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July 2013

ANU Film Group presents Retro Revivals

31st July, 2013

For the first time, the ANU Film Group is introducing a special series of ‘Retro Revivals’ screenings this semester. Over the course of the programme, we’ll be taking you back in time with select screenings each fortnight celebrating a specific decade in film and the best in cinema from years gone by.

Starting from the 1930s through to the 1990s, the series features such beloved classics as THE WIZARD OF OZ, CASABLANCA, THE SOUND OF MUSIC and more. So 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.

• 1930s: Friday 2 August @ 8 PM: THE WIZARD OF OZ followed by KING KONG (1933)

Go back 80 years 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.

• 1940s: Friday 16 August @ 8 PM: CASABLANCA followed by CITIZEN KANE

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

In 1942’s CASABLANCA, an American expatriate (Humphrey Bogart) finds himself torn between love and virtue when he unexpectedly encounters an old flame.

Then, in 1941’s CITIZEN KANE, a group of reporters try to decipher the meaning behind the last word spoken by a mysterious newspaper tycoon prior to his death.

• 1950s: Saturday 31 August @ **7 PM**: BEN-HUR

Films don’t get much more epic than our 1950s feature, BEN-HUR, which was the first film to win a record-breaking 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, in 1959.

Starring Charlton Heston, the film follows a Jewish prince who seeks revenge after being betrayed by a childhood friend and sent into slavery.

• 1960s: Saturday 14 September @ **7 PM**: THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Head back to the singing 60s with THE SOUND OF MUSIC!

In the beloved, Best-Picture-winning musical, a young woman (Julie Andrews) leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the seven children of a widower (Christopher Plummer), bringing a sense of fun to their unhappy lives.

• 1970s: Friday 27 September @ 8 PM: MEAN STREETS followed by ENTER THE DRAGON

Our gritty 1970s double feature showcases the exciting beginning and the unfortunate end of two cinematic legends, Martin Scorsese and Bruce Lee.

One of Scorsese’s first films to establish his signature style, 1973’s MEAN STREETS also features the director’s first collaboration with Robert DeNiro, in this tale of a small-time gangster who struggles to survive on the streets of New York.

Then, in 1973’s ENTER THE DRAGON, 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.

• 1980s: Friday 11 October @ 8 PM: BEETLEJUICE followed by POLTERGEIST

Our ectoplasmic 80s night features haunted houses of two very different kinds in the lead up to Halloween!

In 1988’s BEETLEJUICE, a recently deceased young couple hire a devious "bio-exorcist" named Beetlejuice to scare away the new owners of their former house, in Tim Burton’s second feature film.

Then, in 1982’s POLTERGEIST, a family finds their Californian home invaded by malevolent ghosts that abduct the family's youngest daughter.

• 1990s: Friday 25 October @ 8 PM: BAD BOYS followed by BOYZ N THE HOOD

Our Retro Revivals series ends with the style-over-substance, excess-filled 1990s!

Michael Bay unleashes his signature directorial style upon the world with 1995’s BAD BOYS, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as two best friends and narcotic detectives investigating a case of stolen heroin.

Then, in 1991’s BOYZ N THE HOOD, three friends growing up in inner-city Los Angeles find themselves taking very different approaches to the difficulties they face, in this critically-acclaimed film from director John Singleton.

Semester Two Begins Thursday + Last Chance for Entertainment Books

23rd July, 2013

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SEMESTER TWO BEGINS THIS THURSDAY
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Our Semester Two 2013 programme kicks off this week with a blockbuster line-up beginning with Baz Luhrmann’s THE GREAT GATSBY on Thursday. There’s bound to be a little something for everyone, along with our brand new posters and booklets available for pick up, so come along and join us in ringing in a new semester!

To make it even easier to keep track of all of our screenings, you can import our entire programme in one go -- along with handy start times and a review of each film -- to your favourite calendar programme on your computer, iPhone/iPad or other mobile device. To download our new programme in iCalendar format now, simply click HERE.

• Thu 25 July @ 8 PM: THE GREAT GATSBY

An all-star casts leads director Baz Luhrmann’s glitzy adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, in which a writer (Tobey Maguire) moves to New York and is lured into the lavish world of his mysterious neighbour (Leonardo DiCaprio).

• Fri 26 July @ 8 PM: THE HANGOVER PART III followed by SCARY MOVIE V

In THE HANGOVER PART III, the epic finale to blockbuster comedy franchise, the Wolf Pack are forced to track down Mr. Chow or face deadly consequences when one of their own is kidnapped by a ruthless gangster out for revenge.

Then, in SCARY MOVIE V, a whole new batch of horror films get skewered in the fifth instalment of the parody franchise, as a couple begin to experience some unusual activity after bringing their newborn son home from the hospital.

• Sat 27 July @ **7 PM**: MONSTERS UNIVERSITY followed by THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD

In MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, discover how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends while at university, in this prequel to Pixar’s 2001 hit, MONSTERS INC.

Then, in THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, a group of scientists at an Arctic research station discover a spacecraft buried under the ice, and soon find themselves fending off a bloodthirsty alien organism in this sci-fi/horror classic.

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LAST CHANCE TO PURCHASE ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS + FREE POSTAGE!
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Our stock of Entertainment Books is quickly running out, so be sure to pick yours up soon if you’d like to receive over $15,000 in savings for just $60.

Books can be purchased at any screening (limited stock available) or online with free postage to your door available until July 31. To place an order, just head to the online payment page by clicking HERE.

Each book sold raises funds for the Film Group, with a portion of proceeds going towards future ANUFG initiatives, so it’s a win-win for all involved. But be quick -- get your Entertainment Book now before they’re gone!

Screenings Resume + Door People Wanted

17th July, 2013

We’re back! After a two-week break, we resume screenings with the last two screenings of Semester One before launching straight into our Semester Two programme next Thursday with THE GREAT GATSBY! Don’t forget -- if you’re not yet a member and are planning on signing up for a Semester Two membership, they’re available for purchase now and will also get you into this week’s screenings for free.

We’re also seeking some new door people for our upcoming semester, so read on for more details on that if you’re keen to score a free membership. First, however, here’s what’s on this week:

• Fri 19 July @ 8 PM: A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD followed by DIE HARD

John McClane returns in A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, the fifth instalment in the series, in which McClane (Bruce Willis) travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, unaware that he's actually a CIA operative working to prevent a nuclear weapons heist.

Then, go back to where it all began with a special 25th anniversary screening of the original DIE HARD. In this landmark action flick, an off-duty cop finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time when a group of terrorists take over the office building where his estranged wife works.

• Sat 20 July @ **7 PM**: THE CROODS followed by TRANCE

In THE CROODS, a caveman family is forced to leave home after their cave is destroyed and unexpectedly embark on a journey of a lifetime through a fantastical and unfamiliar new world. Featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds.

Then, in TRANCE, an art auctioneer (James McAvoy) teams up with a criminal gang to steal a priceless painting. But after suffering a blow to the head during the heist, he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the art. Directed by Danny Boyle.

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WANTED: DOOR PEOPLE FOR SEMESTER TWO
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Are you keen on helping out the Film Group by being a door person for our upcoming semester?

All you have to do is show up 45 minutes before your allocated screenings and scan people in at the door. Best of all, if you complete the required number of sessions in a single semester, you'll get a free membership for Semester One 2014!

The only prerequisites are that you need to be a current member of the group and can master the skill of pressing a button. Interested? Email us at info@anufg.org.au ASAP!

Trivia Night Coming Soon + Win tickets to THE WAY, WAY BACK

10th July, 2013

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COMING SOON: ANNUAL TRIVIA NIGHT ON FRIDAY 30 AUGUST!
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It’s back! We’ll be holding our annual Trivia Night this year on Friday 30 August at 7:30 PM, once again graciously hosted by the Canberra Club in the city.

Open to both members and non-members, our Trivia Nights have been getting more popular with each passing year, with tickets to last year’s event sold out nearly a week before the night. Tickets for tables of up to ten will be available for purchase soon both online and at screenings, so be sure to save the date and start assembling your teams now. More details to come…

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WIN TICKETS TO A PREVIEW SCREENING OF ‘THE WAY, WAY BACK’
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We've got tickets to give away to a special preview screening of THE WAY, WAY BACK, the acclaimed new comedy-drama starring Steve Carrell, Toni Collette and Sam Rockwell.

The film follows an introverted teenager (Liam James) who has trouble fitting in while on his summer vacation with his mother (Collette) and her overbearing boyfriend (Carrell). Seeking solace at the local water park, he unexpectedly befriends the park’s manager (Rockwell) who helps him to finally find his place in the world.

Thanks to Hoyts Distribution, we have ten double passes to give away to screening, which will be held at Hoyts Belconnen on Tuesday 16 July at 6:30 PM.

To score a double pass, simply email us at info@anufg.org.au with your name and membership number. The first ten people to respond will win, so be quick!

Semester Two 2013 Programme + Win Tickets

5th July, 2013

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SEMESTER TWO PROGRAMME -- SCREENINGS COMMENCE JULY 25
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It’s here -- we’re very excited to finally share our brand new Semester Two 2013 programme with you!

View the programme in PDF format by clicking HERE (242 kb).

As always, our latest programme features a little something for everyone: from the latest Hollywood blockbusters to independent and classic films you won’t find on the big screen anywhere else.

For the first time, we’re also introducing a special series of ‘Retro Revivals’ screenings this semester. Over the course of the programme, we’ll be taking you back in time with select screenings each celebrating a specific decade in film, from the 1930s through to the 1990s. Featuring such beloved classics as THE WIZARD OF OZ, CASABLANCA, THE SOUND OF MUSIC and more, be sure to make the most of this rare opportunity to see these cinematic treasures in their original 35mm format on the big screen.

Semester Two 2013 kicks off in less than three weeks’ time on July 25 with Baz Luhrmann’s THE GREAT GATSBY, so start marking off your calendars now!

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PRE-PURCHASE YOUR SEMESTER TWO MEMBERSHIP ONLINE
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Semester Two memberships are now available for pre-purchase through our website, so if you aren’t already a member, now is a great time to join up!

Not only do you get entry into all of our Semester Two programme, but you can also come along to our final Semester One screenings free of charge. Remaining Semester One screenings include A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, THE CROODS, TRANCE and a 25th anniversary screening of the original DIE HARD.

Best of all -- if you join up online now, all you have to do when coming along for your first screening is collect your ready-made, pre-laminated card. No form filling or cash carrying necessary!

To join online now, simply click HERE.

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WIN TICKETS TO ‘A GUN IN EACH HAND’
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One of the highlights of the recent Spanish Film Festival, A GUN IN EACH HAND is a star-studded Spanish comedy in which chance encounters between old friends, acquaintances, ex-spouses and potential lovers form an engrossing series of six vignettes.

The film opens this week for an exclusive season at Palace Electric, and we’ve got ten in-season double passes to give away. For your chance to win, simply email us at info@anufg.org.au with your name, membership number and the answer to the following question: ‘What is the original Spanish title of the film?’

Entries close on Monday 8 July -- so be quick!

June 2013

Win tickets to THE LOOK OF LOVE, IN THE HOUSE and REALITY!

26th June, 2013

Following this weekend’s double feature, we will be taking a brief break from screenings between June 30 and July 18 due to conference bookings in the theatre. Not to worry -- we’ll be announcing our shiny new Semester Two programme next week and will be giving away plenty of free tickets in the meantime too!

To kick it off, we’ve got three sets of tickets to give away for three very different films: THE LOOK OF LOVE, IN THE HOUSE and REALITY. Read on for more details, but first, here’s what’s on this week:

• Sat 29 June @ **7 PM**: PERFORMANCE followed by WHERE DO WE GO NOW?

In PERFORMANCE (a.k.a. A LATE QUARTET), a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and uncontrollable passions. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken.

Then, in WHERE DO WE GO NOW?, the women of an isolated Lebanese village conspire to keep their men in the dark about the civil strife that is engulfing the country and threatening to derail the village’s delicate peace.

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WIN TICKETS TO ‘THE LOOK OF LOVE’
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From eclectic director Michael Winterbottom, THE LOOK OF LOVE tells the outrageously true story of icon playboy Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan), who once held the title of the Richest Man in Britain. Raymond’s notorious journey to success began when he opened a groundbreaking gentlemen’s nightclub that became the cornerstone of an empire which included a men’s magazine, nude theatre productions and millions in real estate.

THE LOOK OF LOVE is in cinemas from June 27. Thanks to Madman Entertainment, we have five in-season double passes to give away to the film. To find out how to enter, click HERE.

Competition closes Wednesday July 3 at 5 PM, with winners to be contacted via email and prizes to be sent directly to their nominated address.

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WIN TICKETS TO ‘IN THE HOUSE’
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A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy’s intrusion soon unleashes a series of uncontrollable events.

IN THE HOUSE is the latest film from acclaimed French director François Ozon (8 FEMMES, SWIMMING POOL) and is in cinemas from June 27. Now, thanks to Transmission Films, we have ten in-season double passes to give away. To find out how to enter, click HERE.

Competition closes Wednesday July 3 at 5 PM, with winners to be contacted via email and prizes to be sent directly to their nominated address.

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WIN TICKETS TO ‘REALITY’
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Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, REALITY takes audiences on an emotionally charged journey through Italy's obsession with TV and celebrity culture. The film follows a charming fishmonger who unexpectedly and suddenly develops an obsession with being a contestant on a reality show, which leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia.

REALITY is the latest film from Matteo Garrone, the acclaimed director of GOMORRAH, and is in cinemas from July 4. Thanks to Curious Distribution, we have ten in-season double passes to give away. To find out how to enter, click HERE.

Competition closes Wednesday July 3 at 5 PM, with winners to be contacted via email and prizes to be sent directly to their nominated address.

COMPETITION: Win tickets to THE LOOK OF LOVE

26th June, 2013

From eclectic director Michael Winterbottom, THE LOOK OF LOVE tells the outrageously true story of icon playboy Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan), who once held the title of the Richest Man in Britain. Raymond’s notorious journey to success began when he opened a groundbreaking gentlemen’s nightclub that became the cornerstone of an empire which included a men’s magazine, nude theatre productions and millions in real estate.

For more details about the film, including a look at its trailer, click HERE.

THE LOOK OF LOVE is in cinemas from June 27. Thanks to Madman Entertainment, we have five in-season double passes to give away to the film.

To be in the running to win, send an email to info@anufg.org.au with 'THE LOOK OF LOVE' in the subject line along with your name, mailing address, membership number (located underneath the barcode on your card) and the answer to the following question: ‘Name one of the four other films that Steve Coogan and Michael Winterbottom have collaborated on.’

Competition closes Wednesday July 3 at 5 PM, with winners to be contacted via email and prizes to be sent directly to their nominated address.

COMPETITION: Win tickets to IN THE HOUSE

26th June, 2013

A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy’s intrusion soon unleashes a series of uncontrollable events.

IN THE HOUSE is the latest film from acclaimed French director François Ozon (8 FEMMES, SWIMMING POOL) and is in cinemas from June 27. For more details about the film, including a look at its trailer, click HERE.

Thanks to Transmission Films, we have ten in-season double passes to give away.

To be in the running to win, send an email to info@anufg.org.au with 'IN THE HOUSE' in the subject line along with your name, mailing address, membership number (located underneath the barcode on your card) and the answer to the following question: ‘Kristin Scott Thomas is one of the stars of IN THE HOUSE. Name the only film (so far) for which she received an Oscar nomination.’

Competition closes Wednesday July 3 at 5 PM, with winners to be contacted via email and prizes to be sent directly to their nominated address.

COMPETITION: Win tickets to REALITY

26th June, 2013

Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, REALITY takes audiences on an emotionally charged journey through Italy's obsession with TV and celebrity culture. The film follows a charming fishmonger (Aniello Arena) who unexpectedly and suddenly develops an obsession with being a contestant on a reality show, which leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia.

For more details about the film, including a look at its trailer, click HERE.

REALITY is the latest film from Matteo Garrone, the acclaimed director of GOMORRAH, and is in cinemas from July 4. Thanks to Curious Distribution, we have ten in-season double passes to give away.

To be in the running to win, send an email to info@anufg.org.au with 'REALITY' in the subject line along with your name, mailing address, membership number (located underneath the barcode on your card) and the answer to the following question: ‘True or False: REALITY is the first film for Aniello Arena, who used to be a real-life Italian gangster, convicted of killing three rival mobsters and currently serving a life sentence in prison.’

Competition closes Wednesday July 3 at 5 PM, with winners to be contacted via email and prizes to be sent directly to their nominated address.

Last Minute Screening Change + Spanish Film Festival

19th June, 2013

Due to an issue with print availability that was only just brought to our attention, we have had to make a last minute cancellation of this Saturday's second feature, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES.

THE BIG WEDDING, the night’s originally scheduled first feature, will still be screening as planned at 7 PM. As we were unable to secure a replacement film in such a short timeframe, THE BIG WEDDING will be the only film of the night.

We deeply apologise for making another unexpected screening change (it's the last one, we promise!) and will ensure that THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES screens as part of our Semester Two programme.

• Sat 22 June @ **7 PM**: THE BIG WEDDING

Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, Robin Williams and more make up the star-studded cast for THE BIG WEDDING, a romantic comedy that sees a long-divorced couple (De Niro and Keaton) fake being married when their family unites for a wedding.

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WIN BUY-ONE-GET-ONE-FREE PASSES TO THE SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL!
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The 16th Spanish Film Festival kicks off this week at Palace Electric with an exceptional programme of 22 films, celebrating the best of contemporary Spanish-language cinema.

Thanks to our friends at Palace Electric, we’ve got twenty buy-one-get-one-free passes to give away. Each pass is valid for one session only, apart from Opening or Closing Nights, or those marked as Special Events. They are not valid after 5 PM on Saturdays.

To win one of the passes, simply check out the full programme at THIS LINKand then email us at info@anufg.org.au to let us know which film you’re most excited to see. Be sure to include your name and membership number as well!

Winners will be picked on a first come, first served basis, so be quick! Competition closes on June 25, with prizes to be collected from the Palace Electric box office.