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July 2013

Semester Two 2013 Programme + Win Tickets

5th July, 2013

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SEMESTER TWO PROGRAMME -- SCREENINGS COMMENCE JULY 25
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It’s here -- we’re very excited to finally share our brand new Semester Two 2013 programme with you!

View the programme in PDF format by clicking HERE (242 kb).

As always, our latest programme features a little something for everyone: from the latest Hollywood blockbusters to independent and classic films you won’t find on the big screen anywhere else.

For the first time, we’re also introducing a special series of ‘Retro Revivals’ screenings this semester. Over the course of the programme, we’ll be taking you back in time with select screenings each celebrating a specific decade in film, from the 1930s through to the 1990s. Featuring such beloved classics as THE WIZARD OF OZ, CASABLANCA, THE SOUND OF MUSIC and more, be sure to make the most of this rare opportunity to see these cinematic treasures in their original 35mm format on the big screen.

Semester Two 2013 kicks off in less than three weeks’ time on July 25 with Baz Luhrmann’s THE GREAT GATSBY, so start marking off your calendars now!

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PRE-PURCHASE YOUR SEMESTER TWO MEMBERSHIP ONLINE
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Semester Two memberships are now available for pre-purchase through our website, so if you aren’t already a member, now is a great time to join up!

Not only do you get entry into all of our Semester Two programme, but you can also come along to our final Semester One screenings free of charge. Remaining Semester One screenings include A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, THE CROODS, TRANCE and a 25th anniversary screening of the original DIE HARD.

Best of all -- if you join up online now, all you have to do when coming along for your first screening is collect your ready-made, pre-laminated card. No form filling or cash carrying necessary!

To join online now, simply click HERE.

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WIN TICKETS TO ‘A GUN IN EACH HAND’
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One of the highlights of the recent Spanish Film Festival, A GUN IN EACH HAND is a star-studded Spanish comedy in which chance encounters between old friends, acquaintances, ex-spouses and potential lovers form an engrossing series of six vignettes.

The film opens this week for an exclusive season at Palace Electric, and we’ve got ten in-season double passes to give away. For your chance to win, simply email us at info@anufg.org.au with your name, membership number and the answer to the following question: ‘What is the original Spanish title of the film?’

Entries close on Monday 8 July -- so be quick!

June 2013

Win tickets to THE LOOK OF LOVE, IN THE HOUSE and REALITY!

26th June, 2013

Following this weekend’s double feature, we will be taking a brief break from screenings between June 30 and July 18 due to conference bookings in the theatre. Not to worry -- we’ll be announcing our shiny new Semester Two programme next week and will be giving away plenty of free tickets in the meantime too!

To kick it off, we’ve got three sets of tickets to give away for three very different films: THE LOOK OF LOVE, IN THE HOUSE and REALITY. Read on for more details, but first, here’s what’s on this week:

• Sat 29 June @ **7 PM**: PERFORMANCE followed by WHERE DO WE GO NOW?

In PERFORMANCE (a.k.a. A LATE QUARTET), a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and uncontrollable passions. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken.

Then, in WHERE DO WE GO NOW?, the women of an isolated Lebanese village conspire to keep their men in the dark about the civil strife that is engulfing the country and threatening to derail the village’s delicate peace.

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WIN TICKETS TO ‘THE LOOK OF LOVE’
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From eclectic director Michael Winterbottom, THE LOOK OF LOVE tells the outrageously true story of icon playboy Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan), who once held the title of the Richest Man in Britain. Raymond’s notorious journey to success began when he opened a groundbreaking gentlemen’s nightclub that became the cornerstone of an empire which included a men’s magazine, nude theatre productions and millions in real estate.

THE LOOK OF LOVE is in cinemas from June 27. Thanks to Madman Entertainment, we have five in-season double passes to give away to the film. To find out how to enter, click HERE.

Competition closes Wednesday July 3 at 5 PM, with winners to be contacted via email and prizes to be sent directly to their nominated address.

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WIN TICKETS TO ‘IN THE HOUSE’
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A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy’s intrusion soon unleashes a series of uncontrollable events.

IN THE HOUSE is the latest film from acclaimed French director François Ozon (8 FEMMES, SWIMMING POOL) and is in cinemas from June 27. Now, thanks to Transmission Films, we have ten in-season double passes to give away. To find out how to enter, click HERE.

Competition closes Wednesday July 3 at 5 PM, with winners to be contacted via email and prizes to be sent directly to their nominated address.

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WIN TICKETS TO ‘REALITY’
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Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, REALITY takes audiences on an emotionally charged journey through Italy's obsession with TV and celebrity culture. The film follows a charming fishmonger who unexpectedly and suddenly develops an obsession with being a contestant on a reality show, which leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia.

REALITY is the latest film from Matteo Garrone, the acclaimed director of GOMORRAH, and is in cinemas from July 4. Thanks to Curious Distribution, we have ten in-season double passes to give away. To find out how to enter, click HERE.

Competition closes Wednesday July 3 at 5 PM, with winners to be contacted via email and prizes to be sent directly to their nominated address.

COMPETITION: Win tickets to THE LOOK OF LOVE

26th June, 2013

From eclectic director Michael Winterbottom, THE LOOK OF LOVE tells the outrageously true story of icon playboy Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan), who once held the title of the Richest Man in Britain. Raymond’s notorious journey to success began when he opened a groundbreaking gentlemen’s nightclub that became the cornerstone of an empire which included a men’s magazine, nude theatre productions and millions in real estate.

For more details about the film, including a look at its trailer, click HERE.

THE LOOK OF LOVE is in cinemas from June 27. Thanks to Madman Entertainment, we have five in-season double passes to give away to the film.

To be in the running to win, send an email to info@anufg.org.au with 'THE LOOK OF LOVE' in the subject line along with your name, mailing address, membership number (located underneath the barcode on your card) and the answer to the following question: ‘Name one of the four other films that Steve Coogan and Michael Winterbottom have collaborated on.’

Competition closes Wednesday July 3 at 5 PM, with winners to be contacted via email and prizes to be sent directly to their nominated address.

COMPETITION: Win tickets to IN THE HOUSE

26th June, 2013

A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy’s intrusion soon unleashes a series of uncontrollable events.

IN THE HOUSE is the latest film from acclaimed French director François Ozon (8 FEMMES, SWIMMING POOL) and is in cinemas from June 27. For more details about the film, including a look at its trailer, click HERE.

Thanks to Transmission Films, we have ten in-season double passes to give away.

To be in the running to win, send an email to info@anufg.org.au with 'IN THE HOUSE' in the subject line along with your name, mailing address, membership number (located underneath the barcode on your card) and the answer to the following question: ‘Kristin Scott Thomas is one of the stars of IN THE HOUSE. Name the only film (so far) for which she received an Oscar nomination.’

Competition closes Wednesday July 3 at 5 PM, with winners to be contacted via email and prizes to be sent directly to their nominated address.

COMPETITION: Win tickets to REALITY

26th June, 2013

Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, REALITY takes audiences on an emotionally charged journey through Italy's obsession with TV and celebrity culture. The film follows a charming fishmonger (Aniello Arena) who unexpectedly and suddenly develops an obsession with being a contestant on a reality show, which leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia.

For more details about the film, including a look at its trailer, click HERE.

REALITY is the latest film from Matteo Garrone, the acclaimed director of GOMORRAH, and is in cinemas from July 4. Thanks to Curious Distribution, we have ten in-season double passes to give away.

To be in the running to win, send an email to info@anufg.org.au with 'REALITY' in the subject line along with your name, mailing address, membership number (located underneath the barcode on your card) and the answer to the following question: ‘True or False: REALITY is the first film for Aniello Arena, who used to be a real-life Italian gangster, convicted of killing three rival mobsters and currently serving a life sentence in prison.’

Competition closes Wednesday July 3 at 5 PM, with winners to be contacted via email and prizes to be sent directly to their nominated address.

Last Minute Screening Change + Spanish Film Festival

19th June, 2013

Due to an issue with print availability that was only just brought to our attention, we have had to make a last minute cancellation of this Saturday's second feature, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES.

THE BIG WEDDING, the night’s originally scheduled first feature, will still be screening as planned at 7 PM. As we were unable to secure a replacement film in such a short timeframe, THE BIG WEDDING will be the only film of the night.

We deeply apologise for making another unexpected screening change (it's the last one, we promise!) and will ensure that THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES screens as part of our Semester Two programme.

• Sat 22 June @ **7 PM**: THE BIG WEDDING

Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, Robin Williams and more make up the star-studded cast for THE BIG WEDDING, a romantic comedy that sees a long-divorced couple (De Niro and Keaton) fake being married when their family unites for a wedding.

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WIN BUY-ONE-GET-ONE-FREE PASSES TO THE SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL!
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The 16th Spanish Film Festival kicks off this week at Palace Electric with an exceptional programme of 22 films, celebrating the best of contemporary Spanish-language cinema.

Thanks to our friends at Palace Electric, we’ve got twenty buy-one-get-one-free passes to give away. Each pass is valid for one session only, apart from Opening or Closing Nights, or those marked as Special Events. They are not valid after 5 PM on Saturdays.

To win one of the passes, simply check out the full programme at THIS LINKand then email us at info@anufg.org.au to let us know which film you’re most excited to see. Be sure to include your name and membership number as well!

Winners will be picked on a first come, first served basis, so be quick! Competition closes on June 25, with prizes to be collected from the Palace Electric box office.

Additional Programme Change: RUST AND BONE on June 29

11th June, 2013

It’s a rom-zom-com and Bill Murray as FDR in this weekend’s double feature. Plus, another one bites the dust as we announce an additional Semester One programme change. Read on for more!

• Sat 15 June @ **7 PM**: WARM BODIES followed by HYDE PARK ON HUDSON

WARM BODIES tells the story of an introspective zombie by the name of R (Nicholas Hoult) in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by the undead. When R unexpectedly saves the life of a human girl (Teresa Palmer) from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion events that could change the entire lifeless world.

Then, in HYDE PARK ON HUDSON, it’s 1939 and US President Franklin Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and his wife are about to play host to the King and Queen of England. But international affairs quickly take a back seat to FDR’s domestic affairs -- including a relationship with his far-removed cousin (Laura Linney) -- making the weekend an unforgettable one.

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ADDITIONAL PROGRAMME CHANGE: ‘RUST AND BONE’ ON JUNE 29
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Due to limited print availability, we regret to inform you that we are no longer able to screen RUST AND BONE as originally scheduled on Saturday 29 June. In its place, we will instead be screening the award-winning film WHERE DO WE GO NOW?, the second feature from acclaimed Lebanese director Nadine Labaki (CARAMEL).

The film tells the story of a remote, isolated Lebanese village in which both Muslims and Christians have lived peacefully together for years, although always on the brink of animosity. When civil strife begins engulfing the country and religious tensions rise, the women of the village conspire to keep their men in the dark through a series of clever schemes in an attempt to avoid escalating the already-delicate situation.

WHERE DO WE GO NOW? will screen at approximately 9 PM, following our screening of the musical drama PERFORMANCE (a.k.a. A LATE QUARTET) at 7 PM. We apologise for any and all inconvenience caused, and will strive to re-screen RUST AND BONE at a later date as part of our upcoming Semester Two programme.

Win tickets to A CLOCKWORK ORANGE at Palace Electric

4th June, 2013

We kick of the month of June with one of our most eclectic double features, featuring the last of this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominees, as well as a violent take on the Hansel and Gretel tale. Plus, tickets to be won!

• Sat 8 June @ **7 PM**: AMOUR followed by HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS

In AMOUR, the lives of Anne and Georges, an elderly couple, are changed forever when Anne suffers a stroke, which paralyses half of her body. Directed by Michael Haneke, and winner of Best Foreign Language Film at the 2013 Oscars as well as the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Then, in HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, the siblings from the fairy tale have grown into bounty hunters (Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) who hunt and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, they encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.

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WIN TICKETS TO ‘A CLOCKWORK ORANGE’ AT PALACE ELECTRIC!
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Palace Electric’s Vintage Electric season of classic films continues into June with films like A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, PSYCHO, SUNSET BOULEVARD and THE TEN COMMANDMENTS each Sunday this month. To celebrate, we’ve got two double passes to give away to this week’s offering of the ultra-violent, critically-acclaimed A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, screening this Sunday (June 9) at 3 PM.

Set in futuristic Britain, the film follows Alex (Malcolm McDowell), a charismatic, sociopathic delinquent, who embarks on a horrific crime spree with his gang of thugs. Before long, he is jailed but volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy programme that changes his life forever.

For your chance to win, simply email us at info@anufg.org.au with your name, membership number, and answer to the following question: ‘Who wrote the novel upon which A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is based?’

Entries close at 12 PM this Friday, so get in quick!

May 2013

Annual Memberships now $15 off + What's On

29th May, 2013

The billion-dollar-grossing blockbuster IRON MAN 3 hits the screen at the Film Group in our last full week of screenings. Plus, we’re discounting the price of Annual memberships for the remainder of the semester. Read on for more, but first, here’s what on this week:

• Thu 30 May @ 8 PM: IRON MAN 3

Still reeling from the events of THE AVENGERS, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) finds his world destroyed by a formidable terrorist known as The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). Left to survive only with his intellect intact, he embarks on a quest of retribution.

• Fri 31 May @ 8 PM: SAVE YOUR LEGS! followed by THE ANGELS' SHARE

Check out the opening and closing night films of last year's Canberra International Film Festival, kicking off with SAVE YOUR LEGS!, an Australian comedy about three friends who follow a childhood dream by taking their local cricket team to India.

Then, in director Ken Loach's THE ANGELS' SHARE, four down-on-their-luck friends hatch a crazy plan to solve their financial problems by stealing the most valuable keg of whisky in Scotland.

• Sat 1 June @ **7 PM**: THE HOST followed by I MARRIED A WITCH

In THE HOST, when an unseen enemy begins taking over bodies and erasing memories, a young woman (Saoirse Ronan) attempts to find the last pocket of human resistance in order to save mankind.

Then, in I MARRIED A WITCH, a beautiful 17th century witch returns to life to romantically plague a politician who happens to be the descendant of the man who persecuted her.

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2013 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIPS NOW $15 OFF
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Starting from this Thursday’s screening of IRON MAN 3, all Annual Memberships for 2013 will be reduced to $55.

There are still plenty of big films coming up this semester -- including AMOUR, A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD and THE CROODS -- as well as the entirety of our upcoming Semester Two programme to look forward to.

At only $15 more than a Semester Two membership, there simply isn’t a better deal in town when it comes to seeing great films at a fraction of the cost. So what are you waiting for? Come along to any screening or head onto our website to join now!

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REMINDER: FILM SUGGESTIONS + CALL FOR REVIEWERS CLOSES ON SATURDAY
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Don’t forget to submit your film suggestions for next semester’s programme by this Saturday. Suggestions close at 11:59 PM, so if you haven’t already told us what you’d like to see on the big screen during Semester Two, be sure to do so by clicking HERE!

Finally, if you’re interested in writing reviews for our Semester Two publications, please let us know by contacting us at info@anufg.org.au by Saturday too.

Review Writers Wanted + What's On This Week

22nd May, 2013

Preparations are well underway for our upcoming programme, and we’re now seeking review writers for our Semester Two 2013 booklet. Read on to find out how to volunteer, but first, here’s what we’re showing this week:

• Wed 22 May @ 8 PM: LAWLESS

In Depression-era Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits. Featuring an all-star cast including Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska.

• Fri 24 May @ 8 PM: I GIVE IT A YEAR followed by TWO LITTLE BOYS

I GIVE IT A YEAR follows a newlywed couple (Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall) in their first year of marriage, amidst trials, tribulations, attractive alternatives, and everyone around them doubting that their relationship can last.

Then, in TWO LITTLE BOYS, two friends (Hamish Blake and Flight of the Conchord's Bret McKenzie) find their friendship put to the test when an unfortunate incident occurs involving a meat pie, a cat and the death of a Scandinavian soccer star.

• Sat 25 May @ **7 PM**: OBLIVION followed by IDENTITY THIEF

Tom Cruise stars as a lone repairman on Earth in a post-apocalyptic future where the planet's surface has long been devastated by war. But when he discovers a crashed spacecraft, he begins to question everything he believed about the war.

Then, in IDENTITY THIEF, a mild-mannered businessman (Jason Bateman) discovers that his identity has been stolen and embarks on a cross-country quest to bring the deceptively harmless-looking thief (Melissa McCarthy) to justice.

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WANTED: REVIEW WRITERS FOR SEMESTER TWO 2013
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It’s that time of the year again -- we're currently looking for volunteers interested in helping write reviews for our Semester Two 2013 booklet!

These reviews will be published in our 64-page booklet that all members receive at the beginning of each semester, as well as on our website. Reviews will need to be approximately 200-250 words in length and completed over a period of 7-10 days in mid-June, so please only volunteer if you think you’ll have time around then to write your reviews.

Successful volunteers will be sent a list of films from which they can nominate the ones they’d like to write reviews for, and you’re welcome to write just one review or as many as you’d like.

Please also note that:
1. The ANU Film Group does not provide reviewers with tickets to, or a copy of, films that they have been assigned to review.
2. Unsolicited reviews will not be accepted.

So if you love movies or writing -- or both -- be sure to respond to this message, or write to us at info@anufg.org.au by SATURDAY 1 JUNE.

P.S. Film suggestions also close on Saturday 1 June, so don’t forget to suggest films that you’d like to see on our upcoming programme by clicking HERE.