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Underground Cinema: HOTEL

Underground Cinema Hotel 2

The Secret Squirrel crew go above and beyond in setting the scene for Underground Cinema’s nights out at the movies. Previous highlights include recreating Casablanca’s Rick’s Café América in in a hangar (complete with World War II-era plane) and The Life of Brian’s Roman-occupied Judea in the sandy grounds of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, featuring live camels. But a new standard was set in Underground Cinema’s latest offering, with Melbourne’s iconic Windsor Hotel turned into The Grand Budapest Hotel. Hotel guests decked out in their 1940s finest checked in and enjoyed the sumptuous feast, full bar and dancing in the Grand Ballroom. A quick walk down the hallway allowed guests to indulge their sweet tooth in the recreated Mendl’s Pâtisserie, complete with towers of pink pastry boxes, a chocolate fountain and plates of tiny desserts as if Agatha had made them herself. Lobby boys in perfectly-pressed purple uniforms later gathered guests to take us for stroll around the block to St Peter’s Church Hall, recreating the mountaintop monastery where Monsieur Gustave and Zero made their escape. Melbourne rain substituted alpine snow perfectly. Monks settled guests into their seats for the film and ensured our glasses were full. Kudos to the Underground Cinemas actors remaining in full character when I sneezed in the front row and a monk blessed me profusely; divine intervention which I’m convinced cured my hay fever. Wes Anderson’s witty, adventurous, cinematic romp which looks good enough to eat was the perfect end to Underground Cinema’s 2018 season. If the Secret Squirrel’s Immersive Cinema… Read More

Underground Cinema Melbourne is back this May with DELIRIUM

Underground Cinema Delirium nurse

Breaking news: after years of attendance, I finally guessed an Underground Cinema film when I received the first email about it. And you know what? I didn’t enjoy it any less. Loved it, in fact. The theme of the first Underground Cinema for 2018 was DELIRIUM. We lucky cinema-goers were assigned the role of US marshals and reported for duty one suitably chilly night at Jack’s Magazine, a bluestone former ammunition storage facility used in colonial Victoria on the Maribyrnong River, which became the site of a hospital for our purposes; and our mission. Dressing in sharp 1950s suits, trench coats and hats, we reported to wardens, received instructions and spoke to some concerned (and some eerily-calm) nurses and doctors about a patient who had gone missing. As always, Underground Cinema did an amazing job in immersing us into this thriller- like environment. Wandering through dark tunnels to lavish offices and derelict dormitories, with the Underground Cinema actors making us question was what real and not, I have to admit to grabbing my plus one’s arm in fear (and being laughed at for it). Luckily there were Jameson cocktails, food trucks and popcorn for us to break the tension. As we finally sat down to the film (guessed yet? Scorsese’s Shutter Island), the audience cheered as the opening title came up. It happens every time at Underground Cinema, and I’m pretty sure it keeps the audience coming back. Get involved with the Underground Cinema movement here.