The summer holidays are getting closer, and with them comes the fourth annual Little Darlings Night Owls Kid’s Film Festival, swooping into Sydney’s Darling Quarter to nest from Friday 9 January to Sunday 25 January 2015.
The Festival brings with it a full program of films for kids, families and the young at heart. With a range of genres spanning sci-fi mind-bogglers and animated treasures, kids and adults alike will be able to perch themselves in the beautiful surrounds of one of the city’s most exciting precincts and enjoy thrilling open-air cinema absolutely FREE.
Each night of the festival will be structured into two and sometimes three films. First up, there will be a selection from the Little Big Shots program at 6:30pm. Little Big Shots is Australia’s major children’s short film festival and features the best in local and international shorts, some of which have actually been created by talented kid filmmakers.
Some Little Big Shots gems screening will be The Pirates of Rabbit Doll Island (2013), a three-minute child-made animation from the UK about two rival clans who must band together when dinosaurs of the Lost World steal the elusive pie jewel; Cootie Contagion (2012), an 8-minute live action from the USA about a cootie outbreak at school; and The Gallant Captain (2013), an Australian animation about a boy and his cat journeying into unknown waters.
The second film of each night kicks off at 6:45pm, delivering tried and tested classics like timeless comedy Mrs Doubtfire (1993), coming-of-age drama Stand By Me (1986), and animated masterpiece The Lion King (1994), as well as more recent hits like Disney’s “Let It Go” favourite Frozen (2013).
Big kids will be taken good care of each weekend of the Festival, with special after-dark 8:30pm screenings to appeal to the nocturnal among us. The first weekend will feature a trio of sci-fi classics with Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), The Fifth Element (1997), and The Matrix (1999).
Week two will take viewers back to the golden era of the 50s with timeless films like Marilyn Monroe comedy Some Like It Hot (1959), Rebel Without A Cause (1955), and The African Queen (1952). The final weekend of the festival will have you revisiting Eastern action award-winner, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) as well as The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (2005) and Aussie dance romance Strictly Ballroom (1992).
Each night before the sun goes down, audiences will also be treated to a vibrant mix of live entertainment from 5.30-6.30pm. So get down early to nab a good spot, relax on a colourful picnic rug and have a little boogie with the kids to some live music before the movies start!
There are plenty of delicious food options nearby at Darling Quarter, so treat yourself and the kids to some pad thai from Nok Nok Thai Eating House, or a juicy steak straight from the grill at Stacks Taverna and Bar, before finishing up with a traditional Italian gelato from Meno Diciotto. Something a little more exciting than the typical cinema choc-top!
With an even greater number of screenings than last year, the Night Owls Kid’s Film Festival is sure to be summertime favourite for kids of all ages. Check out the program and start picking the nights to bring the whole gang along – an outdoor cinema experience that’s totally free is something that you’re definitely going to come along to more than just once!
WHEN: Friday 9 to Sunday 25 January, 2015
WHERE: Village Green (North), Darling Quarter, 1-25 Harbour St, Sydney NSW 2000
COST: FREE Public Event
TIME: Festivities kick off each night from 5:30pm
5:30pm – 6:30pm Kids Live Entertainment
6:30pm – 6:45pm Little Big Shots screening of short film
6:45pm – Feature screening
8:30pm – After hours screening (Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights only)
PARKING: $12 after 5pm Monday-Friday and $13 all day Saturday and Sunday
For more information visit: http://www.darlingquarter.com/nightowls