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January 2015

Facebook Countdown Giveaway Terms & Conditions

14th January, 2015

1. From Wednesday 14 January, 2015 to Sunday 18 January, 2015 the ANU Film Group Inc. will be giving away one (1) free weekly pass per day.

2. The weekly pass will be valid for entry into all screening within seven (7) days from the date of redemption.

3. Prizes must be redeemed for use in person by the prize winner at any ANU Film Group screening by Saturday 21 February, 2015.

4. Weekly passes can be upgraded, at the prize winner's choosing, to full Annual or Semester memberships within two weeks of expiry for $10 off the full membership’s price.

5. Entries must take the form of an answer posted as a comment to the daily question post on the ANU Film Group's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ANUFG

6. In the case of multiple correct answers, only one (1) winner will be picked at random. In the case of no correct answers, the prize will roll over to the following day's competition. Specific rules may apply for certain questions in regards to the determination of winners.

7. Only one entry per person per day for each competition is permitted. Entrants are limited to win only one prize for the duration of the competition.

8. Winners will be notified via an additional comment to the daily question post, as well as by private message. All reasonable efforts will be made to contact winners.

9. Any unclaimed prizes after Saturday 21 February, 2015 will be forfeited.

10. In the event of any disputes, the decision of the ANU Film Group's committee of management will be final.

Semester One 2015 Begins on February 9

9th January, 2015

Today marks exactly one month to the day until our Semester One 2015 programme kicks off. And what better film to start the year with than the conclusion of an epic saga 20 years in the making?

We're proud to announce that THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES will be our first screening on Monday 9 February at 7:30 PM.

Directed by Peter Jackson, the final film in THE HOBBIT trilogy picks up with the fate of Middle Earth hanging in the balance as the races of men, elves and dwarves join forces in an epic war against the evil Sauron, as well as the deadly dragon Smaug. Featuring an all-star cast including Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Entry will be FREE for everyone, so mark your calendars, spread the word and come along to say goodbye to Middle Earth -- and hello to a new year of ANU Film Group screenings!

Be sure also to join us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ANUFG where we’ve kickstarted a 10-day countdown to the full Semester One 2015 programme reveal on January 19, featuring sneak peeks at our exciting new line-up, giveaways and more!

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SKIP THE QUEUES: PRE-PURCHASE YOUR MEMBERSHIPS NOW
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Is a month still too long to wait? We feel your pain and have just the thing: memberships for 2015 are now available for pre-purchase!

Pre-purchase your membership and skip the start-of-year queues by simply picking up your ready-made card on your way in to your first screening of the year. Membership payments can be made via credit card, PayPal or direct bank transfer, so no cash is necessary. And best of all, you can purchase memberships as gifts for other people too.

To purchase your membership now, head over to www.anufg.org.au/join

December 2014

Merry Christmas + Are You an Accountant?

19th December, 2014

On behalf of the ANU Film Group, we'd like wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a safe, relaxing holiday period!

Rest up, watch some movies, and we'll see you all in 2015 when we begin to reveal details of our upcoming Semester One programme, which kicks off in just six weeks.

Stuck for a last minute Christmas gift? Why not give the gift of a year's worth of movies at Australia's largest film society? Go to www.anufg.org.au/join to get in early and secure a membership for yourself or your loved ones now!

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WANTED: ACCOUNTANT FOR 2015
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Each year, we are required by our Constitution to have our accounts officially audited by an independent third party, in order for them to be presented for the record at our Annual General Meeting. We are currently on the lookout for a new accountant to assist us in auditing our 2014 accounts in preparation for our AGM in March 2015. 

The person must be one of the following:

(a)  a Chartered Accountant,
(b)  a Certified Practising Accountant,
(c)  a Company Auditor,
(d)  a Registered Auditor, or
(e)  a member of the National Institute of Accountants

If you are interested in helping us out, or know someone that might, we'd love for you to reach out to us with more information by dropping us a line at info@anufg.org.au. Thanks!

Goodbye to Margaret and David

9th December, 2014

It's the end of an era as the final ever episode of At the Movies airs tonight!

For nearly 30 years, Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton have offered their -- often opposing, but always passionate -- views on the week's cinematic offerings. They've long been a staple of the ANU Film Group too, with their indelible star ratings never failing to appear in our programme booklets.

We even held a David Stratton night in 2003, with David himself picking the film and making a personal appearance at the packed screening of director Fred Schepisi's LAST ORDERS. Their ratings also formed the basis of a fun heads-or-tails round at an Annual Trivia Night not too long ago, in which contestants had to guess whether David or Marg rated the film higher. Needless to say, it wasn't easy!

Please join us, and all moviegoers around the country, in bidding farewell to these two cultural icons when their final hour-long show airs TONIGHT at 9:30 PM on ABC.

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ROTARY CLUB POLIO FUNDRAISER
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For those of you who don’t know, our beloved canteen is run by the Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak, with all proceeds from any purchases made going towards various charitable initiatives.

On December 14, the Rotary Club will be hosting a charity fundraising baseball match in conjunction with the Canberra Calvary team from 10 AM at the Narrabundah Ballpark. Tickets are $12 each, with all money raised going towards eradicating polio worldwide.

Wanted: Review Writers for Semester One 2015

2nd December, 2014

Are you the next David or Marg? Do you love movies? Do you enjoy writing?

If so, we’re currently on the lookout for people keen to write reviews for our Semester One 2015 films. These reviews will feature in our 64-page informational booklet that members receive each semester, as well as on our website.

Reviews will need to be 200-250 words in length and must be completed over a period of two weeks in mid-December, so please only volunteer if you think you’ll have time over the holiday period to contribute.

Successful volunteers will be sent a list of films from which they can nominate the ones they’d like to write reviews for, and you’re welcome to write just one review or as many as you’d like.

Please also note that:
1.      The ANU Film Group does not provide reviewers with tickets to, or a copy of, films that they have been assigned to review.
2.      Some of the films we are seeking reviews/previews for have not been released yet, and some creativity/research may be required.
3.      Unsolicited reviews will not be accepted.

So if you love movies or writing -- or both -- and are keen to contribute to the Film Group, be sure to write to us and let us know at info@anufg.org.au by MONDAY 8 DECEMBER!

November 2014

Thank You

28th November, 2014

It’s been nearly a week since screenings for 2014 ended… Miss us yet?

Everyone here at the ANU Film Group would like to thank our valued members and their invited guests for all of your support over the past year. It’s been a big one, with the installation of our new digital projector, a number of special event screenings, another hugely successful trivia night, and of course, plenty of great films throughout the year.

Screenings will resume in a few months’ time on February 9, 2015, and we’re already excitedly hard at work on our next programme, which we can't wait to share with you.

While our email updates will become less frequent over the summer, we’ll still continue to send out the occasional message with notices, competitions and, as soon as it’s ready, our new line-up for Semester One 2015. So keep in touch and keep an eye out on your email inbox as well as our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ANUFG) for the latest ANUFG news.

In the meantime, don’t forget that Annual and Semester One memberships for 2015 are now available for pre-purchase online at www.anufg.org.au/join. It’s never too early to join up and secure your membership for yourself, or for friends, family and loved ones as Christmas gifts!

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WIN TICKETS TO ‘THE CAPTIVE’ + A ICON DVD PRIZE PACK!
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Thanks to our friends at Dendy and Icon Films, we have tickets to give away to the upcoming thriller THE CAPTIVE, starring Ryan Reynolds and Rosario Dawson.

In the film, Reynolds plays a father who is still haunted by his young daughter’s disappearance eight years earlier under mysterious circumstances. Treated by the police as the prime suspect, he sets out to clear his name and save his strained marriage when new clues begin to surface that indicate she may still be alive.

THE CAPTIVE is in cinemas from December 4, and we have five in-season double passes to give away, as well as an Icon Films DVD pack that includes BURIED, EDGE OF DARKNESS, THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT and CRASH.

For your chance to win, simply email info@anufg.org.au with your name, membership number (located underneath the barcode on your card) and your answer to the following question: ‘Which film did you most enjoy at the ANU Film Group in 2014, and why?’

Entries close on Thursday 4 December at 12 noon. The best judged answer will win a double pass to THE CAPTIVE and the DVD pack, with the four runners-up winning a double pass each. Winners to be notified via email, and prizes to be collected from the Dendy Canberra Box Office.

Last Screening of the Year: GONE GIRL + THE JUDGE

20th November, 2014

This is it: our last week of screenings for 2014 has arrived and we plan on ending the year with a bang!

We have two fantastic films lined up -- the much talked about, critically acclaimed GONE GIRL and Robert Downey Jr’s legal drama THE JUDGE -- plus, we’ll be giving away tickets to New Zealand drama THE DARK HORSE too. Read on to find out how to win.

• Sat 22 Nov @ ** 7 PM**: GONE GIRL + THE JUDGE

In GONE GIRL, a man (Ben Affleck) discovers that his wife (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing, and soon finds himself the focus of an intense media circus when it’s suspected he may not be innocent. Directed by David Fincher.

Then, in THE JUDGE (at approx. 9:30 PM), Robert Downey Jr. stars a slick, big city lawyer who must return to his small hometown when his estranged father (Robert Duvall) is arrested on suspicion of murder.

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LAST DAY TO SUGGEST FILMS FOR 2015
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Saturday 22 November is the last day to suggest films you’d like to see on our Semester One 2015 programme. So if you haven’t already done so, head over to www.anufg.org.au/suggestions to let us know what films you'd like to see at the ANU Film Group next year.

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WIN TICKETS TO ‘THE DARK HORSE’!
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Thanks to Transmission films, we have tickets to give away to the powerful new Kiwi drama THE DARK HORSE, which is in cinemas from November 20.

Based on the inspiring true story of a little-known New Zealand hero, the film tells the story of Genesis Potini (Cliff Curtis), a former chess master, who seeks to overcome his own personal adversities to lead a group of children to victory at a national chess championship.

Ten in-season double passes will be given away at the door to attendees at this Saturday’s screening of GONE GIRL, at randomly pre-selected intervals (e.g. the 15th, 42nd, 70th person to arrive). So be sure to come along, join in the fun, and try your luck on the night!

Pre-Purchase Memberships for 2015 Now!

14th November, 2014

Only two weeks to go until screenings end for the year! In our penultimate week, check out an Indonesian action epic hailed by many as one of the best action flicks in recent years, as well as a riveting, multi-award-winning Palestinian crime drama.

• Sat 15 Nov @ ** 7 PM**: THE RAID 2 + OMAR

In THE RAID 2, a rookie cop goes undercover in the Jakarta criminal underworld to bring down a crime syndicate as well as corrupt officials within his own police force, embarking on an odyssey of violence in this acclaimed action epic.

Then, in OMAR (at approx. 9:30 PM), a young Palestinian freedom fighter is forced to work as an informant after he is implicated in the killing of an Israeli soldier in this tense Oscar-nominated thriller.

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PRE-PURCHASE MEMBERSHIPS FOR 2015 NOW
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It’s never too soon to jump on the Film Group bandwagon for next year: memberships for 2015 are now available for pre-purchase!

You can purchase Annual or Semester One memberships online right now for yourself, or for friends, family and loved ones. After all, what better Christmas gift is there for your favourite film lover than a year’s worth of movies at Australia’s largest film society?

Semester One kicks off in early February 2015. To join up now, head over to www.anufg.org.au/join

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COMPETITION: WIN TICKETS TO WINDOWS ON EUROPE FILM FESTIVAL
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Thanks to our friends at Dendy, we have tickets to give away to the opening night film of the 9th Windows on Europe Film Festival, screening exclusively at Dendy Canberra.

Award-winning Austrian documentary THE GREAT MUSEUM kicks off the festival in witty fashion, offering a curious and humorous behind the scenes peek at Vienna’s world-famous Kunsthistorisches Museum. Compiled without interviews or voice-over, this clever observational documentary follows curators and conservators as they work to engage modern audiences while preserving, displaying and contextualising the past.

For your chance to win one of ten double passes to the film, screening on MONDAY 24 NOVEMBER at 6:30 PM, simply email info@anufg.org.au with your name, membership number (located underneath the barcode on your card), and the answer to the following question: ‘Where is the Kunsthistorisches Museum located?’

Entries close at noon on Thursday 20 November, with winners to be contacted via email, and prizes to be collected from the Dendy Canberra box office on the night. Good luck!

What's On This Week: THE MAZE RUNNER, WORDS AND PICTURES, MUCH ADO and more!

6th November, 2014

This week at the Film Group, we kick off the month of November with our usual eclectic mix of box office hits, heartfelt dramas and quirky films you won’t see elsewhere. Read on to find out what’s on, and if you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to suggest films for our Semester One 2015 programme at www.anufg.org.au/suggestions

• Fri 7 Nov @ 7:30 PM: MY SWEET PEPPER LAND + MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

In MY SWEET PEPPER LAND, a former city sheriff takes on the corrupt ruler of a lawless territory on the borders of Iran, Turkey, and Iraq, with the help of a damsel in distress in this unique, off-beat take on the Spaghetti Western genre.

Then, geek king Joss Whedon takes on Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (at approx. 9 PM), in which two sparring couples discover they have very different concepts of love.

• Sat 8 Nov @ ** 7 PM**: THE MAZE RUNNER + WORDS AND PICTURES

In THE MAZE RUNNER, a young boy wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, all with no memory of the outside world, and sets out to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape.

Then, in WORDS AND PICTURES (at approx. 9 PM), Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche star as rival schoolteachers who compete to determine whether words or pictures are more important.

** NOTE: THE MAZE RUNNER replaces the originally scheduled THE BOOK OF LIFE as the night’s first feature. WORDS AND PICTURES takes the place of THE MAZE RUNNER as the second feature of the night. **

October 2014

Semester Two Memberships: $30 from October 30

29th October, 2014

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SEMESTER TWO MEMBERSHIPS: $30 FROM OCTOBER 30
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As the screening year winds to a close, we’re dropping the price of our Semester Two memberships to $30 for the remainder of the programme starting from this Thursday (October 30).

If you’re not already a member (and if not, what have you been waiting for?), be sure to come along and join up to check out some of the year’s biggest hits at the ANU Film Group, including GONE GIRL, THE MAZE RUNNER, THE JUDGE and many more!

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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This week, celebrate Halloween with the untold origins of Dracula, see Scarlett Johansson kick butt, check out the latest film from Roman Polanski, and revel in the animated beauty of our Hayao Miyazaki double feature.

• Thu 30 Oct @ 7:30 PM: VENUS IN FUR

While holding auditions to cast the lead in his next production, a director finds himself falling under the seductive spell of an actress, in the latest film from director Roman Polanski.

• Fri 31 Oct @ 7:30 PM: DRACULA UNTOLD + LUCY

Explore the untold origins of the legendary vampire on Halloween night with DRACULA UNTOLD, in which a young prince (Luke Evans) makes the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect his kingdom and his family.

Then, in LUCY (at approx. 9 PM), Scarlett Johansson plays a woman who inadvertently ingests a powerful new drug, which unlocks the full capacity of her mind and grants her mysterious powers.

** NOTE: DRACULA UNTOLD replaces the originally scheduled GET ON UP at the same screening time. **

• Sat 1 Nov @ **7 PM**: THE WIND RISES + SPIRITED AWAY

In THE WIND RISES, a young aspiring pilot begins on a path that leads to him becoming one of the world’s foremost plane designers in the final film from famed director Hayao Miyazaki.

Then, revisit Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning masterpiece in SPIRITED AWAY (at approx. 9:15 PM) in which a young girl unknowingly wanders into a magical and mysterious world ruled by spirits, gods and monsters. Screening in 35mm film.

** NOTE: Both THE WIND RISES and SPIRITED AWAY will be screening in their original Japanese language versions, with English subtitles. **