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February 2023

New Autumn 2023 Programme + Guests Now Permitted at All Screenings

6th February, 2023

We're big believers in moviegoing as an experience to be enjoyed with others. There’s nothing quite like laughing, crying or screaming with a room full of strangers at what’s unfolding on the big screen.

That's why, effective immediately, we are removing the 'No Guests' restrictions on our screenings to allow guests to be brought along to ALL films.

Use of guest entitlements will still be subject to the capacity of the cinema and the remaining quota on your membership, but otherwise, sky’s the limit. So make sure you bring a friend along to the next screening you attend – the more the merrier!

And if that isn’t exciting enough, our brand new Autumn 2023 season programme is now available. You can check it out either:
1. On our website with full synopses, posters and trailers by CLICKING HERE
2. In a printer-friendly PDF flyer format by CLICKING HERE
3. Imported directly into your phone or computer’s calendar by CLICKING HERE
4. Or you can pick up one of our new programme flyers at any screening from this week.

It all kicks off with a FREE screening of one of the most acclaimed and talked-about films of 2022 – EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE – on Monday 13 February at 7:30 PM. Nominated for a leading 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, don’t miss your chance to see this absurdist comedy back on the big screen.

Memberships for our new season are already available for purchase either in person at any screening or online at www.anufg.org.au/join. All Autumn memberships purchased this week will also include entry into the remaining screenings of our current programme up to February 11.

New Season Begins with EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE on February 13 + What’s On This Week

1st February, 2023

It’s everything you've ever wanted... and it’s coming back to the ANU Film Group for a FREE screening to kick off our new programme on Monday 13 February at 7:30 PM!

So save the date and bring all of your Alpha friends and loved ones to experience one of the most acclaimed and talked-about films of 2022 – EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE – on the big screen. BYO googly-eyed rocks and sausage fingers.

And stay tuned for the launch of our full Autumn 2023 programme later this week!

Can’t wait? Don’t forget that Autumn 2023 memberships are now available for purchase in person at any screening or online at www.anufg.org.au/join (noting that online memberships usually take 2-3 working days to process).

All Autumn memberships purchased this week or next will also include entry into the remainder of our current programme up to February 11.

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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A daring feline outlaw – as well as three elderly women – grapple with their mortality while embarking on what could be their final adventures in both an Oscar-nominated animated sequel and a Finnish comedy. Plus, witness the birth of the #MeToo movement as a pair of investigative reporters look to uncover decades of sexual harassment in Hollywood.

• FRI 3 FEB @ 7:30 PM: LADIES OF STEEL (M, 92 MINS)

After being belittled for five decades, a 75-year-old woman hits her husband on the head with a frying pan and plans to bury him in the garden. Facing the rest of her life in prison, she embarks on one last road trip through Finland with her two sisters.

Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Finland

• SAT 4 FEB @ **5 PM**: PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH (PG, 102 MINS)

Daring outlaw Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) discovers that his passion for peril has taken its toll: he has used up eight of his nine lives. Embarking on his most important quest yet, he sets out to find the mythical Wishing Star to restore his lost lives before it’s too late.

Oscar nominee in 2023 for Best Animated Feature Film.

• SAT 4 FEB @ 7:30 PM: SHE SAID (M, 129 MINS)

In 2017, New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor uncover decades of sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood, ultimately breaking a story that would change the world and propel the #MeToo movement into existence.

January 2023

What’s On This Week + Autumn 2023 Memberships Now on Sale

27th January, 2023

The nominations for the 95th Oscars were announced this week, with EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE leading the pack with 11 nods, followed by ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT and THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN with 9 each.

But that’s not all: stay tuned for the launch of our new Autumn 2023 season next week which will feature no less than 16 of this year's nominated films – including 8 Best Picture nominees – screening from February 13 onwards.

In fact, we’re so excited about our new programme that we’re kicking off membership sales right now. Get your Autumn 2023 memberships in person at any screening from this week onwards or online at www.anufg.org.au/join (noting that online memberships usually take 2-3 working days to process).

All Autumn memberships purchased this week or next will also include entry into the remaining screenings of our current programme up to February 11 with such films as BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER, SHE SAID, PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH and I
WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY still to come.

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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Return to Wakanda at the ANU Film Group this week with Marvel’s 5x Oscar-nominated epic. Plus, don’t miss Disney’s latest sci-fi adventure as well as a personal tale about Australia’s battle to save the Franklin River.

• FRI 27 JAN @ 7:30 PM: FRANKLIN (MA, 91 MINS)

The story of Australia's most significant environmental battle to save the Franklin River from being dammed by a hydroelectric project in the 1980s, as told by Oliver Cassidy, who retraces the journey taken by his late activist father some 40 years ago.

• SAT 28 JAN @ **5 PM**: STRANGE WORLD (PG, 102 MINS – NO GUESTS)

Accompanied by his teenage son, a farmer (Jake Gyllenhaal) must reunite with his estranged family of explorers and put aside their differences on a crucial mission to navigate an uncharted, treacherous land, in Disney's latest animated sci-fi adventure.

• SAT 28 JAN @ 7:30 PM: BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER (M, 161 MINS – NO GUESTS)

The Royal family of Wakanda must forge ahead with a new path for their kingdom in the wake of King T'Challa's sudden death, while also banding together to protect their people from intervening world powers, in the latest film from Marvel Studios.

Nominated for 5 Oscars, including Best Supporting Actress (Angela Bassett).

SERIOUSLY RED, BLUEBACK and More This Week + Win Tickets to THE WHALE

19th January, 2023

This week, we’re screening a Nordic historical epic alongside a pair of terrific new Aussie films: family-friendly ecological drama BLUEBACK, and joyful musical crowd-pleaser SERIOUSLY RED. Plus, read on for your chance to win tickets to THE WHALE, starring Brendan Fraser.

• FRI 20 JAN @ 7:30 PM: MARGRETE: QUEEN OF THE NORTH (MA, 120 MINS)

In 1402, Queen Margrete (Trine Dyrholm) has gathered the Nordic kingdoms in an unprecedented union, ruled through her adopted son. But a conspiracy is in the making which leaves her facing an impossible dilemma, in this Danish historical epic.

• SAT 21 JAN @ **5 PM**: BLUEBACK (PG, 103 MINS)

When an Australian marine biologist (Mia Wasikowska) is called home with news that her activist mother has had a stroke, she reflects on her childhood and recalls her friendship with a wild blue groper that sparked her lifelong passion for the ocean.

• SAT 21 JAN @ 7:30 PM: SERIOUSLY RED (M, 98 MINS)

After misreading her work party’s dress code and losing her job, a vivacious redhead (Krew Boylan) at a crossroads in life decides to trade her 9-to-5 in real estate for a new career as a Dolly Parton impersonator, in this exuberant Aussie comedy.

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WIN TICKETS TO ‘THE WHALE’ – IN CINEMAS FEBRUARY 2
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Thanks to our friends at Madman, we’ve got tickets to give away to THE WHALE, the multi-award-winning drama starring Brendan Fraser that is in cinemas from February 2.

Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the film follows Charlie (Brendan Fraser), a reclusive English teacher living with severe obesity whose time is running out. As he makes one last attempt at trying to reconcile his broken family, Charlie must confront long buried traumas and unspoken love that have haunted him for decades.

Based on the acclaimed play by Samuel D. Hunter, THE WHALE also stars Sadie Sink and Hong Chau.

For your chance to win one of ten in-season double passes to see the film, all you have to do is send an email to info@anufg.org.au with your:
• Name
• Membership number (located in the bottom right corner of your membership card), and
• Your answer to the following question: ‘What is your favourite film starring Brendan Fraser?’

Entries will close on February 2 and winners will be selected and notified by reply email shortly thereafter. Prizes must be collected in person at an ANUFG screening.

First Screenings for 2023: DECISION TO LEAVE, BONES AND ALL, MILLIE LIES LOW

12th January, 2023

And we’re back! Our Summer 2022/23 season resumes this week with an award-winning South Korean mystery (DECISION TO LEAVE), a cannibal love story (BONES AND ALL) and a New Zealand indie comedy (MILLIE LIES LOW).

• FRI 13 JAN @ 7:30 PM: DECISION TO LEAVE (M, 139 MINS)

A detective investigating a man's suspicious death gradually finds himself developing feelings for the deceased man's wife, who also happens to be the prime suspect, in the latest film from acclaimed South Korean director Park Chan-Wook.

• SAT 14 JAN @ **5 PM**: MILLIE LIES LOW (MA, 100 MINS)

When a young would-be architect misses her flight from Wellington to New York for a prestigious internship, she attempts to save face by convincing all of her friends, family and followers that she is living her dream life, in this satirical Kiwi dramedy.

• SAT 14 JAN @ 7:30 PM: BONES AND ALL (MA, 131 MINS)

In 1988, love blossoms between a young woman (Taylor Russell) and a disenfranchised drifter (Timothée Chalamet) as they embark on an odyssey through the backroads of America to escape their pasts – and their cannibalistic urges.

December 2022

Happy Holidays from ANU Film Group!

19th December, 2022

On behalf of all of us here at the ANU Film Group, we wanted to thank all of you – members, guests and everyone in between – for supporting us throughout 2022. And what a year it’s been!

Since returning in February after a lengthy, COVID-induced shutdown, we’ve screened nearly 180 films. There have been box office hits like TOP GUN: MAVERICK, ELVIS, SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME, alongside hidden gems like THE QUIET GIRL, RIVER and GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE. We also threw it back throughout the year with monthly anniversary screenings of classics like DR.NO, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN and 1922’s ROBIN HOOD.

With the support of many valued embassy partners, we were able to bring you films from all corners of the world, including as far as Bhutan (LUNANA: THE YAK IN THE CLASSROOM) and Bosnia (QUO VADIS, AIDA?). Not to mention over 30 more films screening as part of film festivals highlighting First Nations filmmakers as well as Chinese, Lebanese and Latin American cinema.

We look forward to seeing you all again when screenings resume next year on Friday 13 January, 2023. There are still many more films to come in the final four weeks of our Summer season, including SHE SAID, LYLE LYLE CROCODILE, SERIOUSLY RED, I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY and BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER.

Until then, we wish you the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of New Years. May your holiday season be happy, restful and packed with the people and activities you love most!

Last Week of Screenings for 2022 + Win Tickets to THE FABELMANS

8th December, 2022

This is it: we’ve arrived at the last week of screenings for 2022. From next week onwards, we’ll be taking a brief break for the holiday period, before returning on January 13, 2023 to finish out the remainder of our Summer 2022/23 season.

And we’ve assembled a smorgasbord of stars to bid farewell to the year: from Anthony Hopkins and Anne Hathaway in ARMAGEDDON TIME, to Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan in SEE HOW THEY RUN and a who’s who of Hollywood led by Christian Bale and Margot Robbie in AMSTERDAM. You’re welcome!

• THU 8 DEC @ 7:30 PM: ARMAGEDDON TIME (M, 114 MINS)

In 1980s New York, a 12-year-old boy is separated from his African-American best friend and sent to a privileged – and prejudiced – private prep school where he concocts a risky scheme to escape his life and run away to Florida.

• FRI 9 DEC @ 7:30 PM: TALL TALES (112 MINS)

In 1945, a con man is forced to flee Budapest after taking advantage of the families of soldiers who died during WWII. He is taken in by a woman, and soon finds himself in a passionate love affair, but all is not as it seems in this Hungarian crime-thriller.

Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Hungary

• SAT 10 DEC @ **5 PM**: SEE HOW THEY RUN (M, 98 MINS – NO GUESTS)

In the West End of 1950s London, plans for a film adaptation of a hit play come to a halt after the film's Hollywood director is murdered – and it's up to a world-weary inspector (Sam Rockwell) and a rookie constable (Saoirse Ronan) to solve the case.

• SAT 10 DEC @ 7:30 PM: AMSTERDAM (MA, 134 MINS – NO GUESTS)

In the 1930s, three friends – a doctor (Christian Bale), a nurse (Margot Robbie) and an attorney (John David Washington) – become prime suspects in a murder and set out to uncover the outrageous truth behind the crime in this star-studded mystery.

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WIN TICKETS TO ‘THE FABLEMANS’ – IN CINEMAS JANUARY 5
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In case a week of great films to end the year wasn’t enough, we’ve also got your chance to win tickets to see Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed latest, THE FABELMANS, when it arrives in cinema next year.

A deeply personal portrait of a 20th century American childhood, Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical new film is a cinematic memory of the family that shaped the filmmaker’s life and career. A universal coming-of-age story about an isolated young man’s pursuit of his dreams, it is an exploration of love, artistic ambition, sacrifice and the moments of discovery that allow us to see the truth about ourselves.

Thanks to our friends at StudioCanal, we’ve got five in-season double passes to give away to the film, which will arrive only in cinemas on January 5.

For your chance to win, all you have to do is come along to this Saturday’s 5 PM screening of SEE HOW THEY RUN. The passes will be distributed to randomly selected members in attendance upon entry, so if you’d like to be in the running, make sure you’re there for our final night of the year!

What’s On This Week: WOMAN KING, THE QUIET GIRL, MURINA and more

1st December, 2022

It’s officially December! For the first week of the month – and the penultimate week of ANUFG screenings for the year – we’ve got a bountiful selection of acclaimed and award-winning films that will take you on a cinematic journey to the sunny Croatian coast, Africa in the 1800s, rural Ireland and a New York apartment during Thanksgiving.

• THU 1 DEC @ 7:30 PM: MURINA (M, 96 MINS)

Tensions rise between a restless teenage girl and her strict father when a wealthy family friend arrives for a weekend visit, with an eye to turning their island home into a holiday resort, in this award-winning Croatian coming-of-age drama.

Presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia

• FRI 2 DEC @ 7:30 PM: THE WOMAN KING (M, 135 MINS)

In 1823, as a group of all-female warriors protect the African kingdom of Dahomey with skills unlike anything the world has seen, General Nanisca (Viola Davis) trains the next generation to battle an enemy determined to destroy their way of life.

• SAT 3 DEC @ **5 PM**: THE QUIET GIRL (M, 95 MINS)

In rural Ireland, a neglected nine-year-old girl is sent away from her impoverished family to live with distant relatives on a farm for the summer. She blossoms in their care and enjoys her new way of life, but soon discovers a devastating secret.

• SAT 3 DEC @ 7:30 PM: THE HUMANS (M, 107 MINS)

Three generations of the dysfunctional Blake family gather to celebrate Thanksgiving at a New York apartment, but it doesn't take long for simmering secrets to be revealed, in this psychological drama based on the award-winning play.

November 2022

What’s On This Week + December Highlights

24th November, 2022

Only three weeks left of screenings for 2022! This week, we have a feel-good British fashion comedy (MRS. HARRIS GOES TO PARIS), a Danish chef drama (A TASTE OF HUNGER), a sizzling French romance (BOTH SIDES OF THE BLADE), and a landmark gay rom-com (BROS) for your viewing pleasure.

• THU 24 NOV @ 7:30 PM: A TASTE OF HUNGER (M, 104 MINS)

Two married Danish chefs have it all: a loving family, wonderful children and a successful gourmet restaurant in Copenhagen. But they remain hungry for a coveted Michelin Star and will risk everything in their relentless pursuit for perfection.

• FRI 25 NOV @ 7:30 PM: BOTH SIDES OF THE BLADE (MA, 116 MINS)

A couple – Sara (Juliette Binoche) and Jean (Vincent Lindon) – have been in an affectionate relationship for almost a decade, but that all changes after a chance encounter with a man from her past, in this powerful French romantic drama.

• SAT 26 NOV @ **5 PM**: MRS. HARRIS GOES TO PARIS (PG, 116 MINS)

In the 1950s, a London cleaning lady (Lesley Manville) falls in love with an haute couture Christian Dior dress and, deciding she must have one of her own, gambles everything on an adventure to Paris that forever changes her outlook on life.

• SAT 26 NOV @ 7:30 PM: BROS (MA, 115 MINS)

A witty podcaster (Billy Eichner) who prides himself on being cynical about love finds himself unexpectedly falling for a handsome lawyer, which upturns his life, in the first rom-com from a major film studio featuring an almost-entirely LGBTQ+ cast.

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DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS
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December is a short month for us as we will be taking a brief break over the holiday period until we return on January 13, 2023. But that’s not to say there aren’t still plenty of great films to catch!

• MURINA – this award-winning Croatian drama is a darkly sensual coming-of-age tale set on the stunning Adriatic coast (Thu 1 Dec, 7:30 pm)

• THE WOMAN KING – Viola Davis stars in this fact-based action epic about a group of all-female African warriors in the 1800s (Fri 2 Dec, 7:30 pm)

• THE QUIET GIRL – a uniquely Irish film entirely in Gaelic which follows a young girl sent to live with a dysfunctional family over the summer (Sat 3 Dec, 5 pm)

• ARMAGEDDON TIME – Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong and Anthony Hopkins star is this poignant coming-of-age tale set in 1980s New York (Thu 8 Dec, 7:30 pm)

• SEE HOW THEY RUN – Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan star as detectives tasked with solving the murder of a Hollywood director in 1950s London (Sat 10 Dec, 5 pm)

• AMSTERDAM – Christian Bale and Margot Robbie lead an impossibly starry cast in a murder mystery that blends fact with fiction for our final screening of 2022! (Sat 10 Dec, 7:30 pm)

What’s On This Week: BLACK ADAM, CLEAN, THE RIFLEMAN and more

16th November, 2022

We’re halfway through November, which is as good a time as any to remind all members that we’ll be taking a brief break for the holiday period in just under a month. Our last screening for the year will be on Saturday 10 December (a double dose of murder mysteries with SEE HOW THEY RUN and AMSTERDAM!) until we return in the new year on Friday 13 January, 2023.

But there are still plenty of great films to see before the break, including this week’s offerings: Dwayne Johnson’s superhero blockbuster (BLACK ADAM), a Latvian war drama (THE RIFLEMAN) and a pair of acclaimed Aussie films (CLEAN, BOSCH & ROCKIT). Plus, celebrate the Week of the Italian Cuisine in the World with a glass of prosecco before our screening of THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS on Thursday, thanks to the Embassy of Italy.

• WED 16 NOV @ 7:30 PM: THE RIFLEMAN (MA, 104 MINS)

After losing his mother and home to invading German troops, a 16-year-old Latvian finds consolation in joining the army as WWI breaks out. But war is nothing like he imagined, and he is forced to start anew as he returns to his newly-proclaimed country.

Presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia

• THU 17 NOV @ 7:30 PM: THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS (M, 84 MINS)

In Northern Italy, a dwindling group of old men and their expertly-trained dogs search for the world’s most expensive ingredient using secret techniques passed down through the generations. Screening as part of the Week of the Italian Cuisine in the World.

Enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco available on arrival from 7 PM.

• FRI 18 NOV @ 7:30 PM: BLACK ADAM (M, 125 MINS – NO GUESTS)

Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the Egyptian gods – and imprisoned just as quickly – Black Adam (Dwayne Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the world.

• SAT 19 NOV @ **5 PM**: CLEAN (MA, 92 MINS)

A fly-on-the-wall look into the world of trauma cleaning through the journey of business owner Sandra Pankhurst and her team, whose job is to scrub crime scenes, suicide sites and clear out hoarder homes, all while dealing with their own demons.

• SAT 19 NOV @ 7:30 PM: BOSCH & ROCKIT (MA, 107 MINS)

In the 1990s, a teenage boy embarks on a summer holiday along the Australian coast with his father (Luke Hemsworth), only to discover that they're actually on the run from the law. Turning to surfing, he embraces the ocean as a means of escape.