The Avengers. The Seven Samurai. Ocean’s Eleven. The Fellowship of the Ring. The ANU Film Group Committee. All are legendary and formidable teams – but only one of them has a vacancy that you could fill!
We currently have a vacancy on the ANU Film Group’s committee of management, and are looking for someone to join the team.
Normally comprising a group of 20 volunteers, the ANUFG committee is responsible for the day to day running of the Group – from selling memberships and managing at screenings to broader tasks like programming films, promoting the group, running our trivia nights, and everything else in between.
If you are interested in volunteering to fill this vacancy, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief introduction about yourself and what you could bring to the running of Australia’s largest film society. We will be accepting expressions of interest until FRIDAY 18 AUGUST at 11:59 PM.
Please note that this is a volunteer position, and committee members are not paid for their time – but it’s great fun, and there are plenty of other perks too. And if you wish to know more, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
This week at the ANU Film Group, Captain Jack Sparrow returns and Heath Ledger is remembered. Plus don’t miss our foreign film double feature on Friday night and a very special George Lazenby double-O-feature on Saturday!
• Wed 2 Aug @ 7:30 PM: I AM HEATH LEDGER
Friends and family of the late actor Heath Ledger remember his life and career in this intimate look at his life through the lens of his own camera as he films and often performs in his own personal journey.
• Thu 3 Aug @ 7:30 PM: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES
When an undead but deadly nemesis sets out to kill every pirate at sea, Captain Jack Sparrow’s (Johnny Depp) only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon. Also starring Javier Bardem and Geoffrey Rush.
• Fri 4 Aug @ 7:30 PM: THINGS TO COME + PERFECT STRANGERS
In French drama THINGS TO COME, when her husband suddenly announces that he is leaving her for another woman, a high school teacher (Isabelle Huppert) finds herself unexpectedly faced with freedom for the first time.
Then, in Italian comedy PERFECT STRANGERS (at approx. 9:15 PM), seven friends get together for dinner and decide to conduct a social experiment by sharing the content of every message, email and phone call they receive.
• Sat 5 Aug @ **7 PM**: BECOMING BOND + ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE
In BECOMING BOND, discover the stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, an Australian car mechanic with no acting experience who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the coveted role of James Bond.
Then, in 1969’s ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE (at approx. 8:45 PM), 007 (George Lazenby) teams up with mob boss’s daughter and goes undercover at a research facility in the Swiss Alps to uncover Blofeld’s most deadly plot yet.
** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES **
ANNUAL TRIVIA NIGHT ON FRIDAY 25 AUGUST – WIN PRIZES NOW!
Our upcoming fundraising Annual Trivia Night has so many prizes that we’ve already started giving some away…
To go into the running to win a Hoyts double pass and DVD pack, simply head over to our Facebook page to watch a trailer for the Trivia Night and then answer the question in the comments section. Entries close tomorrow (Thursday 3 August) but stay tuned as we will be running a prize giveaway each week until the big night!
To enter, click CLICK HERE
And while you're at it, don't forget to get your tickets our Annual Trivia Night on Friday 25 August at the Hellenic Club in Woden. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at screenings, or online at www.anufg.org.au/trivia
Due to our free Bush Week screening on Friday 28 July filling up much earlier than expected, which resulted in many people being turned away, we will be re-screening WONDER WOMAN for FREE once again on Sunday 30 July.
Doors will open at 6:30 PM, with the film starting at 7 PM. Please note the earlier Sunday start time.
And yes, it will be free for all to attend again, so spread the word and come along!
Who’s up for some quizzical quandaries tonight? We’re back again this month – and the last Tuesday of every month – to host the Phoenix Pub’s weekly quiz nights.
DATE: Tuesday 25 July, 2017
TIME: 6:30 PM (until approx. 9 PM)
VENUE: The Phoenix Pub, 21 East Row (near Platform 3 of the Civic Bus Interchange)
Entry is free, and prizes up for grabs include free drinks, bar tabs and passes to ANUFG screenings (for the non-members amongst you).
And that’s just a warm up for our biggest event of the year: our annual fundraising trivia night at the Hellenic Club on Friday 25 August. Assemble your team and get your tickets for a trivia night unlike any other – while helping to keep Australia's largest film society going!
Tickets now available at screenings or online at www.anufg.org.au/trivia
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
This Friday we close out ANUSA’s Bush Week with a FREE screening of WONDER WOMAN on Friday, so tell everyone you know and make sure you come early to avoid missing out – or catch the members-only encore screening instead on Thursday August 10. Also making at appearance at Coombs this week: Minions, Tom Cruise, Tupac and Frantz (not in the same movie, though that would be something...).
• Wed 26 July @ 7:30 PM: FRANTZ
In the aftermath of World War I, a German woman grieving the death of her fiancé notices an unknown Frenchman laying flowers at her fiancé’s grave. They begin bonding over memories of him – until startling revelations come to light.
• Thu 27 July @ 7:30 PM: ALL EYEZ ON ME
The true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur – from his early days in New York City to becoming one of the world’s most recognised and influential voices before his untimely death at the age of 25.
• Fri 28 July @ 7:30 PM: WONDER WOMAN (Free Screening)
Diana (Gal Gadot) has trained all her life to be an unconquerable warrior. When an American pilot (Chris Pine) crashes on her island and tells of a war raging in the outside world, she leaves her home to join the battle to save humanity.
• Sat 29 July @ **5 PM**: DESPICABLE ME 3
Reformed supervillain Gru must face off against an ‘80s-obsessed former child star-turned-villain, while meeting his long-lost and more successful twin brother, who wants him to return to a life of crime to honour their father’s legacy.
• Sat 29 July @ **7 PM**: THE MUMMY (2017)
Tom Cruise stars in this modern day take on the classic horror tale, in which a team of explorers stumble upon the crypt of an ancient princess in the desert and inadvertently unleash her fury and vengeance upon an unsuspecting world.
** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: DESPICABLE ME 3, THE MUMMY **
TRIVIA NIGHT TICKETS NOW ON SALE!
If trivia nights were award shows, then our Annual Trivia Night would definitely be the Oscars of trivia nights!
Glitzy, glam (that’s just the wait staff) and chock-full of prizes worth way more than a golden statue of a naked man, this is our primary fundraising event for the year. As a not-for-profit society which relies on membership fees to keep going, your support would be greatly appreciated. Anyone is welcome to attend – you don’t need to be a member.
In return for attending, you will get a trivia night that is unlike any other. We spend months coming up with the questions and use a unique mix of audio-visual and traditional questions, as well as individual, group and creative rounds, to keep you thoroughly entertained.
WHERE: The Hellenic Club of Canberra, Matilda Street, Woden
WHEN: Friday 25 August 2017 from 7 PM for a 7:30 PM start
TICKETS: $20 per person, for individuals, small groups or tables of up to 10.
Tickets are available for purchase now at www.anufg.org.au/trivia. Alternatively, you can also get your tickets in person from the Laminating Desk below the screen at all screenings in the lead up to the night. Spaces are limited and tickets do go quickly, so if you’re keen on booking a table, better get in fast!
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
After an explosive start with TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, the rest of our opening week’s screenings include one of the most acclaimed and surprising films of the year (GET OUT), the exclusive Canberra premiere of a major international film (PERSONAL SHOPPER), an action-packed sequel (JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2), a British mystery-drama (THE SENSE OF AN ENDING) and a pair of cult classics not seen on the big screen in years (THE WIZ, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK). Don’t miss out!
• Wed 19 July @ 7:30 PM: THE SENSE OF AN ENDING
An elderly divorcee (Jim Broadbent) receives a letter that unlocks memories of a relationship he had in the 1960s. As he becomes haunted by his past, he is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his life.
• Thu 20 July @ 7:30 PM: PERSONAL SHOPPER
An American woman (Kristen Stewart) working as a personal shopper in Paris is attempting to make posthumous contact with her twin brother who died there when she begins receiving mysterious messages. Canberra premiere screening.
• Fri 21 July @ 7:30 PM: GET OUT + THE WIZ (1978)
In the highly acclaimed horror-thriller GET OUT, an African American man is finally going to meet his Caucasian girlfriend’s parents, but soon discovers that their friendly and polite demeanour masks an unimaginable nightmare.
Then, in THE WIZ (at approx. 9:15 PM), a young woman stranded in a mysterious land seeks the assistance of a wizard to get home, in this urban re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz. Starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Richard Pryor.
• Sat 22 July @ **7 PM**: JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 + ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981)
In JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2, a legendary retired assassin (Keanu Reeves) is compelled by an Italian gangster to repay a past favour. He reluctantly travels to Rome where he discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.
Then, in cult classic ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (at approx. 9:15 PM), a convict (Kurt Russell) is sent in to rescue the President after his plane crashes on the island of Manhattan, now serving as a maximum security prison in futuristic 1997.
** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: GET OUT, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 **
Do you like giant robots, but feel guilty about spending your hard-earned money paying to see them fight on the big screen? Well, you’re in luck, because tonight you don’t have to!
Join the ANU Film Group in rolling out our new Semester Two 2017 programme tonight (Monday 17 July) with a free screening of the action-packed sci-fi blockbuster TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT at 7:30 PM.
In director Michael Bay’s epic fifth instalment in the series (don’t worry – you needn’t have seen the others), the humans and Transformers are at war. Seeking a way to end the conflict, an inventor (Mark Wahlberg) forms an unlikely alliance with an English historian (Anthony Hopkins) to uncover the hidden history of Transformers on Earth – and discover that the key to saving the future may lie in the secrets of the past.
Our wonderful canteen run by the Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak will also be open at tonight’s screening, providing their usual assortment of popcorn, snacks and drinks – with all proceeds going to charity. So you can have your favourite movie snack and feel good about yourself while doing so too.
If TRANSFORMERS isn’t your thing – and you’re not already a member by then – we also have a free screening of WONDER WOMAN coming up next week on Friday 28 July. Or you can come along to both, because why not? It’s two films for the price of... none!
More details about our new Semester Two programme can be found at www.anufg.org.au/programme, with memberships available for purchase at all screenings or online at www.anufg.org.au/join
Our inaugural Best Foreign Language Film Festival closes tonight with Spain’s entry – JULIETA – directed by Pedro Almodóvar. The screening will be introduced by Professor Alfredo Martínez-Expósito, a Spanish film expert from the University of Melbourne, and will be followed by light refreshments and drinks courtesy of the Embassy of Spain!
Then, we finish up Semester One with a double feature of familial treachery: Guy Ritchie’s action-packed KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, followed by British gangster drama TRESPASS AGAINST US, starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson.
And don’t forget to come back just TWO days later for our Semester Two opening screening – TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT – on Monday 17 July. See it the way it should be seen: on the big screen… and for FREE! ☺
HAVE YOU GOT YOUR SEMESTER TWO MEMBERSHIP YET?
Where else can you see 95 films on the big screen for the average price of just FOUR tickets to your local cinema? Only at the ANU Film Group!
Join up – or spread the word if you’re already a member – to Australia’s largest film society and the best deal in town. Semester Two memberships are available for purchase prior to all screenings, as well as online at www.anufg.org.au/join
Plus – there will be new Semester Two booklets and posters available for collection from tonight’s screening onwards!
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
• Fri 14 July @ 7:30 PM: JULIETA
Heralded as a return to form for director Pedro Almodóvar, this film – his 20th – sees a broken-hearted middle-aged woman decide to confront her mistakes and reconcile with her adult daughter after 12 years apart. Screening followed by light refreshments and drinks courtesy of the Embassy of Spain.
** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Spain **
• Sat 15 July @ **7 PM**: KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD + TRESPASS AGAINST US
In KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) is robbed of his birth right by his uncle (Jude Law) and raised on the streets of London. But when he pulls a magical sword from a stone, his true legacy catches up to him – whether he likes it or not. Directed by Guy Ritchie.
Then, in British crime drama TRESPASS AGAINST US (at approx. 9:15 PM), the son and presumptive heir (Michael Fassbender) of a British criminal clan comes into conflict with his father (Brendan Gleeson) when he tries to break away from the outlaw life after three generations of torment.
** Note: these films replace the previously scheduled WONDER WOMAN and THE CIRCLE due to availability changes **
** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: JULIETA **
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No – it’s our new Semester Two programme so drop whatever you’re doing and check it out now!
Our new programme has something for everyone: from SPIDER-MAN to KINGSMAN, and DUNKIRK to DESPICABLE ME, you’ll find a whopping 95 films screening between July 17 and November 25. And for those of you keeping track, yes, that is indeed more films than Semester One!
You can view the full programme right now on our website by clicking HERE!
Semester Two officially kicks off on MONDAY 17 JULY with a free screening of TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT – just two days after our current semester concludes. If you’re not yet a member, what are you waiting for? Semester Two memberships are on sale from TODAY, and will include entry into all remaining Semester One screenings. You can purchase your membership prior to any screening, or online at www.anufg.org.au/join
$40 for 95 films. There’s absolutely no better deal in town – or anywhere else, for that matter!
SEMESTER TWO HIGHLIGHTS
With so many films on our new programme, we know there’s a lot to take in. Fortunately, we’ve put together a few highlights you won’t want to miss:
• TWO FILMS FOR THE PRICE OF NONE: we’ve got two free screenings coming up this semester – TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT on Monday 17 July, and WONDER WOMAN on Friday 28 July – so spread the word!
• ANNUAL TRIVIA NIGHT: our most exciting event – and primary fundraiser – is back on Saturday 25 August. Find out more at www.anufg.org.au/trivia. Tickets available for booking soon.
• FAMILY FILMS AT FIVE: more family-friendly films at family-friendly start times, including DESPICABLE ME 3, CARS 3 and CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS.
• CULT CLASSICS: the return of some of cinema’s most memorable films back on the big screen, including ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, THE WIZ and LOST IN TRANSLATION.
• EXCLUSIVE SCREENINGS: we’ve got films you won’t see anywhere else in Canberra, starting with the Cannes award-winning French thriller PERSONAL SHOPPER, starring Kristen Stewart.
• GEORGE LAZENBY DOUBLE-O-7: discover the story of Queanbeyan’s most famous resident in BECOMING BOND, followed by his one-and-only stint as 007 in ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE on August 5
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
Don’t forget that Semester One screenings are still going strong this week, with this year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, an awesome intergalactic Marvel sequel, and a Wes Anderson classic!
• Fri 7 July @ 7:30 PM: THE SALESMAN
A couple playing the lead roles in an Iranian production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman move into a new apartment, until a case of mistaken identity turns their peaceful lives upside down. This year's Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film. Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi (A SEPARATION).
• Sat 8 July @ **7 PM**: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: VOL. 2 + THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU
In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: VOL. 2, as they continue their adventures throughout the cosmos, a team of intergalactic misfits must fight to keep their newfound family together while unravelling the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Kurt Russell.
Then, in Wes Anderson’s THE LIFE AQUATIC, an eccentric oceanographer (Bill Murray) rallies a crew of oddballs – including his estranged wife, a journalist, an a man who may or may not be his son – to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner. Also starring Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum.
** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: VOL. 2 **
With June coming to a close, we’re now on the home stretch of our Semester One programme, with only three more weeks of screenings to go. But don’t miss us too much – because Semester Two will kick off just two days later on MONDAY 17 JULY at 7:30 PM with TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT!
Feeling guilty about paying to see Michael Bay’s latest robot romp? Now you don’t have to because this screening will be FREE for all to attend. So invite everyone you know – friends, family, neighbours, passersby – to kick off our new programme with a bang (lots of them, to be precise).
And if that’s not enough, our full Semester Two programme will be released NEXT FRIDAY (July 7) so stay tuned to find out all about the other 94 films on our brand new programme. If you can’t wait that long, keep an eye on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ANUFG) over the next few days for a sneak peek.
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
This week you can come along to the Australian premiere screening of Estonia’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar category. Or you can see a guilty pleasure double feature of ‘90s TV shows rebooted for the big screen. Or all of the above – because that’s the beauty of the ANU Film Group!
• Fri 30 June @ 7:30 PM: MOTHER (EMA)
This darkly comic crime mystery set in small-town Estonia centres on Elsa, the mother and full time caretaker of her son, Lauri, who has been in a coma since being shot under shadowy circumstances. As Elsa receives Lauri's visitors and friends, she begins to build up a web of motives where everyone is a suspect.
** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Estonia**
• Sat 1 July @ **7 PM**: BAYWATCH + POWER RANGERS
The sun is hot and the bodies are hotter in BAYWATCH, the action-packed big screen adaptation of the popular TV series. Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) butts heads with a brash new recruit (Zac Efron), as they uncover a deadly criminal plot that threatens California’s beaches.
Then, it’s go go POWER RANGERS time (at approx. 9 PM) when five troubled teenage outcasts stumble upon an old alien ship and acquire superpowers. When they discover that their world is being threatened by an ancient alien queen, they must harness their newfound abilities and work together as a team to defeat her.
The Best Foreign Language Film Festival heads to South Korea this week for an acclaimed and stylish spy thriller. Plus, Ridley Scott returns to the ALIEN universe, and a retro ‘90s cult classic – BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER – back on the big screen!
• Fri 23 June @ 7:30 PM: THE AGE OF SHADOWS
In the late 1920s, a group of Korean resistance fighters embark on a cat-and-mouse game with Japanese covert agents as they try to bring in explosives from neighbouring Shanghai to destroy key enemy facilities in Japanese-occupied Seoul. South Korea's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2017 Oscars.
** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea **
• Sat 24 June @ **7 PM**: ALIEN: COVENANT + BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
In ALIEN: COVENANT, the crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, inadvertently discover the crash site of the doomed Prometheus expedition. There, they find what they believe is an uncharted paradise – but is actually home to a dark, dangerous threat beyond their imagination.
Then, in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (at approx. 9:15 PM), a popular cheerleader at an American high school discovers her true calling as her generation’s Slayer – tasked with protecting the world from vampires – in this cult classic that spawned a successful TV series.
** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: ALIEN: COVENANT **
ANUFG QUIZ NIGHT @ THE PHOENIX – LAST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH!
After a successful – if sporadic run – of ANUFG-hosted quiz nights at the Phoenix Pub, we’re very excited to announce that this will be now be a regular event going forward on the last Tuesday of every month.
If you haven’t come along yet, be sure to join us next Tuesday on June 27th for a casual evening of movie-themed trivia, fun and games, hosted by none other than our very own committee members – so you know they’ll be asking some fun and wacky questions!
As always, there will be prizes up for grabs, including free drinks, bar tabs and passes to ANUFG screenings (for the non-members amongst you).
DATE: Tuesday 27 June, 2017
TIME: 6:30 PM (until approx. 9 PM)
VENUE: The Phoenix Pub, 21 East Row (in the Civic Bus Interchange, near Platform 3)
So if you’re looking for something fun to do next Tuesday night (and every last Tuesday of the month after that) come along and support our event at the Phoenix Pub. Entry is free for all, and everyone is welcome to attend!
WIN TICKETS TO ‘MONSIEUR CHOCOLAT’ – IN CINEMAS JUNE 29
Thanks to Transmission Films, we’ve got tickets to give away to MONSIEUR CHOCOLAT, the fascinating French drama that has taken France’s box office by storm.
During the late 1800s, a former slave named Chocolat (Omar Sy, THE INTOUCHABLES) makes a living playing a cannibal in a provincial French circus. While there, he impresses established performer George Footit (real-life circus performer James Thierrée), who takes him under his wing. Together, they develop a routine which catapults them to stardom, glamour and riches. But the satisfaction of success can only last so long as Chocolat’s desire for equality begins to take hold.
To find out more about the film, or to check out its trailer, click HERE
To win one of ten in-season double passes to see MONSIEUR CHOCOLAT in cinemas, simply reply to this message – or email email@example.com – with your name, your membership number (under the barcode on your card) and your answer to the following question: ‘Real-life circus performer James Thierrée is the grandson of which famous actor?’
Entries close on THURSDAY 29 JUNE with winners to be contacted via email and prizes to be collected at future ANUFG screenings. Good luck!
Continuing our Best Foreign Language Film Festival this week is Austria's submission to the category at this year’s Oscars. Plus, an iconic Australian coming-of-age novel brought to life, and Adam Driver in American indie director Jim Jarmusch’s latest.
• Fri 16 June @ 7:30 PM: STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE
In 1936, illustrious author Stefan Zweig – one of the most-read authors of the 20th century – leaves Austria for South America. Being Jewish and hating the inhumanity that prevails in Germany, he struggles to understand the events in war torn Europe as he searches for a new home amidst the political turmoil.
** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Austria **
• Sat 17 June @ **7 PM**: JASPER JONES + PATERSON
JASPER JONES tells the coming-of-age tale of Charlie Bucktin (Levi Miller), who finds his life changed forever when his small town’s mixed-race outcast – Jasper Jones (Aaron McGrath) – shows him a dead body of a young girl. Believing Jasper to be innocent, he sets out to find the true killer amidst dangerous racial tensions in 1960s Australia. Also starring Toni Collette and Hugo Weaving.
Then, in PATERSON (at approx. 8:45 PM), a bus driver named Paterson (Adam Driver) in the city of Paterson, New Jersey adheres to a simple routine each day. But his outlook on life gradually begins to change when he discovers the poetry evident in the smallest details, triumphs and defeats of daily life. Directed by Jim Jarmusch (ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, DEAD MAN).