We're so pleased to have secured one of the year's biggest hits as part of our OnScreen film series, and tickets for the November 23 screening are now on sale.
We're anticipating that our doors will be well and truly open by then and our family of film buffs can relish The Father starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Coleman.
Anthony Hopkins plays the role of a mischievous and highly independent man who, as he ages, refuses all assistance from his daughter Anne (Academy Award winner Olivia Colman). Yet such help has become essential following Anne's decision to move to Paris with her partner. As Anne's father tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.
The Father is drawn from the stage play of the same name, which was written by Florian Zeller and launched in Paris in 2012, winning the Moliere Award for Best Play, before hitting Broadway and London's West End winning further awards.
Writer/director Florian Zeller has adapted his multi-award winning play long with Oscar winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement), earning critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival, and winning the Audience Award for Best Film at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
Featuring an all-star cast that includes Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), Imogeen Poots (Green Room), Rufus Sewell (Judy) and Olivia Williams (An Education) in one of the year's most acclaimed films that critics are calling "a landmark film".
The Father is "a beautiful riveting first feature by Florian Zeller with master performances by Sir Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman".
Our OnScreen films have become a popular part of our programming, with a growing group of devotees attending every screening.
Earlier this year we reluctantly put a temporary hold on the 10am matinee screenings because of noise from the studio construction adjacent to the MEC, but the 6pm sessions continue, and we'll be bringing back the matinees as soon as we can.
The seating for films is general admission, giving patrons plenty of choice, and allowing ample room to socially distance in the auditorium.
The Father screens on Tuesday, November 23 at 6pm and you can book online at theMEC.com.au.
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