News Archive

November 2016

End of Year Events + Closing Night on Saturday 19 November

10th November, 2016

In less than 10 days, the ANU Film Group’s 50th year will sadly be coming to a close. We hope you agree that it’s been a tremendous year with no shortage of special guests and events to celebrate us turning the big 5-0… but we’re not done yet!

In fact, coming up in the remaining days of our Semester Two programme are two of our most exciting events yet:

FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER @ 6:30 PM – IN CONVERSATION WITH DAVID STRATTON

David Stratton – renowned film critic, TV personality and lifelong champion of film societies – will be making an exclusive appearance in person at the ANU Film Group on Friday 11 November to chat with Film Group members about all things film!

This Q&A event will commence at the earlier start time of 6:30 PM, with the night’s scheduled films – THE WAIT and LOOKING FOR GRACE – following at approximately 7:30 PM.

SATURDAY 19 NOVEMBER @ 7 PM – 50TH ANNIVERSARY CLOSING EVENT

To end our 50th year with a bang, we’ve secured something extra special: a screening of a brand new blockbuster straight off its release into cinemas. But there’s a catch – because this film is so new, we’re not allowed to reveal what it is until the night itself!

What we are allowed say is that the film has received critical acclaim from reviewers all around the world, and features an all-star ensemble cast of top-notch international actors. And you definitely won’t be disappointed by it!

Plus, just in case that wasn’t enough to entice you to come along to close out 2016 with us, we will also be serving complimentary light refreshments to everyone in attendance prior to the film as well.

So come along and join us on Saturday 19 November to experience a very special first for the ANU Film Group with a film screening well in advance of when we would normally be allowed to screen it. Doors will open and refreshments will be served from 6:30 PM, with the film starting at approximately 7 PM. Please note that there will be no second feature on this night.

Two very exciting events, with only days to go until the end of our 50th year. Make sure you save both of these dates and don’t miss out!

In Conversation with David Stratton – Friday 11 November @ 6:30 PM

4th November, 2016

We’re incredibly excited to announce that next Friday, on November 11th, the one and only David Stratton will be making a very special visit to the ANU Film Group for an exclusive Q&A to chat about all things film as part of our ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations.

While most know David as a renowned film critic and TV personality, fewer people may know that he is an avid champion of film societies. In fact, he founded a film society himself at the age of 19 while growing up in England, and has been actively involved with the Australian film society movement since moving here in 1963.

He last paid a visit to the ANU Film Group in 2003 for our very own ‘David Stratton Night’ when we screened two films that were selected by David himself, and we couldn't be more pleased that he is able to join us again in celebrating our 50th year.

This bonus Q&A event will commence at the special, earlier start time of 6:30 PM, with doors opening from 6 PM for entry. The night's scheduled films – THE WAIT and LOOKING FOR GRACE – will then follow at the unchanged start time of 7:30 PM.

Mark your calendars – you really don't want to miss this. Five stars!

October 2016

Film Suggestions Now Open + Semester Memberships Now $25!

28th October, 2016

There are only four weeks of screenings left until the end of our 2016 programme, so naturally, it’s time to start looking forward to Semester One 2017!

What upcoming films are you most excited about? A return to the worlds of Star Wars and Harry Potter with ROGUE ONE or FANTASTIC BEASTS? Superheroic antics with the likes of DOCTOR STRANGE or LOGAN? Prospective Oscars hopefuls like LA LA LAND or Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE?

The choice is yours! Go to www.anufg.org.au/suggestions to suggest films for our next programme. Printed forms are also available at all screenings until the end of the year.

Suggestions will close on Saturday 19 November at 11:59 PM.

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SEMESTER MEMBERSHIPS NOW ONLY $25
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With our 2016 programme coming to an end, Semester memberships (normally $40) have now been discounted to just $25 until the end of the year!

Semester memberships will give you entry into all of the remaining films on our Semester Two programme – including THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK, BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY and MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN – as well as our yet-to-be-announced 50th Anniversary Closing event (more details on that to come next week!).

Discounted Semester memberships can be purchased at the door prior to any screening from this week onwards, as well as online at www.anufg.org.au/join

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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With only four weeks of screening left, you don't want to be missing any of the remaining films on our programme. This week, magical corpses, talking animals and the return of the one and only Bridget Jones make for a zany and entertaining week at the ANU Film Group.

• Fri 28 Oct @ 7:30 PM: SWISS ARMY MAN + A PERFECT DAY

In the weirdly wonderful SWISS ARMY MAN, a man (Paul Dano) marooned on an island discovers a corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) washed up on the beach and befriends it. He soon finds that his new friend possesses a myriad of supernatural powers and together they embark on a surreal journey home.

Then, in A PERFECT DAY (at approx. 9:15 PM), a group of international aid workers must work to resolve a crisis in an armed conflict zone when they attempt to retrieve a corpse from a well in war-torn former Yugoslavia. Starring Benecio de Toro, Tim Robbins and Olga Kurylenko.

• Sat 29 Oct @ **5 PM**: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS

In this box office hit from the humans behind DESPICABLE ME, Max the terrier finds his world turned upside down when he discovers that an adorable white bunny named Snowball is deviously assembling an army of abandoned pets in order to take revenge on all happily-owned pets and their owners.

• Sat 29 Oct @ **7 PM**: BRIDGET JONES’S BABY

Forty-something and single again, Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) decides to focus on her job and surround herself with old friends and new. But in an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, with one hitch: she doesn’t know who the father is. Also starring Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey and Emma Thompson.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, BRIDGET JONES’S BABY **

What's On This Week: A FLICKERING TRUTH, SULLY, DORIS, MUSTANG + Phoenix Quiz Night TONIGHT!

18th October, 2016

Thank you to everyone who came along to our 10th Annual Trivia Night on Saturday. As our primary fundraising event for the year, it was great to see so many people – members and non-members alike – pitch in to support us with their presence, as well as their contributions. We hope you had as much fun on the night as we had putting the event together!

If you weren’t able to make it, or still haven’t had your fill of movie trivia, the ANU Film Group is also running this week’s quiz night at The Phoenix Pub, hosted this time by the dynamic duo of Adam and Henry.

Entry is free and everyone is welcome to come along. There will be free drinks and film passes up for grabs throughout the night too, so why not round up a few friends and come along?

DATE: Tuesday 18 October (TONIGHT!)
TIME: 7:30 PM start
VENUE: The Phoenix Pub, 21 East Row (in the Civic Bus Interchange, near Platform 3)

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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Our Canberra premiere screening of A FLICKERING TRUTH kicks off the week, to be followed by a panel discussion on film preservation with special guests Andrew Pike, Ray Edmondson, Alice Taylor and Cris Kennedy.

Then, Tom Hanks is SULLY, Sally Field is DORIS, and Susan Sarandon is THE MEDDLER – along with a double feature of acclaimed female-led foreign films with MUSTANG and VICTORIA.

• Wed 19 Oct @ 7:30 PM: A FLICKERING TRUTH [Q&A EVENT]

Three men embark on a quest to save the 8,000 hours worth of film that make up the Afghan film archive from the ravages of 100 years of war. Beneath the dust and the cloak of time, they discover a hidden record of their country’s past.

** Canberra premiere screening followed by panel discussion with Andrew Pike, Ray Edmondson and Alice Taylor. Moderated by Cris Kennedy. **

• Thu 20 Oct @ 7:30 PM: SULLY

Tom Hanks stars as American pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who heroically landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River after it was disabled on its initial climb out of New York’s La Guardia Airport in 2009, saving 155 passengers on board. Directed by Clint Eastwood.

• Fri 21 Oct @ 7:30 PM: HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS + THE MEDDLER

In HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS, a perennially-overlooked sixty-something woman (Sally Field) finds her world turned upside down when a self-help seminar inspires her to take a chance on love and romantically pursue her handsome, younger co-worker. Canberra premiere screening.

Then, in THE MEDDLER (at approx. 9 PM), an aging and lonely widow from New York City follows her daughter to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away, but her plans are derailed when she meets other people in need of her motherly assistance.

• Sat 22 Oct @ **7 PM**: MUSTANG + VICTORIA

In Best Foreign Film Oscar nominee MUSTANG, five orphan sisters inadvertently set off a scandal within their conservative Turkish community after they are seen playing with boys on a beach. Now confined to their homes, the sisters must find a way to live their lives around the constraints imposed on them.

** MUSTANG is proudly presented by the Embassy of Turkey **

Then, in VICTORIA (at approx 8:45), a young woman who has just moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local man turning deadly when she discovers that his friends are tasked with robbing a bank to repay their debts to a gangster in this German crime thriller shot in a single take.

What’s On This Week + A FLICKERING TRUTH Panel Details

11th October, 2016

Our Annual Trivia Night returns this Friday for its 10th year. Unique questions, table rounds, oodles of prizes and heaps of fun makes this a Trivia Night unlike any other – and an event not to be missed. Visit www.anufg.org.au for more information, or email us TODAY for tickets!

Plus, a French comedy, Bryan Cranston undercover, a Jane Austen rom-com, and last year’s winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize.

• Tue 11 Oct @ 7:30 PM: MACADAM STORIES

In this French comedy, the lonely existences of six solitary people living in a housing project building in Paris find their lives changed when the building’s elevator breaks down and they are forced to interact with each other.

** MACADAM STORIES is proudly presented by the by Tenants' Union ACT in celebration of International Tenants' Day **

** Our canteen will also be making a special appearance tonight and opening prior to the film, so be sure to stop by and say hi! **<

• Thu 13 Oct @ 7:30 PM: THE INFILTRATOR

In the 1980s, posing as a corrupt businessman, a U.S. Customs agent (Bryan Cranston) infiltrates the world’s largest cartels and uncovers drug lord Pablo Escobar’s money-laundering organisation. Based on a true story.

• Fri 14 Oct @ 7:30 PM: ANNUAL TRIVIA NIGHT

The world’s greatest film-themed Trivia Night. Need we say more? Email us at info@anufg.org.au to avoid missing out!

** No screening this night due to a special event. No prizes for guessing what it is… **

• Sat 15 Oct @ **7 PM**: LOVE & FRIENDSHIP + DHEEPAN

In Jane Austen’s LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, a widow (Kate Beckinsale) seeks refuge from scandal at the country estate of her in-laws. There, she decides to secure both a new husband for herself and for her reluctant daughter.

Then, in the Palme d’Or-winning DHEEPAN (at approx. 8:45 PM), a Tamil warrior flees his home of Sri Lanka with two strangers – a woman and a young girl – hoping to claim asylum in Paris, but finds his warrior instincts difficult to ignore.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: LOVE & FRIENDSHIP **

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‘A FLICKERING TRUTH’ – PANEL DISCUSSION DETAILS
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In case you missed the news, A FLICKERING TRUTH will be having its Canberra premiere screening at the ANU Film Group on Wednesday 19 October (replacing our originally scheduled screening of BLUE WORLD ORDER).

The acclaimed documentary, which tells the fascinating tale of three men and their quest to save the Afghan film archive from a century of war, will be followed by a panel discussion on the importance of preserving film and film culture. We’re now pleased to announce that joining us on our panel on the night will be three distinguished guests: Andrew Pike, Ray Edmondson and Alice Taylor.

• Andrew Pike was one of the founding members of the ANU Film Group in 1966 and has since gone on to become a renowned film historian, author, documentarian, producer, and film distributor through his company, Ronin Films.

• Ray Edmondson is one of the founders of the National Film and Sound Archive and a pioneer in audio-visual archiving. Though now retired, he continues to write, teach, advise and consult on film preservation all around the world.

• Alice Taylor is the current director of the Canberra International Film Festival, which is now in its 20th year. Outside of this, she is a film producer with an extensive background in documentaries and feature films.

In addition to this, the panel discussion will be hosted and moderated by Cris Kennedy, who is the NFSA’s head of education, as well as a cultural critic, writer, and long-time proponent of community arts and engagement.

A FLICKERING TRUTH will screen on Wednesday 19 October at 7:30 PM, with the panel discussion following at approximately 9 PM. Save the date!

Last Chance for Trivia Tickets + What's On This Week

6th October, 2016

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LAST CHANCE FOR TIX: TRIVIA NIGHT NEXT FRIDAY!
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If you haven’t already done so, be sure to get your tickets for our upcoming Trivia Night at any of our upcoming screenings or online!

We will need to confirm numbers with the venue by early next week, so there are only a few days left for you to secure your spot at Canberra’s – or, dare we say it, the world’s – greatest Film Group trivia night.

No team? No problem. We can fit you in with an existing team or smaller groups. Full tables of 10 are also entirely welcome and still available for purchase.

Find out more at www.anufg.org.au/trivia or email us at info@anufg.org.au to secure your tickets now!

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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An acclaimed animated fantasy, Korean zombies, Mel Gibson, neo-Nazis skinheads, and our second improvised live cinema event all await you at the ANU Film Group this week!

• Thu 6 Oct @ 7:30 PM: TRAIN TO BUSAN

A father and his estranged daughter board a high-speed train from Seoul to Busan but what begins as an innocent journey soon becomes a fight for survival when the train becomes overrun by zombies during the course of the journey.

• Fri 7 Oct @ 7:30 PM: BLOOD FATHER + GREEN ROOM

In BLOOD FATHER, Mel Gibson plays an ex-con living the clean life until his wayward teenage daughter contacts him out of the blue and he finds himself forced to protect her from drug dealers out to kill her.

Then, in GREEN ROOM (at approx. 9 PM), when the members of a punk rock band accidentally witness a murder, they find themselves at the mercy of a group of maniacal neo-Nazi skinheads in a vicious fight for survival.

• Sat 8 Oct @ **5 PM**: KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

Young Kubo’s quiet life in a Japanese village is turned upside down when a spirit from the past reignites an age-old vendetta. Soon, he is being chased by gods and monsters, and must locate a magical suit of armour once worn by his late Samurai father to survive.

• Sat 8 Oct @ **7 PM**: UNSCRIPTED! 2

What do you get when you combine the talents of Canberra's top improvisors with a ridiculously campy film – with all new dialogue created live and on the spot? The answer is UNSCRIPTED!

Our unique improvised live cinema event returns this Saturday for a second edition. Last year, the crew from Back Seat Cinema significantly improved upon the 1959 sci-fi disaster TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE. What cinematic gem do you think will be in store this time around?

There’s only one way to find out…

Presented by Back Seat Cinema, featuring the vocal talents of Ben Crowley, Brad Hoff and Katherine Green.

Screening Change: A FLICKERING TRUTH now on October 19 followed by panel discussion!

6th October, 2016

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SCREENING CHANGE: ‘A FLICKERING TRUTH’ NOW SCREENING ON OCTOBER 19!
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As previously mentioned, our Q&A screening of BLUE WORLD ORDER on Wednesday 19 October has also fallen off the programme due to a release date change. In its place, we are now proud to announce that we will instead be screening A FLICKERING TRUTH in its Canberra premiere!

Straight from screenings at the Sydney and Melbourne International Film Festivals, A FLICKERING TRUTH tells the fascinating tale of three men and their quest to save the 8,000 hours worth of film that make up Afghanistan’s film archive from the ravages of 100 years of war. Beneath the dust and the cloak of time, they discover a hidden record of their country’s colourful and diverse past – a far cry from the war-torn nation it is today.

Directed by New Zealand documentarian Pietra Brettkelly, the acclaimed film was also recently selected as New Zealand’s entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at next year’s Oscars.

Our screening will be followed by a panel discussion on film preservation and film culture featuring will be three distinguished guests: Andrew Pike, Ray Edmondson and Alice Taylor.

• Andrew Pike was one of the founding members of the ANU Film Group in 1966 and has since gone on to become a renowned film historian, author, documentarian, producer, and film distributor through his company, Ronin Films.

• Ray Edmondson is one of the founders of the National Film and Sound Archive and a pioneer in audio-visual archiving. Though now retired, he continues to write, teach, advise and consult on film preservation all around the world.

• Alice Taylor is the current director of the Canberra International Film Festival, which is now in its 20th year. Outside of this, she is a film producer with an extensive background in documentaries and feature films.

In addition to this, the panel discussion will be hosted and moderated by Cris Kennedy, who is the NFSA’s head of education, as well as a cultural critic, writer, and long-time proponent of community arts and engagement.

A FLICKERING TRUTH will screen on Wednesday 19 October at 7:30 PM, with the panel discussion following at approximately 9 PM. Save the date!

September 2016

What's On This Week: SAUSAGE PARTY, FREE STATE OF JONES, PAN' S LABYRINTH and more!

28th September, 2016

Have you got your tickets to our Trivia Night yet? There’s just over two weeks to go until the night, with big things in store for our 10th edition of everybody’s favourite annual movie trivia night.

And just in case you were wondering – there are no Film Group screenings scheduled for that night, so you don’t have to worry about missing out on anything important!

Tickets are available for purchase in person at any screening from the laminator’s desk, as well as online with payment via direct deposit by emailing info@anufg.org.au

Get your tickets and get excited! Find out more at www.anufg.org.au/trivia

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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Animated sausages get naughty, Matthew McConaughey fights in the Civil War, Blake Lively faces off against a shark, and some true cinematic gems from Spain, France and Japan round up the selection of films screening this week at the ANU Film Group.

• Wed 28 Sep @ 7:30 PM: OUR LITTLE SISTER

Abandoned by their parents, three sisters live and grow up together in their late grandmother’s house. When their father passes away, they half-heartedly attend his funeral and are surprised to discover that they have a 13-year-old half-sister, who they invite to come live with them.

• Thu 29 Sep @ 7:30 PM: PAN’S LABYRINTH (2006)

In the last of our Back to the Film Group retrospective screenings, revisit Guillermo del Toro’s triple-Oscar-winning fantasy masterpiece for its 10th anniversary.

In 1944, in post-Civil War Spain, a young imaginative girl is sent to live with her new stepfather, a sadistic and cruel army officer, in the countryside. There, she meets a mysterious faun who tells her that she is in fact a princess but must first complete three tasks in order to see her real father, the King, again.

• Fri 30 Sep @ 7:30 PM: FREE STATE OF JONES + THE STUDENT AND MR. HENRI

In FREE STATE OF JONES, as the Civil War divides America in 1863, a defiant Southern farmer (Matthew McConaughey) from Mississippi leads a group of anti-slavery Confederate deserters in turning against and seceding from the Confederacy in an extraordinary uprising.

Then, in French comedy-drama THE STUDENT AND MR. HENRI, an elderly curmudgeon lets out a room in his large apartment rent-free to a young female student on one condition: that she does everything in her power to ruin his son’s marriage, whose wife he is bitterly opposed to.

• Sat 1 Oct @ **7 PM**: SAUSAGE PARTY + THE SHALLOWS

In the riotous and raunchy – and definitely not suitable for children – animated comedy SAUSAGE PARTY, one brave sausage leads a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave their home at the supermarket.

Then, in THE SHALLOWS (at approx. 8:30 PM), a young woman (Blake Lively) surfing on a secluded beach finds herself being targeted by a great white shark. Though less than 200 metres from shore, surviving the ordeal proves to be the ultimate test, requiring all of her ingenuity and resourcefulness.

Annual Trivia Night on Friday 14 October

20th September, 2016

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COMING SOON: ANNUAL TRIVIA NIGHT ON OCTOBER 14
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It’s the event you’ve all been waiting for: the ANU Film Group’s legendary Annual Trivia Night is returning for its 10th year on Friday 14 October!

If you’ve been to any one of our past 10 trivia nights, then we don’t need to convince you that it’s a trivia night unlike any other. And if you haven’t, then you have our condolences for missing out (so far) on the hottest ticket on town.

Featuring a range of individual Q&A, audio-visual and table rounds on all things movies and beyond – not to mention prizes galore – our Trivia Night is open to all members and non-members alike. In fact, you don’t even need to be a film buff, as we always ensure we have questions for everyone.

Most importantly, the Trivia Night is also our major fundraiser for the year, so any support you can provide to keep us running for another 50 years will be greatly appreciated.

WHEN: Friday 14 October @ 7:30 PM
WHERE: The Hellenic Club of Canberra, Matilda Street, Woden

Tickets are $20 a person. You can come as an individual, in small groups, or in tables of up to 10. Either way, pre-purchasing is highly recommended as tickets are strictly limited – and usually sell out early!

Tickets will go on sale at screenings shortly, but if you’d like to get in first, email us at info@anufg.org.au now to reserve your tickets now and arrange payment via direct deposit.

What's On This Week: SUICIDE SQUAD, JASON BOURNE, TANNA Q&A

19th September, 2016

Come along to the ANU Film Group this week to enjoy the company of supervillains, spies and sweet bean pancakes. Plus, director Martin Butler joins us for a Q&A following our screening of his award-winning film TANNA.

TANNA was the first film entirely shot in Vanuatu, and was recently selected as Australia’s contender for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Oscars. Featuring a cast populated entirely by local tribe members, the film is an incredible achievement – with an even more incredible behind-the-scenes story to boot. Not to be missed!

• Tue 20 Sep @ 7:30 PM: AN (SWEET BEAN)

The manager of a pancake stall meets an odd elderly woman looking for work, whose homemade sweet bean jelly convinces him to hire her. But what begins as a working relationship soon becomes about much more than food in this feel-good Japanese drama.

• Thu 22 Sep @ 7:30 PM: SUICIDE SQUAD

A secret government agency recruits a group of imprisoned criminals – each with their own dangerous set of skills and powers, and nothing to lose – to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency. Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto and Viola Davis.

• Fri 23 Sep @ 7:30 PM: JASON BOURNE + CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

Several years after his disappearance, JASON BOURNE – the CIA’s most lethal former operative – is unexpectedly drawn out of the shadows when explosive truths about his past come to light. Starring Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel and Julia Stiles.

Then, in CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE (at approx. 9:45 PM), a mild-mannered accountant (Kevin Hart) is lured into the world of international espionage when he reunites with an old friend at his high school reunion: a formerly bullied geek who has now become a lethal CIA agent (Dwayne Johnson).

• Sat 24 Sep @ **7 PM**: TANNA + Q&A W/ DIRECTOR MARTIN BUTLERi

On the remote Pacific island of Vanuatu, two lovers are torn apart when one of them is forced into an arranged marriage to broker peace with a rival tribe. The young couple defy their elders and their ancient laws by escaping into the forest, an act which puts them – and their entire village – at risk.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: SUICIDE SQUAD, JASON BOURNE **