News Archive

March 2016

DEADPOOL, STAR WARS, THE HATEFUL EIGHT and more this week!

8th March, 2016

It’s the film everyone’s been talking about… the foul-mouthed, ultra-violent DEADPOOL is coming to the ANU Film Group this week. Be sure to leave the kiddies at home for this one!

Plus, we return to a galaxy far, far away with our encore screening of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Dress up as your favourite characters, strike a pose at our photo booth, and hang out with 501st Legion stormtroopers on the night. Plus, prizes to be won for the best dressed, courtesy of Dee’s Comics in Belconnen.

And last but certainly not least, we’ve got the latest films from three acclaimed and prolific directors: Quentin Tarantino (THE HATEFUL EIGHT), Terrence Malick (KNIGHT OF CUPS) and Noah Baumbach (MISTRESS AMERICA).

It’s a positively massive week of screenings ahead – don’t miss out!

• Tue 8 Mar @ 7:30 PM: KNIGHT OF CUPS

A tormented Hollywood screenwriter (Christian Bale) tries to find his place in the world by making sense of the strange events occurring around him, in director Terrence Malick’s latest film. Also starring Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman.

• Thu 10 Mar @ 7:30 PM: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

When a new evil threat to the galaxy emerges, only a ragtag group of heroes – made up of scrappy newcomers and familiar faces – can save the day and restore balance to the Force in the next instalment in the STAR WARS saga.

Dress up as your favourite STAR WARS characters for your chance to win prizes!

• Fri 11 Mar @ 7:30 PM: THE HATEFUL EIGHT

Eight strangers seek refuge from a blizzard in a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. Through betrayal and deception, the strangers soon realise that not all of them will make it out of there alive. Directed by Quentin Tarantino.

• Sat 12 Mar @ **7 PM**: DEADPOOL + MISTRESS AMERICA

In DEADPOOL, a mercenary (Ryan Reynolds) is subjected to an experiment that leaves him badly scarred but with accelerated healing powers. Armed with a twisted sense of humour, he adopts an anti-hero alter ego and sets out for revenge.

Then, in MISTRESS AMERICA (at approx. 9 PM), a lonely college freshman is rescued from her solitude by her soon-to-be stepsister (Greta Gerwig) – an adventurous free spirit who entangles her in alluringly mad schemes. Directed by Noah Baumbach.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, DEADPOOL **

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COMING SOON: BACK TO THE FILM GROUP – ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS
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As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, we’re bringing back iconic films from each of our past five decades that, like us, are celebrating special anniversaries this year. Make sure you catch these classics of cinema back on the big screen, starting next week!

• Thursday 17 March: BATMAN: THE MOVIE (1966) – 50th Anniversary
• Thursday 21 April: ROCKY (1976) – 40th Anniversary
• Thursday 26 May: CROCODILE DUNDEE (1986) – 30th Anniversary

Plus more films from 1996 and 2006 coming in Semester Two.

Reminder: Annual General Meeting TONIGHT

7th March, 2016

Cancel all your plans because tonight is the night of the ANU Film Group’s Annual General Meeting!

Our AGM is your one chance each year to find out all about your friendly neighborhood Film Group and have your say in how it’s run for the next 12 months. You can ask questions. You can make suggestions. You can even get involved by running for a spot on the committee and earn your place in history as one of the people behind the largest film society in Australia in its golden anniversary year.

It’s all happening tonight from 6 PM in the Coombs Theatre. Be there or be square!

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COMING UP: ‘STAR WARS’ DRESS UP SCREENING ON THURSDAY
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THE FORCE AWAKENS is back at the Film Group for an encore screening this Thursday at 7:30 PM – and we’re inviting you to come along dressed up as your favourite STAR WARS characters!

You can strike a fun pose at our photo booth, hang out with our stormtrooper friends from the 501st Legion, and even win prizes courtesy of the good folks at Dee’s Comics in Belconnen.

The Force is strong in this one. Don’t miss out!

And The Oscar Goes To...

2nd March, 2016

SPOTLIGHT, THE REVENANT and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD may have taken home the most gold at the Oscars earlier this week, but as far as we’re concerned, Film Group members are the real winners with some of the best films of the year still to come on our programme!

This week in our dedicated Oscar Week, we’re screening the winning films for Best Actor, Best Director and Best Cinematography (THE REVENANT) and Best Actress (ROOM). Not to mention two frontrunners in the Best Supporting Actor (CREED) and Best Documentary Feature (THE LOOK OF SILENCE) categories – along with a Hollywood remake of an Oscar-winning foreign thriller, starring three Oscar winners/nominees (SECRET IN THEIR EYES).

How’s that for Oscar madness?!

• Wed 2 Mar @ 7:30 PM: THE LOOK OF SILENCE

An Indonesian man – who survived the country’s “communist” purge in 1965 – visits the men who carried out the killings under the pretence of an eye exam to confront them about their actions. Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature.

• Thu 3 Mar @ 7:30 PM: CREED

When the son (Michael B. Jordan) of a late rival requests his help, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) agrees to train him as a boxer – even as he struggles with his own mortality and legacy. Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actor (Stallone).

• Fri 4 Mar @ 7:30 PM: THE REVENANT

In the 1820s, during an expedition of uncharted wilderness, an explorer (Leonardo DiCaprio) is attacked by a bear and left for dead by his companions. He must then navigate the winter landscape in a relentless pursuit to exact revenge. Winner of 3 Oscars, including Best Actor (DiCaprio) and Best Director.

• Sat 5 Mar @ **7 PM**: ROOM + SECRET IN THEIR EYES

In ROOM, a young mother (Brie Larson) and her 5-year-old son (Jacob Tremblay) have been confined to a windowless room for as long as he has lived. As their existence reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape. Oscar winner for Best Actress (Larson).

Then, in SECRET IN THEIR EYES (at approx. 9 PM), a team of FBI investigators are torn apart when they discover that one of their children has been brutally and inexplicably murdered. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: THE REVENANT, ROOM **

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – MONDAY 7 MARCH @ 6 PM
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Our AGM is the chance you’ve been waiting for to find out all about the inner workings of the Group that you love so much.

You can ask questions. You can make suggestions. You can even run for a spot on the committee and earn your place in history as one of the committee members behind the largest film society in Australia in its golden anniversary year.

Guaranteed to be the most entertaining AGM ever held at the Coombs Theatre on a Monday evening in the first week of March for a group celebrating its 50th anniversary. We look forward to seeing you there!

February 2016

The Oscars at the ANU Film Group TONIGHT!

29th February, 2016

Thank you to everyone who came along last night for our very special 50th birthday party and screening. We hope you enjoyed the celebration as much as we did!

But the fun's not over yet, as tonight is OSCAR NIGHT at the ANU Film Group! Will Leo finally get his Oscar? How many awards will MAD MAX: FURY ROAD win? Who will take home Best Picture? What will John Travolta do this time?!

Catch Hollywood's biggest night on the BIG screen at our special presentation of the 88th Annual Academy Awards TONIGHT at 7:30 PM. Entry is FREE and open to everyone – and the more the merrier – so feel free to bring your friends!

Our wonderful canteen will also be open on the night for you to get your fill of snacks and drinks during the ceremony. As always, all proceeds go to charity.

And be sure to participate in our special Oscar Ceremony Quiz tonight too – a quiz all about this year’s ceremony, with the answers revealed only during the ceremony itself. No movie knowledge is required and Film Group glory awaits!

Finally, regardless of who wins or loses, our Semester One programme has 20 of this year’s Oscar nominees. So as far as we're concerned, ANU Film Group members are the REAL winners!

Check out all of our Oscar nominated films in this handy image on our Facebook page HERE.

What's On This Week: SPECTRE, DANISH GIRL, GOOD DINOSAUR, DR. STRANGELOVE and more!

24th February, 2016

Don’t forget to register to attend our 50th birthday party!

We’ll be raising a glass to 50 years of the ANU Film Group this Sunday (February 28) with a special reception from 6 PM, followed by a commemorative screening of DR. STRANGELOVE at 7 PM.

Spaces at the reception are limited, so please register your interest by no later than 5 PM on THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY (TOMORROW) if you wish to attend. Attendees will be randomly drawn from all registered members and those successful will be contacted directly via email on the outcome later that day.

For more details, or to register for the event, go to www.anufg.org.au/50years

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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At the Film Group this week, you can get shaken and stirred with the latest Bond film in SPECTRE. Or get swept away with four-time Oscar-nominated THE DANISH GIRL or Pixar’s latest family adventure in THE GOOD DINOSAUR. Or if it’s laughs you’re after, you’ll find plenty in both in SISTERS and SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY.

And, finally, on Sunday – the exact date of our first programmed screening 50 years ago – join us as we celebrate our 50th birthday with a special screening of our most screened film: DR. STRANGELOVE!

• Thu 25 Feb @ 7:30 PM: SPECTRE

While M (Ralph Fiennes) battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, a cryptic message from 007’s (Daniel Craig) past sends him on a trail to uncover the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE, in James Bond’s 24th screen outing.

• Fri 26 Feb @ 7:30 PM: THE DANISH GIRL + SISTERS

In THE DANISH GIRL, in 1920s Copenhagen, after an artist (Alicia Vikander) asks her husband (Eddie Redmayne) to stand in for a female model, he finds himself developing an attraction for the female form and begins living life as a woman. Nominated for 4 Oscars, including Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

Then, in SISTERS (at approx. 9:30 PM), Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reunite to play two sisters who return to their hometown and look to recapture their glory days by throwing one final high-school-style party for their former classmates.

• Sat 27 Feb @ **7 PM**: THE GOOD DINOSAUR + SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY

In Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR, in an alternate timeline where Earth was never hit by an asteroid and dinosaurs never became extinct, an orphaned and lost young dinosaur named Arlo unexpectedly befriends a human caveboy.

Then, in SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY (at approx. 8:45 PM), a Broadway playwright (Owen Wilson) discovers a complicated love triangle between his wife, her ex-lover, and the call-girl-turned-actress that he has just cast in his latest play. Also starring Jennifer Aniston, Rhys Ifans and Imogen Poots.

• Sun 28 Feb @ **6 PM**: 50TH BIRTHDAY PARTY

For more details, or to register to attend this event, visit www.anufg.org.au/birthday

• Sun 28 Feb @ **7 PM**: DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB

A true classic of cinema – and the most screened film in the history of the ANU Film Group – this film by legendary director Stanley Kubrick follows an insane general who deploys a nuclear bomb against the Soviet Union, and the war room full of politicians and generals that must stop it before it’s too late!

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: SPECTRE, THE GOOD DINOSAUR **

You're invited to the ANUFG's 50th Birthday Party!

19th February, 2016

The ANU Film Group commenced its first ever programme of regular screenings on Monday February 28th, 1966. Now, exactly 50 years to the date, we’ll be celebrating our 50th birthday with a special event on Sunday 28th February, 2016!

The event will begin at 6 PM at the Coombs Theatre with refreshments to be provided upon arrival. This will be followed by a commemorative screening of Stanley Kubrick’s DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB, our most frequently screened film (15 times!) and the second film ever screened from that first programme in 1966.

We hope that you can join us and our other special invited guests at the event to raise a glass to 50 years of Australia’s biggest – and best – film society.

If you wish to attend, we ask that you please fill out a registration form at www.anufg.org.au/birthday for catering purposes. As spaces at the event are limited, attendees will be randomly drawn from all registered members and those successful will be emailed directly by no later than Thursday 25th February.

There is no need to register if you only wish to attend the screening of DR. STRANGELOVE, which will start at approximately 7 PM.

What’s On This Week: THE DRESSMAKER, JOY, THE ASSASSIN, IN THE HEART OF THE SEA

15th February, 2016

And we’re off! Our first week of 2016 was a roaring success, and this week looks to be even bigger with a range of epic cinematic spectacles (THE ASSASSIN, IN THE HEART OF THE SEA) and star-studded intimate dramas (THE DRESSMAKER, JOY) that are all best experienced at the ANU Film Group!

Want to keep track of screenings and what’s on each week? In addition to these weekly email reminders, you can also add our entire programme straight to your calendar on your phone, mobile device or computer. Simply download the whole Semester One programme – complete with reviews and running times (where available) – by clicking right HERE!

• Tue 16 Feb @ 7:30 PM: THE ASSASSIN

In 9th century China, an exceptional assassin is tasked with eliminating corrupt government officials. When she shows mercy and fails a mission, she is punished by her master by being sent on an assignment to kill the man she loves.

• Thu 18 Feb @ 7:30 PM: IN THE HEART OF THE SEA

In 1820, a whaling ship is attacked by an enraged whale, leaving its crew shipwrecked at sea and more than a thousand miles from land. Based on the true tale that inspired Moby Dick. Starring Chris Hemsworth and directed by Ron Howard.

• Fri 19 Feb @ 7:30 PM: JOY + HE NAMED ME MALALA

In JOY, Jennifer Lawrence reunites with director David O. Russell (AMERICAN HUSTLE, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK) to play a young single mother who triumphs over personal and financial challenges by inventing the Miracle Mop. Also starring Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper.

Then, in HE NAMED ME MALALA (at approx. 9:45 PM), discover the extraordinary life of Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani schoolgirl and female activist who was shot by Taliban gunmen for speaking out on girls’ education.

• Sat 20 Feb @ **7 PM**: THE DRESSMAKER + BY THE SEA

In THE DRESSMAKER, a glamorous dressmaker (Kate Winslet) returns to her rural hometown where she empowers the local women with her haute couture style – while exacting revenge on those who did her wrong years ago. This multi-AACTA-winning, Australian box office smash also stars Liam Hemsworth, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving and Sarah Snook.

Then, in BY THE SEA (at approx. 9 PM), an American writer and his wife (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) in the 1970s discover that their marriage is in crisis while on holiday in France and are forced to come to terms with long-unresolved issues.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: JOY, THE DRESSMAKER **

What's On This Week: PEANUTS MOVIE, THE WALK, BRIDGE OF SPIES

9th February, 2016

Thanks to all of you who came along on Monday to kick off our 50th year in a galaxy far, far away with STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Particular thanks must go to the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers who kindly volunteered their time to make our opening night extra special. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for some fun snaps from the night!

And that’s just the beginning… We’ve got 87 more films coming up on our Semester One programme, starting with this week’s mix of epic action, gripping dramas, laugh-out-loud comedies and even something for the kiddies. Plus, the first of 20 of this year’s Oscar nominated films on our programme!

• Thu 11 Feb @ 7:30 PM: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2

As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the oppressive Capitol, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) must become the symbol of the rebellion and rally together an army for one final battle.

• Fri 12 Feb @ 7:30 PM: THE WALK + THE NIGHT BEFORE

It’s JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT NIGHT – check out two very different films from one of Hollywood’s brightest young talents in the first of this semester’s themed nights!

In THE WALK, a French high-wire artist recruits an unlikely team of people and must overcome betrayals, dissension and close calls to realise his dream of walking a wire between the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center.

Then, in THE NIGHT BEFORE (at approx. 9:45 PM), three life-long friends who reunite every Christmas Eve for a night of debauchery set out to make their last Christmas Eve together unforgettable when the tradition must come to an end.

• Sat 13 Feb @ **7 PM**: THE PEANUTS MOVIE + BRIDGE OF SPIES

In THE PEANUTS MOVIE, when Charlie Brown falls for his new next-door neighbour, he embarks on a heroic quest to prove his worth to her. Meanwhile, the lovable beagle Snoopy takes to the skies to defeat his arch-nemesis.

Then, in BRIDGE OF SPIES (at approx. 8:45 PM), a lawyer (Tom Hanks) is recruited to defend a Soviet spy in court to free an American pilot being held prisoner by the Russians. Nominated for 6 Oscars, including Best Picture.

Not yet a member? Not a problem. Joining up is easy!

Simply come on down to any screening to join up – but be sure to give yourself sufficient time to pay, fill out your membership form, grab a bite from the canteen, and find a good seat. Alternatively, you can also sign up online at www.anufg.org.au/join but please note that online purchases can take 2-3 business days to process before cards are available for pick up at screenings.

January 2016

Semester One 2016 Programme

29th January, 2016

You’ve all waited long enough – here is the ANU Film Group’s new programme for Semester One 2016!

You can view the programme in its entirety on our website at www.anufg.org.au/programme right now or download a PDF version of it HERE (305Kb)

For the first half of our 50th anniversary year, we set out to compile a programme that featured the best of everything our members have loved about the Film Group for the past 50 years. From the latest Hollywood hits to foreign and independent films not seen elsewhere, as well as a selection of beloved classics, we trust that you’ll find this programme truly has something for everyone.

To commemorate the milestone anniversary, we’ve also put together a series of special events to run throughout the year that celebrates some of the films, events and key moments in the past five decades of Film Group. For Semester One, these include a 50th Anniversary Birthday Party, a special presentation of the Oscars, a dress-up screening, filmmaker Q&A sessions, a revival of themed screening nights, and a ‘Back to the Film Group’ series of films that (like us) are celebrating their decennial anniversaries in 2016. We’re even introducing a brand new logo this year too!

You’ll be sure to hear plenty more about all of these things over the next few months, so for now, please have a look over our new programme and share it with everyone you know – because we’re turning 50 and everyone’s invited to celebrate with us!

P.S. If you’ve been holding off to see a programme before joining up, you no longer have any excuses. Head over to www.anufg.org.au/join to purchase your membership for this year now.

$19.66 Winners + Doorpeople Needed!

26th January, 2016

Happy Australia Day, everyone!

We hope you've been having fun following our version of the Hottest 100 on our Facebook page, where we've been counting down to the big reveal of our new programme over the past few days. If you haven't already done so, head over to www.facebook.com/ANUFG now!

Our full Semester One 2016 programme will be released this coming FRIDAY 29 JANUARY, so keep a close eye on your email inbox, our website (www.anufg.org.au) or our Facebook page to be the first to find out what we've got in store for the first half of our 50th anniversary year.

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WINNERS OF $19.66 MEMBERSHIPS
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At the end of last year, we held a competition where everyone who pre-purchased an ANU Film Group membership before December 31st could go into the running to be one of five lucky people to get their membership of choice for the special anniversary price of $19.66.

Thanks to the many of you who joined up early to participate. The winners have now been randomly selected, so congratulations are in order for the following five people:

• Amy Burgess
• Kathy Nash
• Nancy Bonham
• Nicholas Quigley
• Nina Svedin

All of you will be contacted via email shortly to have your refunds arranged. Congratulations once again!

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BE A DOORPERSON AND GET A FREE MEMBERSHIP
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We find ourselves once again in need of new doorpeople for next 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 got a sunny disposition, are punctual, and are skilled in the fine art of button pressing, this may be for you!

Upon completing a required number of sessions, all door people will also receive a free membership for Semester Two 2016.

Interested? Drop us a line at info@anufg.org.au ASAP to let us know!