Lotterywest Films launch at Joondalup Pines outdoor cinema

Festival communication co-ordinator Natasha Woodcock. Picture: Martin Kennealey d489182
Festival communication co-ordinator Natasha Woodcock. Picture: Martin Kennealey d489182

AS summer starts, Lotterywest Films roll on to the outdoor screen at ECU’s Joondalup Pines.

This week, the international film festival will screen the first of 11 movies in part one of the 2018-19 season at the Joondalup venue.

Film program manager Tom Vincent said the Argentinean film An Unexpected Love resonated with visitors to the Somerville cinema at UWA last week.

Mr Vincent said it was a romantic comedy about a couple that had been together for more than two decades.

“They experience what we call empty nest syndrome when their adult son goes to university,” he said.

REVIEW: An Unexpected Love

“They decide to separate for a time and explore the dating scene in Buenos Aires.

“It’s a charismatic performance; they have got great chemistry together.

“It’s quite a crowd pleaser but it’s also got some serious and loving scenes.

“Joondalup audiences will get a kick out of it.”

The second film will be a survivor thriller Arctic, about a man stranded on the ice.

One Last Deal will screen next, about an elderly art dealer, then Woman at War.

Woman at War.

Mr Vincent said audiences would have opportunities to meet and take selfies with Guide Dogs WA animals on certain days when Pick of the Litter screens.

“It shows the best of humanity working with the best of the animal world,” he said.

Pick of the Litter.

The next film, Sink or Swim, will be about an all-male synchronised swimming team, which Mr Vincent described as “The Full Monty in speedos”.

Sink or Swim.

“In the new year there will be some artistically ambitious films,” he said.

That includes Cold War, which criss-crosses between east and west Europe, following the romance of a record producer and singer.

“Each time we see them, a few years have lapsed and changed them,” Mr Vincent said.

Cold War is full of really great music.”

Its director Pawel Pawlikowski won best director at the Cannes Film Festival, and the next movie, Shoplifters, won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.

The Japanese film is about a family living on the fringe.

“There’s a really great twist in the tale; it will make you rethink everything you know about family,” Mr Vincent said.


The next film, At Eternity’s Gate, is about Vincent Van Gogh towards the end of his life, then a Spanish film, Everybody Knows, will screen, starring Penelope Cruz.

“It’s kind of a whodunit movie,” Mr Vincent said.

Everybody Knows.


He said South Korean film Burning was one of the best he had seen all year.

“It’s a very stylish and very controlled kind of film,” he said.

“It simmers for a couple of hours and then explodes.”

Mr Vincent said the movies were some of the best from around the world and he hoped they would resonate well with audiences visiting Joondalup Pines this summer.

“It’s a really nice evening out; you can gather outside before the movie and have a picnic by the lake,” he said.

“It’s in the open air; it’s relaxing; it’s completely comfortable; it’s a really social place.

“There’s something special about watching movies outdoors – it’s very Western Australian.”

Two Australian short films, Judas Collar and All These Creatures, will also screen before feature films.

Judas Collar.

Lotterywest Films 2018-19

ECU Joondalup Pines, 8pm Tuesdays to Sundays

December 4-9: An Unexpected Love (Spain)

December 11-16: Arctic (USA/Iceland)

December 18-23: One Last Deal (Finland)

December 26-30: Woman At War (Iceland)

January 1-6: Pick of the Litter (USA)

January 8-13: Sink or Swim (France)

January 15-20: Cold War (Poland)

January 22-27: Shoplifters (Japan)

January 29-February 3: At Eternity’s Gate (France/UK/USA)

February 5-10: Everybody Knows (Spain)

February 12-17: Burning (South Korea)

Visit for the full program. More films will be announced in January.

At Eternity’s Gate.