News Archive

February 2019

What's On in Oscar Week + Help Wanted

26th February, 2019

Congratulations to GREEN BOOK, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, ROMA, THE FAVOURITE and all of this year’s Oscar-winning films and filmmakers!

The Oscars may be over for the year, but the ANU Film Group’s Oscar Week is just beginning with not one, not two, but THREE Oscar-winning films screening this week. And, yes, we did once again pick the eventual Best Picture winner for our Oscar Week line-up for the third year running. You’re welcome!

• WED 27 FEB @ 7:30 PM: CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? (M, 106 min)

With her writing career failing, a celebrity biographer (Melissa McCarthy) turns to deception by forging letters from deceased authors and playwrights and then selling them for profit. Nominated for 3 Oscars, including Best Actress (McCarthy) and Best Supporting Actor (Richard E. Grant).

• THU 28 FEB @ 7:30 PM: VICE (M, 132 min)

After George W. Bush wins the 2000 U.S. presidential election, businessman Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) uses his newfound power as Vice President to reshape the world in this drama also starring Amy Adams, Sam Rockwell and Steve Carell. Oscar winner for Best Make Up & Hairstyling.

• FRI 1 MAR @ 7:30 PM: GREEN BOOK (M, 130 min) + ON THE BASIS OF SEX (M, 120 min)

In the 1960s, a tough Italian-American bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) is hired as a driver for an African-American classical pianist (Mahershala Ali) on a concert tour throughout the American South. Winner of 3 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor (Ali).

Then, in ON THE BASIS OF SEX (at approx. 9:45 PM), law student Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) faces adversity in her fight for equal rights on her way to becoming a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

• SAT 2 MAR @ **5 PM**: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (PG, 117 min)

Teenager Miles Morales is bitten by a radioactive spider and becomes Spider-Man but soon crosses paths with five counterparts from alternate dimensions in our encore screening of this critically acclaimed animated film. Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature Film.

• SAT 2 MAR @ 7:30 PM: VENOM (M, 112 min)

When investigative journalist Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) becomes the unwitting host of an alien symbiote, he finds himself imbued with dangerous and intoxicating new abilities and must decide whether to use them for the greater good or for his own benefit.

** 'NO GUESTS' SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: VICE, GREEN BOOK, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE **

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HELP WANTED: DO YOU WANT TO BE A DOOR PERSON OR A COMMITTEE MEMBER?
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We're currently on the lookout for one more door person to assist us at screenings. Door people are the smiling, friendly faces of the Group who greet you as you enter, and scan your membership card. So if you're a current member, punctual, have a sunny disposition, and are skilled in the fine art of card scanning, this may be for you!

Please note that this is an unpaid volunteer position, but all door people receive a free membership for the following programme as a token of thanks upon completion of the required number of sessions.

Interested? Want to find out more? Email us at info@anufg.org.au now!

If you'd rather help out in other ways and get involved in the day-to-day running of Australia’s largest film society, you'll want to save the date for our Annual General Meeting on MONDAY 18 MARCH at 6 PM in the Kambri cinema.

This is where we appoint our new committee of volunteers that run the Group, and we’re always keen to see some new faces. No experience is necessary – just a willingness to commit a bit of time to help us continue being the film society that you know and love. Please contact us if you'd like to know more.

One Week Down + Free Screening of EL DORADO

24th February, 2019

Thank you to everyone who came along and saw a film in our new cinema this week. With eight films screening across six nights, it truly was a bumper – and very busy – first week back!

As we mentioned at the start of the week, there are still a few kinks to be sorted out with the cinema, but work is ongoing and those of you who have been to a few screenings so far will likely have noticed improvements throughout the week. Thank you to everyone for your patience during this process, and especially to those of you who have provided feedback about the new venue so far. Please don’t hesitate to let us know via email to info@anufg.org.au if you’ve noticed or experienced anything amiss!

The Oscars are taking place tomorrow, and then we’ve got a packed Oscar Week with big contenders (and possible winners) coming up next week, including GREEN BOOK, VICE, CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? and our encore screening of SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE.

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FREE SCREENING: ‘EL DORADO’ ON MONDAY 25 FEBRUARY @ 7:30 PM
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The Embassy of Switzerland is hosting a screening of the award-winning new documentary EL DORADO tomorrow evening in partnership with the ANU Film Group, the ANU Law Reform & Social Justice, Amnesty International Australia and the ANU Centre for European Studies.

This special one-off screening of director Markus Imhoof’s latest film is a celebration of human rights and a reflection on the challenges faced by refugees over the past 70 years. The film draws parallels between the perilous journeys refugees take to reach Europe today and Imhoof’s own childhood through a refugee child taken in by his family during World War II.

DATE: Monday 25 February, 2019 (tomorrow)
TIME: 7:30 PM film start (doors open from 7 PM)
VENUE: Cinema, Cultural Centre (Building 153), Kambri Precinct, ANU

The screening is FREE for all to attend (no ANUFG membership required), but you must register your attendance on EventBrite by going to THIS LINK.

What's On in Our First Week at Kambri

19th February, 2019

And we’re off! After years of work and a particularly harrowing final week, we’re happy to report that we held our very first screening in the new Kambri cinema last night to a packed full house of 305 people.

We can’t wait for all of you to come along and check out a film in our new home, test out the comfy new seats, the brilliant new projector and the immersive new 7.1 surround sound system. Plus, we have new posters, flyers and even new permanent plastic membership cards too – which finally give you the ability to renew your membership without replacing your card each time!

While everything is still new and shiny, we would like to point out there is still some work to be done on the new cinema over the next few weeks. The ANU Film Group will be working with builders and electricians to have this work completed in a timely manner, and thank you for your patience during this time as we resolve a few outstanding issues.

We also welcome any feedback you might have about the new cinema, so please don’t hesitate to let us know if you’ve noticed anything odd by sending us an email to info@anufg.org.au and we will pass it on to the appropriate parties.

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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There may still be a few kinks with the venue to be worked out, but we definitely have the ability to screen films without issue, and have a bumper week of screenings ahead to show it all off!

Please note the new 7:30 PM start times for Saturday screenings. As previously advised, all screenings regardless of the day of the week now commence at 7:30 PM, with doors opening for entry from 7 PM. The only exception to this are 5 PM screenings on select Saturdays, which are marked on our website and in all publications.

• TUE 19 FEB @ 7:30 PM: WIDOWS (MA, 129 min)

After their criminal husbands are killed on a botched job, a group of four women attempt to pull off a heist of their own in order to repay a debt owed to a crime boss. Starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Colin Farrell, Jacki Weaver, Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson.

• WED 20 FEB @ 7:30 PM: THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST (M, 92 min)

In 1993, a teenage girl is sent to a gay conversion therapy centre. There, in the face of intolerance and denial, she meets new friends and forms an unlikely family. ** Note that this is a FREE screening presented as part of the ANU’s O-Week 2019. No membership is required to attend. **

• THU 21 FEB @ 7:30 PM: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (M, 134 min)

This acclaimed, award-winning musical drama takes a look at the early days of legendary rock band Queen and their meteoric rise to fame from iconic songs, unique musical compositions, and the talents of lead singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek).

• FRI 22 FEB @ 7:30 PM: BOY ERASED (MA, 115 min) + SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (MA, 112 min)

In BOY ERASED, the teenage son of a small-town Baptist pastor (Lucas Hedges) is pressured into attending a gay conversion therapy program after being outed to his conservative parents (Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe).

Then, in SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (at approx. 9:30 PM), an African-American telemarketer discovers the key to professional success: to make himself more appealing to prospective customers, he must use his 'white voice'.

• SAT 23 FEB @ 7:30 PM: BUMBLEBEE (PG, 114 min) + OVERLORD (R, 110 min)

In 1987, a damaged Bumblebee finds refuge in a small beach town, where he is discovered by a teenage girl (Hailee Steinfeld) who revives and befriends him in this Transformers prequel.

Then, in OVERLORD (at approx. 9:30 PM), a small group of American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines in Germany on the day before D-Day where they discover a horrific Nazi experiment.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, BUMBLEBEE **

Parking at Kambri

16th February, 2019

You’ve all been very patient over the last few months and, with Kambri having its grand opening earlier this week, we finally have details on the parking options for the new cinema.

First off, as we mentioned a while back, there is an underground parking garage for 400 cars right below the Cultural Centre building where the cinema is located. This is a paid parking facility operated by Care Park and the parking rates for our screening times are currently as follows:

• Weekdays after 5 pm – $6 flat rate
• All day Saturday and Sunday – $5 flat rate

We acknowledge that these rates are higher than the after-hours and weekend rates at most parking facilities around Canberra, and are disappointed at the outcome. Rest assured that we will be lobbying Care Park and the ANU for reduced rates or concessions for our members going forward.

In the meantime, we have put together a map of some alternative parking options near the cinema that will be free at the time of our screenings. You can find this map by CLICKING HERE

While there are a number of surface parking options around the ANU in the vicinity of Kambri, we recommend the following three in particular for their size and proximity to the cinema:

1. Baldessin Parking Station (multi-storey parking and outdoor surface lot): approximately 450 metres/6 minutes walk from cinema
2. School of Music (two outdoor surface parking lots): approximately 400 metres/5 minutes walk from cinema
3. Research School of Chemistry (outdoor surface parking lot): approximately 300 metres/4 minutes walk from cinema

All of these parking spots are free after 5 PM on weekdays and all day on weekends, but we do encourage you to always check signage before parking as conditions may change.

There is also limited street parking along Childers Street, University Avenue, Hutton Street and North Road.

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FIRST WEEK OF SCREENINGS
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We look forward to welcoming all of you to our new home next week! Come along, say hi, pick up your membership card, a poster or a flyer, and check out one of the many films screening in our bumper first week:

• Mon 18 Feb @ 7:30 PM – SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (Free Screening)
• Tue 19 Feb @ 7:30 PM – WIDOWS
• Wed 20 Feb @ 7:30 PM – THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST (Free Screening)
• Thu 21 Feb @ 7:30 PM – BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
• Fri 22 Feb @ 7:30 PM – BOY ERASED + SORRY TO BOTHER YOU
• Sat 23 Feb @ 7:30 PM – BUMBLEBEE + OVERLORD

We anticipate that our first screening – the free screening of SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE on Monday – will be VERY busy and is highly likely to fill up. So if you’re already a member, you may wish to consider coming along to the members-only encore screening of the film instead on Saturday 2 March (just one week later) to avoid missing out due to the anticipated crowds.

Not yet a member? Join up at any screening from next week or online now by going to www.anufg.org.au/join!

First Look at New Kambri Cinema

11th February, 2019

Today marked the grand opening of the ANU’s Kambri Precinct, and we’re excited that we can finally share with you the first official look at our new cinema home to commemorate the occasion!

Click on THIS LINK to view an album of photos of the new Cultural Centre building and, of course, the cinema itself in all its glory (note: Facebook account NOT required to view photos).

With 305 plush comfy seats, a bigger 10-metre wide screen and an even more immersive 7.1 surround sound system, watching films at the ANU Film Group has never been better!

There’s still quite a bit of work to go before we’re ready to kick off screenings next Monday, however, so please bear with us while we put the final pieces in place. If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to send us an email to info@anufg.org.au and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

We’ve also managed to find out more about the parking situation today and are in the process of putting together a map of the nearest parking spots that we’ll circulate before the end of the week. Thanks for your ongoing patience on this matter!

And, finally… if you’re not a member yet, what more could you possibly want?! We’ve got a great programme of films and some pretty nice new digs (if we may say so ourselves), so head on over to www.anufg.org.au/join to join up for an Annual or Autumn membership now!

January 2019

Autumn 2019 Programme + New Saturday Start Times

23rd January, 2019

The Oscar nominations may have been announced overnight, but we reckon we’ve got something even better to share…

With less than a month before screenings begin and without further ado, we’d like to present to you our Autumn 2019 line-up, one of four seasonal programmes that will screen this year – and the first in our brand new cinema!

You can find information about all 55 films screening from February to April in three ways:
• View it on our website at www.anufg.org.au/programme
• Download a PDF flyer that you can print out and share by CLICKING HERE
• Import the entire programme straight into your calendar of choice using the iCAL FILE HERE

As always, our programme features a little something for everyone, and while we believe that every film is worth checking out, here are some noteworthy highlights:

• Oscar Nominees: 10 of this year’s nominated films, including Best Picture nominees THE FAVOURITE, VICE, GREEN BOOK and BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

• Hollywood Blockbusters: some of the year’s biggest box office hits, such as AQUAMAN, BUMBLEBEE and FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD

• Free Screenings: tell your friends to try before they buy at our free-for-all screenings of SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE and THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST

• Family Films: kids watch for free anytime, including at family-friendly films like RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET and MARY POPPINS RETURNS

• World Cinema: foreign films from countries as diverse as Palestine, Turkey, Japan, France, Lebanon, Spain, and Ireland

• Indie Darlings: small but no less worthy independent films like EIGHTH GRADE, LEAVE NO TRACE and YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE

• Cult Films: those of you wanting something a bit off the beaten path can check out films like MANDY, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU and SUSPIRIA

• Annual General Meeting: not a film, but your one chance each year to ask questions, find out about future plans for the Group, and even run for a position on the committee.

So if you were waiting on a programme before joining up, you no longer have any excuses. Memberships start from $30 for a season or $90 for a full year. Head to www.anufg.org.au/join to sign up now!

(Please note that processing memberships may take longer than the usual 3-5 business days as we work on getting our new cinema ready – but your membership certificate will definitely be emailed to you before screenings start for 2019.)

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NEW SATURDAY START TIMES
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For improved consistency and to better facilitate the changeovers between 5 PM films, Saturday screenings will be starting at 7:30 PM instead of 7 PM from 2019 onwards.

This means that regardless of what day of the week it is, the screening will begin at 7:30 PM, making screening times more consistent and easier to remember. The exception to this are a number of 5 PM screenings on select Saturdays, which will be specially marked.

Having more time between the end of a 5 PM screening and the start of a 7:30 PM screening will also give audience members who wish to stay for both films the opportunity to grab a bite to eat in between screening – with an abundance of food outlets and restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the new cinema.

Screenings Begin in One Month + Farewell to the Booklet

18th January, 2019

Have you missed us? It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly two months since we wrapped up screenings for 2018. But you’ll be pleased to know that we’re full steam ahead to kick off screenings for the new year on MONDAY 18 FEBRUARY with a free screening of the critically acclaimed SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE at 7:30 PM!

In the Golden Globe-winning animated film, teenager Miles Morales is bitten by a radioactive spider and begins developing abilities strangely similar to those of his hero, Spider-Man. But before he can begin to grasp his new responsibilities, Miles crosses paths with five more Spider-people from alternate dimensions – and must team up with this ragtag group to save the day.

Sitting at an extraordinary 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and featuring a unique animation style that must be experienced on the big screen, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE will kick off our new programme – and screenings in our new home – in just over four weeks.

Save the date. You’re not going to want to miss this!

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NEW PROGRAMME COMING ON JANUARY 23
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We’re also excited to announce that we’re just putting the final touches on our Autumn 2019 programme now and will be releasing it next Wednesday.

Our new programme will run from Monday 18 February through to Saturday 27 April, and will feature no fewer than 55 films over 10 weeks – including a bumper week of screenings EVERY night from Monday to Saturday during our first week back!

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FAREWELL TO THE BOOKLET
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While most everything you know and love about the ANU Film Group will be carrying over to our new venue in 2019, we regret to announce that we will no longer be printing member booklets from this year onwards.

Booklets have been a staple of the ANU Film Group for more than 30 years, and were an extension of the ‘programme notes’ that were issued to members in the early years of the Group. As the number of films we screened increased, it became apparent that a few loose leaf pages was no longer enough to provide information about all of the films to members.

Much like that change was brought about by programming changes, so too is this one, as our shift to seasonal programming means that printing four booklets a year is no longer practical. We will still be printing our posters and other publications that will detail the full programme, alongside extended film descriptions on our website, but there won’t be a booklet going forward. We apologise for any disappointment caused by this change.

This is also a good opportunity to point out that a copy of every one of our programme notes/booklets since 1966 is currently archived at the National Library, and is publically accessible for anyone who wishes to take a trip down memory lane.

December 2018

Merry Christmas and Thank You from the ANU Film Group!

24th December, 2018

2018 has certainly been a busy year for us – so much has happened since we kicked off the year with THOR: RAGNAROK on February 12. We officially announced the move to a new theatre, predicted another Best Picture winner for Oscar week, held our biggest trivia night to date, ran specials events, hosted a film festival, and then ended it all by bidding farewell to the Coombs Theatre last month. And we somehow found time to screen more than 180 films too.

Of course, none of this would have been worth doing if it weren’t for our members, which is why what we’re most thankful for this holiday season is… you!

We’ve had an incredible show of faith over the past month with more than 500 (!) memberships for 2019 purchased to date – without so much as an inkling of what we’ll be screening or any idea what our new cinema will be like. We still don't have an official name for the building, let alone the cinema!

Yet, to paraphrase a line from a film starring a certain God of Thunder who we began 2018 with, the ANU Film Group is not a place, it’s a people. And we couldn’t be more thrilled that the people that make up the Group are all of you.

So once again, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your continued support of what we do. Film societies can't exist without members and we’re very grateful that so many of you have taken a leap of faith to follow us into a brave new world. We can’t wait to welcome you back to the ANU Film Group you know and love – in a new and improved location with better equipment, facilities and seating (finally) – in just eight weeks on February 18, 2019.

For now, on behalf of everyone here at the ANU Film Group, we’d like to wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a wonderful New Year. Stay safe, watch a lot of movies, and we’ll be back in touch in 2019!

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$20 OFF ANNUAL MEMBERSHIPS UNTIL DECEMBER 31 ONLY!
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If you’ve purchased your membership as a Christmas present over the past few days and are still waiting for it to arrive, don’t worry – we will be processing more of these tonight (subject to receipt of funds). If you purchased it more than a week ago and have yet to receive your membership certificate, please check your spam folder first, then get in touch with us if you’re having any issues locating it.

For everyone else, you’ve got only ONE WEEK left until Annual memberships for next year revert to their increased price of $90. So if you haven’t already done so, head over to www.anufg.org.au/join to sign up and save $20 on your 2019 membership now.

Offer only valid until Monday 31 December, 2018.

Introducing: Seasons at the ANUFG + Last Chance for Christmas Presents

19th December, 2018

‘Tis the season to be jolly – and therefore also the perfect time for us to introduce the ANU Film Group’s new seasonal programmes.

As you already know, beginning in 2019, the ANU Film Group will be screening films all year round. To better align with this extended screening schedule – and to allow us to select the latest and greatest films for you – we will be screening four programmes a year, instead of the usual two semester programmes.

These will align with the four seasons (Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer) with approximately 50 films screening per season.

The cost of a membership for a single season in 2019 will be $30, while the cost for an Annual membership – equivalent to four seasons – will be $90. Because our screenings will continue all year round, you will be able to purchase Annual memberships at any time throughout the year– which will include the current season, as well as three more after that.

It’s one of a number of changes coming to the ANU Film Group next year that we hope will make joining up easier and result in a better experience for our members. Stay tuned for more to come!

And don’t forget – as a token of our appreciation for your ongoing support, we are offering Annual memberships for 2019 for pre-purchase at just $70 until December 31, 2018. So make sure you go to www.anufg.org.au/join now to save!

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LAST CHANCE FOR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS
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Christmas is less than a week away!

Whether you consider that to be light at the end of the tunnel, or a long 371 days until next year’s jolly holiday, we can all agree that an ANU Film Group membership is a terrific, no-fuss Christmas gift that keeps on giving.

Purchase yours before the end of the week and you should receive your membership certificate just in time for Christmas (subject to successful receipt of funds – bank transfers can take 2-3 working days to reach us).

So don’t wait any longer and head to www.anufg.org.au/join to sign up for yourself and everyone you know. A full year of movies is still only $70 until the end of the year!

Farewell to the Canteen

4th December, 2018

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a week since we ended screenings for 2018 and bid farewell to the Coombs Theatre. Unfortunately, the theatre is not the only thing we’re saying goodbye to when we make the move to our new home next year.

It is with great sadness that we must announce that our canteen – run by the wonderful people at the Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak – will not be operating in 2019.

Initially set up in 2004 to raise funds for charity while providing a much-needed service to our members, the canteen has grown to become as much as part of the ANU Film Group experience as everything else. For many members, a visit to canteen for a bag of popcorn, a hot dog, a cup of tea or some of those ever-popular red frogs is a must every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On the odd occasion, visiting the canteen could even prove better than the film itself!

While cheap snacks may have been a draw for some, for many it was the Rotary Club’s volunteers that likely brought them back time and time again. Popcorn can be bought anywhere, but it was the people – always smiling, friendly and up for a chat – that made the canteen something special.

For all this and more, the ANU Film Group wishes to express our sincerest thanks to one person in particular: Robyn Rae. For the past 13 years, the lovely Robyn has devoted so much of her own time to the running of the canteen – staffing the roster, replenishing stock and, on most nights, working behind the counter herself. Though officially retired, running the canteen was almost a full-time job in itself for Robyn and we are forever grateful for everything she has done for the Group and its members.

We realise that this will come as sad news for many of you, as it certainly has for us and the Rotary Club. Despite our best efforts over the past year, we have simply been unable to find a viable space in the new building – or any alternative option – suitable for the canteen to continue running in its current form.

The Kambri precinct will still feature dozens of other food and drink outlets in the vicinity of the new cinema, so there will be no shortage of options for a bite to eat before or after screenings. And with construction nearing completion in early 2019, we continue to remain hopeful that we may find a way for the ANUFG to continue supporting the Rotary Club going forward.

In the meantime, if you would like to send a message of thanks to Robyn and the other volunteers, or would just like to find out more about what the Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak are doing in the community, please pay a visit to their website at www.rotaryclubofwodendaybreak.com.

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A MESSAGE FROM ROBYN
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The Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak took on the canteen for the ANUFG over 15 years ago, when our charter president saw it as an opportunity to connect with the community and raise money for worthwhile causes. I have been lucky to manage it for over 13 years, meeting many interesting people and being able to help some along the way by just talking with them.

We were so lucky to gain a Rotary member too from just being there at the right time! I have also seen many movies that I would not have considered watching, some more than others!

My thanks to all those that chose to come for a chat or a cuppa or dinner, I am already missing you all.

Robyn