multi track journey, with myriad sidings and shunting, the risk of derailment ever present, with a destination delivered of a very, long dark tunnel.

Based on Eric Lomax’s memoir, THE RAILWAY MAN, the film further cements Jonathan Teplitzkty reputation as one of Australia’s foremost contemporary movie makers.

Continue reading THE RAILWAY MAN