News Archive

July 2014

Want to try out the Entertainment Digital Membership for free?

22nd July, 2014

For a limited time only, we’re offering ANUFG members the chance to use the brand new Entertainment Digital Membership for FREE for seven days!

Kicking off tomorrow on Thursday 24 July and running until Thursday 31 July, you can download the Entertainment Membership app on your iPhone or Android device and make use of all $20,000 worth of offers in a seven-day period.

From up to 50% off at your favourite restaurants around town to activities, attractions, shopping and more -- there's bound to be something worth trying. And if you like it, you’ll be given the option to purchase the full membership for $60 at the end of the trial too. Every book purchased through us goes towards Film Group fundraising too, so it’s win-win for all involved.

These free trial memberships are limited in number, however, so be sure to get in quick by signing up now HERE!

Semester One Ends with X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST + Win a DEVIL'S KNOT Prize Pack!

15th July, 2014

Semester One 2014 draws to a close this week with a fantastic sci-fi double feature. But not to worry -- Semester Two kicks off only a couple of days afterwards on Thursday 24 July with our new programme’s opening film, THE ROVER.

For now, here’s what’s on for the final week of Semester One:

• Sat 19 July @ **7 PM**: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST + THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL

The ultimate X-Men ensemble assemble to fight for the survival of their species in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, in which Wolverine is sent into the past in an effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Then, in the 1951 sci-fi classic THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (at approx. 9:15 PM), a humanoid alien and his powerful robot land on Earth with an important message for humanity: an ultimatum to live peacefully or be destroyed.

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SEMESTER TWO PUBLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
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Our fantastic new Semester Two posters and booklets are now available for collection at any screening.

They’re a great guide to getting the most out of your Film Group membership and have been produced, as always, by an incredibly talented team of volunteer reviewers and designers. If you would like to get involved in future publications, please write in to let us know, but in the meantime, come along and grab one to check out our great range of films.

Don’t forget to share it with your friends, family and workmates too, as we are always looking for new members to enjoy and support the Group. And there’s no better time to join up than now!

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COMPETITION: WIN A ‘DEVIL’S KNOT’ PRIZE PACK!
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Thanks to Icon Films, we have a prize pack to give away to celebrate the upcoming release of the thrilling new drama DEVIL’S KNOT, starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth.

DEVIL’S KNOT is based a harrowing true story of the West Memphis Three, in which three teenagers from a small Arkansas town were charged with the savage murder of three little boys. The ensuing investigation and court case proves controversial, particularly for a grieving mother (Witherspoon) and an investigator (Firth), as it threatens to tear the community apart.

The film will be screening at Dendy Canberra from July 24. For a look at its trailer, head over to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ofkn4zYrF5U

To win a prize pack consisting of an in-season double pass to the film and a copy of the novel on which the film is based, 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: ‘In which US State is DEVIL'S KNOT set?’

Entries close on Tuesday 22 July at 5 PM. The winner will be drawn from all correct entries received and contacted via email, with prizes to be collected at ANU Film Group screenings.

EDGE OF TOMORROW This Week + Semester Two Calendar Now Online

10th July, 2014

This week, live, die and repeat at the Film Group with our double feature of resurrection-themed films. And, if you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to check out our new Semester Two programme - now listed in full on our website!

• Sat 12 July @ **7 PM**: EDGE OF TOMORROW + WINTER’S TALE

Tom Cruise stars in the highly acclaimed EDGE OF TOMORROW as a soldier who finds himself inexplicably re-living the same battle against alien invaders over and over again. He teams up with a fellow soldier (Emily Blunt) in an effort to end the time loop for good.

Then, in WINTER’S TALE (at approx. 9 PM), a burglar (Colin Farrell) in 1916 New York finds himself falling for a terminally-ill heiress. But when he discovers he has the gift of reincarnation and awakens in the present day, he sets out to save her, all while being hunted down by an Irish gangster (Russell Crowe).

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SEMESTER TWO PROGRAMME + CALENDAR NOW ONLINE
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We’ve just finished uploading our entire Semester Two 2014 programme onto our website, so be sure to head over to www.anufg.org.au/programme/2014_S2 to find out all you need to know about our upcoming screenings.

Semester Two memberships, which include entry into our remaining Semester One screenings, are also now available for purchase online (www.anufg.org.au/joining) or in person at any screening.

And if you want to ensure you don’t miss a single screening, be sure to add our entire Semester Two programme to your calendar in just one click by going to the following link: http://www.anufg.org.au/programme/2014_S2/ical.ics

With to-the-minute start times and handy reviews of each film, it’s a great way to keep on top of screenings on your mobile device or computer. So now you have no excuse to miss any screenings!

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ENTERTAINMENT MEMBERSHIP: DIGITAL OR BOOK?
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Can’t decide whether to get your Entertainment Membership in the traditional book format or the brand new digital edition for your iPhone or Android device? Both options are amazing value, but if you do happen to change your mind for any reason, the good news is that you can swap to the other option at any time.

Whichever option you choose, you’ll receive over $20,000 in offers and vouchers for Canberra and beyond for just $60. Plus, a portion of proceedings from each book purchased through us goes towards ANUFG fundraising, so it's win-win for all involved. Check out a sample book in person at any screening, or preview the book online by clicking here: http://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/about/Tell-Me-More/Canberra

To order your Entertainment Book or Digital Membership now, simply follow this link: https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/2e5740

June 2014

Semester Two 2014 Programme

30th June, 2014

The moment you’ve all be waiting for is finally here:
our Semester Two 2014 programme is out!

Kicking off on Thursday 24 July with the acclaimed, post-apocalyptic thriller THE ROVER, our new programme comprises a carefully curated selection of 82 of the latest in Hollywood blockbusters, independent and foreign films, as well as a few much loved classics thrown in for good measure.

From GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY to GONE GIRL, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS to TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION and everything else in between, there should (hopefully) be a little something for everyone each week.

View the full line-up in PDF format by clicking HERE (356 Kb).

Also worth keeping an eye out for is our 8th Annual Trivia Night, to be held this year on Friday 29 August. Tickets will go on sale shortly after Semester Two begins, but it’s never too early to mark your calendars and start assembling your teams!

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SEMESTER TWO 2014 MEMBERSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
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If you’re currently a Semester One member (or not a member at all), you’re in luck: Semester Two memberships will be available for sale from this week onwards. You can either purchase your memberships online (www.anufg.org.au/joining) or in person at any screening.

Best of all, purchasing a Semester Two membership now will allow you access into all of our remaining Semester One screenings too, including X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (July 19) and EDGE OF TOMORROW (July 12), in addition to the full 82 films on our Semester Two programme.

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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Last, but certainly not least, here’s your usual reminder about what’s on this week in our action-packed double feature:

• Sat 5 July @ **7 PM**: SABOTAGE + NON-STOP

In our exclusive Canberra premiere screening of SABOTAGE, members of an elite DEA task force find themselves mysteriously being taken down one by one after pulling off the biggest drug bust of their careers. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington and Terence Howard.

Then, in NON-STOP (at approx. 9 PM), Liam Neeson plays an air marshal who is forced to spring into action during a transatlantic flight when he receives a series of messages threatening to kill a passenger on the flight every twenty minutes unless a ransom is paid.

Check Into THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL This Week + SABOTAGE Premiere on July 5

25th June, 2014

The stars come out this week at the Film Group with a double feature of the latest films from two renowned directors, Wes Anderson and Ridley Scott, both featuring big ensemble casts.

• Sat 28 June @ **7 PM**: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL + THE COUNSELOR

Check into THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL for the adventures of a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) and his trusted lobby boy in Wes Anderson’s latest. Featuring an all-star cast including Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton and Tilda Swinton.

Then, in Ridley Scott’s THE COUNSELOR (at approx. 8:45 PM), a successful lawyer (Michael Fassbender) finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking. Also starring Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt.

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‘SABOTAGE’: EXCLUSIVE CANBERRA PREMIERE SCREENING
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We’re proud to announce that our screening of SABOTAGE next week on July 5 will be the film’s exclusive Canberra premiere -- and one of only a few theatrical screenings of the film in the country!

The film was due to be released in Australian cinemas in May this year, but was unexpectedly pulled at the last minute. Fortunately for us, lucky Film Group members still get to catch the explosive crime thriller in all its glory on the big screen.

SABOTAGE stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington and Terence Howard as members of an elite DEA task force who find themselves mysteriously being taken down one by one following a drug cartel bust. An action-packed take on Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None”, the film is the latest from director David Ayer, who brought us the gritty cop drama END OF WATCH last year.

SABOTAGE screens on Saturday 5 July at 7 PM, followed by Liam Neeson’s in-flight action flick NON-STOP at approx. 9 PM.

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COMING SOON: SEMESTER TWO PROGRAMME
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Stay tuned: our Semester Two 2014 programme will be released right here on Monday 30 June!

To get a sneak peek of some of the films we have in store in the meantime, head on over to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ANUFG

GODZILLA Screens This Week + Countdown to Semester Two

20th June, 2014

We've got a knock-out double feature in store this week with the monster hit (pun fully intended) GODZILLA followed by boxing legends Rocky Balboa and Jake LaMotta (or at least the actors who play them) facing off in GRUDGE MATCH.

• Sat 21 June @ **7 PM**: GODZILLA + GRUDGE MATCH

In GODZILLA, the world's most famous monster makes a devastating return to the big screen in this powerful story of human courage in the face of titanic forces of nature. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, and Elizabeth Olsen.

Then, from giant lizards to old dinosaurs, GRUDGE MATCH (at approx. 9:15 PM) stars Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone as two aging boxing rivals who are coaxed out of retirement to fight one final bout 30 years after their last match.

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COUNTDOWN TO SEMESTER TWO PROGRAMME
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We’re very excited to announce that our Semester Two 2014 programme will kick off on Thursday 24 July with THE ROVER, the acclaimed Australian post-apocalyptic thriller starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.

Our programme will be revealed in its entirety on Monday 30 June, delivered right here to your email inboxes as well as on our website.

In the meantime, join us in counting down on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ANUFG) where we’ll be previewing more of the new programme over the next ten days in the lead-up to the big reveal.

Annual Memberships Now $15 Off + Door Person Wanted

10th June, 2014

With Semester One winding down and Semester Two drawing ever closer, we’re discounting Annual Memberships to just $55 for the remainder of June!

If you aren’t already a member -- or know someone who isn’t, and should be -- you can join up in person at any screening from this week onwards, or anytime online via our website at www.anufg.org.au/joining. It’s incredible value for entry into over 90 films between now and the end of November. These include our remaining Semester One screenings, including GODZILLA, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, EDGE OF TOMORROW and X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, as well as over 80 more films on our yet-to-be-announced Semester Two programme.

Speaking of Semester Two, we’re currently in the process of finalising bookings and will announce our new and exciting line-up to you all as soon as we can. In the meantime, make sure you ‘Like’ and keep an eye on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ANUFG) as we’ll be previewing some highlights there in the lead-up to the big reveal. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, here’s what’s on this week:

• Sat 14 June @ **7 PM**: THE GREAT BEAUTY + THE GILDED CAGE

In THE GREAT BEAUTY, this year’s Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, an ageing lothario who has charmed his way through Rome for decades begins to look past the lavish nightlife to discover a city of exquisite beauty.

Then, in cross-cultural comedy THE GILDED CAGE (at approx. 9:30 PM), when a hard-working Portuguese couple living in Paris get news of a sizable inheritance and make preparations to return home, their neighbours and friends scramble to prevent them from leaving.

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WANTED: DOOR PERSON FOR SEMESTER TWO 2014
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Are you keen to help out the Film Group by being a door person for our upcoming semester?

All you have to do is show up 30 minutes before rostered screenings and scan people in at the door. Best of all, if you complete the required number of sessions in a single semester, we’ll shout you a free membership for Semester One 2015!

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.

No Canteen This Saturday + Win Tickets to GOOD VIBRATIONS

5th June, 2014

We kick off the month of June (and the university non-teaching period) with a double feature of two highly acclaimed documentaries. Plus, read on for your chance to win tickets to British musical drama GOOD VIBRATIONS.

• Sat 7 June @ **7 PM**: BLACKFISH + THE ACT OF KILLING

Take an eye-opening look at a majestic-yet-deadly creature in BLACKFISH, a controversial documentary that examines orca whales and their extraordinary nature, and the species' cruel treatment by the sea-park industry.

Then, check out THE ACT OF KILLING (at approx. 8:30), a powerful Oscar-nominated documentary that challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to re-enact their mass killings in the cinematic genres of their choice, including gangster flicks, westerns and lavish musicals.

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NO CANTEEN ON SATURDAY 7 JUNE
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Please note that our canteen will NOT be operating at this Saturday’s session due to the long weekend holiday. The canteen will resume service as normal from next week. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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COMPETITION: WIN TICKETS TO ‘GOOD VIBRATIONS’!
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Thanks to Curious Distribution, we have tickets to give away to the feel-good British musical drama GOOD VIBRATIONS, which will be screening at Palace Electric Cinemas from June 12.

GOOD VIBRATIONS follows Terri Hooley, a music lover who unwillingly gets caught up in the chaos of 1970s Belfast and Northern Ireland’s violent nationalist conflicts. In an effort to bring his damaged city back to life, he opens up a record store and in the process inadvertently discovers the new music genre of punk rock.

To view the film’s trailer, head over to http://curiousdistribution.com/coming-soon/good-vibrations.aspx

For your chance to win one of ten in-season double passes to the film, simply reply to this message -- or email info@anufg.org.au -- with your name, membership number (located underneath the barcode on your card) and the answer to the following question: ‘What musical genre does Terri Hooley discover in GOOD VIBRATIONS?’

Entries close on Friday 13 June at 5 PM. Winners will be drawn from all correct entries received, with winners to be contacted via email and prizes to be collected at ANU Film Group screenings.

May 2014

What's On This Week + Entertainment Books for 2013/14 Expire on Sunday

28th May, 2014

Johnny Depp turns into a computer and Russell Crowe builds a boat in just two of this week’s many and varied screenings at the ANU Film Group. Here’s what’s on:

• Thu 29 May @ 7:30 PM: TRANSCENDENCE

A dying scientist’s (Johnny Depp) drive for artificial intelligence takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into a sentient machine with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

• Fri 30 May @ 7:30 PM: SHORT TERM 12 + A HIJACKING

In the critically acclaimed SHORT TERM 12, a young woman (Brie Larson) who has dedicated her life to helping disadvantaged children must contend with some unexpected life developments while working at a home for at-risk teens.

Then, Danish thriller A HIJACKING (at approx. 9:15 PM) finds the crew of a cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates, who then proceed to engage in escalating and increasingly tense negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen.

• Sat 31 May @ **7 PM**: NOAH + LE WEEK-END

In NOAH, Russell Crowe plays a man is chosen by his world’s creator to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world. Directed by Darren Aronofsky (BLACK SWAN, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM).

Then, in candid comedy LE-WEEKEND, a British couple (Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan) return to Paris many years after their honeymoon there in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage. Directed by Roger Michell (NOTTING HILL).

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ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS FOR 2013/14 EXPIRE ON SUNDAY!
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Just a reminder that last year’s 2013/14 Entertainment Books will be expiring this Sunday on June 1st. Only a few days left to make the most of your $20,000 in offers!

And if you haven’t already picked up a new Entertainment Book for 2014/15 -- or signed up for the handy new Entertainment Digital Membership -- be sure to purchase one from the Film Group to help our fundraising efforts.

Speak to the Duty Manager at the door at any screening for more information, or purchase yours directly online here: https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/2e5740

Wanted: Review Writers for Semester Two 2014

20th May, 2014

There’s bound to be something for everyone this week, with superheroes, Muppets, fast cars, and award-winning documentaries and foreign films all making an appearance at the Film Group.

We’re also on the lookout for volunteers interested in helping out with our Semester Two 2014 booklet, so read on to find out more, but first, here’s what’s on this week:

• Wed 21 May @ 7:30 PM: BLANCANIEVES

In 1920s Seville, a young female bullfighter is shunned by her evil stepmother and runs away with a troupe of dwarves, eventually becoming a legend in this Spanish twist on the Snow White fairy tale.

** NOTE: This screening has been rescheduled from its originally programmed date **

• Thu 22 May @ 7:30 PM: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) fights to protect New York City from a string of formidable new villains, and comes to realise that all of them have one thing in common: the mysterious corporation Oscorp.

• Fri 23 May @ 7:30 PM: STORIES WE TELL + SISTER

In STORIES WE TELL, writer-director Sarah Polley sets out to make a documentary about her family of storytellers but ends up discovering an unexpected truth about her own life instead.

Then, in SISTER (at approx. 9:30 PM), a young boy works to support his older sister (Léa Seydoux) by stealing from wealthy guests at the Swiss ski resort near where they live, but all is not as it seems.

• Sat 24 May @ **7 PM**: MUPPETS MOST WANTED + NEED FOR SPEED

In MUPPETS MOST WANTED, The Muppets embarks on a grand world tour but soon find themselves caught up in a sinister jewel-heist caper headed by a criminal mastermind impersonating Kermit the Frog.

Then, in NEED FOR SPEED (at approx. 9 PM), a street racer who was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit takes part in a cross-country race in order to take revenge on the man who betrayed him.

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WANTED: REVIEW WRITERS FOR SEMESTER TWO 2014
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Do you like movies? Do you like writing? Do you like writing about movies? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you might be interested to know that we’re currently seeking review writers for our Semester Two 2014 booklet.

All reviews will be published in our 64-page booklet that all members receive at the beginning of each semester, as well as on our website. Reviews will need to be approximately 200-250 words in length and completed over a period of 7-10 days in early June, so please only volunteer if you think you’ll have time around then 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. 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 at info@anufg.org.au by SUNDAY 25 MAY.

P.S. Film suggestions also close on Sunday, so don’t forget to suggest films that you’d like to see on our upcoming programme by heading to www.anufg.org.au/suggestions