Movies at the Opera House? Don’t mind if we do!

WINHANGANHA is a lyrical journey of archival footage and sound, poetry and original composition, told through the lens of acclaimed Wiradjuri artist, Jazz Money.

Did you know the Playhouse at the Sydney Opera House was originally a cinema? We certainly didn’t! In its heyday in the 70s and 80s, you could go and watch a range of different films at this iconic location. Now, for the first time in decades, the space is welcoming back a regular film program – and we couldn’t be more excited to get stuck in.

From 2- 5 May 2024, Playhouse Cinema will host nine different films. From Oscar-winners to First Nations docos to family-friendly animation, there’s an array of genres and cinematic delights to enjoy. There’s even an archival concert film and a live theatre screening if you’re that way inclined.

Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Evil Does Not Exist won the Venice Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize.

We’ve already booked our tickets to see Wim Wenders’ Perfect Days. Having missed this Oscar-nominated film at last year’s Sydney Film Festival, we’re thrilled to get a second chance to see it – and in an iconic location no less.

Other notable screenings at Playhouse Cinema that weekend include Waitress: The Musical (starring Grammy Award® winner Sara Bareilles), Venice Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize winner, Evil Does Not Exist, and WINHANGANHA, a documentary using archival footage sound, poetry, and original composition by award-winning Wiradjuri artist, Jazz Money. The latter also includes a Q&A session with the acclaimed First Nations artist and filmmaker.

With so many world-class offerings to choose from, you’ll be hard-pressed not to find something you love in the lineup. So I guess what we’re saying is… see you there!

Playhouse Cinema
When: 2-5 May 2024
Where: Playhouse, Sydney Opera House 
Prices: From $30 + $8.95 booking fee

About the author

Originally from Wales, Siri is a native Welsh speaker and bilingual writer living in Sydney. With a background in film and television production, particularly comedy, she loves to make people laugh - usually at her own expense. Siri writes about all sorts from film and restaurant reviews to marathon running and adventure travel. She loves pale ale and shiraz and is yet to meet a chocolate mousse she can’t devour in seconds. An intrepid adventurer trapped inside the body of a couch potato, there’s nothing Siri won’t try - but she can’t promise to be even remotely graceful while doing it.


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