Outdoor cinema during the Melbourne summer has become a bit of a ‘thing’. The Melbourne Cricket Club team though decided to break the mould by having an outdoor movie session on the hallowed MCG turf!
On Friday 12 February, the MCC team did something they haven’t done for 100 years: host a movie on the grounds. Yep, from the middle of the MCG — surrounded by 100,000 empty seats — we were going to look up at the ‘scoreboard’ to watch a feature-length film. My excitement at attending the event could hardly be contained. What was the setup like? How was it going to go? What happens if it rains? Would we actually be on the ground?
We were on the ground. Picture being dwarfed by the huge MCG stands and surrounded by 2,000 or so picnic-goers munching down on hot pies and baskets of goodies. It was amaze.
As dusk turned into night the scoreboard fired up and the movie started. The film choice, Million Dollar Arm (a true story about baseball agents heading to India to find the next wonder-kid) couldn’t have been more apt given the setting.
The novelty value of the experience segued into something more substantial. It was a great night out, and at points I just laid back and stared up at the sky with the stands in my periphery. Similar to other outdoor cinemas, make sure to pack goodies and a blanket. A touch of mozzie repellent also comes in handy.
If the team does it again I’d highly recommend heading on over. It’s a must if you have grown up in Melbourne and a fairly incredible story to tell if you’re a traveller.
Co-founder of The Plus Ones, Rukmal lives and breathes events.