The organizers behind Victoria Film Festival is pleased to announce that the Free-B Film Festival is back in business! (under current BC Health Guidelines). It’s changed location so everyone can enjoy a clear view of the screen, and make out behind the bleachers (for those who are vaccinated) like Danny and Sandy from the movie Grease–the ultimate Summer movie–and have fun in the final days of summer. The new venue is at the Royal Athletic Park at 1014 Caledonia Ave.
Summer lovin’ is a blast, but to be safe, the company suggests bringing a blanket and booking a space well in advance. There’s only 500 seats available. Doors open at 8 pm.
From the Press Release:
Create memories every Friday and Saturday from August 13th to the 28th and enjoy classic movies to share with your family and friends. Every evening at 9pm, when the big inflatable screen pops up, you’ll be transported to a different world – a high school with a dinosaur or the stomping grounds of the kings of rock and roll, twist in the wind and see the dark side of nature or visit two guys who are bent on recreating all the classics, on the final weekend learn that Alfred Hitchcock can be a deadly thing and join Roger Moore in space. Why not – it’s the summer after all.
To reserve a spot, please visit freebfilmfest.com.
List of Films
- Tammy and the T-Rex – August 13
Can a film that went from concept to camera in under a month, inspired entirely by access to an animatronic T-Rex be anything but a timeless masterwork of 90s sci-fi B-movie filmmaking? Denise Richards is Tammy and Paul Walker is the boyfriend whose brain has been transplanted into a T-Rex… Yes, for real. Lovers of the cinematic side streets running through B-town will love every minute.
- Rock, Rock, Rock! – August 14
Here’s the tale, nightingale: Tuesday Weld is Dori, a singing 50’s teenager who has got to get enough bread together to make the Prom, as well as convince her square dad to buy her a strapless prom gown. Along the way we get to see performances by the very cool Chuck Berry, LaVern Baker, the Flamingos, and many more early Rock and Rollers. Shine up your hot rod and burn rubber to lay your peepers on this cookin’ flic, ya dig?!
- Be Kind Rewind – August 20
When two VHS era video rental store employees (Jack Black and Mos Def), discover that their entire catalogue has been magnetically erased, they try to fix the problem in the most logical way possible: by filming their own no-budget versions of blockbusters directly on the tapes. When their shortened B versions become even more popular than the Hollywood originals, the legal troubles begin.
- Twister – August 21
Helen Hunt leads a great cast (including Phillip Seymour Hoffman) chasing and surviving hurricanes, while navigating a divorce from her rival storm chaser ex-husband (Bill Paxton). As much as story, direction, or performances, the disaster film often lives or dies based on the quality of the disaster element itself. Thanks to director Jan de Bont’s insistence on some very dangerous effects Twister became, in the words of Paxton, “traumatic fun for the whole family.”
- The Man Who Knew Too Much – August 27
Golden Age legends Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart, whose earlier collaborations Rear Window, Vertigo, and Rope are regarded as masterpieces, are joined by singer/actor Doris Day in another classic thriller about a North African vacation that devolves into a nightmare of kidnapping, blackmail, and assassination. Filmed on location in Marrakesh and London, it is a Hitchcock remake of one of his own early films, and it made a lasting contribution to popular culture with Day lighting up the screen with her performance of “Que sera, sera (whatever will be will be)”
- Moonraker – August 28
James Bond in SPAAAAAACE! The late great Roger Moore is 007, teaming up with the spicily named Holly Goodhead in an adventure that takes Bond from Rio de Janeiro into space to battle the villainous billionaire Hugo Drax and his mercenary henchman Jaws. This is a Bond without complicated inner turmoil; the Bond of romance, adventure, and firing Star Wars-style laser guns. If you like campy fun, do yourself a favour and blast off with Bond!