Immerse yourself in the spirit of the film Patrick by baring your bottom.
As part of the Fantastic Film Festival Australia, film buffs will be able to take it all off to watch Patrick—the Shakespearean tragi-comedy set in a nudist colony.
The Belgian film, written and directed by Tim Mielants (director of Peaky Blinders’ third season among other series), centres on the socially awkward titular character as he searches for his missing hammer. While his quest takes place, the community in the nudist colony is thrown into turmoil as some members seek to take control.
Aside from winning Best Director at the 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival where the film premiered, Patrick has also gone on to pick up seven awards at the Ensor Flemish Film Awards and Best Film at the Magritte Awards with Mielants showing a ”real flair for combining comedy and tragedy” (Hollywood Reporter).
Patrick premieres in Australia thanks to FFFA who are dedicated to showcasing the world’s most daring, thought-provoking and innovative films. With the characters in Patrick baring pretty much everything all the time, FFFA are given cinema-goers the chance to join in with the onscreen nudity with a very special screening of the film.
Before the intrigue and deceit play out, movie buffs will strip down in the cinema to expose their own peculiarities and begin the journey of self-discovery that the film’s stars embark on. Thankfully, this all takes place in a movie theatre at Lido Cinemas, so the lights will be dimmed and you’ll already be in your seats. Regardless, the nude screening on Saturday provides a unique opportunity to view the film and envelop yourself in its world. It’s just one more immersive experience if you ask us.
Since the safety of everyone in attendance is of the utmost importance, photography is banned and attendees are asked to respect other patrons’ personal space. No lude or antisocial behaviour will be tolerated and all patrons must be eighteen years or older to attend. They must also bring along a towel to sit on because, you know, hygienee. To hit up the candy bar or the toilets, you’ll also need to put your clothes back on.
For those keen on seeing the movie but not keen on taking off their clothes, Lido Cinemas will be showing Patrick for a fully-clothed audience at the same time but in a different cinema (Screen 5). Patrick, the nude screening, takes place in Screen 8 at 7:30pm. Get your tickets here.
The FFFA is on now and will finish on 1 May. You can browse the full FFFA program here.