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August 2015

Trivia Night Raffle Extravaganza + MADAME BOVARY and MISS JULIE on Friday

17th August, 2015

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TRIVIA NIGHT RAFFLE EXTRAVAGANZA
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Our upcoming Trivia Night is next Friday and we have so many prizes up for grabs that you don't even need to attend to win! Simply stop by any ANU Film Group screening until August 27 and buy a raffle ticket from the laminator beneath the screen for your chance to win prizes valued at over $400.

You can purchase 1 raffle ticket for $2, or 3 for $5, to go into the draw to win:

1ST PRIZE: A NEW ACTON EXPERIENCE
- One night’s accommodation at Hotel Hotel
- $50 dining voucher for Fellows Bar & Cafe
- Double pass to Palace Electric Cinemas
- Two gourmet handmade choctops

2ND/3RD RUNNER UP PRIZES: DINNER ON US
- $30 dining voucher to Chez Frederic
- $30 dining voucher to Gozleme Cafe

Winners will be drawn at the Trivia Night on Friday August 28, with all proceeds going towards ANUFG fundraising.

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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Don’t forget that this Friday’s originally scheduled double feature of MAN UP and THE EMEPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES has been replaced due to an availability issue. In their place, we will be screening MADAME BOVARY and MISS JULIE.

Also on this week: romance meets organised crime in Italian satire THE MAFIA KILLS ONLY IN SUMMER; six darkly comedic stories of revenge converge in the Oscar-nominated WILD TALES; a tragic look at a lost musical talent in acclaimed documentary AMY; and a love story with a twist in THE AGE OF ADALINE.

• Tue 18 Aug @ 7:30 PM: THE MAFIA KILLS ONLY IN SUMMER

A young boy tries to win the affections of his childhood crush, while growing up as part of a Mafia family amidst corruption and violence in 1970s Sicily in this award-winning Italian satirical romantic comedy.

• Thu 20 Aug @ 7:30 PM: WILD TALES

**This screening proudly presented by the Embassy of Spain in Canberra**

Six standalone short films united by a common theme of violence and vengeance make up this highly acclaimed black comedy anthology film about people driven to losing control. Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

• Fri 21 Aug @ 7:30 PM: MADAME BOVARY + MISS JULIE

In MADAME BOVARY, a young woman (Mia Wasikowska) who impulsively marries a small-town doctor soon becomes bored with her new life and begins to seek excitement and status outside the bonds of marriage.

Then, in MISS JULIE (at approx. 9:30 PM), an unsettled aristocrat’s daughter (Jessica Chastain) encourages her father’s valet (Colin Farrell) to seduce her – leading to a compulsive game of seduction, manipulation and power.

• Sat 22 Aug @ **7 PM**: AMY + THE AGE OF ADALINE

In acclaimed documentary AMY, take a revealing look at the tragically short life of songwriter Amy Winehouse, who died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at the young age of 27, in this powerful and untold story of a music icon.

Then, in THE AGE OF ADALINE (at approx. 9:15 PM), a young woman (Blake Lively) who has miraculously remained 29-years-old for almost eight decades meets a man who reawakens her passion for romance and desire to live.

Screening Change: MAN UP + THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES on August 21

10th August, 2015

We regret to inform you that, due to availability changes, we can no longer screen MAN UP and THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES on FRIDAY 21 AUGUST as originally scheduled. In their place, we will instead be screening two new films: MADAME BOVARY followed by MISS JULIE.

Starting at 7:30 PM, MADAME BOVARY tells the tale of a young woman (Mia Wasikowska) who impulsively marries a small-town doctor in order to leave her family’s provincial life behind. But she soon becomes bored with her new husband and begins to seek excitement and status outside the bonds of her marriage. Also starring Rhys Ifans, Ezra Miller and Paul Giamatti.

Then at approximately 9:30 PM, MISS JULIE depicts a heated midsummer’s night in the Irish countryside in which an unsettled aristocrat’s daughter (Jessica Chastain) encourages her father’s valet to seduce her – leading to a compulsive game of seduction, manipulation and power.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this change.

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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This week at the Film Group, we screen Pixar’s latest, INSIDE OUT, followed by their very first feature, TOY STORY, in a fun-filled double feature on Saturday. Plus, Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in the award-winning CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, WWI romantic drama TESTAMENT OF YOUTH, the big-screen movie version of ENTOURAGE, and late night thrills with acclaimed horror flick IT FOLLOWS.

• Wed 12 Aug @ 7:30 PM: CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

A veteran actress (Juliette Binoche) must face an uncomfortable reflection of her life when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launcher her career 20 years earlier. Also starring Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz.

• Thu 13 Aug @ 7:30 PM: TESTAMENT OF YOUTH

When WWI breaks out in England, a young woman (Alicia Vikander) puts her life, her education, and her relationships on hold to serve as a voluntary nurse on the frontlines, where she experiences the futility of war firsthand.

• Fri 14 Aug @ 7:30 PM: ENTOURAGE + IT FOLLOWS

The boys are back in ENTOURAGE with movie star Vincent Chase and his friends – Eric, Turtle, Johnny and Ari – back in business on a risky new venture as they navigate the capricious, cutthroat and celebrity cameo-filled world of Hollywood.

Then, in IT FOLLOWS (at approx. 9:15 PM), after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, a young woman finds herself plagued by visions and the sense that someone (or something) is following her in this highly original modern horror film.

• Sat 15 Aug @ **7 PM**: INSIDE OUT + TOY STORY

In INSIDE OUT, a young girl and the emotions inside her head – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – struggle to adjust to their new life after her family relocates to San Francisco, in this universally acclaimed latest film from Pixar.

Then, celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pixar’s very first film, TOY STORY (at approx. 8:45 PM), in which Woody the cowboy doll finds his position as a young boy’s favourite toy threatened by the arrival of a Buzz Lightyear action figure.

What's On This Week + Have you got your Trivia Night tickets yet?

4th August, 2015

There’s bound to be something for everyone at the Film Group this week: from Helen Mirren and male strippers (not in the same film) to French thrillers and a Shaun the Sheep/Sean Penn double feature. What more could you possibly want?

• Tue 4 Aug @ 7:30 PM: WOMAN IN GOLD

A Jewish refugee (Helen Mirren) takes on the Austrian government to recover prized artwork that she believes was taken from her family by the Nazis during World War II. Also starring Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl and Katie Holmes.

• Thu 6 Aug @ 7:30 PM: MAGIC MIKE XXL

Three years after bowing out of the stripper life at the top of his game, Mike (Channing Tatum) reunites with the Kings of Tampa and hits the road to put on one last blow-out performance at the stripper convention in Myrtle Beach.

• Fri 7 Aug @ 7:30 PM: THE CONNECTION + FRENCH RIVIERA

In THE CONNECTION, a French police magistrate (Jean Dujardin) embarks on a relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history in this 70s-set crime thriller inspired by true events.

Then, in FRENCH RIVIERA (at approx. 9:45 PM), a young woman returns to the South of France to live with her casino magnate mother (Catherine Deneuve), and finds herself falling for an older man – as a war between rival casinos rages on.

• Sat 8 Aug @ **7 PM**: SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE + THE GUNMAN

In SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE, Shaun decides to take the day off from the farm but gets a little more action than he bargained for when the Farmer loses his memory in the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and his flock to get everyone back home.

Then, in THE GUNMAN (at approx. 8:30 PM) a different Shaun (Sean Penn) plays an ex-government assassin who must face his past and embark on a globe-spanning mission of revenge when his former employers attempt to have him killed.

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HAVE YOU GOT YOUR TRIVIA NIGHT TICKETS YET?
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Dendy, Palace, Floriade, Canberra Theatre, Wig & Pen, Pancake Parlour, Questacon, San Churro, Fruggi Dessert Laboratory, Ben & Jerry’s… and that’s not even a third of the amazing prize sponsors we have on board (so far) for our 9th Annual Trivia Night. So if you haven’t already bought your tickets for your chance at Film Group fame, glory and copious prizes – what are you waiting for?!

Tickets for our annual fundraising trivia night on FRIDAY 28 AUGUST are available for purchase at all screenings from the laminator desk below the screen. Alternatively, you can also purchase your tickets online by emailing info@anufg.org.au

Tickets are $20 a head, which includes light finger food on the night. Tables of up to 10 are available, and you don’t even need to be a Film Group member to attend. Just be sure to book well in advance, as tickets are strictly limited.

And as anyone who’s ever been to one of our Trivia Nights will attest, it’s unlike any other trivia night out there. With so much fun, trivia and some truly great prizes in store – it’s anything but trivial!

Find out more about the night and view our ever-growing list of prize sponsors at www.anufg.org.au/trivia. Alternatively, if Facebook is more your thing, you can attend, share and help promote our Facebook Event Page HERE.

July 2015

JURASSIC WORLD This Week + Last Chance for Entertainment Books!

29th July, 2015

Semester Two got off to a roaring start last week, and the fun continues as we finish up the month of July with a star-studded week at the Film Group, featuring the likes of Chris Pratt, Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Carey Mulligan, Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams. And did we mention the dinosaurs?

Don’t forget to grab one of our new Semester Two posters and booklets on your way in/out of any screening. And if you haven’t joined up yet, we’re now taking Visa, MasterCard and EFTPOS payments at the door too!

• Wed 29 July @ 7:30 PM: WHILE WE’RE YOUNG

A middle-aged couple’s career and marriage are overturned when a younger couple enters their lives, and the generation gap proves more difficult to navigate than they thought. Starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts.

• Thu 30 July @ 7:30 PM: MOMMY

In this acclaimed Canadian film, a widowed single mother, who is overwhelmed by the difficulty of raising her troubled son alone, begins to receive assistance from her mysterious new neighbour. Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

• Fri 31 July @ 7:30 PM: FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD + ALOHA

In FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, an independent and headstrong woman (Carey Mulligan) finds herself attracting three very different suitors: a sheep farmer; a reckless army sergeant; and an older bachelor.

Then, in ALOHA (at approx. 9:30 PM), a military contractor (Bradley Cooper) returns to Hawaii and reconnects with a former love (Rachel McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the officer (Emma Stone) assigned to supervise him.

• Sat 1 Aug @ **7 PM**: JURASSIC WORLD + EX MACHINA

In JURASSIC WORLD, scientists create a new dinosaur in an attempt to boost declining attendance rates at the theme park – but everything goes wrong when their newest attraction escapes and goes on a killing spree.

Then, in EX MACHINA (at approx. 9:15 PM), a young programmer is selected to participate in a groundbreaking experiment and is tasked with evaluating the world’s first true artificial intelligence, in the form of a beautiful robot girl.

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LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR ENTERTAINMENT BOOK!
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We’re winding down sales of the new 2015/2016 Entertainment Book, so if you haven’t already purchased yours, be sure to get one before they’re all gone!
Entertainment Books are packed with over $20,000 in offers for the best local restaurants, cafés, shopping, attractions, and more around Canberra and beyond – all for just $60!

Plus, to top it all off, a portion of sales from each book purchased through us goes towards ANU Film Group fundraising, so it’s win-win all around.

To buy one, simply speak to the person at the laminating desk below the screen at all screenings or click HERE!

EFTPOS Now Available at All Screenings

23rd July, 2015

You asked for it, so here it is… we’re very pleased to announce that we will now be taking card payments at all screenings starting from this week onwards!

From this week, the ANU Film Group will be introducing an EFTPOS service in an effort to make joining up and paying for membership fees easier for our members. In addition to our usual cash payment option, we will now also be able to take Visa, MasterCard, and EFTPOS payments at the door for the very first time.

In order to offset the costs associated with providing this service, and to keep membership costs down, all card payments will incur a 2.9% surcharge.

This service will be available throughout Semester Two 2015 strictly on a trial basis, and will be reviewed at the end of the year.

Semester Two Begins + EFTPOS Now Available

22nd July, 2015

You asked for it, so here it is… we’re very pleased to announce that we will now be taking card payments at all screenings starting from this week onwards!

From this week, the ANU Film Group will be introducing an EFTPOS service in an effort to make joining up and paying for membership fees easier for our members. In addition to our usual cash payment option, we will now also be able to take Visa, Mastercard, and EFTPOS payments at the door for the very first time.

In order to offset the costs associated with providing this service, and to keep membership costs down, all card payments will incur a 2.9% surcharge.

This service will be available throughout Semester Two 2015 strictly on a trial basis, and will be reviewed at the end of the year.

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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We kick off our first week of screenings of Semester Two with an Australian premiere, an earthquake, unrest in Ireland, acapella groups, and little yellow Minions (though thankfully not all in the same movie)!

• Thu 23 July @ 7:30 PM: SAN ANDREAS

Break ground on our new programme with this disaster action film, in which a rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) travels across California in the aftermath of a massive earthquake to rescue his daughter.

• Fri 24 July @ 7:30 PM: CHILD 44 + ‘71

In CHILD 44, a military police officer (Tom Hardy) in Cold War Russia sets out to investigate a series of child murders against the strict orders of his superiors. Also starring Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace. OUR EXCLUSIVE AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE SCREENING!

Then, in ‘71 (at approx. 9:45 PM), a young British soldier (Jack O’Connell) is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot in Ireland in 1971, and must survive the night out on the deadly streets alone.

• Sat 25 July @ **7 PM**: MINIONS + PITCH PERFECT 2

In MINIONS, Kevin, Stuart, and Bob venture off into the world to find a new evil master for their fellow Minions to serve, a journey that leads them to 1960s New York and Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first female supervillain!

Then, in PITCH PERFECT 2 (at approx. 8:30 PM), after a humiliating public performance, the Barden Bellas enter into an international acapella competition in an attempt to regain their status. Starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson.

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ANNUAL TRIVIA NIGHT – TICKETS NOW ON SALE
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Mark your calendars – our 9th Annual Trivia Night is coming up in just over a month’s time on FRIDAY 28 AUGUST. If you’ve ever attended one of our Trivia Nights, you’ll know that it’s a night unlike any other. And if you’ve never been to one, you’re definitely missing out!

WHEN: Friday 28 August @ 7:30 PM
WHERE: Ainslie Football Club, 52 Wakefield Avenue, Ainslie

Featuring a range of individual Q&A, audio-visual and table rounds on all things movies and beyond, our Trivia Night is open to all members and non-members alike. In fact, you don’t even need to be a film buff, as we always ensure we have questions for everyone.

It’s heaps of fun, with great prizes up for grabs, but most importantly, the Trivia Night is also our major fundraiser for the year, so any support you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Tickets are $20 a person, which includes light finger food on the night. Tables of up to 10 are available for pre-purchasing, and tickets are on sale starting THIS WEEK from the laminating desk below the screen at all screenings. You can also purchase yours online by emailing info@anufg.org.au to arrange a direct deposit payment.

More information can be found at www.anufg.org.au/trivia

Australian Premiere of CHILD 44 on July 24

17th July, 2015

Start counting down – Semester Two screenings are less than a week away, with screenings kicking off with SAN ANDREAS on July 23!

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to check out our new programme, now uploaded in full on our website at THIS LINK.

Even if you’ve already seen it, please make sure you have another look as there have been some minor changes to the programme since it was released earlier this month.

You can also collect an up-to-date flyer at all screenings, or download it in PDF format HERE.

And if you’d like to make sure that you don’t miss a single screening, you can even add all of them (along with handy start/end times) to your calendar on your computer or mobile device in one go! Simply click HERE.

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‘CHILD 44’ – AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE AT THE ANU FILM GROUP!
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One of the recent changes to our new programme has been the addition of the EXCLUSIVE AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE screening of CHILD 44 on Friday 24 July!

That’s right – your friendly neighbourhood Film Group will be the first place in the entire country to screen the new thriller starring Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman!

Set during the Cold War in a paranoia-plagued Soviet Union, the film follows a military police officer (Hardy) who sets out to investigate a grisly series of child murders – against the strict orders of his superiors, who refuse to accept that such crimes can exist in a communist society. In addition to Hardy and Oldman, the gripping thriller also features a star-studded cast including Noomi Rapace (THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO), Jason Clarke (TERMINATOR GENISYS), Joel Kinnaman (ROBOCOP), and Vincent Cassel (BLACK SWAN).

Be sure not to miss out on this very special screening – only at the ANU Film Group!

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WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
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This week, in our final screenings of Semester One, embrace your Divergence and embark on an dark journey with the sci-fi action film INSURGENT and submarine thriller BLACK SEA!

• Sat 18 July @ **7 PM**: THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT + BLACK SEA

In INSURGENT, Tris (Shailene Woodley) must confront her inner demons and fully embrace her Divergence in order to continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her world apart. Also starring Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Kate Winslet and Naomi Watts.

Then, in BLACK SEA (at approx 9 PM), Jude Law plays a desperate submarine captain who takes on a dangerous job to search the depths of the Black Sea for a sunken submarine rumoured to be loaded with Nazi gold.

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WANTED: DOOR PERSON FOR SEMESTER TWO 2015
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Do you have an itchy trigger finger? Can you press a button? Would you like a free membership?

If the answer to any of these questions is 'yes', then you may want to know that we're currently looking for a new door person to help out next semester. And in return for completing a set number of sessions, we'll even reward you with a free membership for Semester One 2016.

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

TOMORROWLAND This Week + Win Tickets to MADAME BOVARY

11th July, 2015

Embark on a journey through time and space this week at the ANU Film Group, with two films that explore the past, the present, and the endless possibilities of what could have been.

• Sat 11 July @ **7 PM**: TOMORROWLAND + JODOROWSKY’S DUNE

In TOMORROWLAND, a teenager embarks on a mission with a jaded former inventor (George Clooney) to uncover the secrets of an alternate world where anything is possible. Directed by Brad Bird (THE INCREDIBLES).

Then, in JODOROWSKY’S DUNE (at approx. 9:15 PM), discover the greatest science fiction movie never made in this look at an ambitious – but ultimately doomed – film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi novel, Dune.

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WIN TICKETS TO ‘MADAME BOVARY’!
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Thanks to Transmission Films, we have tickets to give away to MADAME BOVARY, the new romantic drama starring Mia Wasikowska.

Based on the classic novel by Gustave Flaubert, the film tells the tragic tale of a young woman (Wasikowska) who impulsively marries a doctor to leave her family’s farm life behind. After being introduced to the world of high society, she soon becomes bored and starts seeking excitement outside the bonds of marriage.

MADAME BOVARY – which also stars Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans and Ezra Miller – is in cinemas now.

For your chance to win one of ten in-season double passes, all you have to do is come along to our screening of TOMORROWLAND on Saturday 11 July. The passes will be given away at the door to attendees at randomly pre-selected intervals (e.g. the 15th, 42nd, 70th person to arrive), so come along and try your luck!

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SEMESTER TWO BEGINS JULY 23
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Just in case you missed last week’s message, don’t forget to check out our brand new programme of films for Semester Two 2015!

Our new programme kicks off on Thursday 23 July with the earth-shattering disaster film SAN ANDREAS. View the rest of our upcoming line-up in PDF format HERE (213 Kb)

Semester Two memberships are now available for purchase in person at all screenings, as well as online at www.anufg.org.au/join

Semester Two 2015 Programme

4th July, 2015

It’s already July, which means that Semester Two is just around the corner… so what better time than now to reveal our brand new programme?

From ANT-MAN to AMY and MR. HOLMES to MINIONS, we’ve got all of the latest and greatest films on our new line-up. But mere words can’t convey how excited we are about our latest line-up, so why not just take a look for yourself and see?

The programme can be found in full in PDF format HERE (213 Kb)

Semester Two 2015 screenings commence on Thursday 23 July with the earth-shattering SAN ANDREAS, so mark your calendars accordingly!

Semester Two memberships are also now available for purchase online and at all screenings from tonight onwards. Semester Two memberships are $40 each and will also include entry into all of the remaining films on our current Semester One programme – which includes MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, TOMORROWLAND and INSURGENT.

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

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50TH ANNIVERSARY MEETING ON JULY 9
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In addition to an exciting new programme, we're also working on plans for our big 50th anniversary celebrations next year!

We have extended the time period for people to make suggestions for ways to celebrate the milestone event, so if you have any ideas please let us know via email at 50years@anufg.org.au

All members are also invited to a gathering to discuss some of these initiatives, and to brain storm any others on THURSDAY 9 JULY from 6 PM in the Coombs Theatre. Be there or be square!

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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You’d have to be stark raving mad to miss this week’s screening of the highly acclaimed MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – the highest-grossing Australian film in history! Plus, be sure to stick around for the night’s second feature – ELECTRIC BOOGALOO – which is a must-see documentary for film buffs from the makers of NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD.

• Sat 4 July @ **7 PM**: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD + ELECTRIC BOOGALOO

In MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, two rebels (Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron) embark on a high-speed journey across the desert in an attempt to restore order to their dystopian world. Directed by George Miller.

Then, in ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS (at approx. 9 PM), discover the fascinating story of how two cousins with a passion for cinema changed the way movies were made and marketed forever.

June 2015

LEVIATHAN, EASTERN BOYS This Week + Semester Two Programme Next Week!

26th June, 2015

The acclaimed world cinema double feature of LEVIATHAN and EASTERN BOYS screens by popular demand as our Mystery Screening this week.

Next week, we’ll be revealing our brand new Semester Two 2015 programme, which will break ground on THURSDAY 23 JULY with the earthquake action flick SAN ANDREAS! For a sneak peek at more of our upcoming line-up, keep an eye on our Facebook page where we’ll be counting down to the big reveal over the next week!

• Sat 27 June @ **7 PM**: LEVIATHAN + EASTERN BOYS

In LEVIATHAN, a Russian man is told that his coastal home will be demolished and decides to fight back against his town’s corrupt mayor with some dirty tricks of his own. Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

Then, in EASTERN BOYS (at approx. 9:30 PM), a middle-aged man solicits a night's company from a handsome young foreigner, but his world is upended when a different – and underage – boy arrives at his door.