The Florida Project

Dec 11, 17 The Florida Project

We have 5 double in-season passes for THE FLORIDA PROJECT

For your chance to win a double pass, answer the question below:

“What was your favourite summer past time as a child?”

Put your answer on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram (with the hashtag #TheFloridaProject, tagging @reviewbrisbane so we see it), Facebook, or below!

In Cinemas DECEMBER 16
With major release in January & February



THE FLORIDA PROJECT is the story of precocious six year-old Moonee (Brooklyn Prince) and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure. Living at a motel in the shadow of Disney World, Moonee is seemingly oblivious to the struggles of adults around her, including mother Halley (Bria Vinaite), and motel manager/father-figure Bobby (Willem Dafoe).

Thanks to Icon Film Distribution



**Contains a few spoilers! – you have been warned!**

Somewhere in the shadows of tourist traps and Walt Disney World is a story waiting to be told. An unconventional, unsettling story about childhood memories within a purple motel filled with the disaffected, forgotten members of American society. It is no place for a child to be raised, but that doesn’t destroy the imagination that every child has. Even in the most desolate of areas, happiness can be found.

The Florida Project is a profound film. We are introduced to a community of downtrodden, unemployed, poor folks trapped in the heart of American family tourism.  Performances here are nothing but exceptional. Willem Dafoe is excellent here as the kind but hardened hotel manager who has to balance his sympathy for his residents with his steadfast refusal to tolerate breaking of the rules in his establishment. He looks out for the children vigilantly even as they test his patience. Newcomer Bria Vinaite makes an impression as a troubled young woman who will do anything, to provide for her daughter. The breakout star of the film is Brooklyn Prince as Moonee, a girl who lives an average childhood in a not so average world, of which she only knows.

Although the film ends on a very uncertain note, it is in keeping with a compelling portrait of innocence toddling through a squalid adult world of poverty, crime and despair. Almost anyone one who watches this attentively will compare it to his or her own childhood, no matter how dissimilar.

This film certainly won’t be for everyone. Some might see it without a plot, others could see it more as a “poverty porn” type of situation, others might just be overly ragey at the scenario that these characters find themselves in, and can’t see past the “unfit parenting” to see the overall story that Sean Baker is trying to tell.

A special shout out to Dendy Coorparoo for putting on the preview screening at the new fancy cinemas just opened up. The premium lounge – and the food and drink deals – look friggen amazing. So if you’re sussing out a new flick over the summer, I would definitely recommend sussing out Dendy Coorparoo if you’re over that side of town.


  1. Stacey Nanson /

    My favourite summer past time aa a child was going to the “pizza place” in NZ and having Pizza on the beach with family then walking over to the shops for an ice cream then playing on the play ground!

  2. Alexandra /

    My favourite past time was going to my grandparent’s beach house on the Sunshine Coast in Qld and having BBQs outside in the park. To be a kid again!

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