SYDNEY’S FREE OUTDOOR FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL
MOVIES BY THE BOULEVARD 2017 AT SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK
Among the most popular events on the Sydney Olympic Park summer entertainment calendar, Movies by the Boulevard will return for its sixteenth year of FREE cinema under the stars during January 2017.
Held at the iconic Cathy Freeman Park (opposite ANZ Stadium) on Olympic Boulevard, the 2017 series of FREE Movies by the Boulevard will operate on Wednesday-Sunday evenings from 7-8, 11-15 and 18-22 January; in addition to an extended Australia Day program with special screenings of Strictly Ballroom and Red Dog: True Blue on 25 and 26 January.
Movies will commence screening at 8.30pm on all 14 event nights, with a quality selection of food and beverages available for purchase at Cathy Freeman Park from 6.00pm. Attendees will also find a great range of cafés, bars and restaurants trading across Sydney Olympic Park.
Unlike other outdoor cinema events, Movies by the Boulevard attendees will be welcome to take packed picnics as well as cushions, rugs or low chairs to the event, which is presented annually by Sydney Olympic Park Authority.
Movies by the Boulevard has entertained hundreds of thousands of Sydneysiders since its inaugural season and more than 30,000 people are expected to attend the 2017 series.
In addition to the extended Australia Day program, Movies by the Boulevard 2017 will for the first time feature special dress-up theme nights for charity. Further details about the theme nights and pre-movie family entertainment will be released soon.
For more information about events at Sydney Olympic Park, visit sydneyolympicpark.com.au.
Also, check-out Sydney Olympic Park’s YouTube Channel, follow @olympicpark_syd on Twitter or visit Facebook.com/SydneyOlympicPark.
Sat 07 Jan – Zootopia (PG)
Mild themes and threat, some scenes may scare children
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighbourhoods, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together.
A comedy-adventure by Walt Disney Animation Studios, starring Ginnifer Goodwin & Jason Bateman.
Sun 08 Jan – Captain America: Civil War (M)
With people fearing the actions of super heroes, the government decides to push for the Hero Registration Act, a law that limits a hero’s actions. This results in a division in The Avengers. Iron Man claims that their actions must be kept in check, but Captain America feels that saving the world is daring enough and cannot rely on the government to protect the world. Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson.
Wed 11 Jan – Hunt for the Wilderpeople (PG)
Mild themes and coarse language
Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. A hilarious and touching crowd-pleaser. Starring Sam Neil, Julian Dennison.
Thu 12 Jan – The Magnificent Seven (M)
With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, the desperate townspeople, employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money. Starring Haley Bennett, Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke.
Fri 13 Jan – Fantastic Beasts (PG)
Some fantasy action violence
A highly awaited prequel spin-off from author J.K. Rowling which is set in a different corner of the Harry Potter universe. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterson, Colin Farrell.
Sat 14 Jan – Storks (G)
Some scenes may scare young children
Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet giant Cornerstore.com. Junior, the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. Starring Kelsey Grammar, Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Jennifer Aniston.
Sun 15 Jan – X Men: Apocalypse (M)
Frequent action violence and infrequent coarse language
Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants to cleanse mankind and create a new world order. Starring Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy.
Wed 18 Jan – The Lion King (G) General
One of the most popular Disney animated musicals, The Lion King presents the story of a lion cub’s journey to adulthood and acceptance of his royal destiny. Starring Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons.
Thu 19 Jan – Ghostbusters (PG)
Mild supernatural themes and coarse language, some scenes may scare young children
Ghostbusters (2016) makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth.
Fri 20 Jan – The Jungle Book (PG)
Mild threat and violence, some scenes may scare children
In this reimagining of the classic collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling, director Jon Favreau uses visually stunning CGI to create the community of animals surrounding Mowgli, a human boy adopted by a pack of wolves. Starring Bill Murray, Neel Sethi, Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansen.
Sat 21 Jan- The Secret Life of Pets (G)
Very mild sense of threat and some crude humour
A comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.
Starring Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Ellie Kemper.
Sun 22 Jan – Short Soup International Short Film Fest (various)
Various – A menu of short films from a diverse range of cultures, rarely seen in mainstream cinema.
Wed 25 Jan – Strictly Ballroom (PG)
Low level coarse language
This wildly off-beat comedy is about a male dancer who refuses to follow the accepted rules of ballroom dancing and creates his own style of choreography. Before he’s scheduled to compete in the Pan-Pacific ballroom championships, he’s forced to take up a new partner, who initially seems without promise. Starring Paul Mercurio, Tara Maurice and Bill Hunter.
Thu 26 Jan – Red Dog: True Blue (PG)
Mild themes & coarse language
Red Dog returns in this film about the origins of everyone’s favourite outback hound!
When eleven year old Mick is shipped off to his grandfather’s cattle station in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia, he prepares himself for a life of dull hardship, but instead finds myth, adventure, and a friendship with a scrappy, one-of-a-kind dog that will change his life forever. Starring Levi Miller and Bryan Brown.
WHEN: 07/01/2017 - 26/01/2017 (6:00 pm - 11:30 pm)
WHERE: Cathy Freeman Park on Olympic Boulevard at Sydney Olympic Park
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