Friday, 18 August 2006

september - october 2006 school holiday activities at acmi

During these September - October school holidays the Australian Centre for the Moving Image will be jam-packed with an exciting range of low cost activities for families and kids of all ages.

In addition to the seemingly never ending line-up of films for youngsters that will be shown at ACMI throughout the holidays, as part of the Best of the Independent Games Festival 2006 there will be games galore at the Games Lab; hands-on entertainment for the whole family at ACMI's TV50 exhibition; workshops on animation and television production; and the mysterious game Scoot that will take you and your family on an adventure around the city following SMS messages.

Let the holidays begin...

Special Event

Sat 16 Sep - Mon 18 Sep 2006

Using the form of a treasure hunt and puzzle games in the real world, as well as online navigation and flash games, Scoot is played out via SMS instructions sent to participants' mobile phones. Your exciting adventure will take you to the State Library, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, National Gallery of Victoria, the Arts Centre and the Melbourne Museum to find clues and solve mysteries.

Here's the story: news has broken that Victoria's great arts institutions are under threat of invasion! If you choose to accept your mission, you will have to thwart the chaotic plans of Omega Carnega and her fellow agents. Scoot characters will contact you on a secret SMS frequency. With a group of friends, you will interact with strange objects, play online games and search for magical spaces. Families and groups of 2 - 6 can register. Each group must have a mobile phone to play. Find out more and register at


Free Animated Kids' Classics
18 Sep - 28 Sep, 11am (excluding weekends)

Bring your kids (or borrow some for the day) for forty minutes of magical big-screen stories. The animated smorgasbord these school holidays has cartoon dinosaurs, Parisian schoolgirl Madeline, plus everyone's favourite Disney mischief-makers Donald Duck and Pluto!

September School Holiday Feature Film
18 Sep - 29 Sep 1.30pm (excluding weekends)

Oliver Twist PG (Infrequent violence, Mature themes)
Academy-award winning director Roman Polanski tackles Dickens' masterpiece in this dramatic update. In this impressively evocative portrayal of a nineteenth-century London teeming with people at the lower end of the social scale struggling to make ends meet, young Oliver (newcomer Barney Clark) falls into bad company after escaping from a workhouse for orphans. Ben Kingsley features in the role of Fagin, with Harry Eden as the Artful Dodger.

Sunday Kids' Flicks
ACMI's weekly Sunday Kids' Flicks program continues throughout the school holidays
ACMI Cinemas
Kids and parents $5, All other tickets $10

Sun 17 Sep 10.30am, Sun 17 Sep 1pm
Pocahontas G
Disney brings its impeccable standards of animation and song to the legend of the Native American princess Pocahontas and her tribe's encounter with English colonists. Captain John Smith (Mel Gibson) leads a band of soldiers to plunder the land's riches for England, but when he meets Pocahontas, the daughter of Chief Powhatan, his eyes are opened to a new culture.

Sun 24 Sep 10.30am (Live English Narration), Sun 24 Sep 1pm (Japanese with English subtitles)
My Neighbour Totoro G
Classic children's anime from master Japanese animator, Hayao Mizazaki (Spirited Away). Two young girls, Satsuki and Mei, move to the country with their father. To the girls' delighted surprise, they find they share their new home with some rather unusual creatures, including a giant furry being called Totoro.

Great Australian Cinema- School Holiday Films
ACMI Cinemas
All tickets $8

Sat 16 Sep 2pm
Looking for Alibrandi M
Kate Woods translates Melina Marchetta's award-winning rites-of-passage tale to the screen with warmth, humour and a down-to-earth charm that make this film a delight to watch. Three generations of Italo-Australian women - Josie (Pia Miranda), her mother (Greta Scacchi) and grandmother (Elena Cotta) - traverse the daily dramas of life together in an operatic fashion. Winner of five AFI Awards, including Best Film.

Sat 30 Sep 2pm
Crocodile Dundee PG
Peter Faiman's legendary adventure comedy still retains its status as the highest grossing local film in the history of Australian cinema. Melding high production values with an unpretentious simplicity of story, Crocodile Dundee stars Linda Kozlowski as the tough, sophisticated American reporter Sue Charlton and Paul Hogan as the nonchalant bushman Mick Dundee. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay.



Best of the Independent Games Festival 2006 - Kid Friendly Selection
Wed 2 Aug - Sun 19 Nov 2006
Games Lab (Ground),
10am - 5pm daily,

As part of Best of the Independent Games Festival 2006, the ACMI Games Lab features a special Kids Selection area with games that are accessible and inviting to all ages and with rules of play that kids can readily master. They are a reminder that there are great games available for children other than the standard commercial fare.

This selection of games offers educational and self-learning experiences as well as simply being fun. Come and try Drop the Anvil, which evolved from a physics experiment into a Saturday morning cartoon-style game of enjoyable and friendly mayhem. Or play Professor Fizwhizzle, a game of logic featuring a brilliant but absent-minded scientist who has been thrown out of his lab by his 'haywire' robots.

Many of the games include toolkits that allow players to design their own challenges and create their own mind-bending puzzles. All the games offer everybody the simple and captivating pleasures of play.

The ratings for each game is clearly sign-posted in ACMI's Games Lab space and ACMI's Visitor Service staff are on hand to provide assistance.

The most Kid-Friendly titles in best of IGF 2006 are:
Drop the Anvil
Glow Worm
Professor Fizwizzle
Rumble Box
Tommy and the Magical Words

Supported by CMP Game Group, CMP Technology LLC


Screen Adventures: TV Comedy Special
18 Sep -29 Sep
Twice daily, 10am and 1pm (excluding weekends)

Screen Adventures is an unforgettable hands-on production workshop where kids get in front of the camera and experience studio-style special effects. Featured on Saturday Disney and Totally Wild, it is one of our most successful regular kids programs. The sessions these school holidays will give kids the opportunity to learn about the elements of TV comedy, create their own sitcom scenes and then have them filmed. Recommended for children aged 6-12. Sessions are limited to 25 kids and run for two hours.
Community, council and school holiday programs are encouraged to book.
Single child $12, Family (3 children) $30, Additional children $7.50 each.
Bookings are essential.

Kids in the Studio: Clay Animation Workshop
Thu 21 Sep, Fri 22 Sep, Twice daily 10.30am and 1pm

Bring your artwork to life in this dynamic claymation program for children aged 8 - 12. In this exciting program, participants work collaboratively to create an animation with music, titles and sound effects. This 90-minute program allows students to undertake the entire creative process, from making a clay model through to the world premiere of their animation on the big screen at our Digital Studio. The animation workshop includes all materials and use of equipment, and will have an experienced ACMI educator running the workshop.
Recommended for ages 8 - 12.
$25 per child.
Bookings are essential.


TV 50
A celebration of 50 years of television in Australia
22 Jun - 1 Oct 2006
ACMI Screen Gallery

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image will celebrate the 50th anniversary of television broadcasting in Australia by unveiling the world's largest television wall and a cavalcade of television treasures as part of a new blockbuster exhibition, TV50. Featuring many of Australia's most loved personalities and programs (and some of those we wish we could forget), TV50 will take visitors of all ages on a fascinating and fun journey through television history and into the future.


Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654
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