Natimuk Showgrounds and Recreation Reserve Oval to screen Red Dog in outdoor cinema on Saturday

THE Wimmera will have plenty of chances to watch films this month, with an outdoor cinema in Natimuk on Saturday and the Horsham Film society’s 50th birthday. 

Natimuk Showgrounds and Recreation Reserve Oval will be transformed this weekend.

Natimuk Showgrounds management committee delegate Cheryl Sudholz said patrons would be able to bring their own beanbags or deckchairs to watch two films.

“The gates will open at 6pm and there will be a barbecue and food to purchase,” she said.

“The film start time will vary because we will have to wait for sunset, but it should be at about 8.15pm.

“The first film is a kids movie called Impy’s Island, it has a dinosaur and the main feature will be Red Dog.”

Entry will be $5 per person with those aged under two free.

Ms Sudholz said the film night was to raise money for the showgrounds and its facilities for the football and netball club and the tennis.

Horsham Rural City Council has supported the film night through its drought relief fund.

Later this month, the Horsham Film Society will kick off celebrations for its 50th birthday with its premiere screening for the year on February 27 at Horsham Centre Cinema.

Film society president Janet Heard said the organisation was formed in 1967 by a group interested in viewing non-mainstream films.

The first screening will be The Fencer, a drama from Finland, Estonia and Germany, which has won prestigious global film awards.