After a break, Open Air Cinema is back on Waiheke Island for a four night run of outdoor movies from 7 to 10 January 2009 (with a raindate on Sunday 11 January). Ridgeview Estate, near the Airfield, hosts the biggest outdoor movie screen in New Zealand and the operators, former Waiheke residents Urs and Denise Bauer, are thrilled to offer some spectacular films to the islanders and to catch up with many friends. As always, the Open Air Cinema has a different movie every night and the broad variety gives everybody a chance to watch their favorite movie under the stars.
The outdoor movie screenings kick off with a very special experience: the masterpiece of well known director Martin Scorsese, Shine a Light . In an intimate atmosphere he captures the Rolling Stones at a concert in New York. It is an outstanding piece of cinematography- not to forget the always popular music.
On Friday night Batman is on the roll with The Dark Knight . It's filmmaking at its best; its subject matter may be dark and depressing, but it's tough not to feel exhilarated by its artistry when the credits begin to roll. Christian Bale is magnificent as the tortured hero вЂBatman', but the movie belongs to its freaky villain вЂThe Joker' played by the late Heath Ledger, who may receive an Oscar for his splendid performance.
Saturday is the classic family night, this time with the brand new Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa . The Open Air Cinema had the privilege to host its New Zealand premier at the Auckland Zoo to an excited audience in mid December.
The mini film festival concludes with the latest environment documentary Earth on Wednesday night. A very powerful film about life and the delicate balance we all share with the rest of the inhabitants of Earth. This film has some of the most breathtaking photography ever seen- it's made for the big screen!
The Open Air Cinema program is published online: www.openair.co.nz. Tickets can be bought at the gate and prices are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and students and $6 for children under twelve. Family passes are $30 (for 2 adults and 2 kids).
Sunday is kept as a raindate for any of the screenings.
Open Air Cinema UPDATE:
We had to postpone the Waiheke Open Air Cinema film festival at Ridgeview on very short notice.
The new outdoor movie dates are:
Thursday 22 Jan: Shine a Light
Friday 23 Jan: The Dark Knight
Saturday 24 Jan: Madagascar:Escape 2 Africa
Sunday 25 Jan: Earth
Read full press release at: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0901/S00028.htm