Little Darlings Night Owls Kid’s Film Festival returns to nest at the Village Green Darling Quarter, Sydney these summer holidays for 17 nights of free outdoor cinema.
From Friday 5 – Sunday 21 January 2018, expect balmy nights packed with the coolest family-friendly flicks, fantastic short films and live entertainment.
Arrive early and nab yourself a good spot for nightly entertainment curated by singing sensation Lah-Lah from 6pm, followed by kid-friendly short films at 6:30pm. Presented with Little Big Shots, Australia’s major children’s short film festival, the program features the best local and international shorts, including films from kid filmmakers.
The main event kicks off from 6:45pm, with a fun-filled program of FREE screenings. From the 2017 remakes of Beauty and the Beast and Pete’s Dragon, to 90’s throwback hit Home Alone, and crowd pleasers The Lego Batman Movie, Red Dog; True Blue, Despicable Me 3, The BFG, Moana, Sing, and plenty more, there’s something for every member of the family.
Bigger kids can catch blockbuster favourites from 8:30pm at After-Hours screenings, with Arrival, Star Trek Beyond, XXX: Return of Xander Cage, Ghost in the Shell, Lion, Zoolander, and plenty of superhero smash hits: Wonder Woman, Batman vs Superman, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
“The Night Owls Kids Film Festival is a fantastic opportunity to round up the kids for a night of family-friendly cinema, and even better, it’s totally cost-free. So come along, pack a picnic, and enjoy a great night out under the stars with your nearest and dearest,” said Marketing Manager for Darling Quarter Sam Vicars.
No picnic mat? No problems – there are plenty of mouth-watering dinner options at Darling Quarter, so take your pick from sushi, steak, Thai, Churrasco, fish & chips, pizza, or burgers and wrap it all up with gelato or chocolate treats for dessert.
6:00 – 6:30pm: Kids Live Entertainment
6:30 – 6:45pm: short films by Little Big Shots
6:45pm: Family feature
8:30pm: After-Hours feature
From 6:45pm onwards each night there will be an exciting mix of family friendly live entertainment for the youngsters, including:
- Despicable Me 3: Lovable supervillain Gru and his mischievous Minions team up with his long-lost, more successful twin brother Dru for one last criminal heist.
- Moana: Nominated for two Oscars, Disney’s animated Polynesian adventure follows Moana, who must seek out the Demigod Maui to reverse the terrible curse he has unknowingly unleashed.
- Finding Dory: Iconic talk show host Ellen Degeneres voices the forgetful blue tang Dory in the hotly anticipated Finding Nemo sequel, as she sets off on an emotional journey to find her long-lost parents.
- Beauty and the Beast: Emma Watson (Harry Potter) stars as a dazzling Belle in this stunning remake of the classic fairy tale of a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.
- The Lego Batman Movie: Superhero Bruce Wayne must save Gotham City from the usual suspects – all while dealing with his accidentally-adopted teenage orphan son, who wishes to become his sidekick.
- Pete’s Dragon: An animated remake of the 1977 musical, the breathtaking film follows the adventures of an orphaned feral boy who befriends a dragon in the Pacific Northwest.
- The BFG: Based on the classic Roald Dahl story, the stunning animation follows a girl who befriends a benevolent giant, and must stop human-eating giants from invading their world.
- The Secret Life of Pets: A hysterical animated film following a terrier named Max, whose quiet life is turned upside down when his owner takes in a stray who he instantly dislikes.
- Sing: Voiced by a star-studded cast, this hilarious Pixar animation is about a struggling theatre’s singing competition, which spirals out of control when the prize is mistakenly advertised to be $100,000 instead of $1000.
- Red Dog; True Blue: A prequel to the 2011 Aussie classic, the family comedy chronicles the early, true adventures of the iconic cattle dog known as the Pilbara Wanderer.
- Boss Baby: Voiced by Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), a suit-wearing, briefcase-wielding baby teams up with his seven-year-old brother in a secret war between babies and puppies.
- Ballerina: Elle Fanning (Maleficent) and pop icon Carly Rae Jepsen star in an animated adventure about an orphan girl who leaves her home to pursue her ballet dreams at the Grand Opera House.
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: A screwball comedy following an entire family struck with endless strokes of bad luck, after their 12-year-old son makes a wish for his family to understand his life.
- Kubo and the Two Strings: A young adventurer named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armour previously worn by his father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.
- Storks: In a world where storks have swapped delivering babies for retail packages, an ambitious hotshot stork’s life is upended when he is tasked with actually delivering a baby.
- Trolls: When her village is invaded by troll-eating monsters, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, teams up with the elderly Branch to rescue their friends.
- Home Alone: A true 90’s classic, this hilarious family film follows a boy who must protect his home against burglars after his family goes on holiday, but mistakenly leave him behind.