After announcing its dates earlier this year, Moonlight Cinema has revealed the first part of its 2018–19 program. In short: pack your picnic basket and get ready to watch a heap of flicks under the summer evening sky. Kicking off on Thursday, November 29 in the Botanic Gardens, this initial lineup boasts plenty of this year’s favourites, a smattering of all-time faves and a few sneak peeks at new movies coming out soon.

Tried-and-tested highlights include A Star Is Born, A Simple Favour and Crazy Rich Asians, plus Halloween, Bad Times at the El Royale and Venom if you’re after something darker. And it wouldn’t be a movie season under the stars (or a pre-Christmas lineup) without Love Actually, Elf and Dirty Dancing, now would it? You can also catch pre-release sessions of twisted period drama The Favourite, from The Lobster filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, as well as Transformers spin-off Bumblebee.

Or, opt for Viggo Mortensen-starring likely Oscar contender Green Book, or Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan battling it out in Mary, Queen of Scots. Heist flick Widows, amusing sleuths Holmes and Watson and the wizarding antics of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald are all also accounted for — as is Moonlight’s usual food truck and licensed bar offering, and its reserved bean beds.

This first announcement just covers the outdoor cinema’s screenings until the end of January. A February and March lineup will be announced early 2019.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 – Sunday, March 31, 2019

Central Lawn, Royal Botanic Gardens
Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne