Back for its fifth edition, Films at the Fort returns to Fort Canning Park this August. If you aren’t aware of what it is, think of it as alfresco movie-watching under the stars – where unlike traditional theatres – you can bring your own food and drinks along, though alcohol is prohibited. If cooking isn’t your thing, there’s also food available on-site courtesy of The Providore.
Taking place from 3 – 20 August, there will a movie screened every night, 15 in total. It’s a mixed bag of friendly commercial fare such as Baywatch and ’80s classic Top Gun, to Oscar-nominated works such as Hidden Figures and Moonlight, so you can be sure there’s something for almost everyone.
If you need more convincing, Films at the Fort is organised by the same people behind the recent Sunset Cinema event – which means it’s going to be fun, stylish affair.
If you’re overwhelmed by the variety of films available, here are the ones you should be watching:
This year’s Best Picture winner at the Oscars, Moonlight chronicles the struggles of a young black man from childhood to adulthood. Think of it as a coming-of-age flick, only with the most exquisite (*not maudlin) portrayals of pain and confusion as the protagonist deals with a broken family, bullying and his sexuality.
Friday 18th August, 7:30pm
#2: 20th Century Women
Starring an A-list cast of Elle Fanning, Annette Benning and Greta Gerwig, 20th Century Women is set in the ’70s, and it sees a single mother who enlists her friends to help raise her teenage son. Heartwarming and tender, this is the feel good film to watch.
Thursday 3rd August, 7:30pm
#3: Get Out
One of the most critically acclaimed films in recent times, Get Out is a commentary of racial issues in America, but done with a twist, black comedy/horror style. If you only have time to watch one film, Get Out should be it.
Tuesday 8th August, 7:30pm
#4: Thelma & Louise
This 1991 classic by Ridley Scott still stands as one of the best road movies ever – a story about two miserable housewives who are forced by circumstances to go on the run. It also stars a young Brad Pitt in one of his earliest breakthrough roles.
Saturday 5th August, 7:30pm
#5: Hidden Figures
Another feel-good flick, Hidden Figures tells the stories of the pivotal roles played by African American female mathematicians who worked at NASA during the space race of the 1960s, but who have largely gone unnoticed by history – hence the title.
Sunday 6th August, 7:30pm
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