Tuesday, 7 June 2005

2005 june-july school holiday activities at acmi

June-July school holidays at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image will be jam-packed with low cost fun activities for kids of all ages including a special 2-week season of Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands; a chance to introduce the younger generation to the hilarious 1984 kids classic Gremlins; a huge computer games showcase dedicated to Sonic the Hedgehog plus the return of ACMI's ever popular green screen movie workshops, Screen Adventures.

Kids Flicks Feature: Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton, USA, 1991)
(PG occasional low level violence, sexual allusions)
Monday 27 June - Friday 8 July (excl. Sat/Sun)

Tim Burton's modern gothic tale weaves elements of romance, old-fashioned horror, drama and fantasy into a magical cinematic experience, presented at ACMI Cinemas on 70mm. Starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Weist and featuring Vincent Price in the role of 'The Inventor', this is the story of an uncommonly gentle man who lives alone in an abandoned castle. A kindly Avon Lady befriends him and invites him to live with her family. Edward is quite a hit with some of the neighbours, but for others, suspicious of his 'differences, he remains an oddity. This is a wry, tender story about acceptance, imagination and finding magic in the everyday.

Free Animated Kids Flicks:
Monday 27 June - Friday 8 July (excl. Sat/Sun), 11am daily, ACMI Cinemas
FREE (no bookings)
Rating: Unclassified. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

ACMI's free Animated Kids' Flicks program will return for the April school holidays with a cavalcade of short animated films guaranteed to delight and captivate the imaginations of children and grown-ups alike. Winter's selection includes two Disney classics from the 1940s: Peter and the Wolf, Disney's animated version of the Russian fairytale with music by Sergei Prokofiev and Pluto's Surprise Package. Also to be featured is Mr Muddle, a film based on the character from Roger Hargreave's beloved the Mr Men series of children's books and Strega Nonna, kindly Italian grandmother with magical powers, who can cure headaches, banish warts and summon pasta from her enchanted pot!

Sunday Kids Flicks
ACMI's weekly Sunday Kids Flicks program continues throughout the school holidays, films screen twice - at 10:30am and 1pm.

Sunday 3 July - Gremlins (Joe Dante, USA, 1984) PG
Joe Dante's cult fantasy adventure from 1984 is back in a new 35mm print. Billy Peltzer's dad gives him a cute, furry little mogwai for Christmas - with three strict rules: don't feed him after midnight, do not expose him to direct light and never ever give him so much as a drop of water.  Billy does his best, but before too long lovable little Gizmo starts multiplying faster than you can say Happy Tree Friends!  It's up to Billy and his girlfriend Kate to stop the out-of-control gremlins before they ruin Christmas - and the town!

Sunday 10 July - Steamboy (Katsuhiro Otomo, Japan, 2004) PG - Medium Level Violence
A groundbreaking sci-fi adventure anime from Katsuhiro Otomo, the director of Akira. Young Ray Steam is a teenage factory worker in Victorian-era Britain. A keen mechanical genius, he becomes embroiled in a fantastic adventure when his grandfather sends him a package containing his latest revolutionary invention - a 'steam ball.'
"Jules Verne would have liked this movie. So would Buster Keaton. Nothing beats the chase in Steamboy's first reel: Thomas Hardy meets Indiana Jones. One of the most entertaining films of the year" Urban Cinefile

Screen Adventures Workshops:
Green screen movie experience/workshop for kids aged 5-12
Daily 2 Hour Sessions: 10am & 1pm
Monday 27 June - Fri 1 July & Monday 4 July - Fri 8 July 2005

Movie special effects are child's play at ACMI!
'It was fantastic! I got to wear a crown and there were two knights to save us. I was a princess. I loved it! I wish I was still a princess!' - Aprille, 8

'I like how they had lots of different scenes. I was a king. It was great!' - Esubalew, 8
Kids can fulfill their dream of being movie stars in Screen Adventures, a hands-on workshop where participants discover the movie making process from behind the scenes. Already an ACMI favourite with kids and parents alike, ACMI is now running the Screen Adventures program every school holidays.
Through the magic of 3D animation and green-screen technology, kids can journey back in time to the prehistoric land of the dinosaurs, explore the interior of an alien spacecraft, visit a spooky haunted house, or become a pharaoh king in ancient Egypt.
Screen Adventures programs explore genre and narrative in a fun and hands-on environment, letting kids experience technology that has traditionally been exclusive to television studios and production houses. Sessions are two hours long. Recommended for kids aged 5-12 years.

Sonic The Hedgehog: Icon of our Times
Themed computer game show case in Games Lab from Wednesday 22 June
Games Lab
Supported by Sega Europe & THQ Asia Pacific
ACMI's celebrates the 14th anniversary of Sega's legendary blue dude with a 'tude, Sonic the Hedgehog. Opening in ACMI's Games Lab from June 22 (just in time for the winter school holidays), will be a themed selection of Sonic computer games from the beginning until the present day including Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic The Hedgehog Spinball, Sonic The Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic R, Sonic Adventure DX, and Sonic Heroes.


Further information

Danielle Poulos Communications Coordinator, ACMI ph 03 86632415 or dpoulos@acmi.net.au or Justin Rogers, ACMI ph 03 8663 2475 jrogers@acmi.net.au

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