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Harbourfront Centre’s FREE FLICKS film series is back with a Funny Girl lineup - July 2–August 27

TORONTO, ON (June 12, 2014) – Come watch films under the stars by the water at Harbourfront Centre’s FREE FLICKS, presented by Redbox. All films are free and are screened every Wednesday night from July 2 – Aug. 27 at approximately 9 p.m. on the covered WestJet Stage (rain or shine).

This summer’s films feature women at the forefront of comedy, both classic and contemporary. From directors to writers to actors, women rule this summer film series.

Kicking off the 2014 lineup on July 2nd is Tina Fey’s first screenplay, Mean Girls, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Written by Tina Fey and starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey and more, Mean Girls is sharp and witty comedy at its finest. Our selection of comedic films include In A World..., Bend it Like Beckham, Desk Set, Caramel, Clueless, and much more.

All screenings are hosted by Now Magazine’s film critic Norm Wilner; select screenings will have special guests. Beverages and popcorn will be available for purchase at the Lakeside Local Patio.

“This year especially, women in film are a hot topic. We see Jane Campion, Palme d’Or Winner and President of the Jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, speaking out against the lack of women being celebrated in the film industry,” says Jennifer McLeod, Artistic Associate. “Exploring concepts of 'Legacy' at Harbourfront Centre this season, the 2014 programming of films at FREE FLICKS brings female filmmakers, writers and actors front and center, and demonstrates their important contributions, past and present, to comedic filmmaking.”

The public can also vote for the final feature to be screened on Aug. 27. Audiences can choose from the following four films at

Private Benjamin – Goldie Hawn shines in this iconic comedy film for which she serves as both the star and executive producer. Private Benjamin immerses a society girl in the world of basic training, a classic “fish out of water” comedy, co-written by Nancy Meyers.

JunoJuno follows the life of a teen (Ellen Page) trying to navigate pregnancy in her youth. Sharp-tongued and quick-witted, this script by Diablo Cody spoke to a generation.

Bridesmaids – Annie (Kristen Wiig) is set to be the maid of honour for her best friend’s wedding, while her life spirals out of control she is having some trouble holding up her end of things. Through hilarious missteps, Annie takes us through her journey of life, love, and friendship.

But I’m a Cheerleader – A light satire about a girl who is sent to “straight camp” when her parents suspect her of being a lesbian. This cult film features Natasha Lyonne, RuPaul Charles and more.

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

For information about visiting Harbourfront Centre during the Queens Quay revitalization, visit

Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto’s central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe.


Sarah Cooper
Office: 416-973-4655 Cell: 416-523-1240


Mean Girls (PG)
Wednesday, July 2 at approximately 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Tina Fey, Rachel McAdams, Amy Poehler
Directed by: Mark Waters
2014 marks the 10-year anniversary of Mean Girls. Written by Tina Fey and starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey and more, Mean Girls is sharp, witty comedy at its finest.

Bend it Like Beckham (PG)
Wednesday, July 9 at approximately 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Starring: Keira Knightley, Parminder Nagra
Directed by: Gurinder Chadha
Bend it Like Beckham is a feel-good comedy about a young girl’s love of soccer and how she comes to terms with who she is while being a dutiful daughter in a strict orthodox Sikh family.

Clueless (PG)
Wednesday, July 16 at approximately 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Starring: Alicia Silverstone
Directed by: Amy Heckerling
Amy Heckerling wrote and directed this classic comedy following Cher (Alicia Silverstone’s) attempts to find love, be good to others and negotiate the politics of high school. Inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma, Clueless is truly an example of female comedy spanning many generations and forms.

Caramel (PG)
Wednesday, July 23 at approximately 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Arabic with English Subtitles
Starring & Directed by: Nadine Labaki
A romantic comedy and tale of friendship based in a beauty shop in Beirut. Caramel is a warm, funny directorial debut from the multi-talented Nadine Labaki who co-wrote, directed and starred in the film.

Desk Set (F)
Wednesday, July 30 at approximately 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Starring: Katharine Hepburn
Directed by: Walter Lang
The classic film Desk Set is a fun, smart, romantic comedy starring Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy and a whole cast of funny women. Penned by husband and wife team, Phoebe and Henry Ephron, (parents of Delia and Nora Ephron who are also quite prolific in film) Desk Set is a sharp, witty look at technology’s ‘invasion’ into the workplace in the 1950s.

Kissing Jessica Stein (AA)
Wednesday, August 6 at approximately 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Starring: Jennifer Westfeldt and Heather Juergensen
Directed by: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
Kissing Jessica Stein is a delightful indie comedy (written by and starring Jennifer Westfeldt and Heather Juergensen) about a woman who is unlucky in love and trying to navigate the dating world. Kissing Jessica Stein is a witty exploration of sexuality, acceptance and family discourse.

In A World… (14A)
Wednesday, August 13 at approximately 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Written, Starring & Directed by: Lake Bell
Triple threat Lake Bell’s In a World… delivers on every level. As writer, director and star of the film, which examines the emergence of a woman in the male-dominated industry of movie introduction voice-overs, Lake kills it as a funny, strong force to be reckoned with.

Funny Girl (PG)
Wednesday, August 20 at approximately 8:20pm. (WestJet Stage)
Starring: Barbra Streisand
Directed by: William Wyler
Barbra Streisand’s first film, which stuck a chord with the viewing public catapulted her to stardom and launched her career to unperceived heights. A truly iconic film, Funny Girl is timeless, captivating and thoroughly enjoyable.

Voters’ Choice (TBC)
Wednesday, August 27 at approximately 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
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