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 **