Screening “weird and wonderful” films in Melbourne and Sydney, Fantastic Film Festival Australia leans into the surreal cinema mainstream theatres tend to overlook. Nicolas Cage’s Prisoners of the Ghostland, for example, or a Coen brothers-style comedic thriller from South Korea, called Beasts Clawing at Straws.

For its upcoming festival, event organisers are taking things a step further by inviting audiences to get naked (or strip down to their undies) for a special screening of Patrick – a Shakespearean tragi-comedy set in a nudist camp.

Nudie viewers are asked to bring their own towels to sit on, to arrive at venues fully clothed and to redress when using the bathroom or popping to the candy bar.

Clothing-liberated screenings of Patrick will take place at Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn on Saturday, April 24 and at Ritz Cinemas, Randwick on Sunday, April 25.

The festival will also run clothed screenings of the same film for all the never-nudes out there, as well as other surprising and shocking movies as part of Fantastic Film Festival Australia (April 16–May 1).

“These nude sessions give bold audiences the unique opportunity to engage in the unclothed spirit of the film,” say festival organisers in a statement, who have set rules for each nude event, ensuring everyone has a fun and safe screening.

Understandably, there’s no photography allowed and all naked events are limited to adults only. And cinemagoers must respect other patrons’ personal space.

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