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May 2016

May the Fourth be with you + BATMAN, Coens, Clooney and more this week!

4th May, 2016

May the Fourth be with you! Join us in celebrating international Star Wars day with tonight's screening of ELSTREE 1976, a behind-the-scenes look at the original STAR WARS and its legacy, as seen through the eyes of extras who had their lives changed forever by the film.

Then, tomorrow night, find out why we need Batman as the ANU’s Kim Huynh explores the philosophy and pop politics of the Dark Knight. Running from 6 to 6:45 PM, this dynamic discussion is not to be missed! The talk will be followed by Batman’s latest big-screen appearance in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE at 7:30 PM.

And last but not least, we have two brilliant double features in store for the weekend: a French coming-of-age double on Friday and our Coen Brothers/George Clooney night on Saturday. Only at the ANU Film Group!

• Wed 4 May @ 7:30 PM: ELSTREE 1976

A documentary about the making of the original STAR WARS film and the legacy it left behind, as told from the perspective of ten on-screen extras who reminisce about their time on the set and how the pop culture behemoth forever changed their lives.


Fearing that Superman’s god-like powers will go unchecked, Batman decides to take matters into his own hands to bring the Man of Steel down. As a clash of the titans ensues, a new and dangerous threat arises behind the scenes. Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams and Jeremy Irons.

** Our screening of BATMAN V SUPERMAN will be preceded by ‘Why we need Batman: The politics, philosophy and popularity of the caped crusader’ with Dr. Kim Huynh from 6 PM to 6:45 PM. **


In THE BÉLIER FAMILY, when sixteen-year-old Paula discovers a gift for singing, she is encouraged to participate in a singing contest – but this would require her to leave home, where she is indispensable as an interpreter for her deaf parents and brother.

Then, in GIRLHOOD (at approx. 9:30 PM), an oppressed young girl from a small neighbourhood outside Paris reinvents herself after meeting a gang of free-spirited girls. Changing her name, her clothes and quitting school, she hopes that joining the gang will be her way to freedom.


Set in Hollywood’s Golden Age, HAIL, CAESAR! follows a ‘fixer’ hired to keep movie stars in line, who must assist the production of an upcoming film when its leading man is kidnapped and held for ransom. Starring George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum.

Then, revisit the Coens’ classic O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? (at approx. 9 PM), in which three escaped convicts in America’s deep south in the 1930s embark on an epic journey to locate hidden treasure, while staying one step ahead of the relentless lawman pursuing them.


April 2016

Moviegoing Etiquette Reminders + What's On

28th April, 2016

The ANU Film Group would like to take this opportunity to remind our members and their invited guests about the important of observing moviegoing etiquette during our screenings.

We all love the experience of watching a good film (or even a bad one), and the Film Group is a great place to do so with an audience of fellow film lovers. To ensure that the experience is a pleasant one for all involved, please be considerate of your fellow moviegoers by doing the following when attending screenings:

- Ensure all mobile devices are turned off or silenced during screenings

- If you must use your phone during the film, please do so outside, as the light from phone displays is very noticeable and distracting in the darkened theatre

- Refrain from talking during the film

- Clean up your rubbish and place it into the bins on your way out

- Standing or sitting against the back wall or in the aisles is not permitted for safety reasons

- Any behaviour that is disruptive to others will not be tolerated, and any members exhibiting such behaviour may be asked to leave


From the crass humour of Sacha Baron Cohen to the haunting Hungarian Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film and everything in between, you can’t deny there’s always a little something for everyone each week at the ANU Film Group!

• Thu 28 Apr @ 7:30 PM: GRIMSBY

A dimwitted English football hooligan (Sacha Baron Cohen) sets out to look for his long-lost brother (Mark Strong), unaware that he is now a deadly assassin. Reunited, they must now go on the run together to prevent a global terror attack. Also starring Rebel Wilson and Penélope Cruz.

• Fri 29 Apr @ 7:30 PM: SON OF SAUL + THE LOBSTER

In SON OF SAUL, a prisoner at Auschwitz in 1944 is tasked with burning the corpses of his own people. When he finds a body of a boy he believes is his son, he goes to extraordinary lengths to salvage it in order to arrange a proper burial. Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film.

Then, in THE LOBSTER (at approx. 9:30 PM), in a dystopian near future, the law dictates that single people must find a romantic partner in 45 days, or they will be transformed into animals and sent off into the woods to live. Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly.

** THE LOBSTER is proudly presented by the Embassy of Ireland **


In GOOSEBUMPS, the author of a series of children’s horror books (Jack Black), with the aid of his daughter and their new next-door neighbour, must battle his most fearsome creations when they are unleashed from their manuscript prisons and begin terrorising the town.

Then, in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES (at approx. 8:45 PM), Jane Austen’s classic tale is given a horrific twist when Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy and company must battle an army of zombies in 19th century England while attempting to resolve their ever-tangled relationship.


19th April, 2016

Have we got a week of screenings for you! Best Picture winners (yes, plural); cutting edge filmmaking (from stop motion animation to a film shot entirely on an iPhone); big stars (Bale, Gosling, Pitt, Stallone, Ruffalo, McAdams, Keaton, Moore, and Steve Carell – twice!) and thought-provoking true stories – you’ll find it all at the ANU Film Group this week.

• Tue 19 Apr @ 7:30 PM: TANGERINE

After being released from prison on Christmas Eve, a transgender sex worker discovers that her boyfriend/pimp has been cheating on her, and tears through Los Angeles to find the man who broke her heart in this innovative indie dramedy.

• Thu 21 Apr @ 7:30 PM: ROCKY

Head back to 1976 for the second in our Back to the Film Group anniversary series with the original ROCKY!

Written by and starring a then-unknown Sylvester Stallone, the classic film tells the underdog story of a small-timer boxer who goes the distance to fight in the world heavyweight championships. Winner of 3 Oscars, including Best Picture.

• Fri 22 Apr @ 7:30 PM: THE BIG SHORT + ANOMALISA

In THE BIG SHORT, four outsiders in the world of high finance predict the global collapse of the economy in the mid-2000s and decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight. Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt. Oscar winner for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Then, in ANOMALISA (at approx. 9:45 PM), an author of books on the subject of customer service ironically struggles with his inability to connect to people in this unique and highly acclaimed stop-motion animated film. Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature Film.

• Sat 23 Apr @ **7 PM**: SPOTLIGHT + FREEHELD

In SPOTLIGHT, an investigative unit of reporters at the Boston Globe uncover a scandal that rocks the city when they delve into allegations of abuse and cover ups in the Catholic Church. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Stanley Tucci. Winner of 2 Oscars, including Best Picture.

Then, in FREEHELD (at approx. 9:15 PM), a New Jersey police lieutenant (Julianne Moore) diagnosed with terminal cancer fights to ensure that her pension benefits are passed on to her same-sex partner (Ellen Page), after the state refuses to acknowledge their relationship.



Join us prior to our screening of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE on Thursday May 5 to find out why our world needs Batman now more than ever.

Presented by the incomparable Dr. Kim Huynh – ANU academic, lecturer, author, and life-long Bat-fan – the dynamic discussion and talk will delve into the philosophy and pop politics of Gotham’s Dark Knight. What is it about the caped crusader that makes him perpetually cool? What does the Dark Knight reveal about our struggle for truth and justice? What does Batman have to teach us about contemporary politics and conflict? Why is he so much better than Superman?

Find out the answers to all these and more at ‘Why we need Batman: The politics, philosophy and popularity of the caped crusader’ at the Coombs Theatre from 6 PM to 6:45 PM prior to our screening of BATMAN V SUPERMAN at 7:30 PM.

For more information, click HERE!


17th April, 2016

Thanks to everyone who came along for our screening of ME AND MY MATES VS. THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE on Saturday, and especially those who stuck around to participate in the insightful and highly entertaining Q&A that followed!

Particular thanks must go to our special guests for the evening: writer/director Declan Shrubb, actor Andy Trieu, and producers Daniel Sanguineti and Chris Wiseman. If you weren’t able to make it along, be sure to head over to to support their film by grabbing a copy of the DVD or watching it online.

We’ve also posted a few snaps of the Q&A onto Facebook, which you can check out by clicking HERE.

If you enjoyed getting a behind-the-scenes look at the filmmaking process, make sure you mark down Saturday May 21st in your calendar now, as award-winning director Jennifer Peedom will be joining us for a Q&A screening of her highly acclaimed Everest documentary SHERPA. Save the date!


Due to a number of theatrical release date changes, we have had to replace two upcoming films on our Semester One programme.

First up, director Richard Linklater’s EVERYBODY WANTS SOME, which was originally programmed for May 19, will now only be released in late June. Replacing it on our programme will be acclaimed Australian drama THE DAUGHTER, starring an ensemble cast including Geoffrey Rush, Miranda Otto, Paul Schneider, Anna Torv and Sam Neill.

The film tells the story of a man returning home to his small logging hometown for his father’s wedding, where he inadvertently unearths a long-buried family secret. As he tries to right the wrongs of the past, his actions threaten to shatter the lives of those he left behind years before.

THE DAUGHTER will screen on Thursday 19 May at 7:30 PM.

Secondly, FREE STATE OF JONES starring Matthew McConaughey has also had its release delayed to late July. In its place on June 25 will now be BASTILLE DAY, an upcoming action thriller starring Idris Elba.

Elba stars as a CIA agent on assignment in Paris who is forced to work with an American pickpocket when the young man inadvertently stumbles upon a terrorist plot against the city. The unlikely duo soon uncovers a deadly conspiracy that turns them both into targets.

BASTILLE DAY will screen on Saturday 25 June at 7 PM. It will be followed by the night’s originally scheduled second feature, ROCK THE KASBAH, at approximately 8:45 PM.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these changes, and will endeavour to screen both EVERYBODY WANTS SOME and FREE STATE OF JONES as part of our Semester Two programme.

The ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE Begins Tomorrow!

15th April, 2016

The first of this semester’s filmmaker Q&A screenings will be taking place tomorrow night as the ANU Film Group presents Canberra’s very own Oz-zom-com! Special guests, including writer-director Declan Shrubb and actor Andy Trieu, will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion, with plenty of stories to be told and prizes to be won, so be sure to come along/stick around for that.


Three telecom tradesman unwittingly discover the onset of a zombie apocalypse and must use their (limited) intelligence to come up with a plan – possibly involving cricket bats, sausage rolls, lawnmowers and beer – to save the day… or at the very least survive long enough to see another one!


It may be fun to see zombies spilling blood on the big screen, but did you know that donated blood platelets only have an extremely short life span of just five days? The Australian Red Cross is always on the lookout for blood donors, and the need for blood never takes a holiday, so we would like to encourage those of you who are eligible to donate blood to please consider doing so.

The ANU Film Group is registered with the Red Cross’s RED25 program, which unites communities around Australia in saving lives through blood donation, so it would also be greatly appreciated if you nominated us as your associated club to demonstrate our support of such a worthy cause. You can join our RED25 group anytime by clicking HERE.

Call 13 14 95 to make an appointment or go to the Red Cross website – – to find locations and hours for your local donor centre.


Full screenings resume next week with not just one, but two, Best Picture Oscar winners: this year’s Oscar-winning SPOTLIGHT and 1976’s underdog winner ROCKY, screening as part of our Back to the Film Group anniversary series.

Plus, some fantastic films that showcase cinema at its finest and most diverse – from socially conscious entertainment (THE BIG SHORT, FREEHELD) to an introspective, impossibly human stop-motion animated film (ANOMALISA) and even an indie that is as cutting-edge as they come with its transgender cast and cinematography shot entirely on an iPhone (TANGERINE).

What's On This Week + ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE Q&A Coming Soon!

8th April, 2016

This week at the ANU Film Group, catch the Oscar-nominated YOUTH, starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, followed by the rise and fall of Lance Armstrong in sports drama THE PROGRAM.

• Sat 9 Apr @ **7 PM**: YOUTH + THE PROGRAM

In YOUTH, two lifelong friends on holiday in the Swiss Alps reflect on their lives and their legacies when one of them, a retired composer, receives a personal invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday. Starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda.

Then, in THE PROGRAM (at approx. 9:15 PM), a sports journalist (Chris O’Dowd) becomes convinced that cyclist Lance Armstrong’s (Ben Foster) Tour de France victories were fuelled by banned substances and sets out to hunt for evidence that will expose the athlete. Directed by Stephen Frears (THE QUEEN, PHILOMENA).


Coming up next Saturday (April 16) is our very special screening of Canberra’s very own ME AND MY MATES VS. THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, which will be followed by a filmmaker Q&A with writer-director Declan Shrubb and actor Andy Trieu.

Not only will this be your chance to see the world’s first Oz-Zom-Com on the big screen, and find out firsthand how it got made right here in Canberra, but you’ll also get the chance to win prizes on the night too. Don’t miss it!


The Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak, who runs the wonderful canteen at our screenings, will be hosting a fundraising film screening of the inspirational comedy EDDIE THE EAGLE on Wednesday 20 April from 6 PM at Limelight Cinemas Tuggeranong.

All proceeds will be split between two important causes: MS Australia, dedicated to assisting Australians diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and the Rotary of Longreach Drought Appeal.

Tickets are $25 per person, and includes a drink and a popcorn or a choc top. For tickets, please book by Monday at the following link:

Purchase Your 2016/2017 Entertainment Book and Support the ANU Film Group

1st April, 2016

The all-new Entertainment Book for 2016/2017 is now available for purchase, and ANU Film Group is once again offering them for sale online and at screenings.

Each Entertainment Book gives you more than $20,000 in offers across Canberra’s best restaurants, cafés, attractions, including offers for shopping, accommodation and travel. Books cost just $60 and a portion of sales from each book purchased through the ANUFG goes towards our fundraising efforts, so it's win-win for all involved!

You can purchase yours now either as a traditional Entertainment Book, or as a digital Entertainment Membership that can be conveniently used on your smart phone or mobile device anywhere you go.

To support the ANU Film Group and purchase your Entertainment Book or Entertainment Membership right now simply click HERE!

To find out more, or to preview this year’s offers, click HERE.

March 2016

Pre-Order Your Entertainment Book for 2016/17 + What's On This Week

29th March, 2016

The all-new Entertainment Book for 2016/2017 will be launching in early April and the ANU Film Group will once again be offering them for sale online and at screenings.

Each Entertainment Book gives you more than $20,000 in offers across Canberra’s best restaurants, cafés, attractions, including offers for shopping, accommodation and travel. Books cost just $60 and a portion of sales from each book purchased through the ANUFG goes towards our fundraising efforts, so it's win-win for all involved!

Plus, if you pre-order your book before March 31st, you’ll even get an additional $170 in bonus offers to use alongside your regular offers until June 1, 2017.

You can purchase yours now either as a traditional Entertainment Book, or as a digital Entertainment Membership that can be conveniently used on your smart phone or mobile device anywhere you go.

To support the ANU Film Group and purchase your Entertainment Book or Entertainment Membership right now simply click HERE!

To find out more, or to preview this year’s offers, click HERE.


Male supermodels, Irish immigrants, tech geniuses, football players, Benghazi soldiers and scary grandparents… We’ve got it all at the Film Group this week!

• Wed 30 Mar @ 7:30 PM: CONCUSSION

A forensic neuropathologist (Will Smith) researching brain trauma suffered by professional American football players embarks on a dangerous quest to make the truth about their conditions known. Based on a true story.

• Thu 31 Mar @ 7:30 PM: BROOKLYN

** BROOKLYN is proudly presented by the Embassy of Ireland **

An Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan) arriving in 1950s Brooklyn quickly falls in love with her new home, but is soon forced to choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Nominated for 3 Oscars, including Best Picture.

• Fri 1 Apr @ 7:30 PM: STEVE JOBS + THE VISIT

In STEVE JOBS, the Apple co-founder (Michael Fassbender) finds his personal and professional worlds colliding backstage at three iconic product launches. Directed by Danny Boyle, and nominated for 2 Oscars, including Best Actor.

Then, director M. Night Shyamalan makes a return to form with THE VISIT (at approx. 9:45 PM), in which two children are sent to stay with their grandparents for a week, only to discover their dark and horrific secret.


In ZOOLANDER NO. 2, when a mysterious organisation begins murdering the world’s most beautiful people, former supermodels Derek and Hansel must hit the runway once more to uncover the culprit.

Then, in 13 HOURS (at approx. 8:45 PM), when militants attack the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, six security contractors must make a desperate stand to defend the ambassador and his staff. Directed by Michael Bay.


Happy Easter + SUFFRAGETTE This Week

22nd March, 2016

We've only got one screening this week due to the Easter long weekend, but it's a cracker of a film: SUFFRAGETTE. Important, timely and still painfully relevant, the film is anchored by a powerful cast including Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep.

And we’ll be back next Wednesday with a bountiful selection of Oscar nominees, true stories, clever scares, all-out action and, yes, even the return of international male model Derek Zoolander. Have a safe and happy Easter, everyone!

• Tue 22 Mar @ 7:30 PM: SUFFRAGETTE

After achieving nothing through peaceful protest, a group of working women decide to risk it all to become the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement – facing off against an increasingly brutal British government that forces the women underground.


In case you missed it, 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 the community by donating 10% of all food and beverage purchases made at any one 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, and the Club does the rest whenever you spend. How easy is that?

Simply email with your full name and 6-digit CSCC membership number and we’ll sign you right up! Plus, email us by Monday 28 March, and you can even win one of 10 double passes one of the year’s most talked-about horror films: THE WITCH.

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

CAROL, BATMAN, PHOENIX and more this week + Win tickets to THE WITCH!

17th March, 2016

Before Ben Affleck dons the cape and cowl in BATMAN V SUPERMAN, join us for the first in our Back to the Film Group screenings for a trip back in time to 1966 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of BATMAN: THE MOVIE tonight. POW! BAM! BIFF!

Also on this week: it’s Cate Blanchett night on Friday featuring two fantastic performances from the celebrated actress in the Oscar-nominated romance CAROL and the shocking political drama TRUTH. Plus, a pair of highly acclaimed foreign films on Saturday with Hitchcockian German thriller PHOENIX and absurd Swedish comedy A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE.

• Thu 17 Mar @ 7:30 PM: BATMAN: THE MOVIE

Batman and Robin must take on their most dastardly challenge yet, when the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler and Catwoman all team up to hold the world ransom. Have the dynamic duo finally met their match?

• Fri 18 Mar @ 7:30 PM: CAROL + TRUTH

In CAROL, a young, idealistic sales clerk (Rooney Mara) in 1950s New York finds herself in an unexpected love affair with an older, married woman (Cate Blanchett). Nominated for 6 Oscars, including Best Actress.

Then, in TRUTH (at approx. 9:30 PM) a veteran newscaster (Robert Redford) and producer (Cate Blanchett) find their jobs and their reputations under fire after they air a segment investigating President George W. Bush’s military record.


** PHOENIX is proudly presented by the Embassy of Germany **

In PHOENIX, following the end of WWII, a Holocaust survivor and former cabaret singer returns to Berlin after undergoing facial reconstruction surgery to search for her lost husband, who she suspects might have betrayed her to the Nazis.

Then, in A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH (at approx. 8:45 PM), a pair of travelling salesman attempt to win customers for the novelty toys that they sell, an exercise that takes them on a whimsical tour of the human condition.