Perth International Arts Festival: focus on audience for Joondalup Pines outdoor films

Lotterywest Festival Films program manager Tom Vincent. Picture: Martin Kenealley d446655
Lotterywest Festival Films program manager Tom Vincent. Picture: Martin Kenealley d446655

ACCESSIBLE international films that appeal to the younger northern suburbs’ population of expats were chosen for this year’s outdoor movies season in Joondalup.

Lotterywest Festival Films program manager Tom Vincent said the next 20 weeks would be dedicated to the “best international cinema”.

Mr Vincent said as he prepared his first program for the annual film festival, he had the two outdoor cinemas – Somerville at UWA and Joondalup Pines at ECU – in mind.

“They are very evocative, very atmospheric places,” he said.

“Going through the whole season last year, I was looking at the attendances every week.

“Joondalup was quite different from Somerville – it seemed a little bit younger.

“Anything with British or English content in it seemed to have a particular spike at Joondalup.”

Mr Vincent said a New Zealand documentary also did better at the northern cinema than at Somerville, attributing it to the population.

“Joondalup is a really rapidly growing community,” he said.

“Those suburbs that connect to Joondalup are where some of the most interesting and rapid changes in Perth are happening at the moment.”

The Spanish film A Perfect Day will screen first at Joondalup Pines next week and Mr Vincent said it starred two recognisable actors – Benicio del Torro and Tim Robbins.

“This is a real treat for fans of very good, very nuanced acting,” he said.

“They play humanitarian workers who are at the end of their mission in the Balkans in 1995. It’s got comedy; it’s accessible but also very current. It’s a really good film to start with because it’s so international.”

Veteran UK director John Boorman’s film Queen and Country will screen exclusively at Joondalup Pines from December 8 to 13.

“This is set in 1952; it’s autobiographical,” Mr Vincent said.

“There is a character called Bill who is a version of John Boorman.

“He plays an 18/19-year-old army officer who is training in the south of England – they are training to go to fight in (Korea).

“The young army recruits are antagonising the older officers.

“There’s a nice thread of community going through it.

“It’s a really good film for remembering that time. It’s a time that we don’t really see very often.”

Mr Vincent said the film starred Irish comedian Pat Shortt, who many would recognise from his stand-up shows.

“I just can’t take my eyes off him. He is in this as one of the cheeky, world-weary characters,” he said.

The season is split into two parts and the first line-up will include another 10 films and five Australian short films before some feature films.

The outdoor cinema at ECU’s Joondalup campus was recently redeveloped and now features a range of seating options, from reclining seats to bean bags and room to lay out a picnic rug.

A range of food options is available at Joondalup Pines, including pizza from Slice of Italy. The venue is BYO.

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

LOTTERYWEST FESTIVAL FILMS

Joondalup Pines dates

A Perfect Day (Spain): November 24-27, 29

In Harmony (France): December 1-6

Queen and Country (UK/Ireland): December 8-13

Tangerines (Estonia): December 15-20

The Crow’s Egg (India): December 22-24, 26-27

Blind Date (France): December 29-January 3

Dark Horse: The Story of Dream Alliance (UK): January 5-10

Tale of Tales (Italy/France/UK): January 12-17

Mia Madre (Italy): January 19-24

The Brand New Testament (Belgium/France): January 26-31

Dheepan (France): February 2-7

The Wait (Italy/France): February 9-14