Monday, August 10, 2020

A summer of sing-alongs is coming to Halifax Public Gardens

20th anniversary of the FIN Outdoor summer movie series features screenings of four movie musicals

In a recent media release, FIN Atlantic International Film Festival (FIN AIFF) announced the line-up for its 20th annual FIN Outdoor summer movie series.

This year’s free movies feature four musicals, in what may very well be the most interactive FIN Outdoor season yet.

“To say we are excited about this year’s program would be a real understatement. Not only are these movies incredibly well loved, the opportunity to include the ‘sing-along’ aspect makes FIN Outdoor more of an engaging community event than ever before,” says FIN’s executive director Wayne Carter.

The series will kick off on July 5 with the 1978 musical Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John. Set in 1958, it is the musical story of the blossoming love between greaser Danny Zuko and Australian transfer student Sandy Olsson. Featuring such instantly recognizable songs as “Hopelessly Devoted to You”, “Beauty School Dropout”, and “You’re the One That I Want”, its time to put on the leather jacket and poodle skirt and sing-along with the kids from Rydell High. The film is rated PG.

On July 12, for all you dancing queens, FIN Outdoor takes a trip to the Greek Isles with the 2008 hit musical Mamma! Mia. Featuring the music of Swedish pop group ABBA, the upbeat movie starring Meryl Streep may very well have you dancing in the aisles as you sing-a-long to such hits as “Money, Money, Money”, “Super Trouper”, “Waterloo” and more. The film is rated G for all audiences.

Halifax Pride gets in on the act this year with movies taking place during the city’s pride week festivities.

“We are so happy to have our friends at Pride Halifax part of this year’s program with two of our screenings happening during what is one of Halifax’s most celebratory cultural events of the year. These screenings are going to be F-U-N,” says Carter.

First up during pride week on July 19, is the 1975 camp classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Meatloaf. And dammit Janet, don’t forget to come dressed as your favourite character … and the rice. Rated 14A.

Finally, the summer sing-a-long series will conclude with the biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody on July 26. Released in 2018, this story of Freddie Mercury and his band Queen features the Academy Award-winning performance by Rami Malek as Mercury.

Organizers encourage film-goers to bring blankets and chairs for comfort. Concessions will be available on site, and Feed Nova Scotia will be accepting food and money donations.

In addition to screenings in Halifax, FIN Outdoor is going on the road to West Pubnico on June 21 with Mamma! Mia and in Yarmouth on June 22 with Bohemian Rhapsody.

All films start at dusk, with gates opening one-hour prior to each screening. There are no rain dates. Visit finoutdoor.ca for more information.

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