Summer film series at The Reach

Summer Film Series kicks off on June 28 with Moonrise Kingdom

This summer you can bring some popcorn, a cushion and a friend to The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford (32388 Veterans Way).

On select Friday and Saturday nights during the summer the public is invited to watch some great films. The Summer Film Series will feature big budget films like The Great Gatsby alongside foreign dramas like A Royal Affair. All of the films start at 7 p.m. and are shown free of charge.

“We’ve had a lot of success with these films,” said Gabriel Kirkley, the co-ordinator of the series. “People really seem to appreciate being able to see films in Abbotsford that you might not otherwise be able to see on a bigger screen.”

On June 28, The Reach kicks off the series with the quirky film, Moonrise Kingdom.  Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, it tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness.

This will be followed on July 13 by the 2009 film Moon, starring Sam Rockwell, tying in with the Sith Happens and The Reach event earlier in the day. Moon shows astronaut Sam Bell experiencing a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon.

A Royal Affair will be shown on July 26. It details the life of the young queen Caroline Matilda who, while married to the insane king Christian VII of Denmark, secretly falls in love with her physician and starts a revolution that changes her nation forever.

Tying in with the Abbotsford Airshow, on Aug. 9, the classic war aviation movie Tora! Tora! Tora! will be shown. It’s about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.

On Aug. 16, The Great Gatsby will be up on the big screen.

This new adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby, Carry Mulligan as Daisy and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway. Come dressed in costume to win great prizes – more details at

Finally, the series ends on Aug. 23 with War Witch, a Canadian-made film about a girl in sub-Saharan Africa who is kidnapped by rebels and forced to join their civil war.

Call 604-864-8087 or email for more information.

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