News Archive

September 2016

Screening Change: THE FOUNDER on October 6

15th September, 2016

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SCREENING CHANGE: ‘TRAIN TO BUSAN’ REPLACING ‘THE FOUNDER’ ON OCTOBER 6
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Due to a release date change to position the film in a more Oscar-friendly release period, THE FOUNDER is unfortunately no longer available for us to screen on Thursday 6 October as originally scheduled. In its place, we will instead be screening the South Korean action-thriller TRAIN TO BUSAN at the same date and time.

In TRAIN TO BUSAN, a father and daughter board a high-speed train from Seoul to Busan but find themselves in a fight for survival when the train becomes overrun by zombies during the course of the journey. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year to rave reviews for its impressive action, social commentary and strong characters, and has since gone on to become one of the most buzzed-about films of the year.

TRAIN TO BUSAN will screen on Thursday 6 October at 7:30 PM.

On another note, we also regret to inform you that BLUE WORLD ORDER will not be screening as scheduled on Wednesday 19 October due to a delay to the film’s release plan. We are in the process of finding an alternative film for that slot and will announce a replacement as soon as it has been confirmed.

We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment caused by these screening changes, and will endeavour to screen both THE FOUNDER and BLUE WORLD ORDER as soon as they are available to us.

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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This week at the ANU Film Group, the plot thickens in the final three episodes of SECRET CITY on Friday. Then, prepare for a night of party antics on Saturday as Patsy and Edina return in ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE and Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza and Adam Devine meet their match in MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES.

• Fri 16 Sep @ 7:30 PM: SECRET CITY: EPISODES 4 – 6

As China and Australia come closer to the brink of war, political journalist Harriet Dunkley (Anna Torv) must forge difficult allegiances to unveil the truth behind the conspiracy lurking within the secret city of Canberra, in the final three episodes of Foxtel’s acclaimed television series.

** Note: each episode runs for approximately 60 minutes. There will be a 10-minute intermission in between each episode, during which our canteen will be open for you to purchase snacks and drinks. **

• Sat 17 Sep @ **7 PM**: ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE + MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES

In ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE, Britain’s most infamous socialites make their way to the big screen – and into big trouble – when they cause a major incident at a star-studded party and are forced to go on the run to make a new start in the French Riviera.

Then, in MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, two hard-partying brothers (Zac Efron, Adam Devine) set out to find polite dates for their sister’s Hawaiian wedding, but instead find themselves outsmarted and out-partied by a female duo (Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza) even more uncontrollable than they are.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE **

What's On This Week: SECRET CITY, Danish Film Double + Support ANUFG @ Grill'd!

8th September, 2016

The ANU may be in the middle of their non-teaching break at the moment, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some very special treats lined up for this week’s screenings…

First up on Friday, we take a break from our regular programming to screen Foxtel’s new political thriller SECRET CITY, which features none other than our very own Canberra in a starring role alongside the likes of Anna Torv, Jackie Weaver, Alan Dale and an all-star international cast.

Come along and check out the acclaimed mini-series on the big screen in a special presentation screening across two consecutive Fridays – only at the ANU Film Group! Episodes 1 to 3 will screen this Friday (September 9), followed by episodes 4 to 6 screening next Friday (September 16).

Then, on Saturday, it’s a double feature of Danish delights with two films presented by the Embassy of Denmark. On this night, not only will you get a chance to see two exemplary examples of Danish cinema, but the Embassy has also been kind enough to cater for complimentary Danish cookies, coffee and tea for everyone in attendance in the interval between the films!

Our wonderful canteen run by the Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak will also be commemorating the occasion with special Danish hot dogs available only on the night. Only a limited number of these hot dogs will be made, so be sure to get in quick for one of these special treats.

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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Just in case seeing Canberra on the big screen and feasting on Danish treats isn’t enough to entice you to come along to this week’s screenings, here’s a rundown of what’s on this week.

• Fri 9 Sep @ 7:30 PM: SECRET CITY: EPISODES 1 – 3

Amidst rising tensions between China and America, the body of a young man washes up on the edge of Lake Burley Griffin under mysterious circumstances. Beginning to suspect that a number of seemingly disconnected events may be part of a larger conspiracy, intrepid political journalist Harriet Dunkley (Torv) works to uncover the truth hiding beneath the placid façade of the nation’s capital.

** Note: each episode runs for approximately 60 minutes. There will be a 10-minute intermission in between each episode, during which our canteen will be open for you to purchase snacks and drinks. **

• Sat 10 Sep @ **7 PM**: THE ABSENT ONE + A SECOND CHANCE

In THE ABSENT ONE, after an ex-cop desperately appeals to them to look into the unsolved murder of his teenage children, a pair of cold case detectives embark on a twisted mission to discover what really happened at one of Denmark’s top boarding schools in the 1990s. This follow up to 2013’s THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES is next instalment in the Department Q franchise.

Then, in A SECOND CHANCE (at approx. 9:15 PM), two police officers leading very different lives have vastly conflicting reactions to their latest case, involving a junkie couple that they suspect has been abusing their baby. Directed by Oscar-winner director Susanne Bier (AFTER THE WEDDING, IN A BETTER WORLD).

** THE ABSENT ONE and A SECOND CHANCE are proudly presented by the Embassy of Denmark **

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SUPPORT THE ANUFG AT GRILL’D THIS MONTH!
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If you’ve ever had an awesome gourmet burger from Grill’d, you’ll know that they run a Local Matters initiative each month, aimed at supporting community organisations.

We’re very excited to announce that your very own ANU Film Group is currently featured as one of the organisations being supported as part of the Local Matters initiative during the month of September. So be sure to head on down to Grill’d on the ground floor of the Canberra Centre before the end of the month, grab a delicious burger, and pop your provided token into the Film Group’s designated jar.

Not only will you be getting a scrumptious meal, but you might even be able to get us some extra funding in the process too. It’s a win-win!

August 2016

FINDING DORY, BFG, QUEEN OF THE DESERT This Week + Support ANUFG @ CSCC!

30th August, 2016

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SUPPORT ANUFG AT THE CANBERRA SOUTHERN CROSS CLUB
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The ANU Film Group has teamed up with the Canberra Southern Cross Club to take part in their Community Rewards program. The CSCC has generously committed to giving back to community groups like ours by donating 10% of all food and beverage purchases made at any of their five locations to groups nominated by their members.

If you’re a CSCC member, all you have to do is nominate the ANU Film Group as your preferred community group by filling out THIS online form, and the Club does the rest whenever you spend!

For more information about the CSCC’s Community Rewards program, click HERE.

Finally, as a token of thanks for their support, the CSCC would also appreciate your help in voting for them in the ClubsACT People’s Choice Award for Club of the Year, which closes on September 8. All entrants get a chance to win a trip for two to Hamilton Island, so it could be a win-win for all involved. To find out more, click HERE.

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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Lose yourself at the ANU Film Group this week for a week of films about disappearing people (and one fish), as we chase down a hiding Nazi, go on the run with thieving magicians, get lost in the desert, search the Outback for a missing person, find a fish named Dory, and get kidnapped by a giant!

• Tue 30 Aug @ 7:30 PM: REMEMBER

When an elderly Auschwitz survivor (Christopher Plummer) with dementia discovers that the Nazi soldier who murdered his family 70 years ago is living in America with an assumed identity, he goes in search of the fugitive to deliver long-delayed justice.

• Thu 1 Sep @ 7:30 PM: NOW YOU SEE ME 2

One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adoration with their magic spectacles, The Four Horsemen resurface when a ruthless tech prodigy forces them into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Daniel Radcliffe, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine.

• Fri 2 Sep @ 7:30 PM: QUEEN OF THE DESERT + GOLDSTONE

In QUEEN OF THE DESERT, discover the life of Gertrude Bell – traveller, writer, archaeologist, explorer – along with her journeys of love and loss in the Middle East during the early 20th century. Starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson and Damian Lewis.

Then, in GOLDSTONE (at approx. 9:45 PM), an Indigenous detective arrives in the Outback town of Goldstone on a missing persons enquiry. What seems like a simple investigation soon unveils a web of crime that requires him to bury his differences and work with a young local cop.

• Sat 3 Sep @ **5 PM**: FINDING DORY

When friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish Dory suddenly recalls her childhood memories, she sets out on an epic journey across the ocean to find her family and reunite with her loved ones, accompanied along the way by Nemo and Marlin – if they can keep up!

• Sat 3 Sep @ **7 PM**: THE BFG

A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kind-hearted soul who has been outcast by the other giants because he refuses to eat young boys and girls. Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: NOW YOU SEE ME 2, FINDING DORY, THE BFG **

GHOSTBUSTERS, SING STREET, TARZAN This Week + Bonus Screening!

22nd August, 2016

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BONUS SCREENING: ‘HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE’ ON AUGUST 23
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Did you miss out on seeing the hilarious HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE earlier this month? Or did you enjoy it so much that you’d like to see it again?

The ANU Film Group is collaborating with the New Zealand High Commission on a private screening of the NZ box office smash hit – and they’ve been kind enough to extend an invite to all ANUFG members to attend!

The screening will take place TONIGHT (Tuesday 23 August) and will start at the special time of 7 PM. Doors will open for entry from 6:30 PM onwards. All members and guests are welcome.

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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Swing from the trees, sing from the streets, and bust some ghosts this week at the ANU Film Group – the best way to see movies in Canberra!

• Thu 25 Aug @ 7:30 PM: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN

It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan left Africa behind for a quiet life in London with his beloved wife Jane. But when a corrupt businessman threatens his former home, he finds himself called back to the jungle. Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz.

• Fri 26 Aug @ 7:30 PM: SING STREET + THE IDOL

In SING STREET, a teenage boy growing up in Dublin in the 1980s attempts to escape his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes, and inviting her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s only one problem: he hasn’t got a band… yet.

Then, in THE IDOL (at approx. 9:30 PM), a music-loving young boy growing up in conflict-ridden Gaza dream of one day singing in the world famous Cairo Opera House. Against unbelievable odds, he makes the journey of a lifetime and escapes to Egypt on a quest to pursue his dream.

** SING STREET is proudly presented by the Embassy of Ireland **

• Sat 27 Aug @ **7PM**: GHOSTBUSTERS (2016) + MAGGIE’S PLAN

In the GHOSTBUSTERS reboot, two experts on paranormal phenomena team up with a nuclear engineer and a subway worker to protect the world from a mysterious and powerful demon who plans to invade New York with ghosts. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Chris Hemsworth

Then, in MAGGIE’S PLAN (at approx. 9 PM), a young woman’s plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls in love with a married man. Years later, she begins to realise that life may not have gone according to plan after all. Starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: GHOSTBUSTERS **

STAR TREK BEYOND This Week + COFFEE MAN Q&A Change

17th August, 2016

We regret to inform you that Sasa Sestic will unfortunately no longer be able to join us at our screening of THE COFFEE MAN this Saturday due to a work committee that requires him to be in China this week.

In his place, we will be chatting to the film’s director, Jeff Hann, live via Skype from Melbourne after the film.

THE COFFEE MAN follows Serbian-born, Canberra-based barista Sasa Sestic as he travels the world – from Ethiopia to Honduras to Colombia – on a search for the perfect coffee bean, accompanied by director Jeff Hann and producer Roland Favral. Coffee and film lovers alike have been raving about THE COFFEE MAN, so be sure to come along for the rare opportunity to see this delightful film on the big screen and to chat to its director afterwards.

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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Go BEYOND at the ANU Film Group this week with the latest STAR TREK film, the next film from director Richard Linklater, a thrilling John le Carré adaptation, an acclaimed French relationship drama, and a documentary about the magical elixir that is coffee.

• Wed 17 Aug @ 7:30 PM: EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!

In the 1980s, a group of college baseball players navigate their way through life on and off the field, along with the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. Directed by Richard Linklater (BOYHOOD, DAZED AND CONFUSED).

** EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! is proudly presented by the Australian American Association **

• Thu 18 Aug @ 7:30 PM: STAR TREK BEYOND

The U.S.S. Enterprise crew continues their exploration of the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

• Fri 19 Aug @ 7:30 PM: OUR KIND OF TRAITOR + MON ROI

In OUR KIND OF TRAITOR, a vacationing British couple find themselves lured into a Russian mobster’s plans to defect, and are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust. Based on the novel by John le Carré.

Then, in MON ROI (at approx. 9:30 PM), after an accident, a woman in hospital takes the time to look back reminisce about her tumultuous relationship with her former partner. Winner of Best Actress at 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

• Sat 20 Aug @ **7 PM**: THE COFFEE MAN [Q&A EVENT]

Driven by obsession, Serbian-born Canberra barista Sasa Sestic travels to Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee, and Seattle to attend the World Barista Championships in search of his Holy Grail: the perfect cup of coffee. Followed by Skype Q&A with director Jeff Hann.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: STAR TREK BEYOND **

ALICE, THE CONJURING, WARCRAFT and more this week + Phoenix Quiz Night on Tuesday!

8th August, 2016

On Saturday, we conducted a random ID check at the door to confirm the identity of all members attending the screening that night. While most people were able to present photo ID matching the names on their membership cards, there were a few instances in which cards were confiscated after they were found being used by a person other than the named member.

We take this opportunity to remind members that, as per our Conditions of Membership, membership cards can only be used by the person who completed and signed the membership form. Cards cannot be lent, given, or otherwise used by any other person. Random checks may be conducted at any time to enforce this.

Please also ensure that you carry photo ID with you at all times in the event that your identity needs to be verified for any reason.

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ANUFG @ PHOENIX QUIZ NIGHT – TUESDAY 9 AUGUST
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Looking for something fun to do this 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 this week, and you’re all invited to come along!

Entry is free and everyone (non-members included) is welcome. There will be free passes and drinks up for grabs throughout the night, so why not round up a few friends and come along for an enjoyable evening of movie trivia?

(P.S. It’s the perfect way to brush up on your movie knowledge before our big Annual Trivia Night on October 14!)

DATE: Tuesday 9 August
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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This week at the ANU Film Group, Natalie Portman makes her directorial debut; a spine-tingling ghost story get an acclaimed sequel; the most successful video game adaptation of all time; Seth Rogen and Zac Efron return for more frat house antics; and a double dose of Alice in the next of our Family Films at Five. Only at the Film Group!

• Wed 10 Aug @ 7:30 PM: A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS

Natalie Portman directs, writes and stars in this tale of a young boy growing up with his mother in Jerusalem following the end of World War II, as tensions mount between Jews and Arabs in the early days of the state of Israel.

** A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS is proudly presented by the Embassy of Israel **

• Thu 11 Aug @ 7:30 PM: THE CONJURING 2

Famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to England in the 1970s to investigate the case of a single mother raising four children alone in a house that appears to be plagued by malicious spirits. Directed by James Wan.

• Fri 12 Aug @ 7:30 PM: WARCRAFT: THE BEGINNING + BAD NEIGHBOURS 2

In WARCRAFT: THE BEGINNING, the peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as it faces colonisation at the hands of fearsome orc invaders. From opposing sides, two heroes must work together to decide the fate of their people.

Then, in BAD NEIGHBOURS 2 (at approx. 9:45 PM), after waging an all-out war against each other, a couple and their former frat boy nemesis must join forces to combat a common enemy when a group of sorority sisters move in next door.

• Sat 13 Aug @ **5 PM**: ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2010)

When Alice falls down a mysterious rabbit hole, she finds herself in a magical world known as Underland, where she reunites with old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's evil reign of terror.

• Sat 13 Aug @ **7 PM**: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

After a magical looking glass sends her back to the fantastical realm of Underland, Alice must embark on a journey through time to save the Mad Hatter and protect the inhabitants of Underland from the evil Lord of Time.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: THE CONJURING 2 **

What’s On This Week: HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT and more!

2nd August, 2016

Embark on a cinematic journey around the world this week at the ANU Film Group with films that will take you to the New Zealand wilderness, the frontlines in Afghanistan, early 20th century England, and beyond!

There’s bound to be something for everyone, including the heart-warming and quirky HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, which has become a box office smash hit and is now one of the highest-grossing New Zealand films of all time. Plus, the hilarious Tina Fey in WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT, the terrifying John Goodman in 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, acclaimed sci-fi drama MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, Michael Moore’s latest controversial documentary, and Dev Patel as mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan in THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY.

• Tue 2 Aug @ 7:30 PM: MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

An eight-year-old boy with unearthly abilities and his father must face their destinies and go on the run when they are pursued by a cult drawn to the child’s powers and government agents intent on capturing them. Starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kristen Dunst and Adam Driver.

• Thu 4 Aug @ 7:30 PM: THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY

A poor young man growing up in India with no formal education earns admittance to Cambridge University during World War I, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his British professor and mentor. Starring Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Stephen Fry and Toby Jones.

** THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY is proudly presented by the ANU Mathematical Sciences Institute **

• Fri 5 Aug @ 7:30 PM: WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT + 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE

In WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT, an American reporter working as a war correspondent in Afghanistan must navigate the male-dominated world of journalism as well as crazy relationships with her fellow journalists. Starring Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton.

Then, in 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE (at approx. 9:30 PM), a young woman awakens after a car accident to find herself in an underground bunker with two men who tell her that they have saved her from an apocalyptic event. But do they have other motives for holding her against her will?

• Sat 6 Aug @ **7 PM**: HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE + WHERE TO INVADE NEXT

In HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, a rebellious young boy attempts to escape the foster childcare system by running off into the New Zealand countryside, with his new foster uncle (Sam Neill) in pursuit. Believing that the boy has been abducted, the police order a national manhunt for the two unwitting fugitives.

Then, in WHERE TO INVADE NEXT (at approx. 8:45 PM), controversial documentary filmmaker Michael Moore playfully visits various nations in Europe and Africa as a one-man ‘invader’ to demonstrate what ideas and practices America can learn from the rest of the world.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE **

July 2016

INDEPENDENCE DAY, ANGRY BIRDS, MONEY MONSTER and more this week!

27th July, 2016

The stars and spaceships align as we head into the second week of our Semester Two programme with blockbusters galore!

See the world get destroyed in not just one, but two, INDEPENDENCE DAY films. Be thrilled in real time with George Clooney and Julia Roberts in MONEY MONSTER. Get swept away with romantic drama ME BEFORE YOU. And check out a cult classic on the big screen with BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA. Plus, be sure to fly in with your hatchlings to see flightless birds face off against green pigs in THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE – the first of our Family Films at Five, starting at the earlier start time of 5 PM this Saturday.

You don’t want to be missing out on these, so better keep up!

• Wed 27 July @ 7:30 PM: ME BEFORE YOU

A down-on-her-luck girl living in a small town forms an unlikely bond with the recently-paralysed man who hires her as his caretaker, beginning a relationship that changes both of their lives forever. Starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin.

• Thu 28 July @ 7:30 PM: INDEPENDENCE DAY

In our penultimate BACK TO THE FILM GROUP screening, head back to 1996 for the 20th anniversary of one of the biggest blockbusters of all time.

When aliens begin attacking Earth’s major cities in an all-out invasion against the human race, an intrepid band of survivors must unite and find a way to fight back against the vicious extra-terrestrials and their superior technology.

• Fri 29 July @ 7:30 PM: INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE + BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

In the two decades since the invasion, the nations of Earth have built a defence system to protect the planet from future attacks. But nothing can prepare them for global catastrophe on an unimaginable scale when the aliens return in force seeking vengeance in INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE.

Then, in John Carpenter’s cult classic BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (at approx. 9:30 PM), a truck driver (Kurt Russell) finds himself immersed in a world of magic, monsters and martial arts when his friend’s fiancée is kidnapped by a powerful sorcerer operating out of San Francisco’s Chinatown.

• Sat 30 July @ **5 PM**: THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE

On an island in paradise populated entirely by happy, flightless birds, three volatile outcasts with temper problems must catapult into action to save the day when their home is suddenly invaded by mysterious green pigs.

• Sat 30 July @ **7 PM**: MONEY MONSTER

A TV host, who offers up financial advice for investors on his hit show, is held hostage – live on the air – by a disgruntled viewer who lost all of his money following a bad stock tip. Starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts. Directed by Jodie Foster.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE **

What's On This Week: FREEDOM STORIES Q&A, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS and more!

21st July, 2016

After getting off to a fun and funky start with THE NICE GUYS on Monday, our Semester Two programme is now well underway!

The rest of this week’s offerings include two very different takes on the tale of the world’s worst singer: award-winning French drama MARGUERITE and British comedy FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. Plus, inspirational musical documentary WIDE OPEN SKY and the thought-provoking FREEDOM STORIES – followed by a Q&A panel discussion with some very special guests!

• Thu 21 July @ 7:30 PM: MARGUERITE

In 1920s Paris, a wealthy woman enjoys singing for her friends, despite being a horrible singer. Her friends and husband have managed to keep this truth hidden from her – until she decides to perform publicly in front of a real audience. Winner of four César Awards, including Best Actress.

• Fri 22 July @ 7:30 PM: FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS + WIDE OPEN SKY

In FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, a New York socialite (Meryl Streep) convinced of her own talent – and aided by her faithful husband (Hugh Grant) – pursues her dream of becoming an opera singer, unaware that she has a terrible singing voice. Directed by Stephen Frears (THE QUEEN, PHILOMENA).

Then, in WIDE OPEN SKY (at approx. 9:30 PM), follow the heart-warming story of an Australian children’s choir as they experience trials and tribulations arising from running an arts program in a remote and disadvantaged outback region.

• Sat 23 July @ **7 PM**: FREEDOM STORIES [Q&A EVENT]

This insightful documentary explores the complexities involved in dealing with asylum seekers arriving on our doorstep, as told through the stories of former ‘boat people’ who sought asylum in Australia in 2001.

Joining us after the film for a Q&A panel discussion will be Mustafa Jawadi, who fled Afghanistan with his family at the age of 10 and endured years of detention, and whose remarkable story is featured in the film. Mustafa will be accompanied by notable human rights lawyer, Marion Le, and the director of refugee support group Companion House, Kathy Ragless.

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NEW BOOKLETS AND POSTERS AVAILABLE
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If you haven’t already done so, be sure to stop by a screening this week to collect our brand new Semester Two booklets and posters.

Better yet – why not take a few and put them up at work, or on any noticeboards in your local community? We rely heavily on word of mouth to keep going, so we’d really appreciate you helping to spread the word about the best way to see movies in Canberra!

Not yet a member? With over 80 films still to come, there's no better time to become a member. Come along and join up in person at the door prior to any screening, or online at www.anufg.org.au/join

Semester One Concludes with CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, ZOOTOPIA and THE JUNGLE BOOK!

15th July, 2016

Our Semester One programme concludes this weekend with the top three highest-grossing films at the worldwide box office for 2016: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, ZOOTOPIA and THE JUNGLE BOOK!

On Saturday, it’s superhero versus superhero in the biggest film of the year, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, followed by real-life heroics in the thrilling true tale of THE FINEST HOURS. Then for our special Sunday screening, it’s talking animals night (finally) with Disney’s latest animated feature, ZOOTOPIA, at the earlier time of 5 PM, followed by their acclaimed live-action remake of THE JUNGLE BOOK at 7 PM.

Please note the earlier start times for ZOOTOPIA and THE JUNGLE BOOK, along with the additional Sunday screening day. Our trusty canteen will be open on Sunday too, so make sure you stop by and get your fill of delicious goodies – with all proceeds going to charity as always!

And then come back to do it all again on Monday as we kick off Semester Two with our free opening screening of THE NICE GUYS. It’s going to be a fun, film-filled few days!

• Sat 16 July @ **7 PM**: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR + THE FINEST HOURS

In CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, after another catastrophic incident involving The Avengers, the government decides to regulate superhero activity. The new status quo fractures the team – with Captain America (Chris Evans) on one side and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) on the other.

Then, in THE FINEST HOURS (at approx. 9:30 PM), four members of the US Coast Guard set out to rescue more than 30 stranded sailors when their oil tanker is ripped in half by a treacherous blizzard in February of 1952. Starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster and Eric Bana.

• Sun 17 July @ **5 PM**: ZOOTOPIA

In the animal city of ZOOTOPIA, a fast-talking fox framed for a crime he didn’t commit must team up with the city’s top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, when they both become targets of a far-reaching conspiracy. Featuring the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba and J. K. Simmons.

• Sun 17 July @ **7 PM**: THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016)

In THE JUNGLE BOOK, an orphaned human boy named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery with the help of his animal guardians after a vicious tiger forces him to flee his jungle home. Featuring the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, ZOOTOPIA **