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Strange Summer: A Gin & Film Festival

Sip gin cocktails while watching Studio Ghibli flicks, 'Thelma and Louise' and 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert'.
By Sarah Ward
February 01, 2023
By Sarah Ward
February 01, 2023

As far as classic combos go, pairing a trip to the movies with some popcorn or a choc top is right up there. But you can do better. There's nothing wrong with that combination — it's a cinema-going staple for a reason — but a cocktail and a film is quite a nice duo as well.

That's what's on the bill at Sydney's boutique Golden Age Cinema, which is once again teaming up with Four Pillars Gin for a mini booze and film festival. Each Wednesday night in February, the intimate 56-seat Surry Hills spot is hosting double bills with a summery theme — and pouring concoctions made with Four Pillars' wares, obviously.

On the bill at Strange Summer: A Gin & Film Festival: Thelma and Louise and Wild at Heart on Wednesday, February 1, to kick off the program with two 90s classics; then Studio Ghibli's Porco Rosso and Spirited Away on Wednesday, February 8, for an evening of magical animated fun.

On Wednesday, February 15, Desperately Seeking Susan and Something Wild will flicker across the screen — aka the Madonna- and Melanie Griffiths-starring 80s double. And, on Wednesday, February 22, it's time for Australia's take on summer thanks to Wake in Fright and and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, aka two masterpieces with a big outback focus.

If you haven't noticed from the titles, this program ponders the weird and wild side of the sunny season — all with a beverage to match. The first screenings each night kick off at different times from 6pm, with the second movies starting after 8pm each evening; however, we suggest you get there a little earlier for the drinks.

Tickets are $23 for each film.

Cassandra Hannagan

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