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January 2016

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS to kick off our 50th year on February 8!

14th January, 2016

A long time ago, in a university not so far away…

The year was 1966, and a group of film-loving students decided to set up a society to screen films for like-minded movie buffs. Five decades on, and the ANU Film Group is now the largest film society in Australia and about to commence our milestone 50th anniversary year!

To celebrate the start of our Semester One 2016 programme, we’ll be hosting a FREE screening of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS on Monday February 8 at 7:30 PM!

The long-awaited return to the STAR WARS universe sees a new threat to the galaxy emerge from the ashes three decades after the defeat of the evil Galactic Empire. Only a ragtag group of heroes – made up of scrappy newcomers and familiar faces – can stop them and restore balance to the Force.

Starring series newcomers Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver alongside the likes of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and more, THE FORCE AWAKENS has broken countless box office records to become an international phenomenon with its exciting new chapter of the STAR WARS saga.

Whether you’ll be seeing it for the first time or the fiftieth, be sure to mark your calendars and invite all your friends (did we mention it's free?) to join us in kicking off our 50th year with a bang. Plus, we’re thrilled that we’ll be joined at our opening screening by some very special guests too. All we can say is… be prepared for photos and selfies!

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THE WAIT IS ALMOST OVER: PRE-PURCHASE YOUR MEMBERSHIP NOW!
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We know you’ve all been patiently waiting for our full Semester One 2016 programme, but fear not – the wait is almost over and we’ll be releasing it as soon as the final pieces of the puzzle are confirmed.

While you’re waiting, why not take the time to pre-purchase your membership for 2016?

By pre-purchasing your membership now, you can skip the start-of-year queues by simply picking up your ready-made card on your way in to your first screening of the year. Membership payments can be made via credit card, PayPal or direct bank transfer, so you won’t even need to bring cash. And best of all, you can even purchase memberships as gifts for other people too.

To purchase your membership now, head over to www.anufg.org.au/join

December 2015

Pre-Purchase Now to Win Your 2016 Membership for Only $19.66!

1st December, 2015

It’s December, which means that the start of our 50th anniversary year is fast approaching. To kick off the celebrations early, we’d like to offer you the chance to purchase your 2016 memberships for the very special anniversary price of $19.66!

All you have to do is join up and pay for either an Annual or Semester One membership in full by December 31, 2015, and you’ll go into the running to be one of five lucky members to get their membership for just $19.66.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to www.anufg.org.au/join to join up for 2016 now!

And while you’re there, don’t forget that memberships can be purchased for friends and family too – making an ANU Film Group membership the ultimate Christmas gift for any self-respecting film lover (or even anyone who just enjoys a great deal)!

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS
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To enter the draw to win one of five ANU Film Group memberships at the cost of $19.66 each, participants must purchase either an Annual 2016 or Semester One 2016 membership using the designated website (http://www.anufg.org.au/join) between 01/12/2015 and 11:59 PM AEDST on 31/12/2015.

Five entrants will then be selected at random by representatives of the ANU Film Group, and contacted via email or phone within ten business days. The selection of winners will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The winners will then receive a refund for the difference in price, based on the membership type purchased. For Annual memberships, the amount to be refunded will be $50.34. For Semester One memberships, the amount to be refunded will be $20.34. Credit card and PayPal processing fees will not be refunded.

November 2015

Wanted: Review Writers for Semester One 2016

27th November, 2015

Would you like to be a part of history and contribute reviews for the ANU Film Group’s 50th anniversary year?

As work on Semester One 2016 progresses, we’re now seeking volunteers who are keen to write reviews for films on our upcoming programme. The reviews will be featured in the 64-page informational booklet that members receive upon joining up, as well as on our website.

Reviews will need to be approximately 200-250 words in length and must be completed over a period of two weeks in mid-to-late December 2015. As the timeframe is tight, please only volunteer if you are sure that you will have time over the holiday period to contribute.

Successful volunteers will be then sent a list of films from which they can nominate ones they’d like to write reviews for. You’re welcome to write just one review or as many as you’d like, but please note that:

1. The ANU Film Group does not provide reviewers with tickets to, or a copy of, films that they have been assigned to review.
2. Some of the films we are seeking reviews/previews for have not been released yet, and some creativity/research may be required.
3. Unsolicited reviews will not be accepted.

So if you love movies, enjoy writing, and would like to lend a hand (or two), let us know by replying to this email – or dropping us a line at info@anufg.org.au – by no later than SATURDAY 5 DECEMBER. Thanks!

Last Week of Screenings for 2015: EVEREST, PIXELS, CRIMSON PEAK, DOPE

20th November, 2015

All good things must sadly come to an end… and such is the case for our Semester Two 2015 programme as we finish up screenings for the year. But fear not – we’re already hard at work on the first half of our 50th anniversary programme for 2016, which is sure to be a very special one.

In the meantime, thank you to all of you for your continued support throughout the year. It has certainly been a memorable one, with Q&As, special guests, mystery screenings, our most successful Trivia Night yet, and of course, many fantastic films that have made us laugh, cry, think, and sit on the edge of our seats.

Please keep in touch over the summer break, as we will continue to send out programme updates, competitions and more via this mailing list. Make sure you also stay tuned to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ANUFG

Finally, if you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to suggest films you’d like to see on our next programme via our website at www.anufg.org.au/suggestions by no later than Sunday 29 November.

See you in 2016!

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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A family-friendly special effects extravaganza, a thrilling survival adventure, an acclaimed coming-of-age indie comedy, and a gothic horror love story. Our final week of screenings has it all – so don’t miss out on your last chance to get your Film Group fix before the summer break!

• Fri 20 Nov @ 7:30 PM: PIXELS + DOPE

In PIXELS, when aliens misinterpret classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they use the games to attack the Earth in retaliation, leaving it up to four former video game champions to fight – and play – for the future of the human race.

Then, in DOPE (at approx. 9:15 PM), a geek surviving life in a tough L.A. neighbourhood finds his life forever changed after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a gritty adventure.

• Sat 21 Nov @ **7 PM**: EVEREST + CRIMSON PEAK

In EVEREST, two groups of climbers on ascent towards the summit of Mount Everest soon find themselves in an epic battle to survive against impossible odds when a violent storm unexpectedly strikes the mountain. Based on a true story.

Then, in director Guillermo del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK (at approx. 9:15 PM), a young woman trying to escape the ghosts of her past finds her heart torn between her love for a childhood friend and the temptation of a seductive stranger.

ODDBALL, BLACK MASS, RICKI AND THE FLASH This Week + Phoenix Quiz Night on Nov 17

12th November, 2015

The ANU Film Group is back at The Phoenix Pub in Civic next week for another round of movie trivia with Lights Camera Trivia 3: Quiz Hard with a Vengeance! And this time, it’s personal…

So start gathering your team of movie nerds and come on down on TUESDAY 17 NOVEMBER for an action-packed evening of tantalising trivia, alluring alcohol and possibly even fun. Entry is free and all are welcome to attend.

DATE: Tuesday 17 November
TIME: 7:30 PM start
VENUE: Phoenix Pub, 21 East Row, Civic (located in the bus interchange)

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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For our penultimate week of screenings, we’re serving up some stellar films including a double feature of heartfelt family dramas, Johnny Depp and an all-star cast in a gritty crime thriller, and one of the biggest Australian films of the year. Not to be missed!

• Fri 13 Nov @ 7:30 PM: RICKI AND THE FLASH + COMING HOME

In RICKI AND THE FLASH, a hard-rocking musician (Meryl Streep) who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family, only to discover that they have moved on.

Then, in COMING HOME (at approx. 9:15 PM), a man who was imprisoned during China’s Cultural Revolution is released and returns home, only to discover that his beloved wife no longer remembers who he is. Directed by Zhang Yimou.

• Sat 14 Nov @ **7 PM**: ODDBALL + BLACK MASS

In the hit Australian family film ODDBALL, an eccentric chicken farmer (Shane Jacobson) enlists the help of his granddaughter to train their mischievous dog to protect the local penguin population from predators.

Then, in BLACK MASS (at approx. 8:45 PM), Johnny Depp plays real-life gangster Whitey Bulger, an infamous and violent criminal who is recruited by the FBI as a secret informant, in return for free and total reign over the South Boston area.

** Please note that ODDBALL replaces the originally scheduled first feature, ADAM JONES (aka BURNT) **

Suggest Films for Semester One 2016

4th November, 2015

Welcome to November at the ANU Film Group! As screenings begin winding down for the year, it’s time to start turning our attention to our big 50th anniversary next year. And what better way to do so than telling us what you’d like to see on our Semester One 2016 programme?

From SPECTRE to STAR WARS to superhero showdowns and beyond, we’re sure to be spoilt for choice in 2016. So start racking your brains and send in your suggestions for our next programme at www.anufg.org.au/suggestions

You can suggest upcoming releases, films you’ve seen recently, beloved favourites, or even special screenings to coincide with our 50th anniversary. Any and all suggestions are welcome!

Printed forms will also be available at the door at screenings from this week onwards. Suggestions close on SUNDAY 29 NOVEMBER.

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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From notorious gangsters and assassination attempts to dystopian teen sci-fi and Matt Damon in one of the best films of the year, this week’s screenings are not to be missed!

• Fri 6 Nov @ 7:30 PM: LEGEND + 13 MINUTES

In LEGEND, meet the most notorious gangsters in British history – identical twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray (Tom Hardy) – and discover the sensational events that led to the rise and fall of their criminal empire in 1960s London.

Then, in 13 MINUTES (at approx. 9:45 PM), uncover the incredible true story of the German resistance fighter who could have changed history with his attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler at the height of his power in 1939.

• Sat 7 Nov @ **7 PM**: MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS + THE MARTIAN

In MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS, having escaped the captivity of the Maze, a group of teenagers now face a new set of challenges as their journey takes them to desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.

Then, in THE MARTIAN (at approx. 9:15 PM), an astronaut (Matt Damon) who is presumed dead and abandoned on Mars during a manned mission must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to stay alive and find a way back home.

Plus, more of the year’s biggest and best films coming up in the next few weeks, including RICKI AND THE FLASH, ODDBALL, BLACK MASS, PIXELS and EVEREST. And remember – Semester Two memberships are now only $30 until the end of the year, so spread the word!

October 2015

Screening Change: ODDBALL on Sat 14 Nov + Semester Memberships Now $30

28th October, 2015

Thanks to everyone who came along to our special UNSCRIPTED! event on Saturday. We hope you all enjoyed the show!

For those who missed out, the mystery film that we ended up live dubbing was TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE, a 1959 sci-fi ‘classic’ with a hilariously low budget. But in the hands of our improvisers, it became something else entirely as they brought to life the tale of Frank-Hank-Jerry, his fellow aliens on a quest for mayo, Bread Roll Cave, perfume salesmen, the Caterpillar Virus, genital clouds, and the return of the Spice Girls.

Needless to say, it was certainly a very original and entertaining evening – and one that wouldn't have been possible without our fearless and talented performers: Ben Crowley, Brad Hoff and Katherine Green.

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SCREENING CHANGE: ‘ODDBALL’ NOW SCREENING ON NOV 14
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Due to a last minute availability change, we are no longer able to screen ADAM JONES (now titled BURNT) on Saturday 14 November as originally scheduled. In its place, we will instead be screening the highly successful Australian family film ODDBALL at 7 PM.

On Middle Island in Victoria, Little Penguins have made their home for many years – at least until wild foxes find their way onto the island and begin drastically reducing the population of its native inhabitants. An eccentric chicken farmer (Shane Jacobson) enlists the help of his granddaughter to train their mischievous dog, Oddball, to protect the penguins from the predators.

Based on the heart-warming and incredible true story, ODDBALL has taken Australia by storm, earning over $10 million at the local box office to become the third most successful Australian film this year behind only MAD MAX: FURY ROAD and THE WATER DIVINER. The film also stars Sarah Snook, Alan Tudyk and Deborah Mailman.

BLACK MASS, the acclaimed crime drama starring Johnny Depp, will remain as the night’s second feature starting now at approximately 8:45 PM.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this change.

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SEMESTER TWO MEMBERSHIPS NOW $30!
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As we head into our last month of screenings, we’re dropping the price of Semester Two memberships by $10 – down to just $30 for the rest of the year!

This include some fantastic new films coming up on the programme including THE MARTIAN, EVEREST, THE INTERN, PAN, BLACK MASS, PIXELS and ODDBALL. So if you have any friends or family that (gasp!) aren’t already members of the Film Group, please share this offer with them and get in quick to experience the best way to see movies in Canberra before screenings wind up for the year.

Discounted Semester memberships can be purchased at the door at any screening from this week onwards, as well as online now at www.anufg.org.au/join

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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• Thu 29 Oct @ 7:30 PM: THE INTERN

Bored with his retirement, a 70-year-old widower (Robert De Niro) seizes an opportunity to become a senior intern at a fashion website run by a young, career-driven woman (Anne Hathaway). Directed by Nancy Meyers.

• Fri 30 Oct @ 7:30 PM: ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL + PAPER TOWNS

In ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, a high schooler who spends most of his time making parodies of classic films finds his carefree life changed forever when he befriends a classmate who has just been diagnosed with leukaemia.

Then, in PAPER TOWNS (at approx. 9:15 PM), a teenager embarks on a night of adventure with his childhood crush – after which she disappears completely, leaving behind only cryptic clues for him to decipher in order to find her.

• Sat 31 Oct @ **7 PM**: PAN + THE GIFT

Discover the untold story of Peter Pan in PAN, in which a young orphan is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland. There, he must defeat the villainous Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) and discover his true destiny.

Then, in THE GIFT (at approx. 9 PM), a young married couple finds their lives thrown into chaos when an acquaintance from the husband’s past suddenly reappears, bringing mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light.

UNSCRIPTED! – Improvised Live Cinema on Saturday @ 7 PM

22nd October, 2015

This Saturday at the Film Group, we’ll be debuting our exciting new improvised live cinema event: UNSCRIPTED! Bringing together the worlds of cinema and live comedy for a special night unlike any other, it’s definitely not one to be missed!

Plus, just in case that wasn’t enough for you, we’ve also got Emily Blunt taking on Mexican hit men in SICARIO, Joaquin Phoenix as an IRRATIONAL MAN, and Robert Redford taking Nick Nolte for A WALK IN THE WOODS.

• Thu 22 Oct @ 7:30 PM: SICARIO

As the war on drugs becomes increasingly deadly, an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is sent to the lawless area between the U.S. and Mexican borders to eradicate the cartel responsible for killing members of her team. Also starring Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin.

• Fri 23 Oct @ 7:30 PM: IRRATIONAL MAN + A WALK IN THE WOODS

In Woody Allen’s latest, IRRATIONAL MAN, a tormented philosophy professor (Joaquin Phoenix) finds his life taking a turn for the positive when he becomes romantically involved with both a married teacher (Parker Posey) and a precocious student (Emma Stone).

Then, in A WALK IN THE WOODS (at approx. 9:15 PM), an aging travel writer (Robert Redford) decides to reinvigorate his life by hiking the Appalachian Trail but only one person is willing to accompany him on his journey: an overweight, long lost and former friend (Nick Nolte).

• Sat 24 Oct @ **7 PM**: UNSCRIPTED! – Improvised Live Cinema

When a movie's dialogue track is 'lost' under mysterious circumstances, there's only one thing to do: call in Canberra's best improvisers to create all-new dialogue for the film... live and on the spot!

Our talented performers will have no script – and absolutely no idea what the film is or is about. Only one thing is for certain: anything can (and probably will) happen, so you won't want to miss this one-of-a-kind special event.

Entry into UNSCRIPTED! is free for all current ANUFG members. Our canteen will also be operating as normal. Please note that, due to the improvised nature of its content, the event may contain strong language and may not be suitable for children.

What's On This Week: VACATION, NOBLE, WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE, and more!

12th October, 2015

An inspirational true story, a nightmare vacation, stoned-cold killers, beautiful hand-drawn Japanese anime, and a poignant Australian comedy all await filmgoers on this week’s varied and eclectic line-up at the ANU Film Group!

• Tue 13 Oct @ 7:30 PM: NOBLE

** This film preceded by 14-minute short, BLOODY GOOD HEADLINE. Both films proudly presented by the Embassy of Ireland. **

Motivated by her harsh upbringing in Ireland, Christina Noble travels to war-torn Vietnam in 1989 where she discovers her destiny: to make a difference in the lives of abused and homeless children. Exclusive Canberra premiere.

• Fri 16 Oct @ 7:30 PM: VACATION + AMERICAN ULTRA

In VACATION, Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) takes his family on a cross-country trip to Walley World to recreate his childhood vacation in the hope of bringing them closer together. Also starring Christina Applegate and Chris Hemsworth.

Then, in AMERICAN ULTRA (at approx. 9:15 PM), when a stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) is targeted for assassination, he begins to recall his brainwashed past as a government killer and must use his newly uncovered skills to stay alive.

• Sat 17 Oct @ **7 PM**: WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE + RUBEN GUTHRIE

In the latest film from Studio Ghibli, WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE, an outcast young girl is sent to stay at a seaside town where she meets Marnie, an unlikely friend and kindred spirit that may be more than she at first appears.

** NOTE: WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE will be screening in its original Japanese language version with English subtitles. **

Then, in RUBEN GUTHRIE (at approx. 8:45 PM), an advertising executive lives the high life, until one drunken night brings everything crashing down and his friends and family give him an ultimatum: to go one year without a drink or lose it all.

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UPCOMING EVENTS @ ANUFG IN OCTOBER
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In case you missed last week’s bumper mailing list message, we’ve got an exciting line-up of special ANUFG events coming up next week:

• TUE 20 OCT – LIGHTS, CAMERA, TRIVIA 2: ELECTRIC QUIZALOO

The sequel to our Phoenix Pub quiz night. Will it joins the ranks of THE GODFATHER: PART II in the pantheon of sequels better than the original, or will this be more like SPEED 2: CRUISE CONTROL? Only one way to find out!

7:30 PM at the Phoenix Pub in Civic. Entry is free and open to all. Find out more HERE.

• SAT 24 OCT – MYSTERY EVENT: UNSCRIPTED!

Cinema meets live comedy in a one-of-a-kind special event in which Canberra’s best improvisers create all-new dialogue for a mystery feature film – live and on the spot. No script, no fear, no mercy!

7 PM at the Coombs Theatre. Entry free for all current ANUFG members. Find out more HERE.

UNSCRIPTED! on October 24 + More Events @ ANUFG in October

8th October, 2015

It’s events galore at the ANU Film Group during the month of October, starting with this Saturday’s MISSION: IMPOSSIZZLE BBQ at 6 PM before our screening of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION. Purchase a sausage sandwich for $2.50 or a canned drink for $1.50 to help raise funds for future ANUFG initiatives.

Then, we’ll be back for another round of movie trivia at the Phoenix on October 20 and a very special mystery event on October 24. Read on to find out more!

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MYSTERY EVENT: UNSCRIPTED! ON SATURDAY 24 OCTOBER
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You may have noticed a mystery event spot on this semester’s programme and we’re now thrilled to announce what will be taking place on this night...

On Saturday 24 October, we’ll be presenting for the first time UNSCRIPTED! – a special event that brings together cinema and live comedy for a uniquely hilarious experience. We’ll be screening a mystery movie with a twist: the dialogue track has been ‘lost’ and we’ve recruited Canberra’s best improvisers to save the day by creating all-new dialogue for the movie... live and on the spot!

Will the mystery movie be old and cringeworthingly bad? Absolutely! Will the improvisers be up to the challenge to improve upon it? We sure hope so!

Who knows. Either way, it’ll be a night on which anything can (and probably will) happen. So join us on October 24 for UNSCRIPTED! – improvised live cinema and a movie night unlike any other. Featuring the vocal talents of Canberra improvisers Ben Crowley, Brad Hoff and Katherine Green.

DATE: Saturday 24 October
TIME: 7 PM start
VENUE: Coombs Theatre

Entry is FREE for all current ANU Film Group members. Find out more at the Facebook event page HERE.

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LIGHTS CAMERA TRIVIA 2: ELECTRIC QUIZALOO – TUESDAY 20 OCTOBER
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Every good beginning needs a sequel... so the ANU Film Group is back at The Phoenix this October for another round of movie trivia with LIGHTS CAMERA TRIVIA 2: ELECTRIC QUIZALOO!

Mark your calendars and head on down on Tuesday October 20th for more trivia, more games, more drinks, more prizes and more fun for all. Entry is free, and everyone is welcome to attend.

DATE: Tuesday 20 October
TIME: 7:30 PM start
VENUE: Phoenix Pub, 21 East Row, Civic (Located in bus interchange, near Platform 3)

Find out more at the Facebook event page HERE.

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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Action, fashion, thrills and chills – not to mention an IMPOSSIZZLE BBQ – abound this week at the ANU Film Group!

• Thu 8 Oct @ 7:30 PM: SOUTHPAW

When tragedy strikes, a boxer in his prime (Jake Gyllenhaal) finds his world falling apart and seeks redemption by returning to the ring in an attempt to get his life back on track. Also starring Forest Whitaker and Rachel McAdams.

• Fri 9 Oct @ 7:30 PM: WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED + THE NEW GIRLFRIEND

In WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED, uncover the glamorous life of Australia’s most prolific – yet unknown – Oscar winner: Orry-Kelly, a costume designer who worked on 282 films with some of the biggest stars of Hollywood’s golden age.

Then, in THE NEW GIRLFRIEND (at approx. 9:15 PM), a young woman makes a startling revelation about the husband of her late best friend, and enters into an unusual relationship with him in this unusual French comedy-drama.

• Sat 10 Oct @ **7 PM**: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION + MARATHON MAN

In MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION, it’s spy versus spy as Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team of IMF agents face off against an international network of highly skilled rogue operatives known only as The Syndicate.

Then, in the classic 1976 thriller MARATHON MAN (at approx. 9:15 PM), a student (Dustin Hoffman) becomes unwittingly embroiled in a conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, a Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent.