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September 2013

What's On This Week + Lost Property Reminder

27th September, 2013

Paranormal investigations, a 1970s Retro Revivals night featuring Martin Scorsese and Bruce Lee, and Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg/Nick Frost's Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy feature at the Film Group this week!

• Thu 26 Sep @ 8 PM: THE CONJURING

Famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) are hired by a family to examine their farmhouse, and discover a spectral menace that threatens to destroy everyone involved. Directed by James Wan (SAW, INSIDIOUS).

• Fri 27 Sep @ 8 PM: MEAN STREETS followed by ENTER THE DRAGON

Our 1970s Retro Revivals double feature celebrates the 40th anniversaries of two significant cinematic milestones: the film that defined Martin Scorsese's signature style, and martial arts legend Bruce Lee's final film.

In director Martin Scorsese's MEAN STREETS, a small-time gangster (Harvey Keitel) struggles to survive on the streets of New York. Also featuring Scorsese's first collaboration with Robert De Niro.

Then, in ENTER THE DRAGON (at approx. 10 PM) Bruce Lee plays a martial artist who is tasked with spying on a reclusive crime lord during a tournament. The film was Lee’s final completed film prior to his death that same year.

• Sat 28 Sep @ **7 PM**: THE WORLD'S END followed by HOT FUZZ

In THE WORLD'S END, five friends reunite and return to their home town in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier, and unwittingly become humankind's only hope for survival. The final film in director Edgar Wright's Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy.

Then, revisit Wright's second film in the trilogy with the action-film parody HOT FUZZ (at approx. 9 PM), in which a top London cop (Simon Pegg) is involuntarily transferred to a quaint English village and discovers a sinister conspiracy afoot.


Have you left anything behind at a Film Group screening recently?

In case you weren't aware of it, our dedicated committee members stay behind after every screening to clean up rubbish and to collect lost property. Items of value are left with the Coombs Building or ANU Security, while other items are stored in our lost property cupboard at the theatre.

If you've lost anything recently, be sure to ask the Duty Manager on your way into any upcoming screening and we can check to see if it was picked up. We have an assortment of hats, jackets, pillows and other items currently being kept, and would be happy to return them to their respective owners.

What's On This Week + Want to volunteer at CIFF?

20th September, 2013

Celebrate the apocalypse this week at the Film Group with two films featuring very different takes on the end of the world: an audacious comedy with a star-studded cast, followed by a record-breaking 15th screening of our most screened film!

Sat 21 Sep @ **7 PM**: THIS IS THE END followed by DR. STRANGELOVE

In THIS IS THE END, while attending a party at actor James Franco's Hollywood home, best friends Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel find themselves facing the apocalypse alongside a host of other celebrities playing fictional versions of themselves.

Then, at approx. 9 PM, DR. STRANGELOVE returns for a record-breaking 15th screening at the Film Group. In director Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1964 Cold War satire, a group of politicians and generals try to avert a nuclear apocalypse after an insane general orders an attack on the Soviet Union.


The Canberra International Film Festival will be running this year from October 30th to November 10th, and they're currently on the lookout for enthusiastic, outgoing people to assist at screenings.

If you're interested in taking part in what is sure to be a unique event, please send them an email at with some information about yourself.

Screening Changes in October

13th September, 2013

This week at the Film Group, head back to the singing 60s with our 1960s Retro Revivals feature! Also, be sure to read on for details on changes to two of our October screenings.

• Sat 14 Sep @ **7 PM**: THE SOUND OF MUSIC

In the beloved musical, a young woman (Julie Andrews) leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the seven children of a widower (Christopher Plummer), and brings a sense of fun to their unhappy lives. Winner of five Academy Awards in 1966, including Best Picture.

Whether it's one of your favourite things, or if you've somehow never seen it before, be sure to come along and check it out on the big screen this Saturday!


Due to print availability issues, we regret to inform you that two of our upcoming October screenings will no longer be going forward as planned.

THE DEEP BLUE SEA was originally scheduled as the second feature following WORLD WAR Z, starting at approximately 9 PM on Saturday 5 October. This will now be replaced by the Australian-German war film LORE, directed by Cate Shortland, which was Australia’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at last year’s Oscars.

LORE takes place in southwest Germany immediately following the end of WWII, and follows five destitute siblings who embark on a 900-kilometre journey to their grandmother’s house after their Nazi parents disappear in the face of certain arrest by the Allied Forces.

THE BLING RING was originally scheduled as a standalone feature on Tuesday 15 October at 8 PM. This will now be replaced by BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, director Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, and is currently nominated for 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, to be awarded later this month.

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA chronicles the last ten years of flamboyant entertainer Liberace’s (Douglas) life, and his secret and tempestuous affair with a much younger man (Damon). Also starring Dan Aykroyd and Rob Lowe.

We apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment caused by these changes, and hope that you will be able to make it along to the new additions to our programme.

Trivia Night Thank You + Win Tickets to REAR WINDOW!

2nd September, 2013

A massive THANK YOU to everyone who came along to our annual Trivia Night last Friday! The night was a phenomenal success, and we once again sold out of tickets, all of which contributed towards raising a ton of funds for future Film Group initiatives. We had a great time putting it all together, and hope that everyone in attendance had a fantastic time too. Until next year!

If you weren't able to make it, keep an eye out on our Facebook page ( where we'll be posting a few of the table rounds from the night for you to check out shortly.

Now that it’s back to business as usual, here’s what’s on this week:


A former political activist (Robert Redford) goes on the run from a journalist (Shia LaBeouf) who has discovered his true identity. Directed by Redford, and featuring an all-star cast, including Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte and Chris Cooper.

• Fri 6 Sep @ 8 PM: THE HEAT followed by BONNIE SCOTLAND

In THE HEAT, an uptight FBI Special Agent (Sandra Bullock) joins forces with a foul-mouthed Boston cop (Melissa McCarthy) to take down a ruthless drug lord. Directed by Paul Feig (BRIDESMAIDS).

Then, in the Laurel and Hardy classic BONNIE SCOTLAND (at approx. 10 PM), Stan and Ollie mistakenly enlist in the army and find themselves posted to India on a dangerous mission.

• Sat 7 Sep @ **7 PM**: THE WOLVERINE followed by X-MEN 2

In THE WOLVERINE, a haunted and exiled Logan (Hugh Jackman) is tracked down by an old acquaintance and summoned to Japan. Once there, he becomes embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his immortality.

Then, head back in time 10 years with X-MEN 2 (at approx. 9:15 PM), in which the X-Men find themselves on the run after a mutant assassin makes an attempt on the President’s life, causing the government to enact anti-mutant measures in retaliation.


It’s September, which marks the final month of Palace Electric’s Vintage Electric series of classic films. The month kicks off with Alfred Hitchcock’s REAR WINDOW, and continues with such renowned classics as ALIEN, GONE WITH THE WIND and BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S.

We’ve got tickets to give away to this Sunday’s screening of REAR WINDOW, Hitchcock’s masterful mystery-thriller, in which a wheelchair bound photographer (James Stewart) spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced that one of them has committed murder.

For your chance to win a double pass to Palace Electric’s screening of the 1954 classic this Sunday 8 September at 3 PM, simply reply to this email with your name, membership number and the answer to the following question: ‘How many films did James Stewart star in for Alfred Hitchcock?’

Winners will be drawn and contacted via email by Friday 6 September at 12 pm.

But that’s not all -- Palace Electric will also kicking off a brand new series of classics this month, featuring beloved family films from years gone by such as THE PRINCESS BRIDE, HOME ALONE, GHOSTBUSTERS and THE WIZARD OF OZ in 3D. The new Flashback Films series kicks off this weekend with CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, so be sure to check out the full line-up and book your tickets HERE.

August 2013

Trivia Night on Friday + Few tickets remaining!

28th August, 2013

In case you’ve been living under a rock (in which case, welcome back!), you’ll no doubt be aware that our seventh annual Trivia Night is THIS FRIDAY!

Preparations are almost complete, prizes are waiting to be given away and fun is just waiting to be had. We’ve nearly packed the venue to full capacity, but we do still have a very limited number of tickets remaining, as a couple of booked tables are just shy of ten people.

So if you (or a small group) wanted to come along but didn’t have a team to join, we might have a (hopefully) winning team for you to join. But you’ll need to be quick -- email us at NOW to secure your spots!

DATE: Friday 30 August
TIME: Doors open at 7 PM for a 7:30 PM start
VENUE: Canberra Club, 45 West Row, Civic

PRICE: $15 a person (for tables of up to 10)

If you’ve already got tickets, then you can start brushing up on your movie knowledge and getting excited! And if you haven’t already checked it out, there’s a whole list of sponsors on our Trivia Night page ( so you can see what prizes will be up for grabs. You’ll also find the Canberra Club’s menu on the same page, with plenty of delicious food that you can order on the night.

Finally, here’s what’s on this week:

• Wed 28 Aug @ 8 PM: DEAD MAN DOWN

Seeking revenge, a man (Colin Farrell) infiltrates the empire of a criminal kingpin, only to encounter a woman (Noomi Rapace) with plans for her own campaign of vengeance.

• Thu 29 Aug @ 8 PM: PACIFIC RIM

When humanity finds themselves on the verge of defeat in a war against monstrous sea creatures, two unlikely heroes team up to resurrect an obsolete weapon in an effort to save the world. Directed by Guillermo del Toro.

• Fri 30 Aug @ **7:30 PM**: ANNUAL TRIVIA NIGHT

Surprise! There’s no screening this Friday, so you can all attend our Trivia Night. Lucky you…

• Sat 31 Aug @ **7 PM**: BEN-HUR

Films don’t get much more epic than BEN-HUR, our 1950s Retro Revivals feature, which was the first film to win a record-breaking 11 Oscars (including Best Picture) in 1959. In the film, a Jewish prince (Charlton Heston) seeks revenge after being betrayed by a childhood friend and sent into slavery.

Trivia Night - One Week to Go!

23rd August, 2013

It’s almost time -- our highly anticipated seventh annual Trivia Night is only seven days away! Have you got your tickets yet?

Date: Friday 30 August
Time: Doors open at 7 PM for a 7:30 PM start
Venue: Canberra Club, 45 West Row, Civic
Price: $15 a person (for tables of up to 10)

Join us for a fantastic evening of laughs, guessing games, competitions, prize-winning and (of course) trivia! You don't need to be a Film Group member to attend. In fact, you don't even need to be a movie buff -- we've got questions for experts and novices alike -- and you can win a $430 flight simulator experience just by purchasing a ticket!

Plus, if feedback from the massive success of previous events is anything to go by, you’re in for a Trivia Night unlike any other with creative rounds and chances to win prizes all throughout the night. The event is also the Film Group's main fundraiser for the year, so all support would be greatly appreciated.

We have a massive amount of prizes to give away from our very generous prize sponsors, which include the Canberra International Film Festival, Crust Pizza, Dendy Cinemas, Empire Magazine, Entertainment Book, Floriade Nightfest, Footloose the Musical, Jet Flight Simulator Canberra, Madman Films, Palace Electric Cinemas, Questacon and many, many more!

Tickets can be purchased at all Film Group screenings leading up to the night, or online by emailing Limited tickets may also be available at the door on the night, but pre-purchase or contact us in advance to avoid disappointment.

For more information on the event, or for our full list of prize sponsors, visit

Win tickets to Dendy's gala screening of PARANOIA!

19th August, 2013

Action flicks, comedies, sci-fi epics, animated family films and an underrated cult classic feature at the Film Group this week. But if that’s not enough for you, we’ve even got tickets to give away to Dendy’s red carpet gala screening of PARANOIA next week. Read on to find out how to win, but first here’s what’s on this week:

• Tue 20 Aug @ 8 PM: THE CALL

When a disgraced 911 operator (Halle Berry) takes a call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she is forced to confront her past in order to save the girl's life.

• Thu 22 Aug @ 8 PM: SNITCH

After his son is imprisoned for drug trafficking, a desperate father (Dwayne Johnson) volunteers to work as an undercover informant to earn his son's freedom.

• Fri 23 Aug @ 8 PM: AFTER EARTH followed by LAST ACTION HERO

A thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, a father and son (Will and Jaden Smith) crash land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous planet in sci-fi epic AFTER EARTH.

Then, in the underrated 1993 cult classic LAST ACTION HERO (at approx. 9:45 PM), a young movie buff is magically transported into the fictional world of his favourite cinematic action hero (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

• Sat 24 Aug @ **7 PM**: EPIC followed by THE INTERNSHIP

In EPIC, a teenager discovers a tiny civilisation and finds herself caught in a battle between the forces of good and evil. Featuring the voices of Colin Farrell, Amanda Seyfried and Christoph Waltz.

Then, in THE INTERNSHIP (at approx. 8:45 PM), two salesmen (Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson) talk their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with younger geniuses for employment.


Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman star in the technological thriller PARANOIA, which follows a young blue-collar worker (Hemsworth) who finds himself breaking the law to get ahead in his entry-level job. But he is soon discovered and confronted by the company’s CEO (Oldman), who agrees not to turn him in on one condition: he infiltrates the competition to spy on a rival technology magnate (Ford).

Directed by Robert Luketic, PARANOIA is in cinemas courtesy of Icon Films from September 5, but we’ve got your chance to see it early at Dendy Cinemas’ special red carpet gala screening of the film. The event will be held on Wednesday 28 August, kicking off with pre-screening drinks and canapés at 6:00 PM, with the film beginning at 6:30 PM.

For your chance to win one of five double passes to this exclusive event, simply email us at with your name, membership number and the answer to the following question: ‘In which film did Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman previously appear on-screen together as enemies?’

Entries close on Monday 26 August at 11:59 PM. Only winners will be contacted via email, with names to be put on a door list for the event.

What's On This Week + Win a Prize Valued at $430!

12th August, 2013

Superman, minions, Ryan Gosling, fast cars and our second Retro Revivals night featuring two of the greatest films of all time make up this week’s Film Group line up. Not to be missed -- plus, read on to find out how to win a prize worth over $400!


A motorcycle stunt rider (Ryan Gosling) turns to a life of crime to support his family, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an idealistic rookie cop (Bradley Cooper).

• Thu 15 Aug @ 8 PM: MAN OF STEEL

A young man (Henry Cavill) learns that he has extraordinary powers and is forced to uncover his extra-terrestrial origins when Earth is invaded by members of his race.

• Fri 16 Aug @ 8 PM: CASABLANCA followed by CITIZEN KANE

Two films widely regarded among the greatest films ever made make up our 1940s Retro Revivals double feature. Need we say more?

In CASABLANCA, an American expatriate (Humphrey Bogart) finds himself torn between love and virtue when he unexpectedly encounters an old flame.

Then, in CITIZEN KANE (at approximately 9:45 PM), reporters attempt to decipher the meaning of the last word spoken by a newspaper tycoon (Orson Welles) prior to his death.

• Sat 17 Aug @ **7 PM**: DESPICABLE ME 2 followed by FAST AND FURIOUS 6

In DESPICABLE ME 2, former supervillain and single father-of-three Gru (voiced by Steve Carrell) is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to track down a powerful new super criminal.

Then, in FAST AND FURIOUS 6 (at approximately 8:45 PM), fugitive Dom (Vin Diesel) and his team take on a group of mercenaries specialising in vehicular warfare in exchange for full pardons.


As you’ll no doubt be aware by now, our seventh annual Trivia Night will be held shortly on Friday 30 August. There are questions for film buffs and casual moviegoers alike and heaps of prizes up for grabs, but there’s one prize that requires absolutely no film knowledge whatsoever: an experience at Canberra’s brand new jet flight simulator!

Based on the flight simulators used by professional pilots, the Jet Flight Simulator has just opened in Canberra and offers an unforgettable experience. Choose from over 22,000 airports, the time of day, weather conditions, and take on the role of Captain in piloting a Boeing 737-800NG with an instructor as your First Officer to guide you through a successful flight.

All you have to do stand a chance to win a full 60 minutes on the simulator (valued at $430!) is to pre-purchase a Trivia Night ticket prior to August 30. You’ll then automatically go into the running for the prize, which will be drawn on the night. Trivia night tickets can be purchased from the laminator below the screen at all screenings, as well as online by emailing us at Be quick -- less than three weeks to go til the big night!

In additional, we’ve also got a special offer for Film Group members to receive 50% off tickets to Canberra’s Jet Flight Simulator simply by quoting ‘ANU Film’ when making a booking. For more information on the Jet Flight Simulator experience, visit

What's On This Week + Win Tickets to THE BIRDS

5th August, 2013

There’s bound to be a little something for everyone this week with six screenings on at the Film Group, along with a chance below to win tickets to Palace Electric’s latest Vintage Electric offering: Alfred Hitchcock’s THE BIRDS on August 18.

And don’t forget -- tickets for our Trivia Night on August 30 are now on sale from the laminator at all screenings as well as online. Visit for more details!


When a daring street performer’s (Jim Carrey) stunts begin to make their show look stale, a pair of old-school superstar magicians (Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi) attempt to reinvent themselves in order to salvage their act and their friendship.


An ancient war between humans and giants is reignited when a young farmhand named Jack (Nicholas Hoult) inadvertently opens a gateway between the two worlds. Directed by Bryan Singer (X-MEN) and co-starring Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci.

• Fri 9 Aug @ 8 PM: SAMSARA followed by KON-TIKI (1950)

A rare documentary double feature night at the Film Group begins with SAMSARA, an unconventional documentary filmed over five years in twenty-five countries on five continents. With stunning cinematography, the film transports viewers to varied worlds of wonder and is best experienced on the biggest screen possible.

Then, in KON-TIKI, accompany legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal’s on his epic crossing of the Pacific Ocean on a wooden raft through actual footage filmed by Heyerdal and his crew on their voyage. Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary in 1951, and a must-see for anyone who saw the recent dramatic re-telling of the tale.

• Sat 10 Aug @ **7 PM**: RUST AND BONE followed by YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH

In RUST AND BONE, an unemployed single father meets and falls for an orca trainer while out on the town one night. After tragedy strikes one of them, they form a unique bond in this award-winning French romantic drama starring Marion Cotillard.

Then, in YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH, a timid professor is struck by lightning and discovers that he is growing younger and smarter each day. While avoiding Nazis who wish to experiment on him, the man meets a similarly affected woman in this fantasy drama from famed director Francis Ford Coppola (THE GODFATHER).


It’s August and that means more classic films on offer at Palace Electric as part of their Vintage Electric season! Coming up each Sunday this month is such eclectic fare as EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN. And thanks for our friends at Palace Electric, we’ve got tickets to give away to their screening of one of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpieces, THE BIRDS, on Sunday 18 August at 3 PM.

The 1963 classic follows a wealthy socialite (Tippi Hedren) who pursues a potential suitor to a small bay side town. Her trip soon becomes a fight for survival when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack the town’s residents in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness.

For your chance to win one of two double passes, simply email us at with your name, membership number and the answer to the following question: ‘How many films did Tippi Hedren star in for Alfred Hitchcock?’

Entries close on Monday 12 August at 5 PM, and only winners will be contacted.

Retro Revivals Begin This Friday + Trivia Night Tickets Now on Sale!

1st August, 2013

Tickets for our seventh annual Trivia Night go on sale from this week, as we also kick off our special series of Retro Revival screenings with THE WIZARD OF OZ and KING KONG on Friday! More details below, but first, here’s what’s on this week:

• Thu 1 Aug @ 8 PM: THE LONE RANGER

A Native American warrior (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed a man of the law into the legend of justice known as The Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer).

• Fri 2 AUG @ 8 PM: THE WIZARD OF OZ followed by KING KONG (1933)

The first in our Retro Revivals series takes us 80 years back in time to the 1930s to the start of Hollywood’s Golden Age for two of the most influential and iconic films ever made!

In 1939’s THE WIZARD OF OZ, a young girl by the name of Dorothy (Judy Garland) is swept away to the magical land of Oz and embarks on a quest to find a wizard to help her return home.

Then, in 1933’s KING KONG, a film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a gigantic beast who falls for their female star.

• Sat 3 AUG @ 8 PM: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS followed by KON-TIKI (2012)

In STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, after Starfleet is attacked, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads the crew of the Enterprise on a manhunt to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.

Then, venture on a journey of a different kind with KON-TIKI, the true story of a Norwegian explorer’s crossing of the Pacific Ocean on a wooden raft in an effort to prove a scientific theory.


Celebrating the best in film across seven decades of cinema, our Retro Revivals series devotes one night every fortnight to a specific decade. Starting from the 1930s through to the 1990s, the series features such gems as CASABLANCA, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, BEN-HUR and BEETLEJUICE.

Whether you’ve seen them countless times, or never before, be sure to make the most of this rare opportunity to see these classics on the big screen in their original 35mm format.

For the full line-up, click HERE!


Following on from the massive success of last year’s trivia night, we’re once again will be hosting yet another sure-to-be-fantastic evening of laughs, guessing games, competition, prize winning… oh, and of course, trivia!

The event is open to both members and non-members so assemble your team and come along. As our main fundraising activity for the year, all funds raised will go towards future ANUFG initiatives, so your support would be greatly appreciated. Plus, if feedback from previous nights is any indication, you’ll be getting a great night out too!

This year’s Trivia Night will be held on Friday 30 August at 7:30 PM at the Canberra Club in Civic. Food and drinks will be available for purchase on the night, with a bar available at the venue, as well as a delicious a la carte menu to order from. View the menu by clicking HERE.

Tickets are once again $15, and can be purchased individually, as small groups or as full tables tables of ten. Tickets will be available for purchase at all screenings from this week onwards, as well as online via direct deposit (email to find out how).

Last year’s event sold out well before the night itself, so pre-purchasing your tickets is strongly recommended. Less than a month to go!


Today is the last day to take advantage of the free postage option when purchasing Entertainment Books online. Not only do you get $15,000 in offers for only $60, but you can get a book delivered straight to your door too!

To order yours now, click HERE.