There is an Outdoor Cinema at the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, in a magical grove of manna gums, with the natural canopy high overhead just sparse enough for the twinkling stars to shine through. What shows? That would be stuff that turned left at the lights, planted the foot and ripped the rear view mirror off, and then ate it.
The Ecoplex Cinema sits at the edge of Bush Camping, in the area known as Africa. It consists of a large 6m x 6m screen purpose built between two ancient eucalypts, a six-speaker Super-Sonorama surround audio experience (which when coupled with Ultravision 3D effects and glasses REALLY puts you in the picture), and the action (or inaction) is projected by vintage 16mm gear out of a 1978 Jayco SuperTourer Caravan (with annexe).
It’s a setting for estranged dreams and endearing nightmares, a wonderland of neurosis that’ll perch on your shoulder and follow you home. Programmed by Jim Knox, the material on show aims to “enlarge the horizons of the viewer, provide wholesome entertainment, afford helpful stimulation, and remind of the responsibilities one has towards society”. It’s non-aesthetic, dis-aesthetic, hypo-aesthetic and tasteless. It’s Weimar Republic allowable. It’s pre-censorship Soviet strange. It’s new wave autistic. It’s a recipe of indigestible ingredients that disconnects the senses from the language that makes sense of them.
The Ecoplex runs basically all night, and is designed so you can drop in for a short or long while at any time – many of the films shown are indeed shorts so you don’t need to set your watch for the start of a feature.
Friday night: 9pm till late
Saturday night: 9pm till later
IN OPTICALLY ENHANCED ULTRAVISION!!!
Only ULTRAVISION with SUPER-SONORAMA provides you with that “you-are-in-the-middle-of-it-all” effect. Accept no substitutes! (not available in indoor hardtop-type cinemas – exclusive to the Meredith Supernatural Ecoplex)
We swim the sewers of cinema now-and-past, to salvage unfamiliar objects of wonder and delight. Join us at the Ecoplex as we celebrate both new and misremembered (and damn strange – of course) instruments of celluloid enchantment.
Drop in for a little while, or a long while. It’s Supernatural, it’s impious scrub cinema. It’s a must see attraction.
Roll yr peepers over the sandwich board at the Ecoplex caravan for more info and scheduled screening times.
Meredith Twenty Seven Program Highlights
Fags in the Fastlane, a horribly disfigured collision of schlock and high camp from Josh Sinbad Collins, narrated by Tex Perkins and featuring Kitten Natividad, King Khan, and music from The Mummies, The Sugar Fed Leopards and Elvez the Mexican Elvis impersonator. The film follows a gay avenging hero on a quest for a good luck charm in the form of a Golden Cock within a hyper-real fantasy world packed with bizarre characters and revolting villains (sounds suspiciously like The Gift).
A condensed, bi-colour 3D, ‘Reader’s Digest’ version of Jack Arnold’s 1953 release It Came from Outer Space, with requisite 3D glasses, which, in Jim’s words, ‘seems like something that should happen’. As it says on the original theatrical release poster, it’s ‘Amazing! Exciting! Spectacular!’, and one of the few films of the time dealing with foreigners and out-of-towners that did not depict said other as danger or threat to some fictional ‘way of life’ despite the locals’ misgivings.
And some Soviet cultural marginalia from the 70s by way of a kid’s animation that a friend of Jim’s has knocked up some subtitles for.