Oct 18 — SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED
This week’s feature takes off from one of the great classified ads of our time, and ends up as a surprising and endearing film, as off-center as the real words that inspired it.
WANTED: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.
SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED is a warm movie in cynical disguise. The story takes a handful of thoroughly modern characters, places them in a classic screwball comedy plot, and lets nature take its course. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED spends a lot of time on the concept of time travel, but it’s really about love, attraction, the power of belief and what’s important in life. Just so you know.
A typically tedious staff meeting at a Seattle magazine takes an unexpected turn when staff writer Jeff brings up that classified ad, which solicits replies to a post office box in scenic Ocean View, Wash.
Commandeering the services of beautiful intern Darius and nerdy fellow intern Arnau, a science major padding his resume, Jeff gets the assignment. His real goal is to look up a high school flame he has fantasized about — but not seen — for decades. Which leaves Darius to connect with the ad’s author, Kenneth, a grocery clerk who turns out to be easy to track down but hard to get to know.
SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED plays one show only, 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct 18, at the Empire Theatre Studio 10, 325 Prince Street, Sydney. Tickets $11; Students $7.
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AI WEIWEI – Rescheduled
Apologies for last week’s shipping screwup. We have extended the film series by one week, and rescheduled Ai Weiwei for the night of Dec 6.