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August 2018

Annual Trivia Night on Friday 31 August – Tickets on Sale Now!

1st August, 2018

December has Christmas. February has Valentine’s Day. October has Halloween. And August has the ANU Film Group’s Annual Trivia Night coming up on FRIDAY 31 AUGUST!

If you're reading this and thinking "Not another trivia night!" then you clearly haven't been to one of our legendary trivia nights. Now in its 12th year, this highly-anticipated annual event is a trivia extravaganza unlike anything you'll have experienced at your local pub quiz night.

All questions will be about movies – but we cover a wide range of movies, question types, and even difficulty levels (some require no movie knowledge whatsoever). And it wouldn't be an ANUFG trivia night without heaps of fun audio-visual and interactive elements too.

The event is our primary fundraiser for the year, with tons of exciting prizes to be won, courtesy of some very generous prize sponsors from restaurants, shops and businesses around Canberra. A whole lot of effort (months of planning!) is put into making it a special night for all who come along, so why not give it a try?

The event will be held at the Hellenic Club of Canberra in Woden, on Friday 31 August with entry from 7 PM and questions starting from 7:30 PM.

Tickets are $20 and available for purchase for yourself, a small group, or a whole team of up to 10 people. We'd love to say you'll enjoy it or get your money back... but it is a fundraiser after all, so you'll just have to take our word for it! ;-)

Visit for more information, or to buy your tickets online now. Tickets will also be available for purchase at all ANUFG screenings from August 1 onwards.

What's On This Week: JURASSIC WORLD, BREATH, HUMAN FLOW and more!

1st August, 2018

Dinosaurs, dancers, documentaries and a directorial debut from Simon Baker make up this week's offerings at the ANU Film Group.

• WED 1 AUG @ 7:30 PM: HUMAN FLOW (M, 140 min)

Over 65 million people have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest population displacement since WWII. Filmmaker and activist Ai Weiwei takes a global look at the refugee crisis in 23 countries over the course of one year.

** Presented in partnership with ANU Learning Communities – Global Challenges **

• THU 2 AUG @ 7:30 PM: BREATH (M, 115 min)

Looking to escape the monotony of 1970s coastal Australia, two teenage boys form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious older surfer who pushes them to take risks that will have a profound impact on their lives. Starring Simon Baker, Elizabeth Debicki and Richard Roxburgh.


Four years after the Jurassic World theme park was destroyed, a rescue mission is mounted to rescue the island's remaining dinosaurs before a volcano makes them extinct once again. Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall and Jeff Goldblum.

• SAT 4 AUG @ **7 PM**: FINDING YOUR FEET (M, 111 min) + I FEEL PRETTY (M, 110 min)

In FINDING YOUR FEET, a woman discovers that her husband of 40 years is having an affair. Seeking refuge with her free-spirited older sister, she finds herself dragged into a community dance class, which changes her life forever. Starring Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall and Celia Imrie.

Then, in I FEEL PRETTY (at approx. 9 PM), a head injury causes an insecure woman (Amy Schumer) to believe that she is suddenly the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. With this newfound confidence, she is empowered to live her life fearlessly.


July 2018

Free Re-screening of OCEAN'S 8 on Sunday @ 7 PM

24th July, 2018

All 371 seats at our free screening of OCEAN'S 8 on Monday were taken before the film's scheduled start time, so we're doing it all over again this Sunday!

If you missed out on Monday (or enjoyed the film so much you want to see it again), be sure to come along on SUNDAY 29 JULY for another chance to see this star-studded crime comedy for FREE.

Doors will open at 6:30 PM for a 7 PM film start.

Our canteen run by the folks at the Rotary Club at Woden Daybreak will also be making a special appearance on Sunday night, so please remember to stop by and pick up a snack to support them. All proceeds from canteen sales go to charity.

• SUN 29 JULY @ **7 PM**: OCEAN’S 8 (M, 110 min) – FREE ENCORE SCREENING

Criminal mastermind Debbie Ocean gathers a crew of seven other female thieves to pull off the heist of the century by stealing a necklace worth more than $150 million at New York’s annual Met Gala. Starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter.

Two More Free Screenings + What's On This Week

23rd July, 2018

We’re celebrating (or commiserating?) classes being back in session with TWO more free screenings this week – OCEAN’S 8 tonight and SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY on Friday!

Make sure you tell everyone you know and invite them along to check out Australia’s biggest and best film society on us. As a not-for-profit society, we rely heavily on word of mouth to find new members – and inviting new people along to a free screening is a fantastic way of showing off what we do best.

As with all of our screenings, doors will open from half an hour before the film starts, and entry will be on a first come, first served basis until all 371 seats in the theatre are occupied. Please also note that there are no encore screenings of either OCEAN’S 8 or SOLO presently scheduled, so be sure to come along early to avoid disappointment.

Our canteen run by the Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak will also be opening tonight (they normally only operate on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) with hot dogs, popcorn, hot/cold drinks and a wide array of snacks available for purchase – and all proceeds going to charity. So you can have your favourite movie snack and feel good about it too!


In addition to our two blockbuster free screenings, we’ve also got Charlize Theron’s heartwarming and hilarious TULLY on Thursday, and a creepy double of harrowing horror films on Saturday that are not for the faint of heart. See you at the Film Group!

• MON 23 JULY @ 7:30 PM: OCEAN’S 8 (M, 110 min) – FREE SCREENING

Criminal mastermind Debbie Ocean gathers a crew of seven other female thieves to pull off the heist of the century by stealing a necklace worth more than $150 million at New York’s annual Met Gala. Starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter.

• THU 26 JULY @ 7:30 PM: TULLY (M, 96 min)

A struggling mother of three (Charlize Theron) is sent a young nanny named Tully by her wealthy brother. Though initially hesitant to accept the help, she soon forms a unique bond with the young woman in this heartwarming and honest look at parenthood. Directed by Jason Reitman (JUNO, YOUNG ADULT).


Explore the early days of beloved smuggler Han Solo as he embarks on a series of daring escapades within the criminal underworld and meets future co-pilot Chewbacca and notorious gambler Lando Calrissian. Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover.

• SAT 28 JULY @ ** 7 PM**: HEREDITARY (MA, 128 min) + DON’T LOOK NOW (M, 110 min)

In the terrifying and acclaimed HEREDITARY, when the Graham family matriarch dies, her estranged oldest daughter (Toni Collette) finds their household under threat from a supernatural force and must uncover the secrets of her ancestry to escape their seemingly inherited fate.

Then, in the 1973 horror classic DON’T LOOK NOW (at approx. 9:15 PM), after the accidental death of their young daughter, a couple (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie) travel to Venice, Italy, where they meet two sisters who claim to be in touch with the spirit of their late daughter.


What's On This Week + Win Preview Tickets to THE BREAKER UPPERERS!

19th July, 2018

Our Semester Two programme is now in full swing, with some outrageous comedies and a special Q&A event in store for the rest of the week.

• THU 19 JULY @ 7:30 PM: TAG (M, 100 min)

Once a year, five former classmates hit the ground running in an elaborate, no-holds-barred, cross-country game of tag that they’ve been playing since they were children, in this comedy based on an unbelievable true story. Starring Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Jake Johnson and Isla Fisher.

• FRI 20 JULY @ 7:30 PM: BLOCKERS (MA, 102 min) + AMERICAN PIE (MA, 95 min)

In BLOCKERS, three high school girls make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. But when their overprotective parents uncover their plan, they join forces to do whatever it takes to stop their girls from sealing the deal. Starring Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena.

Then head back in time to 1999 for another riotous and raunchy exploration of teen sexuality in AMERICAN PIE (at approx. 9:15 PM), in which four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night. Will they achieve their goal of getting laid? Or will they learn a hilarious lesson in life and love instead?

• SAT 21 JULY @ **7 PM**: GURRUMUL (PG, 97 min) + Q&A

A stunning portrait of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yuninpingu, one of Australia's most celebrated and influential voices, who was born blind from birth and found purpose and meaning through music.

This documentary by director Paul Damien Williams explores what it means to be an Australian Indigenous artist in a modern world. He worked directly with Gurrumul for many years and was able to get his approval on the film just three days before the artist passed away on July 25th last year.

Paul will join us at the ANU Film Group on Saturday to introduce the film, and to discuss his work at a post-screening Q&A from approximately 8:40 PM. Don’t miss it!

** Presented in partnership with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Social Club **


It’s been dubbed the breakout Kiwi comedy of the year, and we have tickets to give away for you and a friend to see THE BREAKER UPPERERS first at a preview screening on Tuesday 24 July, courtesy of Madman Films!

In the film, two cynical women set up an agency to break up couples for cash as a way to avoid moving on with their lives, but their friendship unravels when one of them begins to have doubts about their work. Check out the film's trailer at THIS LINK.

To win a double pass to the preview screening at Dendy Canberra on TUESDAY 24 JULY at 6:30 PM, all you have to do is email with your name, membership number, and tell us which film on our Semester Two 2018 programme you’re most excited about.

Entries will close on Monday 23 July at 12 PM (noon), with winners to be notified by reply email and names to be placed on a door list at the venue. Good luck!

Semester Two begins tonight with AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR free screening!

16th July, 2018

The Avengers will be assembling at the ANU Film Group TONIGHT to kick off our Semester Two programme!

Heroes from all across the Marvel Cinematic Universe join forces to take on the evil Thanos, who is on a mission to collect six all-powerful Infinity Stones and use them to eradicate half of all life in the universe. AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR is one of the biggest films of the year, and tonight’s screening will no doubt be one of our busiest of the year – so make sure you’re there early to avoid disappointment.

Doors will open at 7 PM for entry until all 371 seats in the theatre are taken. So tell your friends, enemies, neighbours, workmates, strangers in the street... anyone and everyone is welcome!

While you’re here, don’t forget to pay a visit to our canteen that the lovely folks at the Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak will be operating tonight. There will be hot dogs, popcorn, snack, drinks and many other goodies for sale at very reasonable prices, with all proceeds going to charity as always.

See you soon!

P.S. If you’re already a member, you may wish to avoid the crowds and queues by seeing AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR at our encore members-only screening on Friday 10 August instead. Top tip!

Semester One ends with BLUE WORLD ORDER + DEADPOOL 2!

13th July, 2018

Canberra’s own movie finally makes its long-awaited debut tonight at the ANU Film Group. Come along and revel in all its sci-fi glory with co-director Ché Baker in attendance to introduce the film and chat about it afterwards!

Then finish up Semester One 2018 on Saturday with none other than the Merc with a Mouth himself in the hilarious and ultra-violent DEADPOOL 2, followed by Steven Soderbergh’s latest, the psychological thriller UNSANE, shot entirely on an iPhone.

And come back on Monday to do it all over again as we kick off Semester Two with a free screening of AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. Tell your friends (and your enemies) so that they can all check out the year’s biggest film on us! Doors will open for entry at 7 PM, but we recommend arriving early to avoid missing out on a seat – or holding out for the members-only encore screening on Friday 10 August.

• FRI 13 JULY @ 7:30 PM: BLUE WORLD ORDER (M, 117 min) + Q&A

In the aftermath of a nuclear apocalypse, a man (Jake Ryan) desperately seeks a cure for his comatose daughter, unaware that she is the last child on the planet and being sought after by a mysterious organisation. Filmed in Canberra, this ambitious sci-fi adventure also stars Billy Zane, Stephen Hunter, Bruce Spence and Jack Thompson.

Co-director Ché Baker will be in attendance to introduce the film, and for a post-screening Q&A.

• SAT 14 JULY @ ** 7 PM**: DEADPOOL 2 (MA, 119 min) + UNSANE (MA, 98 min)

In this sequel to the foul-mouthed 2016 hit, wisecracking mercenary Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) brings together a team of fellow rogue mutants to protect a superpowered teenager from a time-travelling cyborg named Cable (Josh Brolin) intent on killing him.

Then, Steven Soderbergh's UNSANE (at approx. 9 PM), a young woman (Claire Foy) is involuntarily committed to a mental institution while trying to escape from a stalker. There, she is confronted by her greatest fear – but is the stalker real or a product of her delusion?



The wait is over – our new Semester Two posters and booklets will be available for collection at the door starting from tonight. So come along and get yours and begin planning what you’d like to see between now and November. Plus feel free to grab another poster or two to put up at work, on a noticeboard, on the dining table, behind the bathroom door… no place is a bad place for an ANUFG poster!

And if you can’t make it along this weekend, don’t forget that our new programme is also available for viewing in full on our website at

Alternatively, you can download a printable PDF flyer by clicking HERE or import all of our screenings straight into your phone/tablet/computer’s calendar with THIS LINK.

Semester Two Programme + Memberships On Sale Now!

6th July, 2018

Semester Two begins in just 10 days on July 16 and it's about time we shared what we've been working on for the past few months. So without further ado, the ANU Film Group presents our new programme for Semester Two 2018!

You can check all of the films with reviews right now on our website at

If you'd like a printable PDF flyer to share with your friends, family or at work, CLICK HERE (329Kb).

And for those of you don't want to miss a screening, you can even import them all straight into your calendar of choice by CLICKING HERE.

Running from July 16 to November 25, our new programme has all the latest and greatest new releases, classics, foreign films, family films, special events, Q&A screenings and more. We hope that you like what we’ve put together and are as excited about it as we are!


We reckon that every single film on our new programme is worth a look, but you definitely don’t want to miss these highlights:

• One, Two, Free: we’re kicking things off with three FREE screenings of some of the year’s biggest blockbusters – AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, OCEAN’S 8 and SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY. Make sure you invite everyone you know to check out Australia’s best film society on us!

• Annual Trivia Night: forget everything you know about trivia nights (other than your trivia knowledge) and come along for an event unlike any other on Friday 31 August at the Hellenic Club in Woden.

• 14th Latin American Film Festival: we’re hosting this year’s festival with 14 unique films from 14 Latin American countries between August 9 and 27. All screening are free!

• Family Films at Five: we’re screening five family-friendly films at the family-friendly start time of 5 PM, including INCREDIBLES 2, SMALLFOOT and TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES.

• Q&A Events: go beyond the film with post-screening discussions featuring directors Clayton Jacobsen (BROTHERS’ NEST) and Paul Damien Williams (GURRUMUL).

• BEST F(R)IENDS: both Volumes One and Two of the latest film from the creators of THE ROOM, Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero – exclusive to the ANU Film Group with a video introduction from Greg himself.

• Coombs Theatre Farewell Event: join on the very last date of our Semester Two programme to say goodbye to our home for the past 50 years before we move to the Kambri precinct in 2019.

• Plus much, much, much more...


Semester Two 2018 memberships are now available for purchase online at

Memberships purchased online take approximately 2-3 days to process. If you wish to see a film immediately, you can join up in person at any screening instead. We accept payment via cash and card (with a small surcharge).

And as an added bonus, Semester Two memberships will allow you entry into all of our remaining Semester One films – including DEADPOOL 2, A QUIET PLACE, and Canberra’s very own BLUE WORLD ORDER. So what are you waiting for? Join now!


Two acclaimed indie films, a classic celebrating its 50th anniversary, and one of the most talked-about horror films of the year. We might be winding down our Semester One programme, but there’s still plenty to see!

• FRI 6 JULY @ 7:30 PM: GOOD TIME (MA, 101 min) + HOUNDS OF LOVE (MA, 104 min)

After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, a criminal (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city’s underworld in an increasingly desperate – and dangerous – attempt to get his brother out of jail.

Then, in HOUNDS OF LOVE (at approx. 9:15 PM) a murderous couple in 1980s Perth kidnap a teenage girl, holding her captive before making her their next victim. Her only hope is to use her wits to try and drive a wedge between the crazed duo before they can finish her off.

• SAT 7 JULY @ ** 7 PM**: A QUIET PLACE (M, 90 min) + ROSEMARY'S BABY (M, 137 min)

In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence to avoid being discovered by monsters with supernatural hearing. All it will take is one noise for everything to go wrong, in this acclaimed box office hit starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski.

Then, in the 1968 classic ROSEMARY’S BABY (at approx. 8:45 PM), a young woman and her husband move into a mysterious New York City apartment building. When she becomes pregnant, she becomes increasingly paranoid about the safety of her unborn child.

June 2018

Semester Two begins on July 16 with free AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR! + What's On This Week

29th June, 2018

That’s right – we’re only a few week away from the end of Semester One and the start of Semester Two just two days later on Monday 16 July!

We’re thrilled to announce that we will be kicking off our new programme with a FREE screening of one of the biggest films of all time, Marvel’s AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, which recently blew past $2 billion at the worldwide box office. In the film, the evil Thanos sets out to amass six all-powerful Infinity Stones, which will allow him to re-balance the universe by eradicating half of all life. And it’s up to all of Earth’s mightiest heroes – including the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy – to come together to stop him.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pratt, Josh Brolin and dozens of other actors, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR brings together the past 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in epic blockbuster fashion.

Come and see it again – or see what the fuss is about – for FREE on Monday 16 July at 7:30 PM. Doors will open at 7 PM for entry, and it will be busy, so don’t be late!

And our full Semester Two 2018 programme will be released towards the end of next week, so stay tuned to find out about the other 80+ films we’ll be screening between July and November. We can’t wait to share it with you!


One of the best Australian films of the year comes to the ANU Film Group tonight, along with a bitingly hilarious double feature of chaotic comedy on Saturday night.

• FRI 29 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: SWEET COUNTRY (MA, 113 min)

In 1929, an Aboriginal farmhand (Hamilton Morris) and his wife are forced to go on the run when he kills a white man in self-defence and a posse gathers to hunt him down, in this acclaimed drama from director Warwick Thornton. Also starring Bryan Brown and Sam Neill.

** Presented in partnership with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), who have kindly extended an invitation to all ANUFG members to join them for light refreshments in the foyer directly opposite the main doors to the Coombs Theatre from 6:45 PM tonight. Please that our canteen will still be operating as normal from 7 PM **

• SAT 30 JUNE @ ** 7 PM**: THE DEATH OF STALIN (MA, 107 min) + THE PARTY (MA, 74 min)

It's 1953 in Moscow and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin has just died. His Council of Ministers panic as they scramble to maintain order, take out the competition, and each try to take power in the ensuing chaos, in this hilarious political satire from the director of IN THE LOOP and TV's Veep.

Then, in THE PARTY (at approx. 9 PM), a newly-appointed British politician throws a party to celebrate her new promotion, which quickly turns to chaos as soon as the guests arrive. Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Timothy Spall and Cillian Murphy.

What's On This Week + Reminder About Parking Rules

22nd June, 2018

The ANU recently issued a notice to staff and students regarding the enforcement of parking and road rules on campus, and we felt that it would be useful to bring this to the attention of ANU Film Group members and guests.

The ANU has asked that people visiting the campus after hours or on weekends continue to park with consideration for others and the road rules. To enforce this, ANU parking inspectors will now be patrolling campus on a 24/7 basis to ensure that such rules are complied with, and that designated parking spots (e.g. for drivers with disabilities) are available for those who need them. Drivers who do not comply with road rules may receive an infringement notice.

They have also provided the following reminders:
• When a parking sign does not include restrictive parking hours or days, the sign applies at all times.
• ‘No Parking’ and ‘No Stopping’ signs apply at all times.
• Stopping or parking at yellow edge lines is not permitted at any time.
• To assist in maintaining the campus grounds, parking outside designated car parks (e.g. on the grass, on footpaths, etc) is not permitted.

Should you have any questions about any of the information above, please contact the ANU Parking Office directly at


Two Oscar nominees – for Best Documentary and Best Animated Film – screen this week, along with an acclaimed biopic about one of the most influential and celebrated figures of gay culture.

• FRI 22 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: TOM OF FINLAND (R, 116 min)

After returning from WWII, Touko Laaksonen finds peacetime in Finland equally distressing due to the persecution of homosexual men around him. Finding liberation in art, he becomes ‘Tom of Finland’, an emblem of a gay revolution and an inspiration to a generation of men.

• SAT 23 JUNE @ ** 7 PM **: FACES, PLACES (G, 89 min) + LOVING VINCENT (M, 95 min)

In FACES, PLACES, director Agnes Varda and photographer/artist JR travel around the villages of France meeting locals, learning their stories and producing gigantic portraits of them in a cross-generational portrait of life in rural France. Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature Film.

Then, in LOVING VINCENT (at approx. 8:45 PM), a young man comes to the last home town of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver a posthumous letter, and ends up investigating his final days there, in the world’s first fully oil-painted animated feature film. Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature Film.

** LOVING VINCENT presented in partnership with the Embassy of Poland **