Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Moonlight Cinema

Tonight I went with some friends to see the movie Wild at the outdoor movie theater in the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Moonlight Cinema attracts a pretty big crowd so we arrived an hour or so early to get a good seat and eat a picnic dinner before the movie started. 
Lauren brought chutney, which is some sort of jam-like substance. I'm actually not exactly clear on what it is, but it was much better than the Marmite she made me try once that she swore was way better than Vegemite. Spoiler: it's not.
Katie preparing the cheese plate, a vital part of any picnic dinner. Katie's friend Hannah is visiting from the U.S. so we had another friend! 
Our feast
Katie's genius invention-a cup holder for her wine using Hannah's shoe. My friends are innovative. 
As we were eating and waiting for the sun to go down, a kookaburra landed on one of the speakers. I think this is the first one I've seen in the wild so that was kind of exciting! 
It was a bit chilly once the sun went down. And when I say chilly I mean 65 degrees. It is fall, after all.
Right before the movie started. 

I'm not a huge movie enthusiast which might be weird, but I generally find them too long. Wild was good though, and I enjoyed being able to watch on a blanket versus a movie theater chair. Mainly, I really just hate movie theaters so the outdoor setting was ideal! 

Wild is about a girl (played by the one and only Reese Witherspoon) whose life is essentially a mess, so she sets out to hike the Pacific Crest Trail by herself. My friends came away from the movie inspired to go camping, while I was more inspired to continue my 26 year streak of NOT camping. 
And for no reason at all, Katie holding a random tomato that she found in her work bag.


  1. Boo movies and boo camping. I'm all about 30-45 minute TV shows and sleeping indoors.

  2. This event sounds so cool! We have a similar one in Hong Kong and it's called rooftop cinema.. Unfortunately, I haven't been there yet..



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