Aussie award flick hits outdoor film screen

LION: The Australian film, based on a true story, stars Rooney Mara and Dev Patel and will have a special preview screening at the Botanic Garden on Thursday night.

LION: The Australian film, based on a true story, stars Rooney Mara and Dev Patel and will have a special preview screening at the Botanic Garden on Thursday night.

The Golden Globe-nominated film Lion will have a special preview screening at Wollongong’s Sunset Cinema this week, a week ahead of its official opening.

The Australian film, which stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman, was nominated for four Golden Globe awards, but missed out on the awards at Sunday’s ceremony.

It will be officially released at the Australian box office on January 19.

The film tells the true story of Tasmanian Saroo Brierley, who tracks down his birth mother and brother in India decades after he loses his family on a train near Calcutta.

More than 20 years after he was adopted by his Australian parents, Saroo used Google Earth to track down his family, searching online for months to pinpoint where they might be.

Back for its fifth year, the Sunset Cinema is on at Wollongong Botanic Garden’s Fig Lawn every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until February 18.

Early next month the musical La-La Land will be screening (on February 2).

Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, the film took out every Golden Globes category in which it was nominated at Sunday’s awards.

This week’s screenings

  • Thursday: Lion
  • Friday: Trolls
  • Saturday: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Gates open at 7pm and movies screen from last light. 

General admission tickets can be purchased from the on-site Box Office from 7pm on the night of the screenings, or tickets can be bought in advance online.

FANTASTIC BEASTS: This fantasy flick, and Harry Potter prequel, stars Eddie Redmayne and will screen in Wollongong on Saturday.

FANTASTIC BEASTS: This fantasy flick, and Harry Potter prequel, stars Eddie Redmayne and will screen in Wollongong on Saturday.

TROLLS: This kids' flick tells the story of the fluoro-haired Troll Dolls and features the voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake. Pictures: Supplied.

TROLLS: This kids' flick tells the story of the fluoro-haired Troll Dolls and features the voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake. Pictures: Supplied.

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