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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dr. Ruth and Jonathan Agassi: 3 reasons to get into the Jewish International Film Festival

Featuring 60 films from 23 countries, the Jewish Film Festival builds on almost 30 years of bringing the best of Jewish cinema to Australia, presenting 28 features, 29 documentaries, and full season screenings of three superb TV series to audiences in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra.

“This year’s Festival celebrates stories of people who have forged new paths – from the groundbreaking sexual therapist Dr Ruth Westheimer and the late actor Anton Yelchin, to innovators like Lea Gottlieb, the designer behind the iconic Gottex bather brand,” said Jewish International FilmFestival Artistic Director, Eddie Tamir.  “We are also thrilled to present the premieres of three excellent Australian films; a great selection of American indie titles; compelling stories from the Holocaust era; and Jojo Rabbit – one of the strongest films we have ever presented.”


3 Must-See movies at Jewish Film Festival:

Bigger: is the story of fitness pioneer, Joe Weider, a Jewish child of the Depression whose obsession with weight training and bodybuilding was born from aspiration to strengthen and emancipate himself from schoolyard prejudice.  of weight-training and bodybuilding, and ultimately creates a fitness empire.  We fall his beginning through to the the late 1960s, where he nurtured an unknown Austrian named Arnold Schwarzenegger to worldwide acclaim on the Mr. Olympia/Mr. Universe circuit.

Showing at the following cinemas:
Event Cinemas Morley
Cameo Cinemas Belgrave
Classic Cinemas Elsternwick
Ritz Cinemas Randwick

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Melbourne Fitness Show Preview:  Press Play to Listen
Health & Fitness Editor, Chris Walker interviews pro-bodybuilder and Ninja Warrior Australia contestant, Kwame Duah.  We see a different side to the fitness influencer who talks candidly about the challenges both physically and mentally after a bicep tear that almost threatened his career

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Personalising the Event cinema experience for movie goers!

New South Wales Event Cinema movie goers are in for a treat with yesterday’s opening of the new cinema kids space at Event Cinemas in Macquarie and Shellharbour.  It’s part of an ongoing national rollout at selected sites.

Screen Shot 2019-10-16 at 2.00.03 AM.png“Our research tells us that our customers value unique experiences. We recognise that for people with young children, it can be a challenge to find fun, affordable activities to do – which led us to create Event Junior, designed by kids especially for kids.”  said Luke Mackey, Director of Entertainment, Event Cinemas, “This is about creating a relaxed environment where kids can chase, jump, bounce, play and if they wish, add a movie. Whether enjoying a playtime only session, adding a movie or hosting a birthday party, Event Junior is a complete sensory experience for kids, with the added benefit of being comfortable for carers”.

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The  in-cinema playground complete with a slide, netted climbing gym, digital interactive games and other play equipment will completely change the movie going experience for families.  Alongside the new design that will be rolled across Event Cinemas at selected outlets, alot of thought has gone into the specially designed menu of junior popcorn combos, muesli bars, kids’ ice-cream, yoghurt, candy and fresh fruit; as well as coffee, tea and snack options for caregivers.   Atmospheric light, modified sound and insertion of 10 minute intermissions for playtime and bathroom breaks will also be introduced.   Daybeds and sofa beanbags will also be added.   The space can also be booked for private screening and birthday parties!

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It’s a great follow up to the launch of the the Event Boutique concept earlier this year at George Street, Cinema in Sydney.   It was a design concept with the transformation of several screening rooms overhauled with style to add a uniqueness in experience for movie goers visiting each auditorium.

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“The Library” seating 28 guests  – paying homage to the art of storytelling

“Paparazzi” seating 46 guests – celebrating the glamour of the red carpet.

A special menu for this experience brought together gourmet artisans and local business with an offering of fresh baked goods, luxury platters of cured meats, hard and soft cheeses, pizzetta, more extensive dishes, a decadent sweet selection and candy bar favourites.

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“We don’t believe in a one-experience-fits-all approach to our cinemas or our customers.  Through our research we understand customers want choice, even down to the style of their seat. Those seeking premium experiences not only expect the best seat, sound and vision, they want to fully immerse in a great experience.” described Jane Hastings, CEO EVENT Hospitality and Entertainment.  “Our new Boutique cinemas enhance the viewing experience featuring unrivalled laser projection technology for the clearest picture, coupled with world-class sound, designer aesthetics and bespoke menus, everything about the Boutique experience is premium, unique and world-class.”

Features of the Event Boutique include designer recliners and foot rests with both spaces available for private bookings and corporate functions from cocktail events, creative corporate team sessions, product launches to private screenings.

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October Movie Guide: J.Lo, Will Smith, Joaquin Phoenix bust onto screen and Linda Hamilton returns as Sarah Connor!

The month will see a series of fright nights as the door to the other side and Halloween starts early on the screens of Event Cinemas.   Jennifer Lopez will be showing some flesh, Angelina Jolie brings back the villainess we love to hate, Will Smith will be tracked down and assinated by his future self, Linda Hamilton returns as the real Sarah in the latest Terminator film, Joaquin Phoenix brings to life Batman’s Joker and there’s a few for the kids and Halloween too!

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September Movie Guide

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Last month’s new blockbuster movie releases are still making waves with this past weekend seeing The Lion King, Fast & Furious’ spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw and Spider-Man, all maintaining a spot in the top 10 movies smashing the box office!   Angel has Fallen, though down 44.6% on last week, still managed to retain number 1 spots bringing its gross total takings to a whopping USD$11,842,000 (AUD$17,643,312) blowing everyone out of the water!   

So how’s Spring at the flicks looking you ask?   
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Korean, Russian, Latin, Greek, Italian & Jewish movie lover? International Film Festival season starts now!

Movie lovers are in for a treat with a never ending tour of international film festivals taking place now and continuing through the Spring.  Film festivals such as the ones listed below are a critical link in the chain of global film culture.   They encourage great breadth and variety in views, critical thinking on difficult topics, exploring new cultures and creative diversity elevating the moving image and celebrating it in all its guises.

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August Movie Guide

Main attractions hitting the big screen this month include the much anticipated The Fast and Furious spin-off, we re-enter the world of the Matrix as it turns 20 years old,  while Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio team up for the latest film by Quentin Tarentino!

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