Ready for the reel thing

Grounds manager Carl Overby with project manager Mark Platt at Joondalup Pines. Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d411502
Grounds manager Carl Overby with project manager Mark Platt at Joondalup Pines. Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d411502

Movie screenings for this year’s Lotterywest Festival Films start on Tuesday with the French film Jappeloup and continue through to April.

Perth Festival film program manager Madeline Bates said they had altered the venue at Edith Cowan University this year, added tiers towards the back to create a mini amphitheatre and improved the lighting and signage.

‘The parameter of the venue has been enlarged ” there will be a grassed area where people will be able to picnic inside,’ she said.

‘It is still in progress so we won’t see it until the opening of the season ” we are all waiting with bated breath.’

Mrs Bates said the opening film at Joondalup was about a horse that was below the normal height for showjumping equines, and a man who changed career to pursue the sport.

‘It is a great kind of under-dog sports movie,’ she said.

With 24 films screening at Joondalup and the Somerville auditorium at UWA this season, some will be exclusive to the Pines, including the documentary, The Armstrong Lie next march.

‘The Lance Armstrong story is so topical and so relevant to our culture,’ Mrs Bates said.

‘This story will appeal to lots and lots of people ” it is a really gripping story.’

Directed by filmmaker Alex Gibney, the film starts in 2009 when the cyclist denied he was doping and includes current footage after his revelations that he had been during the peak of his career.

Next month, the Irish movie, What Richard Did, will screen exclusively at Joondalup Pines.

Mrs Bates said it was about an 18-year-old boy who seemed to be well adjusted and a good rugby player with a great relationship with his family.

He then does something that has devastating consequences for himself, his family, his friends and other people around him.

‘It is a really strong drama,’ she said.

Another film only showing on the Joondalup screen will be In A World’nt-size: 8pt;”>Mrs Bates said some of the other films she would highly recommend were 20 Feet From Stardom (USA), Stories We Tell (Canada) and 12 Years a Slave (USA).