After what seems like forever – and in Hollywood terms, three months pretty much is forever – movies are back on the big screen. And while the mainstream movie schedules are still in turmoil, with most of the multiplexes focusing on showing old films from the recent and distant past, the Pivotonian is bringing a fresh crop of cinema releases to Geelong. Here’s our look at what they’re currently showing, but you’ll want to be quick: with seating capped at 20 per session and tickets having to be pre-booked, a lot of their sessions are selling out well ahead of time.
The Trip to Greece is the fourth (and reportedly, the last) instalment in The Trip series – it’s been running for a decade now, which explains Steve Coogan’s shorter hair but not in any way Rob Brydon’s seemingly shrinking bald spot – sees Steve Coogan (played by Steve Coogan) and Rob Brydon (played by Rob Brydon) once again traipsing across a region on a foodies’ fun holiday, in this case Turkey and Greece. Scenery is observed, food is eaten, literary references (in this case everything from The Illiad to Lord Byron) are made, and the whole thing ambles along in a charmingly lightweight fashion, though it does take a darker turn towards the end. Everyone remembers these films for the duelling impressions (and they are excellent), but they’re a fun package all around – nobody thinks of The Trip and thinks “great food photography!” and yet there it is.
Honeyland is a documentary looking at one Macedonian beekeeper’s struggle to keep her ancient method of beekeeping alive in the face of what seems like a fairly straightforward problem: her new neighbours want to do things their own way. Unfortunately for Hatidze Muratova, her way of life is so fragile that the neighbours attempts to maximise their return soon puts her own livelihood in peril. But beyond that seemingly straightforward story – which doubles as something of an ecological parable of how man’s greed threatens to bring everything down around him – this intimate film is a lyrical, beautiful look at a fragile and fading way of life.
Romantic Road is the true story of UK lawyer and former hippie Rupert Grey who decides to drive across India in a family heirloom – a 1936 Rolls Royce – which everyone around him (including wife Jean, who’s along for the ride) turns out to be totally fine with. That’s largely because Rupert is a larger-than-life character, which comes in handy on India’s notoriously free-wheeling roads (their numerous near-misses are more stressful than any Fast & Furious film), while their encounters across all strata of Indian society are greased smooth by his charm and some lingering colonialism. Fortunately the car is such a clunker and the Greys so obviously harmless – and delightfully devoted to each other – that they’re almost universally welcomed as the eccentrics they are.
In Fabric is writer/director Peter Strickland’s follow-up to his sensual and occasionally sinister The Duke of Burgundy. Fans of that film will be glad to know he’s lost none of his touch with this tale of a possible sinister dress that kills models, gives people rashes and trashes washing machines. Partly a salute to over-the-top 70s horror, partly a salute to second-hand clothing and definitely a film that’ll change the way you look at mannikins forever, it’s a languid, leisurely-paced kind of horror (and often comedy) here that sneaks up on you – until you find yourself wrapped up in its stylishly cosy embrace.
You can view the session times in the post below, or head to the website, where you can also pre-book your tickets now.
Written by Anthony Morris