Melbourne’s first ever World Movies Secret Cinema played out last Sunday across two venues with the secret movie finally revealed to be Leos Carax’s wonderfully surreal Holy Motors.
Guests received the final clue on the day: to look for an accordion player in an alleyway behind Flinders Street. Here, the doors opened to Platform 1 – the nightclub that stretches into long tunnels underneath the train tracks – and the adventure began. Costumes and make-up transformed attendees into their new personas. Performances kept everyone entertained, ranging from a Kylie drag queen to a contortionist and an air-hostess burlesque.
They were also treated to French food, free drinks, performances, activities and more – all clues to what the secret film would be.
Filmgoers were then whisked away to a vacant hangar at Essendon airport where they entered through a raging house party featuring white limousines and a Backseat Booth photo competition. The film was then finally unveiled – the mind-blowing adventures of Oscar (Denis Lavant), who travels Paris in a stretch limo, becoming a different character at every stop.
Missed the event? Never fear – Holy Motors will premiere on Australian television today, Thursday May 9, at 8.30pm on World Movies.
Stay tuned for details of the next World Movies Secret Cinema. Anything can happen.
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