The 2023 program has it all, from premieres and previews to blockbusters and silver-screen classics.
The Westpac Openair cinema returns to the picturesque harbourside parklands of Mrs Macquaries Point this summer with a packed program of new releases, cinema classics and everything in-between.
Kicking off the season on Sunday January 8 is The Fabelmans, Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical tale of a young filmmaker dealing with a shattering family secret. Also for cinephiles are the 1988 Italian classic Cinema Paradiso and Sam Mendes’s forthcoming Empire of Light – two films that celebrate the power of the silver screen.
Other highlights include the Australian premiere of Darren Aronofsky’s much-awaited The Whale, starring comeback king Brendan Fraser; the Palme d’Or winning Triangle of Sadness; a preview of Guy Ritchie’s Operation Fortune, featuring Hugh Grant; Frances O’Connor’s directorial debut Emily; Damien Chazelle’s Babylon; and the return of Channing Tatum in Magic Mike’s Last Dance. Also showing is the highly anticipated drama Tár, starring Cate Blanchett, with a special screening on Sunday February 19 in tandem with World Pride 2023 and Queer Screen.
Nostalgic cinemagoers can enjoy the original Top Gun (followed by a screening of Top Gun: Maverick the following week), Quentin Tarantino’s hit film Jackie Brown, or a 25th-anniversary screening of Titanic. Running until Tuesday February 21, Westpac OpenAir will close with a preview of Living, the new Oliver Hermanus film starring Bill Nighy.
Each night throughout the season, audiences can enjoy pre-screening cocktails and delicious snacks from local chef Mike McEnearney from 6pm until show time at 8.30pm. If you’re keen to level up your culinary experience, hit the Reserved Dining area or The Lounge for premium food and drinks. Each night, FBi radio DJs will set the mood with an accompanying soundtrack until sunset.
Browse the full program over at westpacopenair.com.au,
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Westpac Openair.