From January to April 2015, The Shadow Electric will once again provide beautiful surrounds in which to kick back and watch a film and see bands in the balmy weather.

“The program’s narrative this year is music. It’s something we’ve seen work so well in the space so far – whether it’s a doco or a live music performance,” says co-director Jay Rayner.

The movie line-up has been curated by Melbourne film critic and programmer Zak Hepburn, and includes a solid collection of music flicks such Nas: Time is Illmatic, 20,000 Days on Earth featuring Nick Cave, Bjork’s live kaleidoscopic feast Biophilia and new release, Whiplash. The strong music theme is balanced out by plenty of other popular flicks you may have missed during the year (What We Do in the Shadows, Boyhood and Only Lovers Left Alive).

There’s also a nod to local cinema which includes Predestination, an Australian sci-fi actually shot at the Abbotsford Convent, The Shadow Electric’s home.

This is the first time The Shadow Electric’s band room is hosting a gig every Saturday night during the program (last year there was a run of live music for ten days).

Melbourne-based management group, Wondercore Island, has lent a curatorial hand which will be revealed as the festival progresses.

Rayner is looking forward to another summer of, “Religious cinematic experiences."

“The experience of coming to the convent, the sun going down, the bats flying over and the screen coming down – it makes you excited to see the film. This experience has become central to what we want to convey,” said Rayner.

The Shadow Electric will be running from January 2 to April 3, 2015.

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