The first film festival to be hosted in Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands will be the fabulous MMF @ FMM. To the uninitiated that is the Motor Movie Festival @ Franschhoek Motor Museum. It is set for the 22nd and 23rd October 2016.
Few places other than Anthonij Rupert Wyne allow for the friendly meeting of cars and wine. At Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s L’Ormarins estate there is an excellent opportunity for this meeting to happen. Car lovers and movie lovers can combine their passions and relive the drive-in experience by watching motor-themed movies while seated in a classic 1930s, 1940 or 1950s car from the motor museum’s famous collection.
The two-day festival includes four movie screenings, presented in a way that could only be possible at a motor museum on a wine farm. Festival goers will get to peruse the automotive exhibition – including a display of cars with links to well-loved movies – taste wines from Anthonij Rupert, enjoy a movie screening from the seat of a special car (glass of wine in hand) and round off the experience with a roadhouse burger and gourmet milkshake in the museum’s Pitstop Café.
The movies selected for screening are:
The original The Italian Job (1969), loved for its car chase involving three Minis and starring Michael Caine and Noël Coward.
Vanishing Point (1971) that brings together Barry Newman, a collection of counter culture characters and a white Dodge Challenger in an epic 15-hour race.
Midnight Run (1988) features a host of American cars, from a Ford Crown Victoria to a Chevrolet Caprice, in a caper starring Robert de Niro as a bounty hunter on a trying assignment.
Finally, in Thelma & Louise (1991) a fishing trip gone wrong sparks a flight from the law in a ’66 Ford Thunderbird. Star-studded with Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon, Brad Pitt and Harvey Keitel.
For the lunch-time event festival goers arrive at 10h00 to view the museum’s cars as they taste Anthonij Rupert wines. At 11h00 the movie starts with everyone seated in a car. Afterwards there’s the roadhouse meal at the Pitstop Café to look forward to. The evening event commences at 16h00 with the screening at 17h00.
Celebrated as the ‘Gourmet Capital of South Africa”, charming Franschhoek hosts popular events such as the annual Méthode Cap Classique & Champagne Festival and the Franschhoek Literary Festival. The MMF @ FMM will be another highlight on the innovative town’s events calendar.
Bookings are through www.webtickets.co.za. The price of R395 per person includes amongst others, the movie, the road house meal, a tasting of various wines and a visit to the motor museum.