Based at Electron Workshop's drop in cinema space, Valhalla Social Cinema specialises in cult films, quality new releases and lost treasures. Now screening fortnightly in North Melbourne.
Fri 19 Sep
Bottle Rocket (1996) is Wes Anderson's quiet indie debut that went mostly unnoticed in 1996 and remained somewhat forgotten since. Naturally, it's a personal crusade of ours to sow the seed of its cultdom. It's also the first film to kick off our Weekend Of Wes.
An eminently re-watchable and quotable comedy heist film, it's time well spent (re)acquainting yourself with the infinite charm of Dignan, Mr Henry, Inez and Futureman.
Almost starring Bill Murray but definitely starring Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson and James Caan.
Presented in glorious 2K and HD audio.
Sat 20 Sep
Rushmore (1998) paints a picture of a filmmaker on the rise and kicks the Weekend Of Wes into gear with a slightly larger budget, access to a bigger cast and a new penchant for oddities. It's the funnier, steadier film that cemented Wes as a force to be reckoned with and re-ignited Bill Murray's career as an indie darling.
Absolutely starring Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Olivia Williams, Brian Cox and Luke Wilson.
Presented in super pristine 2K and HD audio.
Sat 20 Sep
Given carte blanche to work with whoever and however he likes, The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) sees Wes Anderson step it up again. This is the film where his trope of "bad dads" takes root. It also shows just how capable the plucky young man was with an enormous ensemble cast, a feat taken to extraordinary lengths in his most recent pic The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
Come see what all the fuss is about. But don't delay – this will sell out quickly.
Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Angelica Huston, Danny Glover and Bill Murray. We've probably left a heap out.
Presented in 2K and HD audio for maximum pleasure.
Sun 21 Sep
The pièce de résistance of the Weekend Of Wes is our long-awaited repeat screening of The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004). We promised to bring it back after our sold out session in June... so here it is.
This endlessly rewarding ensemble comedy with a lot of heart stars Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Noah Taylor, Owen Wilson, Angelica Huston, Michael Gambon and Seu Jorge.
Presented in 2K and HD audio.
Fri 03 Oct
$13. Online registration advised. Limited ticket availability at door (while they last). SELLING FAST
Where is it?
At 31 Arden Street North Melbourne. Doors open 7pm, film starts at 8pm.
Based on a book. Well before Hunger Games. A major influence on Tarantino's Kill Bill (2003). Death Race 2000, Turkey Shoot, The Running Man... it's a story told many times: high-school students thrown into a deadly game of survival where it's kill or be killed. A sole remaining survivor wins the game.
Battle Royale is the grand-daddy of 'survival as reality TV show' masterpieces directed by Kinji Fukasaku and astonishingly, was banned outright in several countries on release. Uncompromising, action-packed and duplicitous... see the film that inspired so many others.
Presented in 2K and HD audio. SUBTITLED.
What is a Valhalla screening like? Cosy. Familiar. A bit experimental. Join us and rediscover lost cinema with a big screen, surround sound, deck chairs and a bar serving old-school cinema snacks. We also host the Melbourne cult institution that is the sci-fi movie marathon. Ain't nobody like us.
Photography by Umkafoto