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My Ultimate Movie Marathon

Ros Hull

Ah, movie marathons. My youth remembered.

This will shock some readers but Australia has not always had all night TV. I know the hand holding your coffee just shook a little didn’t it? Channel 9 started by screening movie marathons on Friday nights only … and as I had turned 18 my parents let me decide to destroy my vision, my sleep cycle and my back (I slouch when I sit) all by myself.

I used to make a thermos of coffee, lots of snacks and pull dad’s recliner as close to the TV as I could so everyone else could sleep. Ours, like most houses then only had one TV (just breathe, the shock will pass).

I watched Marx Brothers marathons, golden age musical marathons, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, James Dean and Tyrone Power marathons.

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The love affair with movies that started with Star Wars was cemented forever in my parents lounge room (at very low volume).

Gungahlin’s first Movie Marathon Fundraiser will be held from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 June 2016 at Gungahlin College. Tickets are now on sale and more information can be found here. 19 movies will be screened over the weekend. Absolute heaven!

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The program for that weekend is shaping up well but it got me thinking – what would I screen and why? I could take the easy road and go with all the Harry Potters, followed by the entire Middle-earth saga (8+6=12) and then toss in a bit of Narnia to round things out. Or all superhero flicks? No, perhaps not. I once went to a Bruce Lee marathon and actually felt like he had beaten me up by the end…


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I think I would start with some family friendly offerings, something old (so the kids can see that old doesn’t mean boring) and something new (so the adults can appreciate the wonder that is family movies now). Let’s say Chitty Chitty Bang Bang followed by WALL-E? Now that everyone is settled – let’s upset them a tiny bit with The Wizard of Oz and calm them down with Toy Story (not Toy Story 3 or they will go to bed in tears).


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A little over eight hours of viewing should take us to little-tacker-bedtime so let’s introduce a bit of action. Stop action that is. We would not have the computer generated worlds we do now if Ray Harryhausen had not messed about with models so let’s screen Jason and The Argonauts followed by Star Wars Ep. IV, which is the reason we moved beyond models into computers (and it is the best film ever made, just sayin’).

Are we at the chillin’ point of the weekend? Is there sport being played somewhere? For those that aren’t watching a game let’s get a little indulgent with The Notebook (the best film romance ever, according to my husband) and Kenneth Brannagh’s Cinderella (because I never get tired of looking at the costumes…or Richard Madden). And then a little pensive with the sad, dystopian Never Let Me Go. Or Shadowlands, if we really want to get weepy, or Casablanca, if we want a classic.

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Ok (sniff), enough of that – let’s get back to action! Silly, late in the festival action – like Demolition Man and Independence Day. Are we all awake now? Some serious sci-fi then. Bladerunner and 1984 and Sunshine.


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Too much? What if we mix in some cult films like Rocky Horror Picture Show (you knew that was coming) and Oh Brother Where Art Thou? Or Burn After Reading. Or Fight Club – just for the serious viewers that are pumped on caffeine and popcorn.


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Whichever way I decided to go for my ultimate marathon I know exactly which film I would finish with. I would serve bacon and eggs, I would have coffee on hand and I would watch The Breakfast Club as the sun rose and I returned to reality. Because rebellion and air punches never, ever get old.

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the essentials

What: The Gunghalin Movie Marathon Fundrasier
Where: Gungahlin College, 23 Gozzard Street, Gungahlin Town Centre
When: Friday 17 to Sunday 19 June
Cost: Tickets are $5 per person
For more information and to purchase tickets click here:

Ros Hull

Ros saw Star Wars and immediately wanted to fly the Millenium Falcon. Unable to do that she became a Jill-of-all-trades as her army husband whirled her around the world – and back to Canberra 10 years ago. She has worked in public programs and museum education ever since. She gained an MA in writing whilst getting two daughters through high school - both are now at university and undeniably fabulous (according to her). She can worry as an Olympic sport so she sees lots of movies instead. More about the Author

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