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Surveillance Film Festival

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Friday 1 July 2022
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Saturday 2 July 2022
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Sunday 3 July 2022
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Monday 4 July 2022
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Tuesday 5 July 2022
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Wednesday 6 July 2022
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Thursday 7 July 2022
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Saturday 9 July 2022
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Sunday 10 July 2022
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Thursday 21 July 2022
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Saturday 6 August 2022
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Main Square


All agesFree

As the enormous Big Brother … er, Big Screen – looks down on us all from on high this winter, we’ll keep you rooted to the spot with a tantalisingly terrifying line-up of spy and surveillance-themed films.

Whether you’re a junior cryptologist in the making, a bonafide Bond-aficionado or a card-carrying sci-fi buff, we’ve got a spooky, thrilling or mysterious film to unleash your inner spy.

We’ll have the deckchairs out, so it’s time to bring a blanky and get cosy this winter, under the watchful gaze of The Eyes, for the Surveillance Film Festival at Fed Square.

Free popcorn will be available from the Woofy’s Eye Spy Cart on Saturday 2 and 9 July, and Sunday 3 and 10 July at the start of each film and will be available until stocks run out.

You can also purchase a blanket for a gold coin donation from the Woofy’s Eye Spy Cart near the Main Stage, before each film screening on Saturday 2 and 9 July, and Sunday 3 and 10 July. All proceeds will go to the Fred Hollows Foundation Indigenous Australia Program.

We’ll also have free loaded hot chocolates and eye themed sweet treats from the Woofy’s Eye Spy Cart near the Main Stage from 6pm-9pm (or until stocks run out) on Saturday 6 August.

Colours available are:
Retina Red
UV Blue
Greyscale Grey

Check out the program below.

North by Northwest

Saturday 6 August, 6pm

PG: Medium Level Violence

A wretched New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies and is chased across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

Rear Window

Saturday 6 August, 9pm

M: Contains themes of Violence

Professional photographer Jeff is wheelchair-bound after breaking his leg. Confined to his apartment window he spends time observing his neighbours and becomes convinced one of them have committed murder. Jeff enlists the help of his high society fashion consultant girlfriend Lisa and visiting nurse Stella to investigate.

Past Films

Penguins of Madagascar

Friday 1 July, 4pm

G: Very Mild Impact themes of violence

Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in global spying biz. Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization known as The North Wind.


Friday 1 July, 9pm

M: For intense sequences of violence and action and Mild Profanity, Sex and Alcohol scenes.

When Evelyn Salt became a CIA officer, she swore an oath to duty, honor, and country. When a defector accesses her of being a Russian spy, Salt’s oath is put to the test. Now a fugitive, Salt must use every skill gained from years of training and experience to evade capture, but the more she tries to prove her innocence, the more guilty she seems.

Get Smart

Saturday 2 July, 4pm

PG: Comedy violence and coarse language

Maxwell Smart, a highly intellectual but bumbling spy working for the control agency is tasked with preventing a terrorist attack from rival spy agency KAOS.

The Day of the Jackal

Saturday 2 July, 8pm

PG: Medium Level Violence

In the aftermath of France allowing Algeria’s independence, a group of resentful military veterans hire a professional assassin codenamed “Jackal” to Kill President Charles de Gaulle.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Sunday 3 July, 4pm

PG: The content is mild in impact

Roy Neary, an Indiana electrician, finds his ordinary life turned upside down after a close encounter with a UFO. This encounter inspires Roy’s quest for answers.

Eye in the Sky

Sunday 3 July, 8pm

M: Mature themes, violence, and coarse language

Colonel Katherine Powell is a UK-based military officer in command of a top-secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from capture to kill.

Spy Kids

Monday 4 July, 5pm

PG: Low Level Violence

Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez were the world’s finest secret agents. They have now retired and settled down to raise their two children Carmen and Juni. When the parents are kidnapped, Carmen and Juni take matters into their own hands and work to save them.

The Social Network

Monday 4 July, 8pm

M: Course Language

Based on the true story of former Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg. When Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, he is sued by twins who claimed he stole their idea and by the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams

Tuesday 5 July, 5pm

PG: Low level Violence

Carmen and Juni Cortez set out for a mysterious island where they encounter a genetic scientist and a set of rival Spy Kids.

The Conversation

Tuesday 5 July, 8pm

M: Contains themes of Violence

A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that the couple, he is spying on will be murdered.

Harriet the Spy

Wednesday 6 July, 5pm

PG: The content is mild in impact

Harriet, a curious 11-year-old, is a spy. But when her friends find her secret notebook, the tables are turned on her. Will she be able to win her friends back and keep going with the spy business?

The Interpreter

Wednesday 6 July, 8pm

M: Moderate Violence

Silvia Broome, a dual citizen of Matobo and the US, works as an interpreter at the United Nations. During an emergency, the U.N. is evacuated. When Silvia returns after hours to pick up her belongings, she happens to overhear a plot to assassinate an African head of state.

My Spy

Thursday 7 July, 5pm

PG: Mild themes, action violence and coarse language

JJ, a CIA operative who has been demoted, finds himself at the mercy of Sophie, a 9-year-old girl. After he is sent undercover to monitor her family, in exchange for not blowing JJ’S cover, Sophie convinces him to teach her to be a spy.

The Truman Show

Thursday 7 July, 9pm

PG: Adult themes, low level coarse language

An insurance salesman discovers his whole life is a reality TV show – his hometown a huge TV Soundstage filled with hidden cameras and actors who pretend to be his family and friends.

Sherlock Gnomes

Saturday 9 July, 6pm

G: Very mild themes, animated violence and coarse language

Garden gnomes Gnomeo and Juliet recruit renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments.


Saturday 9 July, 8pm

M: Moderate violence, moderate coarse language

Vincent was born with a chronic heart condition, which would prevent him travelling into space. So, in turn he assumes the identity of an athletic man with the required genes that would allow him to achieve his dream of space travel.

THX 1138

Sunday 10 July, 7pm

PG: The content is mild in impact

In the 25th century, a time when people have designations instead of names, a man THX 1138 and a woman LUH 3417, rebel against their inflexible regulated society.

Hunger Games

Sunday 10 July, 9pm

M: Mature themes and violence

Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister place in the Hunger Games, a televised competition where two teenagers from twelve Districts are chosen randomly to fight till death.

Unseen Skies

Thursday 21 July, 6pm

PG: Mild themes

Yaara Bou Melhem’s documentary Unseen Skies explores the evolution of state and corporate surveillance. Her docu-journey follows Trevor Paglen, one of the 21st century’s most visionary artists, on one of his most audacious projects to date – the launching of an artwork into space to show that our skies are more than the exclusive playground of the military-industrial complex. Or are they?

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