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March 2015

THE COMPETITION Q&A Screening w/ Simon Weaving – Wednesday 11 March

4th March, 2015

You’re invited to special Q&A screening of THE COMPETITION this Wednesday!

THE COMPETITION follows a young woman from a small country town with a lifelong dream of stardom and making it in the big city. When a reality TV show arrives in town to run a music competition, she sees her chance at stardom, but not before making some tough decisions about her future. A warm-hearted story of music, life and following one’s dreams, the film was shot in and around the ACT by an all-Canberran cast and crew, with a superb soundtrack from many local bands – including Owen Campbell, Chanel Cole, Julia & The Deep Sea Sirens, and more. For more information about the film, click HERE.

THE COMPETITION was written and directed by Simon Weaving, local filmmaker, Canberra Times film critic and former artistic director of the Canberra International Film Festival.

We’re very lucky to have Simon join us after the screening (at approx. 9:15 PM) for a Q&A in which he’ll discuss the film’s journey to the big screen, his experiences shooting his first feature film in Canberra, and more. So be sure to come along and avoid missing out on this unique opportunity!

DATE: Wednesday 11 March
TIME: 7:30 PM; doors open for entry from 7 PM
VENUE: Coombs Theatre, corner of Fellows and Garran Roads, Acton (MAP HERE)

TICKETS: Available at the door from $15*

* $15 is the cost of a Weekly Membership to the Group, which will allow you entry into all films for 7 days from the date of purchase, including FOXCATCHER (March 12), THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (March 13), NIGHTCRAWLER (March 14) and MORTDECAI (March 17).

For further details, contact us at info@anufg.org.au or call 02 6247 2425

ABOUT THE ANU FILM GROUP:

The ANU Film Group Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation that has been operating since 1966, screening over 150 feature films a year for the Canberra community – from the latest Hollywood blockbusters to foreign, independent and classic films not seen anywhere else. Located in the ANU just behind the National Film and Sound Archive, our 370-seat theatre is fitted out with full cinema set-up with a massive 8.5-metre screen, professional digital and 35mm cinema projectors, and a fully immersive digital surround sound system.

Membership of the Group is open to everyone. For more information about the Group, or upcoming screenings, please visit our website at www.anufg.org.au

AGM Tonight + WHIPLASH, AMERICAN SNIPER This Week + Win Tickets

2nd March, 2015

The ANU Film Group’s 2015 Annual General Meeting is at 6 PM TONIGHT in the Coombs Theatre!

If you’ve ever been curious about how the Group runs, or would even like to help run it, then our AGM is the place to be. You can ask all the questions you’ve always wanted to ask, find out how we did in 2014, and help elect the people who will be running the Group in 2015. Who knows… that might even include you!

All members are welcome. For more information, email us at info@anufg.org.au

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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Best Picture nominees WHIPLASH and AMERICAN SNIPER hit the screen at the Film Group this week, along with a trio of highly acclaimed films: Swedish drama FORCE MAJEURE, indie comedy-drama THE SKELETON TWINS, and Reese Witherspoon’s WILD. Plus, PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR so the kiddies don’t feel too left out!

• Tue 3 Mar @ 7:30 PM: FORCE MAJEURE

A Swedish family on a ski holiday in the French Alps survive an avalanche, but find disaster of an entirely different sort in the aftermath. Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

• Thu 5 Mar @ 7:30 PM: AMERICAN SNIPER

A sniper (Bradley Cooper) lauded for his legendary kill count returns home after four tours of duty, but finds that he can’t leave the war behind. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Oscar Winner for Best Sound Editing.

• Fri 6 Mar @ 7:30 PM: WHIPLASH + THE SKELETON TWINS

In WHIPLASH, a young drummer at a prestigious music school finds himself under the wing of an instructor who will stop at nothing to realise his potential. Winner of 3 Oscars, including Best Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons).

Then, in comedy-drama THE SKELETON TWINS (at approx. 9:30 PM), two estranged twins are prompted to reunite after ten years apart when they coincidentally cheat death on the same day.

• Sat 7 Mar @ **7 PM**: PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR + WILD

In PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, the world’s four greatest penguin spies join forces with an underground organisation to foil an evil plot and save the world. Featuring the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich.

Then, in WILD (at approx. 8:45 PM), Reese Witherspoon plays a woman who, having lost all hope, embarks on a thousand-mile hike alone. Nominated for 2 Oscars, including Best Actress (Witherspoon).

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WIN TICKETS TO ‘THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: THEM’
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A young couple (Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy) in love and eager to start building their life together find their relationship disintegrating when a tragic event threatens to destroy everything that they hold close to their hearts.

Originally conceived as two separate films depicting the relationship from two points of view, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: THEM combines both perspectives into a single film to offer a unique look at the subjectivity of love.

Thanks to Transmission Films, we’ve got in-season passes to give away to see THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: THEM exclusively at Dendy Cinemas from March 12. THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: HIM, and HER, will be also released on Dendy Direct and iTunes the same day.

For your chance to win, simply reply to this email – or email us at info@anufg.org.au – with your name, membership number (located underneath the barcode on your card) and answer to the following question: ‘Which film character would you most like to be in a relationship with, and why?’

Entries close on Monday 9 March, with the winning entries to be picked based on creativity/entertainment value. Winners will be notified via email, with prizes available for collection at upcoming ANUFG screenings.

February 2015

BIRDMAN, BOYHOOD This Week + AGM on March 2

24th February, 2015

Hollywood’s biggest night may be over, but we’re just getting started on the celebrations with two of the year’s biggest Oscar winners – Best Picture winner BIRDMAN and Best Supporting Actress winner BOYHOOD – screening at the ANU Film Group this week!

But that’s not all… Next week brings three-time winner WHIPLASH, along with fellow Oscar winner and Best Picture nominee AMERICAN SNIPER. For a full listing of all of the Oscar-winning and nominated films screening at the Film Group, click HERE.

And here’s what’s on this week:

• Wed 25 Feb @ 7:30 PM: ST. VINCENT

A young boy whose parents have just separated finds an unlikely friend and mentor in his next-door neighbour: a bawdy, hedonistic war veteran (Bill Murray).

• Thu 26 Feb @ 7:30 PM: PREDESTINATION

A Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) goes back in time on his final assignment in order to catch an infamous criminal that has eluded him. Winner of 4 AACTA Awards, including Best Actress (Sarah Snook).

• Fri 27 Feb @ 7:30 PM: BOYHOOD

A chronicle of a young boy’s life as he navigates adolescence, in this highly acclaimed film shot over a 12-year period. Oscar Winner for Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette).

• Sat 28 Feb @ **7 PM**: BIRDMAN + BATMAN (1989)

In BIRDMAN, a washed up actor (Michael Keaton) who once played an iconic superhero attempts to establish himself as a true artist by mounting a Broadway play. Winner of 4 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Then, in BATMAN (at approx. 9 PM), Michael Keaton plays the caped crusader as he attempts to protect Gotham City from a psychotic madman known as The Joker (Jack Nicholson).

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YOU’RE INVITED: ANU FILM GROUP AGM ON MARCH 2
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Now that the Oscars are over, it’s time for the next biggest event on any self-respecting film buff’s calendar: the ANU Film Group’s Annual General Meeting!

This is your chance to find out what’s been happening behind the scenes, ask questions, and learn about our plans for the future. And if you’d like to contribute more to Australia’s largest film society, you can even run for a position on our committee!

The meeting will be held next week on MONDAY 2 MARCH from 6 PM in the Coombs Theatre. All members are welcome.

If you’d like more information on running for the committee or the AGM more generally, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line at info@anufg.org.au

BIRDMAN + BATMAN Double Feature on Saturday 28 February

24th February, 2015

Holy awesome double feature, film lovers – this Saturday the ANU Film Group will be screening newly minted Best Picture winner BIRDMAN back-to-back with Michael Keaton's BATMAN!

The timing couldn't be more perfect given BIRDMAN's big Oscar haul earlier in the week, and we're also very excited to bringing back BATMAN to the big screen for the first time in years in a brand new 25th anniversary digital restoration of the film. So be sure to come along and check out both films on the big screen at Australia's largest film society!

DATE: Saturday 28 February
TIME: 7 PM; doors open for entry from 6:30 PM
VENUE: Coombs Theatre, corner of Fellows and Garran Roads, Acton (MAP HERE)

TICKETS: Available at the door from $15*

*$15 is the cost of a Weekly Membership to the Group, which will allow you entry into all films for 7 days from the date of purchase, including fellow Oscar winners WHIPLASH (March 6) and AMERICAN SNIPER (March 5) next week.

For further details, contact us at info@anufg.org.au or call 02 6247 2425

ABOUT THE FILMS:

BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) – 7 PM
MA, 119 mins (2014) Dir. Alejandro G. Iñárritu
A washed up actor (Michael Keaton) who once played an iconic superhero attempts to establish himself as a true artist by mounting a Broadway play. Also starring Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, and Naomi Watts. Winner of 4 Oscars (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography).

BATMAN – APPROX. 9 PM
PG, 125 mins (1989) Dir. Tim Burton
Michael Keaton plays the caped crusader as he attempts to protect Gotham City from a psychotic madman known as The Joker (Jack Nicholson) in the film that kicked off Hollywood's love affair with superhero blockbusters. Screening in an all-new digital restoration of the film created for its 25th anniversary!

ABOUT THE ANU FILM GROUP:

The ANU Film Group Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation that has been operating since 1966, screening over 150 feature films a year for the Canberra community, from the latest Hollywood blockbusters to foreign, independent and classic films not seen anywhere else. Located in the ANU just behind the National Film and Sound Archive, our 370-seat Coombs Theatre is fitted out with full cinema set-up with an 8.5-metre screen, professional digital and 35mm cinema projectors, and a digital surround sound system.

Membership of the Group is open to everyone. For more information about the Group, or upcoming screenings, please visit our website at www.anufg.org.au

Oscar Winners and Nominees – Screening Dates

23rd February, 2015

Find out when this year's Oscar-winning and nominated films will be screening at the ANU Film Group!

• Fri 27 Feb @ 7:30 PM: BOYHOOD
WINNER – Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette)

• Sat 28 Feb @ 7 PM: BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)
WINNER (4 Awards) – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography

• Thu 5 Mar @ 7:30 PM: AMERICAN SNIPER
WINNER – Best Sound Editing

• Fri 6 Mar @ 7:30 PM: WHIPLASH
WINNER (3 Awards) – Best Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons), Best Editing, Best Sound Mixing

• Sat 7 Mar @ 8:45 PM: WILD
2 Nominations, including Best Actress (Reese Witherspoon)

• Thu 12 Mar @ 7:30 PM: FOXCATCHER
5 Nominations, including Best Actor (Steve Carell)

• Sat 14 Mar @ 7 PM: NIGHTCRALWER
Nomination for Best Original Screenplay

• Thu 19 Mar @ 7:30 PM: UNBROKEN
3 Nominations, including Best Cinematography

• Wed 25 Mar @ 7:30 PM: STILL ALICE
WINNER – Best Actress (Julianne Moore)

• Sat 28 Mar @ 7 PM: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
WINNER – Best Actor (Eddie Redmayne)

• Fri 24 Apr @ 7:30 PM: MR. TURNER
4 Nominations, including Best Cinematography

• Fri 1 May @ 7:30 PM: SELMA
WINNER – Best Original Song

• Fri 15 May @ 7:30 PM: INHERENT VICE
2 Nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay

• Sat 16 May @ 7 PM: TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
Nomination for Best Actress (Marion Cotillard)

• Fri 22 May @ 7:30 PM: IDA
WINNER – Best Foreign Language Film

• Sat 6 Jun @ 7 PM: CITIZENFOUR
WINNER – Best Feature Documentary

Oscars at the ANU Film Group + Win Tickets to ROSEWATER!

17th February, 2015

The Oscars, Hollywood’s biggest night, is less than a week away and the ANU Film Group has got you covered with a massive 20 of this year’s nominees on our new programme!

From frontrunners like BIRDMAN and BOYHOOD to lesser-seen contenders like IDA and CITIZENFOUR, you won’t want to miss a single one of these acclaimed films. We’ve even put together this handy guide to ensure you don’t miss out – click HERE to check it out!

And here’s what’s on the line-up for our second week of screenings:

• Tue 17 Feb @ 7:30 PM: JOHN WICK

John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a legendary former assassin who comes out of his own self-imposed retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.

• Thu 19 Feb @ 7:30 PM: THE IMITATION GAME

During the darkest days of WWII, mathematician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) tries to crack the Enigma code with help from fellow code breakers. Nominated for 8 Oscars, including Best Picture.

• Fri 20 Feb @ 7:30 PM: INTERSTELLAR

With humanity facing extinction, a team of explorers set out on a journey beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Nominated for 5 Oscars, including Best Visual Effects.

• Sat 21 Feb @ **7 PM**: ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY + INTO THE WOODS

In ALEXANDER, a young boy for whom every day is a bad day uses his birthday wish to ‘share’ some of his bad luck with his disbelieving family. Starring Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, and Ed Oxenbould (PAPER PLANES).

Then, in INTO THE WOODS (at approx. 8:30 PM), a witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items to reverse a curse, in this musical twist on beloved fairy tales. Nominated for 3 Oscars, including Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep).

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WIN TICKETS TO ‘ROSEWATER’!
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Thanks to Transmission Films, we have tickets to give away to the thrilling new drama ROSEWATER, which is in cinemas from February 19.

ROSEWATER is the incredible true story of Canadian-Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari (Gael García Bernal), who was wrongfully arrested and detained in an Iranian prison for 118 days in 2009, where he was brutally interrogated under suspicion of being a spy. The topical film marks the screenwriting and directorial debut of The Daily Show host Jon Stewart. For a look at it’s trailer, click HERE.

For your chance to win one of ten in-season double passes to see the film, simply reply to this email with your name, contact number, and the answer to the following question: ‘Which film set in Iran won the Best Picture Oscar in 2013?’

Entries close on Monday 23 February, with winners to be notified via email and prizes to be available for collection at upcoming ANUFG screenings.

Semester One 2015 Programme Begins

9th February, 2015

The wait is over – our Semester One 2015 programme begins tonight!

Be sure to join us in kicking off our new screening year at our free screening of THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES tonight at 7:30 PM. We'll be joined after the film by special guests Stephen Hunter (Bombur the Dwarf) and Ché Baker (the film’s on-set colourist) who will discuss their experiences working on one of the biggest trilogies of all time, as well as their new project currently being filmed in Canberra.

Doors will open for entry from 7 PM, but it looks set to be a pretty busy night, so make sure you come along early to secure your seat.

Our trusty canteen will be open before the film with snacks, drinks and popcorn on offer. And you can also pick up our brand new programme booklets and posters too. Don’t miss out!

And here’s the rest of our first week’s jam-packed line up:

• Thu 12 Feb @ 7:30 PM: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1

Reluctant hero Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself recruited by the rebels of District 13 to save the people of Panem from the repressive Capitol. Also starring Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Liam Hemsworth.

• Fri 13 Feb @ 7:30 PM: FURY + TUSK

In FURY, a battle-hardened Army sergeant (Brad Pitt) commands a tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines, facing overwhelming odds in their attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Then, in TUSK (at approx. 9:45 PM), an internet radio personality travels to Canada to interview a mysterious seafarer, but soon discovers that his subject has horrific plans for him. Directed by Kevin Smith.

• Sat 14 Feb @ **7 PM**: BIG HERO 6 + OBVIOUS CHILD

In BIG HERO 6, a young robotics prodigy teams up with a plus-sized inflatable robot named Baymax and his friends to save the city of San Fransokyo from a devastating threat. Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature Film.

Then, in OBVIOUS CHILD (at approx. 9 PM), a young comedienne's unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront the realities of independent womanhood for the first time, beginning a hilarious journey of self-discovery and empowerment.

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES – Post-screening Q&A with Special Guests!

2nd February, 2015

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THE HOBBIT ON MONDAY – FOLLOWED BY Q&A W/ SPECIAL GUESTS
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll no doubt be aware that our new programme’s opening screening of THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES is next Monday (February 9) at 7:30 PM.

We’re now very excited to also announce that we’ll be joined at the screening by two very special guests: actor Stephen Hunter, who plays Bombur the dwarf, and the film’s on-set colourist, Ché Baker!

Stephen and Ché are in Canberra shooting a new film and will be joining us for a post-screening Q&A starting at approximately 10 PM.

So if you weren’t already planning on coming along and inviting everyone you know to our free screening of the final film in THE HOBBIT trilogy, now you really have no excuse. Be there and don’t miss out on this very special event!

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PRE-PURCHASE MEMBERSHIPS AND BEAT THE QUEUES!
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Our big day is only one week away and, if past years are anything to go by, the first few weeks will be incredibly busy and crowded. To avoid having to join the queues to sign up at the door, make sure you pre-purchase your memberships online to allow you to go straight through to our express pick-up lane.

Not only do you save on time by not having to fill out a form or bring along cash, your card will be pre-printed and pre-laminated for your convenience too.

Don’t wait any longer – head over to www.anufg.org.au/join and pre-purchase your membership now!

January 2015

Semester One 2015 Programme

19th January, 2015

Here it is – we’re very proud to present to you our brand new programme for Semester One 2015!

Featuring over 80 films – from the latest Hollywood blockbusters, to acclaimed independent and foreign selections, including 20 (!) of this year’s Oscar nominated films – there’s bound to be something for everyone on our line-up.

You can view the programme in full right now on our website at HERE.

Alternatively, you can also download it in PDF format HERE or add the entire programme to your mobile device or computer in just one click HERE.

Please share it, spread the word, and start marking your calendars now. Screenings kick off in exactly three weeks on Monday 9 February with our free screening of THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES.

And for those of you who were holding off on pre-purchasing, you now no longer have any excuse. Skip the queues and have your membership card ready for pick-up at your first screening of 2015 by pre-purchasing online at www.anufg.org.au/join now!

Win Weekly Passes on Facebook + Spread the Word

14th January, 2015

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WIN WEEKLY PASSES ON FACEBOOK
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As you may have heard, we’ve been counting down to the reveal of our upcoming programme on Facebook with sneak peeks of some of the notable films on our Semester One 2015 line up. Today marks the halfway point of our countdown and, to kick off the last five days, we’ll be holding a series of giveaways.

Each day from today until Sunday 18 January, we’ll be giving away one free weekly pass to the ANU Film Group.

All you have to do to be in the running to win is to answer the daily question on our Facebook page. So if you haven’t already done so, be sure to like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ANUFG and check back in each day at noon for new questions!

The weekly passes will be valid for entry into all screenings within seven days from the date of redemption, and must be redeemed for use before Saturday 21 February. Weekly passes can also be upgraded to Annual or Semester memberships within two weeks of expiry for $10 off the full membership’s price.

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SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE ANU FILM GROUP
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Do you have friends? Family? Social media followers? If so, we’d love it if you could spread the word to all of them about the upcoming release of our new programme and events like our free screening of THE HOBBIT on February 9.

As a not-for-profit society, the ANU Film Group operates purely on word of mouth to tell people about what we do. But we wouldn’t have been able to make it to 49 years of screenings without you.

So why not tell everyone you know about your favourite film society -- and Canberra’s best way to see movies -- and help fill our theatre with more movie lovers just like you. After all, movies are best seen with a great audience, and audiences don’t get better than at the Film Group!

For some inspiration, have a look at what one of our members did recently when she posted an article about us on Weekend Notes HERE.