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 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

Alone in Berlin (M) 103m

2016, Vincent Perez, Germany / UK

Based on the international best-seller by Hans Fallada (Every Man Dies Alone), Alone In Berlin shines the light on two ordinary German people who made an extraordinary impact. Berlin, 1940. Working ...read more

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

Beauty and The Beast (PG) 129m

2017, Bill Condon, USA

Sunday Fundraiser - all ticket proceeds go to the Larrakeyah Primary School! “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is ...read more

“The sheer dexterity is overwhelming, and only the sternest viewer will be able to resist the onslaught of such thoroughly marketed magic.”

Anthony Lane - New Yorker

Before the Flood (PG) 96m

2016, Fisher Stevens, USA

Fundraiser - all ticket proceeds go to the Lock the Gate! This epic documentary follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels the world to examine firsthand the effects of climate change, and to learn ...read more

“ A serious, substantial piece of work.”

Peter Bradshaw - Guardian

Elle (MA15+) 130m

2016, Paul Verhoeven, France

Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a leading video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant ...read more

“Huppert's magnificent performance glazes everything with mystery and is an essential flavour for its dark and sulphurous absurdity.”

The Guardian

Embrace (M) 90m

2016, Taryn Brumfitt, Australia

When Body Image Activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photo in 2013 it was seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. ...read more

“ Original Score: 3/5 It has an indisputably worthy message, and should be essential viewing for young people.”

Leslie Felperin - Guardian

Flickerfest (CTC) 90m

2017, Bronwyn Kidd, Australia and International

7.30pm - Best of Australian Shorts 9.30pm - Best of International Shorts   Director's Welcome: Welcome to the 26th Flickerfest International Short Film Festival. As we stride forward ...read more

“It's such an eclectic programme, a collection of unique voices, quite an exceptional range of short films that are really independent and unique.”

Bronwyn Kidd - Festival Director

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

I, Daniel Blake (MA15+) 100m

2016, Ken Loach, UK

Daniel Blake is a 59-year-old carpenter forced onto welfare benefits after a health scare. He becomes an accidental hero when he finds himself caught in the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as ...read more

“I, Daniel Blake is passionate filmmaking to its very core, as well as the rare art house effort that could stand a chance with mainstream audiences.”

Alistair Ryder - Film Inquiry

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)

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

Lion (PG) 118m

2016, Garth Davis, Australia | USA | UK

ive-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of Kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted ...read more

“It's hard not to feel a tingle down your spine as the film's reaches its climax. My eyes were moist and I wasn't the only one in the audience with that same reaction.”

Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane

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)

Muriel's Wedding - Sing-Along Version! (M) 106m

1994, P.J. Hogan, Australia

Sunday Fundraiser - all ticket proceeds got to the Darwin Fringe Festival! Muriel Heslop, a young girl in her 20's, lives in Porpoise Spit, Australia. She is surrounded by an uncaring family and ...read more

“[A] gleeful, gaudy tribute to one ungainly misfit and her determination.”

Janet Maslin - New York Times

Nocturnal Animals (MA15+) 116m

2016, Tom Ford, USA

Nocturnal Animals is a haunting romantic thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, and revenge and redemption. Academy Award nominees ...read more

“Ford’s artfully composed and emotionally clever noir is well-paced and, in stark contrast to the naked flesh that opens the film, never, ever sags.”

Empire 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 multi award-winning new comedy of manners from Paolo Genovese is a fiendishly clever take on decorum in the age of modern technology, and poses the question: how well do we really know those ...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

Red Dog: True Blue (PG) 88m

2016, Kriv Stenders, Australia

When eleven year old Mick (LEVI MILLER) is shipped off to his grandfather's (BRYAN BROWN) cattle station in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia, he prepares himself for a life of dull ...read more

“ True Blue has the same knockabout charm as its record-breaking predecessor.”

Vicky Roach Daily Telegraph (Australia)

Rosalie Blum (M) 95m

2016, Julien Rappeneau, France

The biggest hit in the 27-year history of the Alliance Française French Film Festival, Julien Rappeneau’s enchanting directorial debut Rosalie Blum is a witty and ingeniously crafted comedy about ...read more

“The sweetest, most delightful film you will see all year.”

ABC Radio

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

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

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe (M) 85m

2016, Ros Horin, Australia

Our Opening Night film, screening on Wednesday 19 April. With special guests! Director Ros Horin, plus two of the ladies from the troupe Yordanos Haile-Michael and Rosemary Kariuki, will be ...read more

“This film inspires in two important ways - art is at its best when it allows catharsis through storytelling and a nation is at its best when it provides a refuge for humanity to heal and flourish.”

Dr George Miller – Director of Mad Max

The Bentley Effect (PG) 85m

2016, Brendan Shoebridge, Australia

Sunday fundraiser - all ticket proceeds go to Environment Centre NT! The extraordinary tale of a community that defied the gas juggernaut. When the coal seam gas industry staked a claim on the ...read more

“After following the build up to the Bentley Blockade from its early beginnings in 2011, I have the privilege of telling an incredible story of courage and heroism. The Northern Rivers region of NSW has been a leading light in the battle against invasive mining and after the historic showdown at Bentley we now have a well documented victory for the power of community and a major turning point in the battle for a safe clean future. With so much hanging delicately in the balance it is ultimately unity, altruism and our connection to all we hold dear that we see emerging as the key ingredients to this timely story of hope and inspiration. ​ This is a story that simply must be told.”

Director's Statement

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 Coming War on China (Exempt) 113m

2016, John Pilger, UK

The Coming War on China is John Pilger's 60th film for ITV. Pilger reveals what the news doesn't - that the United States and the world's second economic power, China (both nuclear armed) are on the ...read more

“ You may come out of it agreeing with him, disagreeing with him, or somewhere in between. But it's a live issue that could change the world, could end the world as we know it, and this dedicated journalist wants to make sure we know about it.”

The Australian

The Eagle Huntress (G) 87m

2016, Otto Bell, UK | Mongolia | USA

Community Fundraiser - all ticket proceeds go to the Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival! This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in ...read more

“There's a spirit that soars in this nature doc about a 13-year-old who becomes Mongolia's first female eagle hunter in 12 generations. You'll be hooked.”

Peter Travers - Rolling Stone

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 Rehearsal (MA15+) 102m

2016, Alison Maclean, NZ

Unpacking the dramas that energise a class of budding young actors, The Rehearsal mounts an enticing inquisition of performance, identity and moral anxiety with resonance far beyond its hothouse ...read more

“ Ella Edward's startling authenticity and composure as Isolde means it's hard to take your eyes off her, while Michelle Ny, Alice Englert, singer Marlon Williams and Rachel Roberts make their mark.”

NZ Herald

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