Winter Is Dark: A Film and Gin Festival
What do you get when you cross a north-side independent cinema and a Yarra Valley gin distillery? A film festival with cocktails.
On Thursdays in July, Thornbury Picture House, a 57-seat cinema in a converted 1920s petrol station, is screening dark double features with a different theme each week – and matching cocktails, courtesy of Four Pillars Gin.
On July 11 the theme is music and critically acclaimed biopic Control, which follows the rise and fall of troubled Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, will screen at 6.15pm. It’ll be followed by The Cure: Live in Hyde Park at 8.15pm. The week’s cocktail is The New Black, a mix of Bloody Shiraz Gin, Regal Rogue Wild Rosé, macadamia, espresso and wattle.
July 18 is all about romance, and David Lynch’s subversive suburban thriller, Blue Velvet, is screening from 6.15pm. At 8.35pm, it’s The Handmaiden, a South Korean erotic psychological drama. To drink, there’ll be The Testrarossa, a mix of Bloody Shiraz Gin, Pampelle, riberry, lemon myrtle and whites.
The final week on July 25 is horror themed. And John Carpenter’s frightening follow-up to his breakthrough Halloween, The Fog, is on at 6.30pm. The finale is gory art-house masterpiece Suspiria from 8.20pm. The Nightshade, a mix of Bloody Shiraz Gin, Campari and purple carrot is the night’s cocktail.
Swing by early for pre-show DJs, including Triple R’s Steve Wild and FeebSquare, or, up last, a live synth set from Tangerine Green. Tickets are for individual sessions and don’t include drinks.