Special Events

Barefoot Cinema loves to celebrate. Here are some special events you shouldn’t miss.

Twilight Movie Nights at Rippon Lea Estate

Can’t wait for the Barefoot Cinema experience? Well, we’ve got some great news … you don’t have to!

We’ve teamed up with the National Trust to hold two special pre-Christmas Twilight Movie Nights at Rippon Lea Estate:

  • Gremlins on Friday, 6 December; and
  • Home Alone on Saturday, 7 December.

Grab your friends and family and get ready to enjoy these classic Christmas comedies on the majestic lawns of Rippon Lea Estate.

Key details:

  • Doors open at 6pm, with live music, retro lawn games, food trucks, giant bubble making competition and of course, a fully stocked bar.
  • Film starts at approx 8.30pm.
  • Tickets are $20 for Adults, $15 for Concession / Child and $55 for Families (with additional discounts for National Trust members).

Aperol Long Lunch

In collaboration with Aperol Spritz, Barefoot Cinema presents the Aperol Long Lunch.

On Saturday 4th January from 12:30 – 3pm, the Commanding Officer’s House will be host to an outdoor lunch filled with the quintessential summer drink, Aperol Spritz, accompanied by delectable aperitivo, pizza and dolci by 400 Gradi. The experience will be complete with live music and an Aperol gift for each guest.

This is a one-time, 18+ event, so gather your friends and loved ones and make this a festive date to remember.

Tickets are $65 each and strictly limited. Each ticket includes 2.5 hours filled with refreshing Aperol Spritz, lunch, dessert, live music and the gift, complete with stunning views across Port Phillip Bay.

Cover will be provided in the event of both searing summer sunshine, or showers.


Surfing Nights

Barefoot Cinema’s Surfing Nights have become a fixture of the program every year. Our awesome natural venues located along the coast combined with the summer vibes of our events lend themselves perfectly to a celebration of surf culture.

This season, we will be screening Momentum Generation, described by Outside Online as a “gorgeously shot feel-good documentary, filled with spectacular surfing footage”. Rating 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, directors Jeff and Michael Zimbalist’s excellent, eloquent documentary features surfing icons Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Taylor Knox, Ross Williams, Shane Dorian and more, as it tells the story of a ragtag community of teenage surfers and how they brought their sport to unprecedented heights.

Barefoot Cinema will once again be partnering with OneWave Charity – the non-profit surf community raising awareness of mental health, through saltwater therapy, surfing and fluro. You can donate during the ticket purchase process or on the night, so BE GENEROUS!

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Melbourne Queer Film Festival Co-presented screening at Rippon Lea Estate

We’ve made friends with the awesome crew at Melbourne Queer Film Festival, now coming into its 30th year!!

In partnership with MQFF, we’ll be staging a night to remember with a screening of the legendary modern classic THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT. Before the film, there will be some very special live entertainment plus a sneak peek of the 2020 MQFF program for their festival in March. 

Join in the fun!!!


Yesterday - Charity Screening for The Hunger Project at Portsea

The Hunger Project’s mission is to end world hunger by 2030. They do things a little differently — they see people living in hunger as the solution, not the problem. They work
with people living in hunger in Africa, India and Bangladesh to empower them with the resources and skills they need to end their own hunger.

Barefoot Cinema will be taking donations for this charity at the screening of Yesterday on Monday 30th December at Portsea. Make sure you head down and donate big to support a great team doing great things. Any donations they receive means more of the funds raised can go directly to the programs they run, which have an incredible impact breaking the cycle of hunger for generations to come.

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