Flix in the Stix brought a devoted bunch of film buffs to the Eucalyptus Lawn at the Botanic Gardens for another of those evenings where the trudge to the venue requires you to load up with all the comforts required and on this occasion the paraphernalia for a light shower – that’s the rain kind of course - predicted by the weather bureau, but despite early sprinkles and a damp seat the night was gloriously aromatic with fresh eucalyptus mixing with gourmet food and coffee.
We’re getting good at all this outdoor stuff. And despite the variables of summer weather there’s pleasure in the choices on offer, whether a sit down under the stars or a meander of the markets that have begun to spread and prosper. If it pops up we’ll pop along.
The Flix in the Stix crowd was probably less than anticipated but the juggernaut that has been touring regional NSW put on a great show for an audience happy to sit back and be entertained with this eclectic mix of international short films curated by the lovely Debra Mailman. The pre flix entertainment included ARIA winning My Friend the Chocolate Cake and Tripod as the crowd meandered, lined up for the beer, cider, coffee, and free popcorn, to go with the pizza and pulled pork buns or their own tasty gourmet picnic fixin’s. The reclining was on the now ubiquitous Commbank yellow plastic blow-up back rests - they littered the hill after the Australian of the Year Concert - or beanbags in the expensive seats section and plenty of the Bunnings fold up chairs.
It was a night of exceptional international short films and constant social media communications to find out if the Socceroos won, if the LNP lost and if Serena is still number one. All in the affirmative!