The Florida Project
16 December 2017 20:00 » 16 December 2017 22:00
Newcastle Community Cinema
Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.
Refreshingly unorthodox, full of heart, and creating serious Oscar buzz, this movie was a cert for our final NCC-Select of 2017. The Florida Project is an incredibly poignant and warm look at childhood, set on the dusty highway peripheries of the magical paradise of Disney World, and it tells the story of 6 year old Moonee and her mother Halley, who live their everyday lives at the ironically named Magic Castle budget motel, managed by the charismatic Bobby (unforgettably played by the ever-dependable Willem Dafoe – Best Actor alert?).
Their humdrum, hand-to-mouth existence, punctuated by sacrifice and ongoing hardships, is here overshadowed by the incredible, mischievous and imaginative adventures borne of the mind of Moonee (Brooklynn Prince – again, serious gongworthy performance); this is a character-driven, sun-kissed piece of beautiful and evocative cinema, similar in feel to Little Miss Sunshine and Beasts Of The Southern Wild; set over one long summer, director Sean Baker has created a mini-masterpiece here, that warms the cockles long after the credits roll. We’ll say it – a hands down must-see, not to mention a shoe-in.