The Sun Theatre presents:  The Moon Film Festival

This July, Forty Nine years ago, Neil Armstrong stepped on to the Moon.

A defining moment in history, that to this day leaves people aghast at the achievement.

To celebrate next year’s 50th anniversary, The Sun presents: the Moon Film Festival, the 16th to 24th of July 2019, the same 9 days that Apollo XI embarked on her audacious mission. Opening night, with a magnificent full moon no less, will feature a 70mm presentation of The Right Stuff (1983).

In the years before and since, the Moon has featured in stories of exploration, especially so in the movies. The Moon Film Festival, curated by Adventurer of the Year Michael Smith, will showcase a selection of favourite, obscure, short and even the “cheesy” films as late shows, that feature our beloved Moon. There will be screening events within the cinema and the park in front of the Sun, to suit all ages.

“We choose to show films of the Moon, and do the other things, not because it is easy, but because it is hard” quipped Michael Smith, cheekily paraphrasing JFK’s speech, that launched the Voyage to the Moon.

Some of the program highlights include:

The Right Stuff (1983) in 70mm

Moon (2009)

The Dish (2000)

In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

First Man (2018)

Apollo 13 (1995)

Hidden Figures (2016)

2001 (1968) in 70mm

Moonraker (1979)

Wallace Gromit (1989)

Michael Jackson in the “so bad it’s good” Moonwalker (1988) on 35mm, and of course,

George Méliès’ short films that started it all The Moon at One Metre (1898) and A Trip to the Moon (1902)

 

 

In the Park we will host after school and evening activities, such as moon building,

cheese tasting and guided star gazing with astronomers.

Individual tickets and festival passes will be available, along with free events for families.

More details and full programme will be forthcoming.