The last film I saw in the cinema was a press screening of historical drama The Current War on Monday, March 9. Then the hammer came down, press screenings started falling off the calendar, studios began announcing release delays of a year or more, and we all began scouring the streaming services for deeper cuts (pro tip: SBS On Demand is the best, and I’d say that even if I wasn’t writing here).
But now we’re back! Cinemas are opening again across the country (except poor old Melbourne, where a glorious fortnight of theatrical exhibition was scuppered by a fresh six-week lockdown). While the release calendar has been winnowed down considerably, with tentpoles like Disney’s Mulan and Warners’ Tenet leading a field of arthouse and indies like The Personal History of David Copperfield, Resistance and Waves, if you want the theatrical experience, the theatres are once again there for you.