Sydney, Australia: OpenAir Cinema Back For Another Summer

Summer is Sydney's definitive season when the city is alive with a contagious sense of wonder.

For those of us locals who sometimes forget that we are spending our lives in the world's most remarkable city, there are ways to sit back and remember where we are and what a great place it is to be.

St George OpenAir Cinema returns from January 12 to February 20, with tickets going on sale from December 17. This event has built upon more than a decade of success and, every summer, crowds of Sydneysiders and tourists flock to Mrs Macquarie's Point to enjoy a film festival which other cities cannot even hope to rival.

St George OpenAir Cinema managing director Rob Bryant says that, even after 13 years of organising this festival, the view still blows him away.
Featuring a three-storey-tall screen set against the world-renowned backdrop of our city skyline, the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, it's the ideal place to enjoy good company in the city we all love.

``People make this an annual event where they catch up with friends,'' Mr Bryant said.

``It's not an outdoor cinema. It's much more comprehensive than that, so people come along with the full expectation of a great night.''

This year's line-up will kick off with the Sydney premiere ofВ Bran Nue Dae. One of the most highly-anticipated Australian films of the year, this comedy musical features an all-star cast, many of whom will be present on the night- including Geoffrey Rush, Magda Szubanski, Deborah Mailman, Ernie Dingo, Tom Budge, Rocky McKenzie, Dan Saltan, Jessica Mauboy and Missy Higgins.

With the full program announced on December 11, Bryant says that this year's list of movies is a contemporary one, with the first horror film ever to be added to the line-up.

The area is fully licensed with a restaurant and it opens from 6.15pm and, while the films start between 8.30 and 8.45pm, hundreds head down early to make a great evening of a beautiful city.

Cass Megraw


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