Movies

Deckchair Cinema screens films 7 nights a week from 19 April – 19 November 2017. The box office is open nightly from 6:00 pm, with films starting promptly at the advertised time.

Deckchair Cinema is operated by the not-for-profit Darwin Film Society. The DFS programs an eclectic mix of films, putting out four seven-week programs per year. Check out the current program here.

We’re busy getting program 1 uploaded to this page, in the mean time if you click the green ‘buy tickets’ button at the top right all of program 1 is available!

Current Program

A Bag of Marbles (Un sac de billes) (M) 110m

2017, Christian Duguay, France

In 1941, a ten-year-old Jewish boy is given money and a map and told to flee Nazi-occupied Paris with his younger brother. The two young boys navigate a perilous journey to safety. Based on a true ...read more

“astonishing, apparently spontaneous performances from child players”

TimeOut - London

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (M) 116m

2015, Hannes Holm, Sweden

Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who ...read more

“Both Lassgard, as the infuriating yet ultimately sympathetic Ove, and Pars as the intelligent and resourceful Parvaneh, give stellar performances.”

David Stratton

A Silent Voice (M) 129m

2017, Naoko Yamada, Japan

Schoolgirl Shoko is deaf and bullied for it, most notably by class clown Shoya. When Shoko transfers schools, Shoya is made a scapegoat for the teasing. The unsavoury taste of his own medicine ...read more

“Naoko Yamada's treatment is sensitive and the animation is beautiful.”

David Stratton

BabaKiueria (PG) 30m

1986, Don Featherstone, Australia

FREE ENTRY to this special screening we're hosting to help kick off National Reconciliation Week! We have limited capacity to how many we can fit in the venue so get down early to make sure you ...read more

“Babakiueria uses role reversal to satirise and critique Australia’s treatment of its Indigenous peoples. Aboriginal actors play the colonisers, while white actors play the indigenous Babakiuerians. The filmmakers have fun presenting Australian cultural stereotypes like the barbecue and football as strange ‘native customs’ seen through the eyes of an ethnographic observer, presenter Duranga Manika.”

Kate Matthews, Curator National Film and Sound Archive

Ballerina (G) 89m

2016, Eric Summer & Éric Warin, Canada

Félicie is a young orphan from Brittany with only one passion: dance. With her best friend Victor, who wants to become a great inventor, she devises a madcap plan to escape the orphanage for Paris, ...read more

“ Ballet is all about making the body achieve amazing feats seemingly effortlessly, and the animation replicates that with often sublime effect.”

Daily Telegraph

Banff Mountain Film Festival (CTC) 150m

2017, BANFF MFF, International

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the most prestigious international film competition and an annual presentation of short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports, and environment. It ...read more

Cameraperson (M) 102m

2016, Kirsten Johnson, USA

An ode to the power of the camera from the perspective of a cinematographer with decades of experience (and footage) under her belt. A visually arresting memoir complemented by scenes shot all over ...read more

“Cameraperson is an absorbing, challenging creation”

Peter Bradshaw - The Guardian

CLOSED for Private Function (Exempt) 180m


Apologies the cinema is closed to the public tonight! ...read more

CLOSED for Territory Day (Exempt) 180m


Apologies, we're closed tonight! Too much noise to enjoy a flick at our lovely outdoor cinema. Enjoy the fireworks! ...read more

Death in Brunswick - John Clarke Tribute Screening (M) 109m

1990, John Ruane, Australia

It was with great sadness that we received the news of John Clarke’s untimely death. Many will be familiar with his sharp skits on Australian politics as one half of the comic duo Clarke and Dawe. ...read more

“Death in Brunswick is as fresh today as when it was made”

Urban Cinefile

Gimme Danger! (M) 108m

2016, Jim Jarmusch, USA

Jim Jarmusch takes on iconic punk rocker Iggy Pop in this must-see music doco, exploring the cultural, musical and historical context and legacy of one of the most influential bands in the ...read more

“ In the great pantheon of rock docos, this is an instant classic.”

Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)

God Willing (PG) 88m

2016, Edoardo Falcon, Italy

Sunday Fundraiser - all ticket proceeds go to the Italian Festival Association! The #1 smash-hit comedy success of the 2015 Lavazza Italian Film Festival (where it premiered as the Opening Night ...read more

“Exceptional. One of the best Italian comedies of recent years”

Serena Nannelli - IL GIORNALE

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (M) 136m

2017, James Gunn, USA

No freebies to this Sunday Fundraiser, sorry - all ticket proceeds go to the Waratah Hockey Club! Set to the backdrop of 'Awesome Mixtape #2,' Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the ...read more

“ Guardians 2 zips around the universe with much exhilarating charm.”

Vox

Hell or High Water (MA15+) 102m

2016, David Mackenzie, USA

In this neo-Western crime thriller, a pair of desperate brothers resort to robbing banks in order to save their family’s ranch in Texas. A pulse-quickening flick that eschews mindless action ...read more

“A damn good film”

Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (PG) 101m

2016, Taika Waititi, New Zealand

No freebies to this Sunday Fundraiser, sorry - all ticket proceeds go to CanTeen! From the director of Boy and What We Do In the Shadows, Taika Waititi’s new film is a hilarious and heartfelt ...read more

“A lopsided gem full of off-kilter humor, hard truths and real emotion. Great for preteens and up.”

Newsday

I Am Heath Ledger (M) 95m

2017, Adrian Buitenhuis, USA

An intimate look at one of Australia’s most fascinating acting talents. Ledger was always enthusiastically capturing his life’s experiences on camera, and this documentary is charmingly filled ...read more

“ transcends box-checking filmography”

Jason Newman - RogerEbert.com

Janis: Little Girl Blue (M) 103m

2015, Amy J. Berg, USA

One of the most iconic rock and roll singers of all time, Janis Joplin, is honoured in this documentary, with revelatory interviews with her family and the musicians she worked ...read more

“For fans and the curious alike, this is a must.”

Travis Johnson - FILMINK (Australia)

Jasper Jones (M) 105m

2017, Rachel Perkins, Australia

One hot night in 1965, Jasper Jones, the town’s mixed race outcast, shows bookish teen Charlie Bucktin the dead body of a young girl. Believing Jasper to be innocent, Charlie embarks on a dangerous ...read more

“Engrossing, surprising and moving”

CJ Johnson - ABC Radio (Australia)

La La Land (M) 127m

2016, Damien Chazelle, USA

Community Fundraiser - all ticket profits go to Swing Dance NT Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing ...read more

“Song and dance in the key of life: That’s the irresistible appeal of La La Land.”

A.V. Club

Loving (PG) 123m

2017, Jeff Nichols, USA

Love overcomes adversity in this true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme ...read more

“a touching and honest film”

Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald

Manchester By the Sea (MA15+) 137m

2016, Kenneth Lonergan, USA

When Patrick’s father dies, his uncle Lee (Casey Affleck, in an Oscar-winning performance) is assigned as his legal guardian. Returning to his hometown, Lee must confront his past and figure out ...read more

“ A gut-punching, heartbreaking movie, with Affleck's Lee in the epicentre ... a perfect role for the under-appreciated actor.”

Matt Neal - ABC Radio (Australia)

NAIDOC Week: beDevil presented by Geoff Burton (PG) 90m

1993, Tracey Moffatt, Australia

Three Australian ghost stories are recounted in this anthology film by internationally acclaimed artist Tracey Moffatt, currently representing Australia at the 2017 Venice Biennale. beDevil was not ...read more

“Moffatt combines fantasy, legend, past and present, with humourous and documentary asides, which may unsettle audiences, because filmmakers just don't do that sort of thing, but Moffatt does that and the result is a strange, exciting film.”

David Stratton

Neruda (MA15+) 107m

2016, Pablo Larrain, Chile

Popular poet Pablo Neruda is a wanted man in 1940s anti-communist Chile. Refusing to live the life of a fugitive, he publicly taunts the government authorities and his pursuer, Inspector ...read more

“ Singularly winning mixture of irony, semi-parody and powerfully moving drama from the director of Jackie.”

Mark Demetrius - FILMINK (Australia)

Ocean Film Festival (CTC) 120m

2017, Oceans Film Festival, International

At the Ocean Film Festival Australia our vision is to inspire you to explore, respect, enjoy, and protect our oceans. Film is at the heart of the Ocean Film Festival Australia and we aim to share the ...read more

Our Little Sister (PG) 128m

2015, Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan

Three sisters in their 20s live together in the seaside city of Kamakura in Japan. Following the unexpected death of their estranged father, they meet their 13-yearold half-sister at the funeral and ...read more

“Our Little Sister has a singular character of its own”

Jonathan Romney - Film Comment Magazine

Paterson (M) 118m

2016, Jim Jarmusch, USA | France | Germany

Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey--they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across ...read more

“Driver is turning out to be one of the finest actors of the moment, an understated star with a great, non-movie-star face.”

Stephanie Zacharek - TIME Magazine

Perfect Strangers (Perfetti Sconosciuti) (M) 97m

2016, Paolo Genovese, Italy

The biennial Darwin Italian Festival is back this year! Food and events will all be happening from midday on Sat 3 June at the George Brown Botanical Gardens. Wind down after an afternoon at the ...read more

“A gem. Perfect. Funny and well-acted, with a brilliant screenplay that invites the viewer to sit at that table like one of the guests. Not to be missed!”

Il Giornale

Personal Shopper (MA15+) 105m

2017, Olivier Assayas, France

A young American in Paris works as a high fashion personal shopper for a celebrity. She seems to have the ability to communicate with spirits, like her recently deceased twin brother. Soon, she ...read more

“A knockout psychological thriller”

Jim Schembri - 3AW

Pork Pie (M) 105m

2017, Matt Murphy, New Zealand

Pork Pie tracks the escapades of a trio of accidental outlaws as they travel the length of New Zealand in a yellow mini, protesting conformity and chasing lost love, with a posse of cops and a media ...read more

“colour, movement and an abundance of good humour”

Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald

Silence (MA15+) 161m

2016, Martin Scorsese, USA

Legendary director Martin Scorsese’s Silence tells the stunning and powerful story of two Christian missionaries (Adam Driver and Oscar nominee Andrew Garfield) who travel to Japan in search of ...read more

“ Despite the difficult nature of the material, Silence is never less than engrossing.”

Daily Telegraph

Sing (G) 108m

2016, Garth Jennings, USA

No freebies tonight sorry, all ticket profits go to tonight's Sunday fundraiser Durack Primary School! In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario's attempt to save his theater ...read more

“Immensely likeable.”

Empire

Singin' in the Rain (G) 103m

1952, Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, USA

Sunday Fundraiser - all ticket proceeds go to Darwin Festival! Singin' in the Rain is one of the most-loved and celebrated film musicals of all time from MGM, before a mass exodus to filmed ...read more

“If you've never seen it and don't, you're bonkers.”

Stephen Garrett - Time Out

Stone Bros (MA15+) 90m

2009, Richard Frankland, Australia

FREE ENTRY to this special screening we're hosting to help kick off National Reconciliation Week! We have limited capacity to how many we can fit in the venue so get down early to make sure you ...read more

“With this film I'm hoping we give licence to all Australians to laugh with us, not at us behind closed doors.”

Richard Frankland, Director

Strike A Pose (MA15+) 83m

2016, Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan, Belgium/Dutch

No freebies to this Sunday Fundraiser, sorry - all ticket proceeds go to the NT AIDS and Hepatitis Council! In 1990, seven young male dancers--6 gay, 1 straight--joined Madonna on her most ...read more

“A loving, honest portrait of these men who were world-famous for a bright moment, and most importantly, what happens after the limelight goes away.”

LA Times

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (M) 104m

1994, Stephan Elliott, Australia

No freebies to this Sunday Fundraiser, sorry - all ticket proceeds go to the Top End Medical Society! 'Tick’ Belrose, aka Mitzi Del Bra (Hugo Weaving), a Sydney drag artist, accepts an ...read more

“A roaringly comic and powerfully affecting road movie.”

Rolling Stone

The Beatles: A Hard Day's Night (M) 90m

1964, Richard Lester, UK

The Fab Four’s famous first foray into film is considered one of the most innovative and refreshing music movies ever made. A wildly irreverent journey through one day in the life of arguably the ...read more

“Pop Perfection”

John Anderson - Wall Street Journal

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week (M) 105m

2016, Ron Howard, USA

A critically acclaimed documentary featuring found footage of music, interviews, and stories of The Beatles’ 250 performances from 1963 to 1966. The film spans early gigs in Liverpool to concert ...read more

“Outstanding, engrossing documentary”

Jim Schembri - 3AW

The Boss Baby (G) 97m

2017, Hendel Butoy & Tom McGrath, USA

Fans of 30 Rock will enjoy Alec Baldwin’s turn as a suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying newborn in this animated family film. Sibling rivalry must be put aside when 7-year-old Tim discovers his baby ...read more

“May 1, 2017 A surprisingly imaginative animated movie”

Armond White - National Review

The Castle (M) 84m

1997, Rob Sitch, Australia

Sunday Fundraiser! No freebies permitted to this one sorry, as all ticket profits go to Helping People Achieve! A working-class family from Melbourne, Australia fights city hall after being told ...read more

“One of those comic treasures like "The Full Monty" and "Waking Ned Devine" that shows its characters in the full bloom of glorious eccentricity. ”

Roger Ebert

The Death and Life of Otto Bloom (M) 85m

2016, Cris Jones, Australia

Otto Bloom is experiencing his life in reverse, passing through time backwards while remembering the future. Is he a psychic, a time traveller, a madman or living proof of Einstein’s theory of ...read more

“Cris Jones' debut feature is that rare thing: a mock documentary that reaches a genuine emotional depth.”

Craig Mathieson - The Sunday Age

The Fencer (Vehkleja) (PG) 99m

2016, Klaus Härö, Finland

In fleeing Russian secret police, Endel finds himself teaching fencing to schoolchildren in Soviet-occupied Finland. Endel’s newfound raison d'être is compromised when the children want to attend ...read more

“ It's an assured piece of work and, as confidently directed by Klaus Haro, it intrigues for much of its length, building to a suspenseful climax.”

David Stratton - The Australian

The Salesman (M) 124m

2016, Asghar Farhadi, Iran

While both participating in a production of Death of a Salesman, a teacher’s wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife’s traumatised ...read more

“beautifully acted by Shahab Hosseini”

Owen Gleiberman - Variety

The Sapphires (PG) 103m

2012, Wayne Blair, Australia

Sunday Fundraiser! No freebies permitted to this one sorry, as all ticket profits go to the Environmental Defenders Office NT (EDONT)! The Sapphires is set in 1969 and tells the story of the ...read more

“You could call it an Aussie Dreamgirls. I'd call it a blast of joy and music that struts right into your heart.”

Rolling Stone

Their Finest (M) 117m

2017, Lone Scherfig, UK

With 1940s London emptied of its men now fighting at the Front, Catrin Cole is hired by the British Ministry of Information as a “slop” scriptwriter charged with bringing “a woman’s touch” ...read more

“sweet-natured and eminently lovable British film”

Peter Bradshaw - Guardian

Things to Come (L’avenir) (M) 102m

2017, Mia Hansen-Løve, France

A philosophy teacher soldiers through the death of her mother, getting fired from her job, and dealing with a husband who is cheating on her. A meditation on the meaning of life when all meaning ...read more

“ The finest female performer in movies right now is the incomparable Isabelle Huppert”

Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)

Time To Draw The Line (Exempt) 58m

2016, Fabio Cavadini and Amanda King, Australia

No freebies to this one sorry - it's a Sunday Fundraiser! All ticket profits go to Kadalak Film - an organisation currently working with young women and men in Timor Leste in filmmaking in need of ...read more

“'Time to Draw The Line' is essential viewing for understanding how the extraction of resources has, time after time, usurped our morals.”

Damon Gameau (Actor, BALIBO)

Top Gun (PG) 110m

1986, Tony Scott, USA

Sunday Fundraiser! No freebies permitted to this one sorry, as all ticket profits go to Cancer Council NT! As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best ...read more

“Infinitely rewatchable.”

Adam Smith, Empire Magazine

Transitions Film Festival: Power to Change (CTC) 94m

2017, Carl A Fechner, GERMANY

The Transitions Film Festival showcases groundbreaking documentaries about the social and technological innovations, revolutionary ideas and trailblazing change makers that are leading the way to a ...read more

Transitions Film Festival: Seed - The Untold Story (CTC) 94m

2016, Taggart Siegel & Jon Betz, USA

The Transitions Film Festival showcases groundbreaking documentaries about the social and technological innovations, revolutionary ideas and trailblazing change makers that are leading the way to a ...read more

“ "Seed: The Untold Story" reveals the poetry present in the practice through its smallest element.”

Kimber Myers - Los Angeles Times

Trespass Against Us (MA15+) 99m

2017, Adam Smith, UK

Blood is a brutal bond. After an elaborate heist goes south, reluctant criminal Chad must find a way to escape from the clutches of his fierce outlaw father and the encroaching police. ...read more

“ A family/crime drama with shades of Shane Meadows' early work and a satisfying double act in Fassbender and Gleeson.”

Dan Jolin - Empire Magazine

West Side Story (PG) 152m

1961, Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise, USA

No freebies to this Sunday Fundraiser, sorry - all ticket profits go to TRACKS Dance! West Side Story is considered both a masterpiece and a classic. Its ten Academy Awards make it the musical ...read more

““West Side Story” is a beautifully-mounted, impressive, emotion-ridden and violent musical which, in its stark approach to a raging social problem and realism of unfoldment, may set a pattern for future musical presentations. Screen takes on a new dimension in this powerful and sometimes fascinating translation of the Broadway musical to the greater scope of motion pictures. ”

Variety