ECU Joondalup Pines outdoor cinema: this year’s films a real education

Lotterywest Festival Films program manager Tom Vincent at Joondalup Pines. Picture: Bruce Hunt  d462438
The Teacher will screen at Joondalup Pines this week.
The Rehearsal will screen at Joondalup Pines next month.
Lotterywest Festival Films program manager Tom Vincent at Joondalup Pines. Picture: Bruce Hunt d462438 The Teacher will screen at Joondalup Pines this week. The Rehearsal will screen at Joondalup Pines next month.

THIS year’s Lotterywest Festival Films at ECU’s Joondalup Pines outdoor cinema will include two movies set in the world of education.

The first film, The Teacher, from Slovakia, is about a teacher who used her pupils to manipulate their parents for her benefit during the 1980s.

It opens at the festival’s Joondalup venue today for six nights before screening at UWA’s Somerville Auditorium next month.

Festival program manager Tom Vincent said the film was “surprisingly funny” while relating a story about a teacher benefiting from corruption.

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“A lot of us will recognise this kind of teacher that wants to lock down and control everything,” he said.

“It’s a nice film to start at Joondalup – whenever we show films that are to do with children or young people, there is a strong interest there.”

Mr Vincent said the Joondalup venue had a younger demographic than Somerville, with more people bringing their families.

“The other film exclusive to Joondalup is The Rehearsal – also set in a school,” he said.

“It’s about a group of young drama students who devise a play based on what’s happened to one of (their teacher’s) friends.”

Mr Vincent said he expected the large New Zealand audience in the northern suburbs to respond well to the film from their homeland.

He said another film, The Red Turtle, which was a Japanese and French collaboration, would appeal to families with children over 10 years old when it screens in Joondalup in early January.

He said the venue had the same mix of seating options, with deckchairs and beanbags, as well as space for picnics.

“A lot of people like to gather before the movie and have picnics down by the lake,” he said.

There will also be a kiosk selling hot meals and drinks, and on weekends, a pizza vendor.

For more information, visit www.perthfestival.com.au.

 

LOTTERYWEST FESTIVAL FILMS

Joondalup Pines dates

The Teacher (Slovakia): November 29-December 4

Little Men (USA): December 6-11

The Rehearsal (New Zealand): December 13-18

After the Storm (Japan): December 20-24

Julieta (Spain): December 27-January 1

The Red Turtle (Japan/France): January 3-8

Paterson (USA): January 10-15

The Dancer (France): January 17-22

Neruda (Chile): January 24-29

Monsieur Chocolat (France): January 31-February 5

Toni Erdmann (Germany): February 7-12

Like Crazy (Italy): February 14-19