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June 2018

What's On This Week + Win Tickets to TEA WITH THE DAMES or KODACHROME

5th June, 2018

Here’s one more perk of being an ANU Film Group member: free stuff! For another double weekly giveaway, scroll down for details on how to win double passes to TEA WITH THE DAMES or KODACHROME.

Not yet a member? It’s not too late to join up and take advantage of our limited-time $50 Annual membership offer and gain entry to more than 100 films. Memberships are available for purchase at the door prior to any screening or online at


We’re down to just Friday and Saturday screenings as we close out the last six weeks of our Semester One programme. But fear not – we’re hard at work on our Semester Two programme and hope to be able to share our exciting new line-up with you by early July!

In the meantime, don’t miss a special event this week: one of the very first public screenings of the new Australian indie documentary THUNDER AND DUST, right here at the ANU Film Group. Director Andrew Moore and producer Fiona Scott will introduce the film and then join us for a post-screening Q&A to discuss their love letter to the Sapphire Speedway that has been five years in the making.

• FRI 8 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: THUNDER AND DUST (94 min) + Q&A

A chronicle of the storied history of the Sapphire Speedway near Bega, NSW, and the small, dedicated team of racing fanatics who try to keep their Speedway running in the face of adversity. Followed by Q&A with director Andrew Moore and producer Fiona Scott.

• SAT 9 JUNE @ **5 PM**: PETER RABBIT (PG, 95 min)

The mischievous Peter Rabbit and his fellow animals find their carefree existence disrupted when a new nemesis (Domhnall Gleeson) moves to the countryside and rivals Peter for the affections of the animal lover (Rose Byrne) who lives next door.

• SAT 9 JUNE @ **7 PM**: BRIGSBY BEAR (M, 97 min)

In this offbeat comedy-drama, when a young man discovers that his parents are not who they claimed to be – and that the children’s TV show he grew up watching isn’t real – he must learn how to cope with the reality of a world he knows nothing about.


This week, thanks to Transmission Films, we have in-season double passes to give away to TEA WITH THE DAMES, starring Dames Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright, which is in cinemas from Thursday.

Directed by Roger Michell, TEA WITH THE DAMES celebrates the lives and careers of four of Britain’s most iconic actresses, as they talk about their experiences in theatre, television and film across more than 60 years. Find out more about the film by clicking HERE.

And thanks to Icon Film Distribution, we also have double passes to give away to American indie drama KODACHROME, starring Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis and Elizabeth Olsen, which is also in cinemas from June 7.

In KODACHROME, a man is convinced by his estranged and dying father to drive across the country to deliver four rolls of Kodachrome film to the last film lab in the world that can develop them, before it shuts down for good. To view the film’s trailer, click HERE.

To go into the running to win a double pass to either one of these films, all you have to do is email us at – with your name, your membership number (located under the barcode on your card) and tell us whether you’d prefer to see TEA WITH THE DAMES or KODACHROME. The choice is yours!

But be quick – entries will close on Thursday 7 June at 11:59 PM, with winners to be notified via email and prizes to be collected at ANUFG screenings.

Annual Memberships Now $50

1st June, 2018

To celebrate the start of June – and the home stretch of our Semester One programme – we are discounting the cost of Annual memberships from $70 to just $50 from this week onwards.

Annual memberships will give you entry into all of the remaining films on our Semester One programme – including DEADPOOL 2, A QUIET PLACE, SWEET COUNTRY, PETER RABBIT and BLUE WORLD ORDER – as well as the entirety of our upcoming Semester Two programme. That’s more than 100 films for just $50!

So if you have any friends or family that for some reason aren’t already members of the Film Group, please be sure share this offer with them and get them along to experience the best way to see movies in Canberra!

Discounted Annual memberships can be purchased at the door prior to any screening from tonight onwards, as well as online at


Whether you prefer your brain switched off or switched on, you can get the best of both worlds at the ANU Film Group this week: a scathing satire of the art world in the Palme d’Or-winning, Oscar-nominated drama, or a spectacular double feature of video-game-themed action films. Or come along and see them all – because that’s the beauty of an ANU Film Group membership!

• FRI 1 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: THE SQUARE (MA, 151 min)

The curator of a contemporary art museum in Stockholm is thrown into an existential crisis by the publicity surrounding his museum’s latest installation, as well as the theft of his mobile phone. Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

• SAT 2 JUNE @ **7 PM**: READY PLAYER ONE (M, 140 min) + RAMPAGE (M, 107 min)

In the year 2045, most of humanity spends their days in the virtual universe of the OASIS. When its eccentric creator dies, he leaves his immense fortune to whoever finds an Easter Egg hidden within the OASIS in Steven Spielberg’s latest sci-fi adventure.

Then, in RAMPAGE (at approx. 9:30 PM), a rogue genetic experiment turns three animals into enormous monsters that embark upon a destructive rampage across America, and it’s up to a primatologist (Dwayne Johnson) to prevent a global catastrophe.



As it’s now the start of June, all of last year’s Entertainment Books and Digital Memberships for 2017/18 will be expiring TODAY.

If you enjoyed getting great value offers and discounts all year round – and don’t mind helping out with ANU Film Group fundraising while you’re at it – be sure to pick up one of the new Entertainment Books for 2018/19 at any ANUFG screening or online at

Each Entertainment Book or Digital Membership is packed with thousands of offers for the best local restaurants, cafés, shopping, attractions, travel, accommodation and more. For only $60, you can receive over $20,000 worth of offers for all of your favourite venues around Canberra.

Books purchased online can be made available for collection at ANUFG screenings, or by arrangement at the ANU during weekday business hours. They can also be sent directly to you for an additional postage fee.

May 2018

Review Writers Wanted + What’s On This Week

23rd May, 2018

It seems filmmakers can’t get enough of true stories, and that’s certainly reflected in this week’s line-up with no less than three films based on real events: the inspirational romance BREATHE, the racially charged drama DETROIT, and the beautifully hand drawn Japanese animated film IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD. Plus, Disney’s latest fantasy adventure (not based on a true story) thrown in for good measure!

• THU 24 MAY @ 7:30 PM: BREATHE (M, 118 min)

Struck down by polio at the age of 28 and given only a few months to live, Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) – supported by his adventurous wife (Claire Foy) – refuses to give up in the face of adversity and dares to live life to the fullest. Directed by Andy Serkis.

• FRI 25 MAY @ 7:30 PM: DETROIT (MA, 143 min)

In July of 1967, civil unrest is tearing apart the city of Detroit. In the midst of the riots, a group of rogue police officers respond to a fateful complaint at the Algiers Motel with more than justice on their minds in the latest film from director Kathryn Bigelow (ZERO DARK THIRTY, THE HURT LOCKER).

** Presented in partnership with ANU Learning Communities – History **

• SAT 26 MAY @ ** 5 PM**: A WRINKLE IN TIME (PG, 109 min)

After their scientist father mysteriously disappears, a young girl and her brother seek help from three magical beings to guide them on a journey through time and space to rescue him from a terrible evil. Starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine.

• SAT 26 MAY @ ** 7 PM**: IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD (M, 130 min)

In 1940s Hiroshima, a young woman is married off to a man she barely knows and must learn to support and fend for her new family as World War II breaks out in this critically-acclaimed, award-winning hand drawn animated film. In Japanese with English subtitles.



As we ramp up preparations for our next programme, we’re on the lookout for volunteers to help write reviews for the films we’ll be screening in Semester Two 2018.

Reviews will need to be brief at between 150 and 200 words in length, and must be completed over a period of approximately two weeks in early June. Please keep this timeframe in mind when volunteering to ensure you have sufficient spare time around then.

Volunteers that express an interest will be then sent a list of films from which they can nominate the 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. We do not provide reviewers with payment or a copy of films.
2. Some of the films may not have not been released yet, and some creativity/research may be required in writing your review/preview of it.
3. Unsolicited reviews will not be accepted.

So if you love movies, enjoy writing, and would like something you can do indoors as the days get shorter and colder, please let us know by dropping us a line at as soon as you can. Thanks!

What’s On This Week + Bonus Screenings in May

16th May, 2018

This week at the ANU Film Group, we have two very different depictions of war (THE KING’S CHOICE, 12 STRONG), Wes Anderson’s return to animation (ISLE OF DOGS), a modern take on the high school rom-com (LOVE, SIMON) and an edge-of-your-seat thriller double feature (THE COMMUTER, WINCHESTER). Plus, read on for details on two bonus screenings we are hosting this month!

• WED 16 MAY @ 7:30 PM: THE KING’S CHOICE (M, 130 min)

In April 1940, King Haakon VII of Norway is presented with an unimaginable ultimatum from the German armed forces: surrender his country and his people, or face certain death from the Nazi war machine. Based on a true story.

** Presented in partnership with the Royal Embassy of Norway **

• THU 17 MAY @ 7:30 PM: 12 STRONG (MA, 130 min)

Weeks after the 9/11 attacks, a US Special Forces team is deployed to Afghanistan to commence a retaliatory attack. Outgunned and outnumbered, the team forms an uneasy alliance with an Afghan warlord to take down the enemy. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon and Michael Peña.

• FRI 18 MAY @ 7:30 PM: THE COMMUTER (M, 105 min) + WINCHESTER (M, 99 mins)

Liam Neeson is back in action in THE COMMUTER, in which he plays an insurance salesman on his daily commute home, who is contacted by a mysterious stranger and embroiled in a criminal conspiracy that puts the lives of everyone on the train at stake.

Then, in WINCHESTER (at approx. 9:15 PM), eccentric firearm heiress Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren) believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by weapons made by her late husband’s company, and builds a sprawling mansion in an attempt to contain the vengeful spirits.

• SAT 19 MAY @ ** 7 PM**: ISLE OF DOGS (PG, 101 min) + LOVE, SIMON (M, 110 min)

In director Wes Anderson’s latest, a Japanese boy sets off on an epic journey in search of his dog, who has been exiled to Trash Island along with all of the country’s dogs after an outbreak of canine flu. Featuring an all-star voice cast, including Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum.

Then, in LOVE, SIMON (at approx. 8:45 PM), 17-year-old Simon (Nick Robinson) hasn’t told any of his family or friends that he’s gay. But his life is made even more complicated when he falls for an anonymous classmate online, and another student threatens to reveal his secret.



This May, we are hosting two bonus screenings in collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland and the ANU, respectively. Both are free and open to all members of the public to attend.

First up is a celebration of World Bee Day on SUNDAY 20 MAY. World Bee Day was declared by the United Nations last year to raise awareness of the importance of bees and apicultural products, and will be celebrated for the first time in Canberra through a series of events. You can view the full listing of events for the day by CLICKING HERE.

One of the events is a screening of Swiss filmmaker Markus Imhoof’s award-winning documentary MORE THAN HONEY, hosted by the ANUFG and the Embassy of Switzerland, starting at 5 PM. The film explores the global threat to food production that is posed by the disappearance of up to 90% of bees worldwide. It will followed by a brief panel discussion on honey bee health issues and a reception with drinks and Swiss honey-flavoured biscuits. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Then, to commemorate National Reconciliation Week and in celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history, the ANUFG and ANU are hosting a screening of THE SAPPHIRES on WEDNESDAY 30 MAY at 7:30 PM. The hit 2012 film tells the true story of four young, talented Aboriginal girls who learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group travels to Vietnam to entertain the US troops in 1968. Starring Jessica Mauboy, Chris O'Dowd and Deborah Mailman.

To RSVP for this screening, please going to THIS LINK.

Doors will open for entry from 7 PM. Our canteen will also be opening prior to the screening and serving their usual assortment of popcorn, snacks and drinks, with all proceeds going to charity.

Maud Lewis Paintings at Tonight's Screening of MAUDIE + What's On This Week + Win Tickets!

7th May, 2018

This week we bring you not one, or two, but three very different true stories exploring the life of a Canadian folk artist, three American heroes thwarting a terrorist attack, and the unbelievable tale of an Olympic-skier-turned-poker-queen. Plus, a hearty double feature dose of monsters thrown in for good measure!

Plus, as an extra special treat for art lovers – or lovers of film about artists – tonight’s screening of MAUDIE will also feature two original paintings by Maud Lewis (the subject of tonight's film) on display at the Coombs Theatre. The paintings are courtesy of Canada’s Deputy High Commissioner, Charles Reeves, who will also give a brief introduction prior to the film on his personal family connection to Maud Lewis.

Following the screening, audience members are encouraged to stick around for another chance to look at the paintings as Charles engages in a conversation about Maud Lewis with Dr. Gino Moliterno (ANU Senior Lecturer in Film) and Ruth Waller (Head of Painting at the ANU School of Art & Design).

• MON 7 MAY @ 7:30 PM: MAUDIE (PG, 116 min)

Suffering from arthritis, Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins) finds work as a housekeeper for a local fisherman (Ethan Hawke) while honing her painting skills, eventually becoming one of Canada’s most celebrated folk artists.

** Presented in partnership with the High Commission of Canada, followed by a conversation with Charles Reeves (Canadian Deputy High Commissioner), Gino Moliterno (ANU Senior Lecturer in Film) and Ruth Waller (Head of Painting at the ANU School of Art & Design) **

• THU 10 MAY @ 7:30 PM: THE 15:17 TO PARIS (M, 94 min)

Director Clint Eastwood’s latest film tells the real-life story of three life-long friends travelling through Europe, who are faced with a deadly threat when a gunman opens fire on board a high-speed train to Paris on August 21, 2015.

• FRI 11 MAY @ 7:30 PM: MOLLY’S GAME (M, 140 min)

Former competitive skier Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) moves to Los Angeles in search of a fresh start, and finds a career running high-stakes poker games for celebrity high rollers. As she becomes wildly successful, her temptation to cross the line into illegality grows.


In PACIFIC RIM UPRISING, ten years after humanity defeated the monstrous Kaiju, Earth is faced with an even deadlier threat – and the fate of the world rests in the hands of a ragtag group of trainee Jaeger pilots, led by the washed-up son of a war hero. Starring John Boyega and Scott Eastwood.

Then, in the 1954 classic monster film CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (at approx. 9 PM), a scientific expedition discovers a prehistoric creature in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. They attempt to capture it for study, but it escapes and kidnaps one of their own instead.


Who’s up for another double giveaway of tickets? This week, thanks to Madman Entertainment, we have 10 in-season double passes to give away to MIDNIGHT OIL 1984, an up-close-and-personal look at the iconic Australian rock band as they embark on a tour around the nation.

A rare, behind-the-scenes look at the band on the big screen, MIDNIGHT OIL 1984 is in cinemas for a limited time from May 10. For more information on the film, CLICK HERE.

And we also have 5 in-season double passes to see the Oscar-nominated Hungarian film ON BODY AND SOUL, a spectacular and unconventional love story between two co-workers who discover that they have been having exactly the same dreams each night.

For more information on this film, which is also in cinemas on May 10 from Potential Films and Daricheh Cinema, CLICK HERE/

To go into the running to win a double pass to either one of these films, all you have to do is email us at with your name, your membership number (located under the barcode on your card) and tell us whether you’d prefer to see MIDNIGHT OIL 1984 or ON BODY AND SOUL. The choice is yours!

Entry will close on Monday 14 May at 5 PM, with only winners to be notified via email and prizes to be collected at ANUFG screenings.

Film Suggestions Now Open + Have You Got Your Entertainment Book Yet?

1st May, 2018

We’re kicking off the month of May by opening up film suggestions for our Semester Two 2018 programme!

Do you have a film that you think we should show between mid July and late November this year? Whether it’s a new release, an up-and-comer, or a classic favourite, let us know by completing a suggestion form at

We encourage you to submit your suggestions online, but if you wish to fill out a printed form, these can also be made available on request at the front desk at any screening.

Next semester could very well be the last programme in our current digs, so be sure to make your suggestions count!


Get ready for week of epic journeys, fights for survival and secret pasts at the ANU Film Group. And we haven’t even gotten to the films that we’re showing yet…!

• WED 2 MAY @ 7:30 PM: THE SECRET SCRIPTURE (M, 108 min)

An elderly woman residing in a mental institution in Ireland is visited by a psychologist who finds himself intrigued by her. As he delves deeper into her mysterious past, he uncovers a life filled with romance, turmoil and injustice. Starring Rooney Mara, Vanessa Redgrave and Eric Bana.

** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Ireland **

• THU 3 MAY @ 7:30 PM: TOMB RAIDER (M, 118 min)

Young Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) is determined to solve the puzzle of her adventurer father’s mysterious disappearance seven years ago. Leaving everything she knows behind, she embarks on a search for his last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island near Japan.

• FRI 4 MAY @ 7:30 PM: JUNGLE (M, 111 min) + THE BELKO EXPERIMENT (MA, 88 min)

Captivated by stories of lost tribes and treasure, a backpacker (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends accompany a mysterious guide on an expedition into the Bolivian jungle. Before long, their journey turns into a terrifying ordeal as the darkest elements of the jungle – and human nature – force them to fight for survival.

Then, in THE BELKO EXPERIMENT (at approx. 9:30 PM), an ordinary day at the office becomes a horrific quest for survival when more than 80 employees are trapped in their office building and ordered by a mysterious voice on the intercom system to participate in a deadly game: to kill or be killed.

• SAT 5 MAY @ **5 PM**: EARLY MAN (PG, 89 min)

In Aardman’s latest stop-motion animated adventure, a caveman must unite the rest of his tribe in an epic quest to defeat a power-hungry tyrant who wishes to take their land and transform it into a mine for precious metals. Featuring the voices of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Timothy Spall and Maisie Williams.

• SAT 5 MAY @ **7 PM**: THE MERCY (M, 102 min)

In 1968, an amateur sailor (Colin Firth) sets out to become the first person in history to single-handedly sail around the globe. Soon realising that he is out of his depth, but refusing to admit defeat, he makes a brutal and difficult choice. Also starring Rachel Weisz and David Thewlis. Based on a true story.


Have you picked up your new Entertainment Book yet?

Each Entertainment Book or Digital Membership is packed with thousands of offers for the best local restaurants, cafés, shopping, attractions, travel, accommodation and more. For only $60, you can receive over $20,000 worth of offers for all of your favourite venues around Canberra.

You can choose from the traditional Entertainment Book or the Entertainment Digital Membership, which is accessible through your iPhone or Android smartphone, so you have your offers with you wherever you go.

Not only are they terrific presents for Mother’s Day, but to top it all off, 20% of the cost of each book purchased through us goes towards ANU Film Group fundraising.

To order yours, simply go to now or speak to the Duty Manager at any screening. And if you’d like to view all of the offers available in 2018/19, CLICK HERE!

Books purchased online can be made available for collection at ANUFG screenings, or by arrangement at the ANU during weekday business hours. They can also be sent directly to you for an additional postage fee.

April 2018

Important Message About Inclusiveness + What's On This Week

26th April, 2018


Membership of the ANU Film Group is open to everyone. We don’t discriminate against who is allowed to be a member, and we expect our members to do the same in making the ANU Film Group an inclusive and welcoming environment where everyone – regardless of race, sex, sexuality or gender identity – can enjoy films free from discrimination or harassment.

As such, we take this opportunity to remind our members and their invited guests that we have a zero tolerance policy for discrimination or harassment of any sort, and on any basis. As per our Constitution, we also reserve the right to suspend the membership of any person that is found to have engaged in conduct or action that is contrary to the interests of the Group, or harmful to our reputation or activities.

So please be nice to each other and help us maintain a culture that is inclusive, respectful and enjoyable for all. Thank you!


We've got all the coloured animals at the ANU Film Group this week – from Marvel’s ground-breaking blockbuster BLACK PANTHER to Jennifer Lawrence’s sultry spy thriller RED SPARROW.

Plus, a very special double feature of not just one, but two, of this year's Oscar winners, presented in collaboration with the ANU Ally Network for LGBTIQ* inclusion – with some yummy treats courtesy of the Embassy of Chile!

• THU 26 APR @ 7:30 PM: RED SPARROW (MA, 140 min)

When a ballerina (Jennifer Lawrence) suffers an injury that ends her career, she is recruited by a Russian intelligence service and trained to use her body as a weapon. As she comes to terms with her new skills, she is tasked with seducing a CIA agent (Joel Edgerton) to uncover a mole.

• FRI 27 APR @ 7:30 PM: BLACK PANTHER (M, 134 min)

After the death of his father, T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) takes his place as King of the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda. But his claim to sovereignty is challenged by a vengeful outsider (Michael B. Jordan) who conspires to overthrow the throne.

• SAT 28 APR @ **7 PM**: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (M, 132 min) + A FANTASTIC WOMAN (M, 104 min)

In CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, a precocious 17-year-old (Timothée Chalamet) spends his summer vacation at his family’s summer villa in northern Italy, where he forms an unexpected bond with his father’s older research assistant (Armie Hammer). Oscar winner for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Then, in A FANTASTIC WOMAN (at approx. 9:30 PM), a transgender woman (Daniela Vega) finds her world thrown into disarray when her older boyfriend suddenly dies and the unconventional nature of their relationship is called into question. Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film (Chile).

** Presented in partnership with the ANU Ally Network. Plus, in celebration of Chile’s first-ever Oscar win, the Embassy of Chile will be serving complimentary empanadas in the intermission between the two films (while stocks last). **


A New Home for the ANU Film Group in 2019!

23rd April, 2018

If you attended our Annual General Meeting last month, you would have received some exciting news about the future of the ANU Film Group. If you didn't attend our AGM, shame on you, but we figured it was about time to let you in on the news too…

The ANU Film Group will be moving to a new theatre in early 2019!

The ANU is in the process of building us a new home – a purpose-built cinema with all-new cinema-style seating and projection equipment – that will be located in the heart of the Kambri precinct, the redeveloped area formerly known as Union Court.

In addition to our new theatre, the Kambri precinct will also be home to new teaching and learning spaces, student accommodation, health and recreational facilities, a swimming pool, a concert and performing arts auditorium, restaurants, fast food outlets, a book store, a supermarket, and underground car parking – with the ANU Film Group in the middle of it all!

The current plan is for us to move into the new theatre in time for the start of screenings in Semester One 2019. We’ll be sure to keep our members updated on the progress of the construction, as well as any significant new developments, going forward.

With that in mind, we anticipate that many of you will have a lot of questions about the new theatre, so we have prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) that will hopefully address most of your initial enquiries. You can find this at

If you have any questions that weren’t answered in the FAQ, please feel free to get in touch – email us, call us, message us on Facebook – and we’ll do our best to address them, bearing in mind that we may not have all the answers at this early stage either.

Needless to say, the next few months will be an exciting time for us and we look forward to taking all of you along on this journey!

What's On This Week: THE POST, PADDINGTON 2, STRONGER and more!

18th April, 2018

We’re back to a full line-up of screenings this week, with some terrific films, including a Best Picture nominee (THE POST), a highly acclaimed family film (PADDINGTON 2), a powerful firefighting drama (ONLY THE BRAVE), director Woody Allen’s latest (WONDER WHEEL), and a hilarious comedy/mystery starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams (GAME NIGHT).

Plus, don’t miss our exclusive Canberra premiere screening of Jake Gyllehaal’s newest film – the acclaimed and inspirational true story of STRONGER – on Thursday. Only at the ANU Film Group!

• WED 18 APR @ 7:30 PM: GAME NIGHT (MA, 100 min)

A group of friends get their weekly game night kicked up a notch when one of the group arranges a murder mystery party – complete with a very realistic kidnapping. But as the competitors set out to solve the case, they soon discover that neither the game nor their friends are what they seem to be. Starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams.

• THU 19 APR @ 7:30 PM: STRONGER (MA, 119 min)

In this exclusive Canberra premiere screening, Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who loses both of his legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. As he embarks on the long journey to physical and emotional rehabilitation, he unexpectedly finds himself becoming a symbol of hope around the world.

• FRI 20 APR @ 7:30 PM: THE POST (M, 116 min) + WONDER WHEEL (PG, 101 min)

In THE POST, America’s first female newspaper publisher (Meryl Streep) and her hard-driving editor (Tom Hanks) race to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets spanning three decades, risking their careers – and their freedom – in the process. Directed by Steven Spielberg, and nominated for two Oscars, including Best Picture.

Then, in WONDER WHEEL (at approx. 9:30 PM), the lives of four people – an emotionally volatile former actress (Kate Winslet), her carousel operator husband (Jim Belushi), a mysterious visitor on the run (Juno Temple), and a handsome young lifeguard (Justin Timberlake) – intertwine on Coney Island in the 1950s. Directed by Woody Allen.

• SAT 21 APR @ **5 PM**: PADDINGTON 2 (G, 103 min)

Paddington takes on a series of odd jobs to earn money to buy an antique book for his beloved aunt’s 100th birthday. But when a cunning thief (Hugh Grant) steals the prized book and frames Paddington for the crime, the marmalade-loving bear must find a way to uncover the culprit and clear his name. Also starring Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent and Brendan Gleeson.

• SAT 21 APR @ **7 PM**: ONLY THE BRAVE (M, 134 min)

The Granite Mountain Hotshots, one of America’s most elite firefighting teams, find their skills and camaraderie challenged in 2013 when an unprecedented wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona, requires them to risk everything to protect a town from imminent destruction. Based on a true story. Starring Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Connelly.



12th April, 2018

This week at the ANU Film Group, experience Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed coming of age tale, downsize with Matt Damon in Alexander Payne’s latest, say goodbye to the FIFTY SHADES OF GREY trilogy, and discover a scathing black comedy presently jointly by the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

THU 12 APR @ 7:30 PM: THE TEACHER (M, 103 min)

In Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, in 1983, the concerned parents of a class of young teenagers meet to decide what action to take regarding their school’s new teacher: a manipulative, corrupt woman with dangerous connections to the Communist Party.

** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Slovak Republic **

FRI 13 APR @ 7:30 PM: DOWNSIZING (M, 135 min)

When scientists discover how to shrink humans as a solution to overpopulation, a man (Matt Damon) and his wife decides to downsize – literally – to escape their stressed lives and start anew. Directed by Alexander Payne (SIDEWAYS, NEBRASKA) and also starring Christoph Waltz, Kristen Wiig and Hong Chau.

SAT 14 APR @ **7 PM**: LADY BIRD (M, 94 min) + FIFTY SHADES FREED (MA, 105 min)

A free-spirited teenager (Saoirse Ronan) living in Sacramento, California, navigates a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother (Laurie Metcalf) as she comes of age over the course of her final year of high school in 2002. Nominated for 5 Oscars, including Best Picture.

Then, in the final instalment in the FIFTY SHADES saga (at approx. 8:45 PM), newlyweds Christian (Jamie Dornan) and Ana (Dakota Johnson) embark on their shared life together, but find their happy ending jeopardised by new threats and shadowy figures from their past.



We’ve got tickets to give away to political drama CHAPPAQUIDDICK and the NFSA’s 50th anniversary screening of George A. Romero’s groundbreaking horror classic – but you’ve got to get in quick to win!

CHAPPAQUIDDICK examines the true events surrounding the most difficult seven days of Senator Ted Kennedy’s career when he accidentally drives off a bridge and ends the life of his passenger, a young political strategist. Kennedy doesn’t report the accident for nine hours as he sets out to protect his family’s legacy and keep his political ambitions alive, while struggling with the moral implications of his actions.

Starring Jason Clarke, Kata Mara, Ed Helms and Bruce Dern, CHAPPAQUIDDICK is in cinemas from May 10, but thanks to our friends at Transmission Films, we have 20 double passes to a special preview screening on TUESDAY 24 APRIL at 6:30 PM at Dendy Canberra.

To secure your tickets, all you have to do is go to this link – – and follow the prompts, but you’ll have to be quick as tickets are strictly limited!

Secondly, the National Film and Sound Archive are hosting the Australian premiere of a new 4K restoration of George A. Romero’s 1968 horror classic, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, widely regarded as one of the best zombie films ever made. The screening will be held on the appropriately spooky date of Friday the 13th (of April) and we’ve got 10 double passes to give away.

If you’d like to check out NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD at the NFSA tomorrow evening at 7 PM, simply be one of the first 10 people to email us at with your full name and membership number (located below the barcode on your card).

Only winners will be notified, with names to be placed on a door list at the NFSA for entry on the night. Zombie dress ups are encouraged!