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Free Flicks fills the screen with family-friendly, fishy and dramatic adaptations

TORONTO, June 9, 2005 – The popular Free Flicks outdoor film programme, presented by Stella Artois, returns this year to Harbourfront Centre bound by the theme of adaptations: films that take their cues from the page straight to the screen on the CIBC Stage! Hosted by Maxine Bailey, Free Flicks runs every Wednesday evening beginning June 29 through to August 10. Warm, family-friendly films begin this year’s seasonal offerings: Babe, The Princess Bride and The Wizard of Oz. Two fish tales follow, Big Fish and the original ‘blockbuster’ Jaws, originally released 30 years ago this summer. The series ends with maximum drama as we screen the recent adaptations Bride and Prejudice and The Bourne Identity. The Toronto International Film Festival Group presents fan favorite Bend it like Beckham as a thank you to the citizens of the City of Toronto. All films begin at 9 p.m., are free admission¸ and screen under the shelter of the CIBC Stage, rain or shine. (Full schedule follows)

Families will enjoy Babe on June 29 (Rated: Family), the heart-warming and funny tale about a pig with a mission. Adapted from Dick King-Smith’s novel and starring James Cromwell, little piglet Babe tries to find his place in life and on the farm…by sheepherding! The following week, on July 6, Free Flicks screens The Princess Bride (Rated: PG). Based on William Holdman’s novel, this fairy tale cult classic has it all: a feisty princess, an obsessed swordsman, a giant and the Dread Pirate Roberts! On July 13, L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wizard of Oz (Rated: Family) winds the audience down the yellow brick road to meet munchkins and witches. Experience one of the most beloved films ever made starring Judy Garland.

Two fishy offerings follow, one from the world fantastic on July 20 with Big Fish (Rated: PG) and the other rooted in the jagged-toothed reality of Jaws (Rated: AA) on July 27. Directed by the imaginative Tim Burton, based on Daniel Wallace’s novel, and starring Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney, Big Fish tells the tale of a son who learns more about his tall-tale telling father in an adventure as big as life itself. Steven Spielberg’s original summer blockbuster Jaws, based on the best-selling novel by Peter Benchley, is a nail-biting tale of a police chief, a scientist, and a grizzled sailor who set out to destroy a man-eating shark.

Two weeks in August are filled with maximum drama on the Free Flicks silver screen. On August 3, Bollywood meets Jane Austin in the recently adapted Bride and Prejudice (Rated G) based on the classic novel Pride and Prejudice. Starring Aishwarya Rai and Martin Henderson, the movie launches the opening night for Masala! Mehndi! Masti! South Asian Arts festival and will feature a special appearance by Director Gurinder Chadha.On August 10 The Bourne Identity (Rated AA) will get hearts racing as Jason Bourne becomes a target and follows an action-packed and exciting adventure of self-discovery. Based on the suspense thriller by Robert Ludlum, the film stars Matt Damon and Franka Potente.

Also, on Sunday July 30, The Toronto International Film Festival Group presents Bend It Like Beckham (Rated PG) as a thank you to the citizens of the City of Toronto. Directed by Gurinder Chadha and starring Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightly, the movie tells the story of how an orthodox Sikh girl rebels against her parents’ traditionalism by secretly joining a girl’s football team.

Harbourfront Centre Summer Free Flicks 2005 events take place at 235 Queens Quay West in Toronto. For further information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit us online at 
www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Free Flicks Schedule:

Wednesday, June 29--Babe (Rated: Family). Starts at 9 p.m. at the CIBC Stage
Wednesday, July 6—The Princess Bride (Rated: PG). Starts at 9 p.m. at the CIBC Stage
Wednesday, July 14—The Wizard of Oz (Rated: Family). Starts at 9 p.m. at the CIBC Stage 
Wednesday, July 20—Big Fish (Rated: PG). Starts at 9 p.m. at the CIBC Stage
Wednesday, July 27—Jaws (Rated: AA). Starts at 9 p.m. at the CIBC Stage
*Sunday, July 30—TIFF presents Bend It Like Beckham (Rated: PG). Starts at 9 p.m. at the CIBC Stage 
Wednesday, August 3—Bride and Prejudice (Rated: G). Starts at 9 p.m. at the CIBC Stage 
Wednesday, August 10—The Bourne Identity (Rated: AA). Starts at 9 p.m. at the CIBC Stage

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Hi-Res Jpeg stills from all Free Flicks movies are available.

Media Contacts: 

Rebecca Webster, 416-973-4518,rwebster@harbourfrontcentre.com
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428, wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com


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