The Vic Is Open – Official!

Posted by on Oct 26, 2010 | 5 Comments

The Speculator was delighted to attend the official opening night of The Vic tonight, and can report the evening went off without a hitch.

The Speculator was a little concerned David Slack may have baulked at the depiction of him as “hirsute” in our previous article on The Vic; however after being soundly beaten in the men’s toilets, The Speculator is relieved to report there are no hard feelings.

Margot McRae and Mark Sigglekow did the initial honours by thanking all of those who had participated in getting The Vic open again – on its 98th birthday.

They then invited Roger Hall, patron of The Vic, to officially open the old dear by cutting a piece of celluloid strung across the stage. Despite saying he preferred a bow to undo (it had been some time since he had undone one, he commented to much laughter) he cut the celluloid with panache to loud cheers and clapping from the near-capacity audience.

The man with his hand now on the Vic’s commercial rudder – John Davies of Academy cinemas – then talked briefly about the challenges ahead. His challenge can be summarised in the three words: Bums On Seats.

Let’s make sure there are an awful lot of our friends’ and neighbours’ bums on The Vic’s seats in the next months.

The film – The Ghost Writer directed by Roman Polanski – is an excellent re-telling of Robert Harris’ thriller The Ghost. Some of you may be familiar with Harris’ other works; they include Fatherland, Enigma (also a film), Pompeii and more recently two excellent works of dramatic fiction based upon the life of Roman orator Cicero.

Polanski sticks close to the book, and captures the enveloping claustrophobia and growing menace of the book very well. With Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan in the lead roles, it’s a great watch, with a fine twist at the end.

But best of all; to see it, you don’t have to confront Lake Rd traffic, that blasted intersection with Anzac and Hurstmere roads where species have become extinct waiting for the lights to change, or the pernicious pricing of the Berkeley cinema, where, for the price of a tub of popcorn, you could pay all the main actors from the film to give you a personal performance in your living room. Nor do you have to base your evening around the final sailing of the ferry at 10:00.

You can just pop down the road for a glass of Chardy and comfy seat at our own cinema. Wohay!


  1. GB says:

    I hope the new cinema proggy, out today, has movies for the kids, as have had alot of Devo residents ask me if there is going to be movies for kids, is important to please the ankle biters as well eh. 🙂

  2. GB says:

    I was there on Tues night for the Vics b/day,
    was packed like sardines.
    The Ghost Writer started off okay, but man is it long, and as a screenwriter myself, felt the dialogue went on and on aimlessly at times.
    Am seeing RED on Friday. 🙂
    WELL DONE Vic trust!

  3. Ruth says:

    The Ghost Writer is a great thriller – still thinking about the ending… and what it means for the leaders of our nations.
    And great to invite the “friends of Vic” to the opening show. Much appreciated.

  4. Simon says:

    This movie looks interesting! We are down to see it Thursday evening

    Bums on seats.

  5. Buffy says:

    Off to see RED tomorrow – can’t wait!!!

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