There's nothing quite like that first hint of summer after a long chilly winter, and one sure-fire sign that it's time to pack away the winter woolies is the highly anticipated return of Ford Fiesta Moonlight Cinema for another season of memorable movie-going under the stars.
Each year, Moonlight Cinema transforms the grassy embankment of the Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park into the ultimate outdoor cinema experience, showcasing an impressive schedule of classic, cult and new release films.
The outdoor film festival opens on December 3 with the much anticipated Sydney premiere of Nowhere Boy
, the untold story of Beatles legend John Lennon's childhood starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Aaron Johnson, and closes on March 14 with James Cameron's latest sci-fi thriller, Avatar
Valentine's Day will again be a season highlight, with the premiere of New York, I Love You
, the incredible anthology of stories from some of our most celebrated filmmakers. Set in one of the most loved cities in the world, New York, I Love You
features an impressive ensemble of stars including Orlando Bloom, Natalie Portman, Ethan Hawke, Andy Garcia, Blake Lively and Hayden Christensen to name just a few.
And on Sunday, January 10, the enormously popular вЂDog Night' returns to Moonlight Cinema. Pooches across Sydney are encouraged to bring their people along for a special screening of the animation hit of 2009, Up
Whether you plan to snuggle up to your sweetheart or hang out with your mates, there simply is no better way to spend a summer evening so dust off the picnic hamper and mark the dates in your diary.
The 2009/2010 Moonlight Cinema schedule has something for everyone, with a feast of films covering every genre you could image, including the big new release movies like New Moon, Where The Wild Things Are, In The Loop, The Time Traveler's Wife, Avatar
and Sherlock Holmes
For a night out with the family, there's Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Up,G-Force, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
and a preview of Fantastic Mr. Fox
. Or if you're keen to catch a flick with the chicks, check out Breakfast at Tiffany's, Coco Avant Chanel, Did You Hear About The Morgans?, Julie and Julia, The Lovely Bones
and The September Issue
And Moonlight Cinema continues the tradition of delivering your cult favourites in big screen encores like The Commitments, Grease, Napoleon Dynamite, Saturday Night Fever, Monty Python's Life of Brian, The Blues Brothers, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Top Gun
Moonlight Cinema runs from December 3 to March 14 at the Belvedere Amphitheatre, Centennial Park, entry via Woollahra Gate off Oxford St.