Program Launched to Bring Australian Theatre to Cinema
Independent Cinemas Australia (ICA) together with Australian National Theatre Live (ANTLive) today launched a totally new and innovative arts initiative bringing top class Australian Theatre to cinema audiences across the country.
Three productions filmed in front of live audiences will feature in the first My Cinema Select Spring Season sharing the unique experience of a night at the theatre with independent cinema patrons.
“Today’s Cinemagoers want more than just a film they could view at home, they want a total cinema experience, something new, something different – perhaps something they have never experienced before,” said Grant Dodwell, co-founder of Australian National Theatre Live. “We provide that experience, transporting you to a front row seat of a filmed live, on-stage theatre production featuring the best Australian playwrights, the best Australian production design and the best Australian performances all captured with the latest audio-visual digital technology.”
“Independent cinemas are focused on increasing audience access to more diverse films and filmed experiences including opera, ballet and theatre. Our recent ACCC authorisation allows us to work more closely with partners like ANTLive to deliver this diversity,” said ICA, CEO Adrianne Pecotic
“The iconic Australian theatre productions featured in the Spring Season are rarely offered in regional Australia and are usually sold out in the capital cities. We are delighted to be working with ANTLive and offering a fantastic prize with the Sydney Theatre Company so our audiences don’t miss out and can be the first to experience Australian theatre on the big screen at 23 participating locations.“
The My Cinema Select 2018 Spring Season features three very different plays screening from September to November. They all tell distinctly Australian stories, as identifiable as Red Dog, Last Cab to Darwin and any other great Australian story.
Over 15 years and 21 shows, they’ve mercilessly mocked a parade of past and present indignitaries – a who’s who of 21st century embarrassments, from the politicians to the celebrities – all skewered on the stake of seriously side-splitting satirical silliness and musical mayhem. It’s the usual suspects, Howard Tampa’s with refugees, Rudd give pennies from Kevin, Gillard refuse to be lectured by “that man”, “that man” scraped the carbon tax, stopped the boats and – um – got the budget back into surplus… But no one has been able to outplay, outwit or outlast The Wharf Revue.
An epic tale of suburbia replaced with the dark spectacle of a tempest.
It is summer, 1967, and three families head for the coast to get away, to move on, to change. Set against the backdrop of an Australia recovering from the Vietnam War, and wrestling with social upheaval, this production, one of Australia’s greatest classics, pits the internal conflict of family life against the struggle of a country shaping its future. Matthew Lutton’s production of Away unleashes the full theatricality of the pressures of family secrets that eventually swell and gather into a storm.
The season also offers patrons the chance to win a trip to a Sydney Theatre Company 2019 production with 2 night’s accommodation and dinner for two valued up to $4,600:
- Return economy direct flights to Sydney.
- Return airport/hotel transfers and Sydney ground transport [to maximum value of $300].
- 2 nights twin shared four-star hotel accommodation including breakfast in central Sydney.
- 2 tickets to a STC play of your choice in the 2019 Season [subject to availability].
- Dinner for two to the value of $350.
There is also a Minor Prize of a STC Wharf Revue Blu-ray and STC Wharf Revue Cinema Poster valued at $35.00 to be given away at each participating My Cinema location.
Patrons enter by purchasing a ticket to see ANTLive: THE DAPTO CHASER from the 1st of September, and/or STC WHARF REVUE in September or October and/or AWAY from 15 November 2018 at participating My Cinema locations and filling in an online entry form.
The competition opens on the 31st of August 2018 and closes the 30th of November, 2018.
“At ANT Live we are passionate about creating more places for theatre – overcoming the barriers of location, affordability and accessibility so that anyone can enjoy this modern yet ancient art form. We thank ICA and their My Cinema platform for this opportunity,” said Dodwell.
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