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MUSIC on the Big Screen

When the Darwin Entertainment Centre turned 30 last year, the management’s attention turned to the venue’s projector room, which was built but never commissioned, lying dormant and film-less.

“So for the 30th anniversary we decided to do something,” says General Manager Alan James. 

“We bought the biggest indoor screen – that we know of – in the Territory and a projector which is also 3D.”

After testing the equipment out while hosting Darwin Film Society’s season of Flix In The Wet, the Entertainment Centre decided to screen regular monthly films on their giant screen.

“We’re being very careful not to compete with Deckchair Cinema or the commercial cinemas. We thought once a month we would run an interesting music film,” explains James.

The MUSIC On The Big Screen series features popular rock and pop music docos and concept films, including the anticipated 2017 release Descent Into the Maelstrom, about legendary Australian rock band Radio Birdman.

This month Mistaken for Strangers follows US indie band The National on tour, unexpectedly exploring the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who is the band’s roadie and accidental filmmaker.

For future film events the Centre is looking at screening live Italian opera or theatre productions, which have proved a hit for the New York Metropolitan Opera and the UK’s National Theatre Live.


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