Families flocking to Joondalup’s outdoor films

Lotterywest Festival Films program manager Tom Vincent says it has been interesting to watch the audiences at Joondalup Pines as he plans the choice of movies to screen.

Vincent said the outdoor cinema at ECU seemed to be more family-orientated than at UWA’s Somerville theatre, although audience numbers were generally about a third of the size. “There are more younger families in the northern suburbs,” he said.

“Compared to Somerville, there do tend to be more family groups where there are a range of ages (at Joondalup).

“Somerville tends to be more couples or various age ranges, from late teens to early 20s up to retirees.

“Watching the audience is really interesting because it’s kind of like watching the audience of the future.”

With the second part of the 2015-16 season starting this month, Vincent said several films had attracted higher than normal audience numbers in the first part.

“A few weeks ago we played a film called Tangerines (which) did quite a bit better at Joondalup than the average trend,” he said.

Vincent said the Indian movie The Crow’s Egg and French film Blind Date both did well at Joondalup, with the latter selling out over the festive break.

“It was just the right film at the right time; it hit people’s moods at the right time,” he said.

“It also sold out at Somerville.”

Vincent said Anglo-centric or European films tended to be popular in the northern venue, and he expected The Legend of Barney Thompson to be popular which it screens in early March.

He said the black comedy starred “a group of recognisable, really popular British and Scottish actors,” including Robert Carlyle and Emma Thompson.

The program manager said a film created in Iceland, Rams, was also likely to appeal to the Joondalup audience.

“Comedy in particular is a Joondalup thing – there are threads of humour in a lot of these films,” he said.

Vincent said overall audience numbers were higher this season than previous years, and it was encouraging to see younger people at outdoor screenings.

While most films will open at Somerville, a Swedish movie, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, will appear at Joondalup Pines first from March 29.

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