An exceptional run at the Sun
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The 70mm Newsletter
|Written by: Rob
2018 marks the beginning of our third year of monthly screenings of
Eight" at the
theatre. So itís a good time to recap the big
film adventure since.
Firstly, Iím constantly touched and humbled by the loyal army of film lovers
who come to our screenings; particularly the many younger converts who have
experienced film (in any ratio) for the first time.
I was particularly touched by a recent pair who knocked on the bio door
during intermission to see the projector running. They were father and son
celebrating the latters 18 birthday. A huge Tarantino fan he explained heíd
been saving himself to experience "The Hateful Eight" as intended since itís
debut two years earlier. It felt wonderful that we were able to provide an
experience heíd treasure for life. There have been so many stories of people
travelling interstate and even from over seas to attend our screenings. Our
recent inaugural 70mm film festival attracted people from the farthest
reaches of the country and in Australia, thatís a long way!
In the last two years our audiences have enjoyed the only Victorian prints
of "Fantastic Beasts" &
"Murder on the Orient Express", not to mention the only
new Australian 70mm print of "Lawrence of Arabia". Retrospectively weíve
screened 70mm prints of "The Wall",
"Hamlet", "Titanic" &
"Ben Hur" to name just a
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Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" in Ultra Panavision 70
The HATEFUL 8 @ the SUN theatre
Inaugural Australian 70mm Festival -
Film is back!
part of the show myself and the other 3 projectionists introduce each
session with a quick demonstration as to why 70mm is different as well as a
little background on their film. For all films we source original programs
and in the case of the new films we make our own. For "The Hateful Eight" we
offer complimentary coffee during intermission served in the same blue
metallic cups used in the film; keeping in mind what happens at the start of
the second half people just love these special touches.
Since the Sun re-opened itís doors as an operating cinema in 2003 "The
Hateful Eight" has become our highest grossing title. A testament to a
passion for film projection and the undeniable beauty of our
Many more big format adventures to come in the year ahead.
Bert Murphy, projectionist.
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