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March 2017

HIDDEN FIGURES – Full House Screening on Thursday 23 March

24th March, 2017

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.


21st March, 2017

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.



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What's On This Week: LION, HACKSAW RIDGE, ALLIED and more!

14th March, 2017

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.


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.


What's On This Week + ANUFG @ Phoenix Quiz Night on Tue 14 March

7th March, 2017

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 if you’d still like to get involved.


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!


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 **

• 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).


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.


February 2017

Oscar Week @ ANUFG: Best Picture Winner MOONLIGHT, LA LA LAND, ARRIVAL and more!

28th February, 2017

Congratulations to all of this year’s Oscar winners! It certainly was a memorable ceremony to say the least, with LA LA… erm, MOONLIGHT winning Best Picture and LA LA LAND taking home the most awards of the night.

But the real winners are all of you – because we’ve got BOTH of those films screening this week alongside even more winners and nominees. You won’t want to miss Oscar Week at the ANU Film Group!

• Wed 1 Mar @ 7:30 PM: MOONLIGHT

The chronicle of the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood, as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami. Winner of 3 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali).

** Please note that our canteen will be specially opening on this Wednesday night, so be sure to stop by and pay them a visit to get your fill of popcorn, snacks and drinks! **

• Thu 2 Mar @ 7:30 PM: ARRIVAL

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite linguist (Amy Adams) is brought in to attempt communication with the aliens. And as mankind teeters on the verge of war, she must race against time for answers. Nominated for 8 Oscars, including Best Picture. Oscar winner for Best Sound Editing.


In HELL OR HIGH WATER, two brothers (Chris Pine, Ben Foster) decide to rob branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. They soon find themselves on the radar of a dogged Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges), looking for one last grand pursuit. Nominated for 4 Oscars, including Best Picture.

Then, in THE NEON DEMON (at approx. 9:15 PM), a young aspiring model (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles to pursue a career but soon finds her youth and vitality devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will stop at nothing to get what she has. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (DRIVE).

• Sat 4 Mar @ **7 PM**: LA LA LAND + CAFÉ SOCIETY

In LA LA LAND, an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) falls in love with a jazz musician (Ryan Gosling), but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray their relationship and the dreams they’ve worked so hard to maintain. Winner of 6 Oscars, including Best Director and Best Actress (Emma Stone).

Then, in Woody Allen’s CAFÉ SOCIETY (at approx. 9:15 PM), a young New Yorker (Jesse Eisenberg) moves to Hollywood where he falls in love with the secretary (Kristen Stewart) of his powerful uncle (Steve Carell). But his carefree existence is shattered when he discovers that she might have another lover.



The ANU Film Group’s Annual General Meeting is your window into the inner workings of your favourite Film Group – find out what goes on behind the scenes, hear our exciting plans for the future, and ask us questions.

It’s also an opportunity for you to get in on the action, as the AGM is where we appoint the Film Group’s new committee.

Committee roles are many and varied and include working front of house, film selection, promotion and community engagement, and pretty much any aspect that helps us run. We’d love to see some new faces – no experience necessary, just a willingness to commit a bit of time to help us continue being the awesome film society that you know and love.

DATE: Monday 6 March, 2017
VENUE: Coombs Theatre

If you’d like more info, please contact us at Otherwise, we look forward to seeing many of you there!

25 Oscar-Nominated Films Screening @ ANUFG

27th February, 2017

Hollywood’s biggest night is just around the corner with the 89th Annual Academy Awards taking place in only a few hours.

Whether you made your Oscar predictions months ago or are just curious to see how many awards LA LA LAND wins, the ANU Film Group has got you covered with no less than 25 of this year’s Oscar-nominated films coming up on our Semester One programme!

You won’t be getting spoilers from us until tomorrow morning, but one thing’s for sure: no matter who wins, this week’s screenings are going to be massive with four Best Picture nominees – LA LA LAND MOONLIGHT, ARRIVAL, HELL OR HIGH WATER – screening and a total of 34 nominations between them!

Make sure you catch all of these Oscar-nominated films at the ANU Film Group:

• Tue 21 Feb: ELLE – nominee for Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert)

• Thu 23 Feb: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM – 2 nominations, including Best Production Design

• Fri 24 Feb: CAPTAIN FANTASTIC – nominee for Best Actor (Viggo Mortensen)

• Sat 25 Feb: ROGUE ONE – 2 nominations, including Best Visual Effects

• Wed 1 Mar: MOONLIGHT – 8 nominations, including Best Picture

• Thu 2 Mar: ARRIVAL – 8 nominations, including Best Picture

• Fri 3 Mar: HELL OR HIGH WATER – 4 nominations, including Best Picture

• Sat 4 Mar: LA LA LAND – 14 nominations, including Best Picture

• Thu 9 Mar: FENCES – 4 nominations, including Best Picture

• Fri 10 Mar: NOCTURNAL ANIMALS – nominee for Best Supporting Actor (Michael Shannon)

• Sat 11 Mar: PASSENGERS – 2 nominations, including Best Original Score

• Thu 16 Mar: HACKSAW RIDGE – 6 nominations, including Best Picture

• Fri 17 Mar: LION – 6 nominations, including Best Picture

• Sat 18 Mar: ALLIED – nominee for Best Costume Design

• Thu 23 Mar: HIDDEN FIGURES – 3 nominations, including Best Picture

• Sat 25 Mar: MOANA – 2 nominations, including Best Animated Feature

• Sat 25 Mar: DOCTOR STRANGE – nominee for Best Visual Effects

• Sat 1 Apr: JACKIE – 3 nominations, including Best Actress (Natalie Portman)

• Sat 22 Apr: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA – 6 nominations, including Best Picture

• Sat 12 May: SILENCE – nominee for Best Cinematography

• Fri 19 May: LIFE, ANIMATED – nominee for Best Documentary Feature

• Sat 20 May: THE RED TURTLE – nominee for Best Animated Feature

• Fri 2 June: TONI ERDMANN – nominee for Best Foreign Language Film

• Sat 10 June: LOVING – nominee for Best Actress (Ruth Negga)

• Fri 7 July: THE SALESMAN – nominee for Best Foreign Language Film


19th February, 2017

Missed out on our opening night screening of DOCTOR STRANGE? Tonight's your chance to see it again for FREE with our encore screening of Marvel's mind-bending blockbuster starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Entry is open to everyone – no membership required!

Doors open at 6:30 PM for a 7 PM start. Our canteen run by the Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak have also kindly agreed to open tonight, so you'll all be able get your fill of popcorn, snacks, drinks and more. Hope to see you there!


We're still on the lookout for one more doorperson to assist us this semester. Doorpeople are the smiling, friendly faces of the Group who greet you as you enter, and scan your membership card. So if you're a current member, punctual, have a sunny disposition, and are skilled in the fine art of button pressing, this may be for you!

Please note that this is an unpaid volunteer position, but all door people will receive a free membership for the following semester (Semester Two 2017) as a token of our thanks after completing a required number of sessions.

Interested? Want to find out more? Email us at now!

If you'd rather help out in other ways, you'll want to save the date for our Annual General Meeting on MONDAY 6 MARCH at 6 PM.

This is where we appoint our new committee of management that runs the Group, and we’re always keen to see some new faces. No experience necessary, just a willingness to commit a bit of time to help us continue being the awesome film society that you know and love. Please contact us if you're like to know more.


Thanks to everyone who helped get us off to a great start for 2017 – and we're still only just getting started. Our second week of screenings for the year takes us back to a galaxy far, far away with STAR WARS and HARRY POTTER prequels, the first batch of our 26 Oscar nominated films, and much more!

• Sun 19 Feb @ **7 PM**: DOCTOR STRANGE (Free Re-Screening)

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. Also starring Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

• Tue 21 Feb @ 7:30 PM: ELLE

A successful businesswoman (Isabelle Huppert, in her Oscar-nominated role) finds her life changed forever when she is attacked in her own home by an unknown assailant. Soon, she is embroiled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse as she tracks down her attacker.


A magizoologist wizard (Eddie Redmayne) from England visits New York in the 1920s with a expanding suitcase filled with magical creatures. But when the suitcase accidentally falls into the wrong hands, the fragile secrecy of the unseen world of wizards is threatened.


In THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, a divorced alcoholic (Emily Blunt) begins observing the lives of a couple whose house she passes each day on the train to work. But when the woman she’s been watching disappears, she sets out to uncover what happened.

Then, in CAPTAIN FANTASTIC (at approx. 9:30 PM), a father (Viggo Mortensen, in his Oscar-nominated performance) is devoted to raising his six kids in isolation from the outside world – until they are forced to leave paradise and rejoin society after a decade away.


In ROGUE ONE, the Rebel Alliance recruits Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) to join a team of spies on a crucial mission to steal the design schematics of the Empire’s newest superweapon – the Death Star – before it becomes operational.

Then, in A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING, a failed American salesman (Tom Hanks) looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his company’s product – a holographic teleconferencing system – to a wealthy monarch.


Doctor Strange Free Re-Screening on Sunday 19 February @ 7 PM + What's On This Week

13th February, 2017

Thank you to all 371 of you who came along to our opening night screening of DOCTOR STRANGE on Monday. And for those of you keeping count, yes, that was most definitely a full house!

Sadly, there were quite a few people who had to be turned away at the door before the film even started. So, as per our re-screening policy – but mostly because we don’t want anyone to miss out – we’re going to do it all over again this Sunday at 7 PM. And in case you were wondering, this screening will also be FREE for all to attend!

DATE: Sunday 19 February, 2017
TIME: 7 PM start; doors open for entry from 6:30 PM

Tickets not required. Entry is open to anyone and everyone, and on a first come, first served basis.

So whether you missed out or just want to see it again, come along and bring all of your friends to experience Marvel’s latest blockbuster on the BIG screen at the ANU Film Group.

Needless to say, we’re off to a great start for 2017. And that’s just the beginning. Here’s what’s on for the rest of the week, featuring big movies, big stars, and the first of this year’s Family Films at Five:

• Thu 16 Feb @ 7:30 PM: THE ACCOUNTANT

A mathematical genius (Ben Affleck) works as an accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organisations. But when the authorities begin to close in, he takes on a legitimate client – which proves to be more deadly than he thought.


In INFERNO, when Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with a neurologist (Felicity Jones) and together they must race across Europe to foil a madman’s deadly plot to unleash a virus on the world.

Then, in BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK (at approx. 9:45 PM), a young soldier returns home for a victory tour after a harrowing battle, and discovers that the realities of war differ greatly from the public’s perception. Directed by Ang Lee.

• Sat 18 Feb @ **5 PM**: SING

In a last-ditch attempt to save his failing theatre from closure, an optimistic koala sets out to host the world’s greatest singing competition – which quickly becomes even bigger than even he could have ever imagined. Featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, and Scarlett Johansson.

• Sat 18 Feb @ **7 PM**: AMERICAN HONEY

In this acclaimed coming-of-age indie drama, a teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law breaking and young love as she embarks on a life-changing road trip across the Midwest with the band of misfits.

• Sun 19 Feb @ **7 PM**: DOCTOR STRANGE (Free Re-Screening)

Missed out on our free opening night screening on Monday? Here’s your chance for you to come along and see it again for FREE!

In Marvel’s latest blockbuster, a talented neurosurgeon (Benedict Cumberbatch) embarks on a journey of healing after a car accident, and unexpectedly discovers a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions.


Three Days to Go + Important Note Regarding Pre-Purchased Memberships

10th February, 2017

You might normally hate Mondays, but February 13 is one Monday you won’t want to miss… because in just THREE short days, the ANU Film Group’s Semester One 2017 programme will be kicking off with our free screening of DOCTOR STRANGE!

And as an extra special treat for our opening night, we’ll also be giving away FREE popcorn to everyone in attendance, courtesy of our friends at Palace Electric Cinemas. If you haven't had any of Palace's award-winning olive oil popcorn, you're in for a real treat.

For drinks, lollies and other delicious treats, our trusty canteen run by the Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak will be open on Monday too. As always, all proceeds from the canteen go to charity.

It’s shaping up to be a great night, so spread the word and invite everyone you know – the more the merrier. But don’t be late, as seats are limited and only available on a first in, best dressed basis. Doors will be opening for entry from 7 PM for a 7:30 PM film start.

Not yet a member? It’s not too late to join up now to skip the queues and have your pre-made membership card ready to be picked up next week. Go to now!


Due to expected crowds at our opening night screening on Monday, pre-purchased cards will NOT be available for collection that night. Memberships will still be available for purchase on the night, but entry to our screening of DOCTOR STRANGE on Monday is free and open to all, regardless.

Pre-purchased cards will be made available for collection from our second screening – THE ACCOUNTANT on Thursday 16 February – onwards.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Have You Got Your Membership Yet? + Southern Cross Club Rewards

5th February, 2017

Just over a week to go until the start of screenings for 2017! Have you got your membership yet?

In case you were stuck on Mars with Matt Damon, you may have missed the news that our Semester One 2017 programme has been released. And it’s one of our biggest line-ups in years, featuring no less than 94 films between February and July.

The programme is now available in full on our website at You can even add every single screening to your computer or phone’s calendar so you won’t miss a screening ever again, by downloading the programme in iCal format by CLICKING HERE.

And if you haven’t realised that it’s already February, here’s a friendly reminder to get a move on and get your ANU Film Group membership ASAP. Memberships can take up to five business days to process, so you’ll want to allow sufficient time to ensure your pre-made cards are ready to collect in the first week back. Go to to join up now!


Are you a member of the Canberra Southern Cross Club? Did you know that, by nominating the ANU Film Group as your preferred community group, you can help us raise funds by just eating food?

The Canberra Southern Cross Club have generously committed to giving back to community groups like ours through their Community Rewards initiative by donating 10% of all food and beverage purchases made at any of their five locations to groups nominated by their members.

So if you’re a CSCC member, all you have to do is nominate the ANU Film Group as your preferred group either in person – or by filling out THIS ONLINE FORM – and the Club does the rest!

For more information about the CSCC’s Community Rewards program, go to