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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
Screenings are back in full swing with the last of this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominated films, an all-star cast facing off against giant monsters, a Hitchcock classic back on the big screen, and a very special presentation of a local film based on one of Canberra’s most notorious crimes. Only at the ANU Film Group!
• Thu 20 Apr @ 7:30 PM: KONG: SKULL ISLAND
In the 1970s, a team of explorers and soldiers are brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters – and the home of the mythic creature known as Kong. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and Brie Larson.
• Fri 21 Apr @ 7:30 PM: JOE CINQUE’S CONSOLATION (Q&A EVENT)
Writer-director – and ANU graduate – Sotiris Dounoukos returns home for a very special screening of his film, JOE CINQUE’S CONSOLATION.
Based on Helen Garner’s best-selling book of the same name, the film is a dramatised adaptation of controversial events in late 1997 which culminated in the untimely death of Joe Cinque at the hands of his partner, Anu Singh, an ANU law student. In addition to film festival screenings around the world and an AACTA nomination, the film is also notable for featuring locations at the ANU, including our very own Coombs Theatre. Keep an eye out – you may even spot references to the ANU Film Group itself!
JOE CINQUE’S CONSOLATION commences at 7:30 PM, with the Q&A following at approximately 9:15 PM. Dr Gino Moliterno, Senior Lecturer in Film at the ANU, will moderate the discussion.
• Sat 22 Apr @ **7 PM**: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA + ROPE
In MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, a depressed man (Casey Affleck) returns to his seaside hometown after his older brother unexpectedly passes away. But he is even more shocked to learn that he has been made the sole guardian of his young nephew. Oscar winner for Best Actor (Affleck) and Best Original Screenplay.
Then, in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 classic thriller ROPE (at approx. 9:30 PM), two arrogant young men decide to kill a friend who they consider to be inferior. They then hide his body in their apartment prior to inviting his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the perfection of their crime.
** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: KONG: SKULL ISLAND, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA **
Due to distributor release date changes, two of our upcoming films have had to be replaced, while another has had its start time pushed back. Please see below for more details and be sure to note down the changes on your calendar to avoid missing out!
1. ‘TABLE 19’ REPLACING ‘THE WALL’ ON MAY 11
Originally scheduled for Thursday 11 May, THE WALL is now no longer being released until August this year. In its place on the same date, we will instead be screening the ensemble romantic comedy, TABLE 19, starring Anna Kendrick, Stephen Merchant, Lisa Kudrow and Craig Robinson.
The film follows Eloise (Kendrick), who is relieved of her maid of honour duties at her oldest friend’s wedding after having been dumped by the best man. Deciding to hold her head up high, she attends the wedding anyway and finds herself seated with fellow unwanted guests at the dreaded Table 19. As she gets to know the fellow denizens of her table, she discovers that friendships – and even a little romance – can happen under the most unlikely circumstances.
TABLE 19 will screen on Thursday 11 May at 7:30 PM.
2. ‘MAHANA’ REPLACING ‘A MONSTER CALLS’ ON JUNE 10
In addition to this, A MONSTER CALLS now no longer has a confirmed release date and is therefore unavailable for us to screen on Saturday 10 June as scheduled. In its place as the first feature that night will be MAHANA, a New Zealand drama from acclaimed director Lee Tamahori (ONCE WERE WARRIORS).
Based on the novel from the author of WHALE RIDER, the film tells the tale of two Māori sheep-shearing families off the rural East coast of New Zealand in the 1960s who are sworn enemies battling for supremacy. But when the youngest son of the Mahana family sets out to unravel the truth behind the longstanding feud, he inadvertently risks the fragile cohesion of their tight-knit society.
MAHANA will screen on Saturday 10 June at 7 PM, followed by LOVING (the night’s original second feature) at approximately 8:45 PM.
3. ‘QUEEN OF KATWE’ ON JUNE 3 NOW STARTING AT 7:30 PM
Finally, due to Disney’s new live-action version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST being lengthier than expected, the scheduled start time of QUEEN OF KATWE on Saturday 3 June has been pushed back.
Originally intended to start at 7 PM following BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at 5 PM, QUEEN OF KATWE will instead be commencing at 7:30 PM on the same date.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these changes and hope that you will enjoy the replacement films. We will also endeavour to screen THE WALL and A MONSTER CALLS as part of future programmes where possible.
The ANU Film Group would like to wish all of our members and guests a wonderful Easter break for this coming weekend. Due to the public holidays, there will be no screenings on the weekend, but we’ll be back in full swing next week with some big films, including KONG: SKULL ISLAND, the Oscar-winning MANCHESTER BY THE SEA and our very special Q&A screening of JOE CINQUE’S CONSOLATION!
If you’d like to partake in a bit of fun, don’t forget that we’re hosting the weekly quiz night at the Phoenix Pub in Civic TONIGHT (Tuesday 11 April). It all kicks off at 6:30 PM with free drinks, bar tabs and other assorted prizes up for grabs. Hope to see you there!
Only one screening this week, so don’t miss out on getting your Film Group fix in before all of the chocolate this weekend...
• Wed 12 Apr @ 7:30 PM: THE FOUNDER
In 1950s California, struggling salesman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) spots a business opportunity when he visits a revolutionary new fast food restaurant owned by the McDonald brothers. As the business grows, so does Kroc’s ambition to turn McDonald's into more than just a franchise. Based on a true story.
WIN TICKETS TO ‘THEIR FINEST’ – IN CINEMAS APRIL 20
Thanks to Transmission Films, we’ve got tickets to give away to THEIR FINEST, the new British comedy starring Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy!
With London emptied of men now fighting in WWII, Catrin Cole (Arterton) lands herself a job writing scripts for propaganda films. Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by a movie producer, who recruits her to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. With bombs dropping all around them and the entire country’s morale at stake, Catrin discovers there is as much drama, comedy and passion behind the camera as there is on screen.
The latest film from director Lone Scherfig (AN EDUCATION) is in cinemas from April 20. To check out the film’s trailer, CLICK HERE!
To win one of ten in-season double passes to see THEIR FINEST in cinemas, simply reply to this message – or email firstname.lastname@example.org – with your name, your membership number (located under the barcode on your card) and your answer to the following question: ‘If you were making a WWII propaganda film, what would its title be?’ (Hint: be creative!)
Entries close on WEDNESDAY 19 APRIL with winners to be contacted via email and prizes to be collected at future ANUFG screenings. Good luck!
The ANU's non-teaching period commences this week, so we’re down to limited screenings for the next two weeks. But there’s still plenty to catch at the Film Group, including an acclaimed Brazilian dramedy, M. Night Shyamalan’s latest hit thriller, and the tantalising next chapter in the Fifty Shades saga.
Plus, we’re back at the Phoenix Pub in Civic next Tuesday for another of their weekly quiz nights. Save the date, and find out more below!
• Thu 6 Apr @ 7:30 PM: THE SECOND MOTHER
A live-in housemaid in São Paulo, Brazil, finds her relationship with her wealthy employers thrown into disarray when her estranged teenage daughter moves into their house to apply for admission into the city’s university.
** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Brazil in Canberra **
• Sat 8 Apr @ **7 PM**: FIFTY SHADES DARKER + SPLIT
In the next chapter of the FIFTY SHADES saga, a wounded Christian Grey convinces Anastasia Steele to resume their romance under her conditions. But as the couple finally commence a normal relationship, Christian’s past threatens to tear them apart.
Then, in SPLIT (at approx. 9 PM), three girls discover that the disturbed man who has kidnapped them has 23 different personalities. But the nightmare truly begins when his 24th personality begins to emerge. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
ANUFG @ PHOENIX QUIZ NIGHT – TUESDAY 11 APRIL
Another month, another night of Film Group trivia at the Phoenix Pub, which has triumphantly reopened this week after a brief closure. So come along and join us for a fun evening of casual trivia, fun, games, free drinks and prizes!
DATE: Tuesday 11 April, 2017
TIME: 6:30 PM start (note the earlier start time)
VENUE: The Phoenix Pub, 21 East Row (in the Civic Bus Interchange, near Platform 3)
Entry is free and everyone (including non-members) is welcome to join in!
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Those of you who have been to the Film Group lately may have noticed that some screenings have been a little bit busy. In fact, we have already had a few full house screenings this semester, and some people sadly had to be turned away at the door as a result.
We take this opportunity to remind all of our members that seating at screenings can only be guaranteed if you arrive no later than the advertised starting time. And as per our re-screening policy, a film will only be re-screened if all of the seats in the theatre are taken and a reasonable number of people are turned away prior to the film’s advertised start time.
If you anticipate a film to be a busy one, or if you have particular seating preferences, we recommend that you come along slightly earlier to avoid disappointment. But remember – doors will only open for entry 30 minutes before the start of the film, so not too early!
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
This week at the Film Group, we’ve got a tale of two very different Jackies (Kennedy and Chan), the true account of a Boston manhunt, director Oliver Stone’s take on Edward Snowden, and a weepy romantic drama starring real-life couple Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander (your fun fact for the week!).
• Thu 30 Mar @ 7:30 PM: PATRIOTS DAY
Tragedy strikes when two bombs explode during the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. In the aftermath, the Boston police and the FBI join forces in a race against the clock to hunt down the suspects and bring them to justice. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman and J.K. Simmons.
• Fri 31 Mar @ 7:30 PM: SNOWDEN + SKIPTRACE
In SNOWDEN, disillusioned IT contractor Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) decides to leak the classified information that the NSA has been secretly tracking all forms of digital communication. In doing so he becomes a traitor to some, a hero to others, and a fugitive from the law. Directed by Oliver Stone.
Then, in SKIPTRACE (at approx. 10 PM), a Hong Kong detective (Jackie Chan) on the trail of the notorious crime boss who killed his former partner is forced to team up with an American gambler (Johnny Knoxville) who may prove to be a key witness to the investigation.
• Sat 1 Apr @ **7 PM**: JACKIE + THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS
In JACKIE, in the days immediately following her husband’s assassination, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy. Nominated for 3 Oscars, including Best Actress (Portman).
Then, in THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS (at approx. 8:45 PM), a couple (Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander) living off the coast of Western Australia rescue and adopt an infant girl adrift at sea. Years later, the couple discovers the child’s true parentage and are faced with the moral dilemma of their actions.
** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: JACKIE **
WIN TICKETS TO ‘COLOSSAL’ – IN CINEMAS APRIL 13
Thanks to Transmission Films, we’ve got tickets to give away to the upcoming comedic monster movie, COLOSSAL, starring Anne Hathaway!
In the film, Gloria (Hathaway) is a down-on-her-luck girl from New York who comes to the realisation that she is somehow connected to the giant creature that is presently destroying South Korea. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has been intertwined with this far-off phenomenon, and ultimately, the fate of the world.
Part monster movie, part romantic comedy, this wildly imaginative film from Spanish writer-director Nacho Vigalondo (TIMECRIMES) is in cinemas from April 13. To check out the film’s trailer, CLICK HERE.
To go into the running for one of five in-season double passes to see COLOSSAL in cinemas, simply reply to this message – or email firstname.lastname@example.org – with your name, your membership number (located under the barcode on your card) and your answer to the following question: ‘Name a monster movie screening as part of our Semester One 2017 programme.’ (Hint: feel free to be creative!)
Entries close on WEDNESDAY 5 APRIL with winners to be contacted via email and prizes to be collected at ANUFG screenings.
On Thursday 23 March, our screening of HIDDEN FIGURES was declared a full house shortly after 7:30 PM. This meant that every single seat in the theatre was confirmed as filled, entry at the door was stopped, and people had to be regretfully turned away.
In accordance with our re-screening policy, a film will only be re-screened if all of the seats in the theatre are taken and a reasonable number of people are turned away prior to the film’s advertised start time. As this was not the case on Thursday, we regret to inform you that HIDDEN FIGURES will NOT be receiving a second screening.
We take the opportunity to remind all of our members that seating at screenings can only be guaranteed if you arrive no later than the advertised starting time. There have been a handful of full house screenings so far this semester, so we recommend that you come along slightly earlier if you anticipate the film to be busy or if you have particular seating preferences. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
For more information on our re-screening policy, please CLICK HERE.
Our Oscar run continues this week with three more of this year’s Oscar nominees, plus three films featuring past Oscar nominees and winners that perhaps made the Academy wonder if they made a mistake last time around...
Which is which? We’ll let you figure that one out – but either way, we’ve got a fun week of films in store for you!
• Tue 21 Mar @ 7:30 PM: LIVE BY NIGHT
In the 1920s, a botched job forces a low-level gangster (Ben Affleck) to flee his hometown of Boston for the sunny shores of Florida. There, he re-establishes himself as a rum bootlegger, but soon discovers that his troubles are just beginning. Also starring Zoe Saldana, Chris Cooper and Brendan Gleeson.
• Thu 23 Mar @ 7:30 PM: HIDDEN FIGURES
As the United States races against Russia to put a man in space, NASA discovers untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that go on to serve a vital role in one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Nominated for 3 Oscars, including Best Picture.
• Fri 24 Mar @ 7:30 PM: ASSASSIN’S CREED + WHY HIM?
Adapted from the hit video game series, ASSASSIN’S CREED tells the tale of a man (Michael Fassbender) who uses revolutionary technology that unlocks genetic memories, and discovers that he is descended from a secret society of assassins in 15th century Spain. Also starring Marion Cottilard and Jeremy Irons.
Then, in WHY HIM? (at approx. 9:30 PM) an overprotective father (Bryan Cranston) and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward billionaire boyfriend (James Franco), who is about to pop the question.
• Sat 25 Mar @ **5 PM**: MOANA
In Disney’s latest smash hit, an impetuous young girl answers the ocean’s call when her island’s fish supply and crops are beset by a terrible curse, and sets out on an epic journey across the Pacific to seek help from the legendary demigod known as Maui. Nominated for 2 Oscars, including Best Animated Feature.
• Sat 25 Mar @ **7 PM**: DOCTOR STRANGE
After a car accident, an arrogant neurosurgeon (Benedict Cumberbatch) embarks on a journey of healing to find a cure for his damaged hands. Instead, he discovers a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions in this encore screening of Marvel’s mind-bending blockbuster.
** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: HIDDEN FIGURES, MOANA, DOCTOR STRANGE **
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It’s weeks like these that make us proud to be running Australia’s largest film society. Where else would you be able to find films as eclectic as what we're screening this week?
This week, our members can come along to not just one, but two of this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominees; the Palme d’Or winner from 2016; an acclaimed coming-of-age teen drama; Brad Pitt and Marion Cottilard in a WWII-set spy thriller; and Vin Diesel saving the world, one extreme stunt at a time.
Plus, did we mention that the week also features a FREE quiz night hosted by the ANU Film Group at the Phoenix pub in Civic? There will be free drinks, bar tabs and passes up for grabs, and fun to be had by all. Don’t miss out – it’s on TONIGHT (Tuesday) from 7:30 PM.
• Wed 15 Mar @ 7:30 PM: THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN
Life is already tough for awkward high school student Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), when her older brother starts dating her best friend. Feeling more alone than ever, she unexpectedly finds a friendship that gives her a glimmer of hope. Also starring Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick.
• Thu 16 Mar @ 7:30 PM: HACKSAW RIDGE
A young man (Andrew Garfield) enlists in the American army during WWII, but due to his religious beliefs, refuses to kill people and sets out instead to save lives as an army medic. This Mel Gibson-directed drama was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, and winner of 9 AACTA Awards, including Best Film.
• Fri 17 Mar @ 7:30 PM: LION + I, DANIEL BLAKE
In LION, a five-year-old Indian boy gets lost thousands of kilometres from home, surviving many challenges before eventually being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. Nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture.
Then, in I, DANIEL BLAKE (at approx. 9:30 PM), an ailing carpenter befriends a single mother and her kids as they navigate their way through the bureaucracy of Britain’s welfare benefits system. Directed by Ken Loach, and winner of the Palme d’Or top prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
• Sat 18 Mar @ **7 PM**: ALLIED + XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE
In ALLIED, an American intelligence officer (Brad Pitt) encounters a female French Resistance fighter (Marion Cottilard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines during WWII. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war. Directed by Robert Zemeckis.
Then, in XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE (at approx. 9:15 PM), an extreme athlete-turned-government spy (Vin Diesel) comes out of exile after being presumed dead and is set on a collision course against a team of deadly thrill-seekers. Also starring Samuel L. Jackson, Donnie Yen and Toni Collette.
** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: LION **
Thank you to everyone that made it along to our Annual General Meeting yesterday night, and an extra special congratulations to those that were elected to the new committee of the ANU Film Group’s new administration for 2016/17!
For those of you who sadly may have missed out on a spot, please don’t be discouraged – there are plenty of other ways to help out with the ANUFG, so don’t hesitate to email us anytime at email@example.com if you’d still like to get involved.
ANUFG @ PHOENIX QUIZ NIGHT – TUESDAY 14 MARCH
Looking for something fun to do next Tuesday night? We've got just the thing for you: the ANU Film Group is making a return to The Phoenix Pub’s weekly quiz nights next week, and you’re all invited to come along!
DATE: Tuesday 14 March, 2017
TIME: 7:30 PM start
VENUE: The Phoenix Pub, 21 East Row (in the Civic Bus Interchange, near Platform 3)
Entry is free and everyone (non-members included) is welcome. There will be free passes and free drinks up for grabs throughout the night, so why not round up a few friends – or come along and make new ones – to enjoy a casual evening of movie trivia? You’re welcome!
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
This week, we feature this year’s Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress, the biggest hit in the French Film Festival’s 27-year history, a prequel to a beloved Australian family film, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in a sci-fi romance, and a double feature of very different nocturnal animals!
• Tue 7 Mar @ 7:30 PM: ROSALIE BLUM
The life of a thirty-something hairdresser rotates around his work and his family. But his life changes one morning when he meets the gaze of a grocery store clerk, and begins a search to uncover the truth behind their connection in this feel-good French comedy.
** Presented in partnership with Alliance Française Canberra in celebration of the upcoming French Film Festival. Find out more at www.affrenchfilmfestival.org **
• Thu 9 Mar @ 7:30 PM: FENCES
Denzel Washington directs and stars in this acclaimed adaption of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play about a working-class African-American father struggling with race relations while trying to raise his family in the 1950s. Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress (Viola Davis).
• Fri 10 Mar @ 7:30 PM: NOCTURNAL ANIMALS + AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON
In NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, an art gallery owner (Amy Adams) receives a manuscript for a new book from her estranged ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal). She soon finds herself haunted by the violent tale, which she interprets as a veiled threat.
Then, in the 1981 cult classic AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (at approx. 9:30 PM), two American students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists. Directed by John Landis.
• Sat 11 Mar @ **5 PM**: RED DOG: TRUE BLUE
When eleven year old Mick is shipped off to his grandfather’s cattle station in remote Western Australia, he prepares himself for a life of dull hardship, but instead finds adventure and friendship with a scrappy, one-of-a-kind dog named Red in this prequel to the hit 2011 family film.
• Sat 11 Mar @ **7 PM**: PASSENGERS
Part way through its 120-year voyage, a travelling space colony transporting thousands of people malfunctions and two hibernation pods are prematurely opened. As a result, two passengers are awakened, still 90 years from their destination. Starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence.
** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: FENCES **