Do you love movies but are looking for a new way to engage? Watching movies on television sucks but you need a change from the same old cinema multiplex? Something a bit more social perhaps? A bit more sophisticated? Or perhaps something decidedly lowbrow is your preference? Maybe you want something that is free? Well, luckily there are plenty of alternatives available in Brisbane for those who love their movies but are sick of the same old way of doing (viewing?) things.

Movies on the Green

To coincide with the season of performances from the American Ballet Theatre, QPAC is hosting Movies on the Green at Southbank. Each night of the ABT season will feature a FREE screening of a different dance-themed film from 7:30pm on the Melbourne Street Green. The series kicks off on Thursday, August 29 with On the Town and the program includes the likes of Westside Story, Strictly Ballroom, Mao’s Last Dancer and Dirty Dancing. The full schedule of screenings is available here.

Movies on the Green

Cult Movie Nights

If you like your movies a little left of centre, then Room 60 at Kelvin Grove is the place to be on the first Wednesday of every month for Cult Movie Night. From the obscure to the outrageous, Cult Movie Night is a celebration of underground movies and rare classics. The cult movie for September is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Hercules in New York and the October screening will feature Hollywood Boulevarde, while the sci-fi schlocker Saturn 3 is scheduled for October.

Room 60

Room 60 is located at Carraway Street, Kelvin Grove Village. Entry is $5:00, the screenings start at 6:30pm and food is available throughout the night. For more information, click here.

GoMA Cinemateque

Perhaps one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets, the Cinemateque at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) offers a wide selection of FREE movie screenings, often in conjunction with major exhibitions.


Currently screening is Harvest: Food on Film, a program that showcases contemporary filmic explorations of food production, consumption and presentation as narrative motif. Program highlights include Chocolat, Sideways, Like Water for Chocolate, Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman and documentary productions such as Food Inc., Red Obsession and Darwin’s Nightmare. The Harvest: Food on Film season continues until September 21.

Also featuring at GoMA is Contemporary Film and Video: Divided Selves, a collection of films from contemporary filmmakers and artists that offer representations of charismatic figures, often merging truth and fiction. Amongst the eclectic collection of films and filmmakers in this program are the likes of I’m Not There (Todd Haynes), The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson) and Mister Lonely (Harmony Korine), along with documentaries including Catfish and The Act of Killing. Contemporary Film and Video: The Divided Selves continues until August 30.

Screenings are scheduled every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the full schedule of events at the Australian Cinemateque at GoMA is available here.

SLiQ Flicks

Every Sunday afternoon until the end of August, the State Library presents SLiQ Flicks, a FREE Sunday film program that encompasses all genres and film types. This Sunday (August 10) will feature a double header program comprising The Big Lebowski and Mad Max 2. Another double feature is scheduled next week comprising the divisive Only God Forgives and The Sorcerer, while August 24 will be Francis Ford Coppola’s masterful Apocalypse Now (Redux).

State Library

The final SLiQ Flicks screening for August is yet to be decided and you can have your say by clicking here to register your vote.