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.
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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 **
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.
ANUFG @ PHOENIX QUIZ NIGHT – TUESDAY 9 AUGUST
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)
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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 **
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 **
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 **
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.
NEW BOOKLETS AND POSTERS AVAILABLE
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
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 **
The wait is over – we’re very proud to present our full programme for Semester Two 2016! Our line-up for the second half of our 50th Anniversary year features all that you know and love about the ANU Film Group, with everything from the latest Hollywood blockbusters to indie, foreign and classic films on offer.
As part of our ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations, you’ll also find a number of special events, including:
• Our Annual Trivia Night, a trivia night unlike any other, returning for the 10th time
• The 1996 and 2006 entries in our Back to the Film Group anniversary series of screenings
• Four Q&A screenings, for such films as FREEDOM STORIES, THE COFFEE MAN, TANNA and BLUE WORLD ORDER
• The return of improvised live cinema with UNSCRIPTED! 2
This semester, we will also be trialling Family Films at Five – with a new earlier start time of 5 PM for family films on select Saturdays. Please keep an eye out for these as they come up during the semester.
As always, we have also made available a digital version of the new programme for you to add straight into your calendar to ensure you never miss a screening again. All you have to do is download the file by clicking HERE and importing it into the calendar program of your choice (e.g. iCal, Outlook) on your mobile device or computer.
Semester Two commences on Monday 18 July with a FREE screening of THE NICE GUYS that is open for all to attend, so be sure to invite your friends and family along to help us kick off our new programme in '70s style.
Semester Two memberships – which include entry to all remaining Semester One screenings – are now available for purchase at screenings, as well as online at www.anufg.org.au/join
We’re very happy to report that the ANU has managed to implement a temporary fix for our theatre’s heating problems, which means that we’re officially back in business!
Last weekend’s postponed double will now screen on SUNDAY 17 JULY (next Sunday) with ZOOTOPIA commencing at the earlier time of 5 PM, followed by THE JUNGLE BOOK at 7 PM. Please take particular note of the Sunday screening date and the different start times.
Finally, after a minor delay, our new Semester Two programme will now be released THIS weekend instead. We assure you it will be worth the wait, so stay tuned!
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
Moral quandaries abound this week at the ANU Film Group with two films that will thrill, provoke, and entertain you. Plus, Alan Rickman graces the screen one last time in his final live-action role.
• Sat 9 July @ **7 PM**: THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT + EYE IN THE SKY
In the penultimate film in the DIVERGENT series, Tris (Shailene Woodley) must venture beyond the only world she has ever known to find a peaceful solution for her embroiled society. Once outside, she makes earth-shattering revelations and is forced to make impossible choices about her allegiance.
Starring Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer and Jeff Daniels.
Then, in EYE IN THE SKY (at approx. 9:15 PM), a top-secret drone operation against terrorists in Kenya turns into an international crisis when a nine-year-old girl enters the targeted kill zone. American and British military officials clash over the moral implications of modern warfare.
Starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul and the late Alan Rickman in his final live-action role.
It is with the utmost regret that we announce that tomorrow (Saturday) night’s screenings of ZOOTOPIA and THE JUNGLE BOOK will no longer be proceeding as planned.
This is due to a recent fault with the theatre’s heating system that was meant to have been resolved by today (Friday). Unfortunately, we were only informed by the ANU less than an hour ago that the repairs they carried out have not resolved the issue as intended. Given the cold weather and the family target audience for both films, we have made the hard decision to postpone both screenings to a later date and time.
A new screening date for both ZOOTOPIA and THE JUNGLE BOOK will be advised as soon once we have a better idea of how long the additional repairs will take. We will also confirm next week whether any more of our upcoming screenings will be affected.
We deeply apologise for the short notice, and for all disappointment and inconvenience caused by this last-minute postponement.
Let the countdown to Semester Two 2016 begin!
There’s less than a month to go until the second half of our 50th anniversary year kicks off on MONDAY 18 JULY and we’re very excited to announce that our first screening of the semester will be THE NICE GUYS, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.
Our opening screening of the hilarious ‘70s-set buddy comedy will be FREE for all to attend, and is the first of more than 80 films that we’ll be screening in Semester Two. We’ve got a truly great line-up of films and special events in store, and can’t wait to share it all with you next week when the full programme is revealed on July 2!
Want a sneak peek at our new programme? If so, head on over to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ANUFG where we’ll be counting down the days by revealing some more of what will be screening at the Film Group over the next few months.
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
Idris Elba makes a case to play the next James Bond and Bill Murray does what he does best in this week’s double feature.
• Sat 25 June @ **7 PM**: BASTILLE DAY + ROCK THE KASBAH
A CIA agent (Idris Elba) on assignment in Paris 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.
Then, in ROCK THE KASBAH (at approx. 8:45 PM), Bill Murray stars as a has-been music manager who discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice while on tour in Afghanistan, and sets out to make her a star. Also starring Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel and Bruce Willis.
** NOTE: Due to a release date change, BASTILLE DAY replaces the originally scheduled FREE STATE OF JONES at the same date and time **