There’s a free film festival coming to Federation Square next month

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There’s a free film festival coming to Federation Square next month

Free Film Festival

Catch two of Hitchcock's most celebrated spy thrillers on the big screen for free as part of The Surveillance Film Festival.

The Surveillance Film Festival takes place in Federation Square on August 6 and includes a double feature of two of Hitchcock’s best spy and surveillance themed films. Grab yourself a blanket for the low, low price of a gold coin donation at the Woofy’s Eye Spy Cart near the Main Stage, as the ever-perceptive panopticon-esque art installation The Eyes watch over you.

What you need to know

  • On August 6 The Surveillance Film Festival takes place at Federation Square
  • A double screening of two of Hitchcock’s greatest spy and triller films, Rear Window and North by Northwest
  • They’re also giving out free hot chocolates (until they run out)

Keep up with the latest Melbourne film and television news here.

With free loaded hot chocolates and eye themed sweets up for grabs, there are two movies on show: North by Northwest (1959) and Rear Window (1954). 

A thrilling tale of mistaken identity, North by Northwest follows an advertising executive who becomes unwillingly involved in a complex spy plot. Starring Cary Grant and with an absolutely iconic opening title sequence by the legendary Saul Bass, North by Northwest is a fantastic thriller weaved by the master of suspense. 

Starring Grace Kelly and James Stewart, Rear Window is one of the greatest mystery thrillers ever released to the big screen. Based on Cornell Woolrich’s 1942 short story It Had to Be Murder, Hitchcock’s film follows a wheelchair-bound wildlife photographer who spends his days looking out his window at his neighbours – only to witness a potential murder. Intense, suspenseful and grippingly original in its premise and delivery, it’s no wonder that Rear Window is heralded as one of the best films of the 20th Century. 

Surveillance Film Festival August 6 program:

  • North by Northwest (1959) – 6pm
  • Rear Window (1954) – 9pm 

There’s always tons of free stuff going down at Federation Square. Find out more about what’s going on by heading here.