News Archive

March 2014

12 YEARS A SLAVE, THE HOBBIT, MARY POPPINS and more this week!

11th March, 2014

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‘MARY POPPINS’: 50TH ANNIVERSARY RESTORATION SCREENING
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In addition to giving us access to a whole range of new release films we otherwise wouldn’t have been able to screen, our new digital projector also enables us to revisit film classics unlike ever before.

One such example is this Saturday’s screening of MARY POPPINS, which we will be screening in its fully restored glory in celebration of its 50th anniversary this year. The film underwent a meticulous digital and photochemical restoration from its original camera negatives and the ANU Film Group has the proud honour of putting on one of first Australian screenings of this restored version of the film.

So whether you’ve seen it a hundred times, or never before, you won’t want to miss seeing this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious classic, stunningly restored and on the big screen this Saturday.

MARY POPPINS screens as the second feature following SAVING MR. BANKS -- the heart-warming tale of the beloved classic’s making, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson -- at approximately 9:15 PM.

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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** REMINDER: All screenings begin at 7:30 PM, with the exception of Saturday screenings which begin at 7 PM **

It’s going to be a big week as we screen the Coen Brothers’ latest, celebrate this year’s Oscar winner for Best Picture, return to Middle Earth, discover the untold story of the making of MARY POPPINS, and then revisit the beloved classic for its 50th anniversary. Only at the ANU Film Group!

• Wed 12 Mar @ 7:30 PM: INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

The latest film from the Coen Brothers follows a week in the life of a young folk singer (Oscar Isaac) in 1960’s New York, as he struggles to make it as a musician against seemingly impossible odds.

• Thu 13 Mar @ 7:30 PM: 12 YEARS A SLAVE

This year’s Oscar winner for Best Picture tells the extraordinary true story of a born-free African-American man (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who was abducted and sold into slavery against his will.

• Fri 14 Mar @ 7:30 PM: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), continue their quest to reclaim their homeland of Erebor from the dragon Smaug.

• Sat 15 Mar @ **7 PM**: SAVING MR. BANKS followed by MARY POPPINS

In SAVING MR. BANKS, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) finds himself up against uncompromising author, P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), as he attempts to obtain the rights to make a film version of her book Mary Poppins.

Then, in MARY POPPINS (at approx. 9:15 PM), Julie Andrews plays a magical nanny who is summoned to bring joy to the children of the Banks family. Special 50th anniversary screening, featuring an all-new digital restoration of the film, screening for one of the first times in Australia!

Digital Projection at the ANU Film Group + Win Tickets to POMPEII

5th March, 2014

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DIGITAL PROJECTION AT THE ANU FILM GROUP
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Last night at our 2014 AGM, the ANU Film Group proudly announced that we have just acquired a brand new, state-of-the-art digital projector!

For the past 48 years, we have been screening exclusively from 35mm and 16mm film. But the changing nature of film production, distribution and exhibition globally has meant that, as of 2014, new release films are now being released almost entirely on the digital cinema format. In anticipation of this, we have been working on acquiring digital technology for a number of years, and our new projector is a welcome and long-awaited addition to the Coombs Theatre that we intend to use alongside our trusty 35mm projectors going forward.

Our digital projector will allow us to remain at the forefront of cinema technology and to continue screening the diverse and varied films that our members love for many, many more years to come. We hope that you can join us in sharing in the excitement of this historic change at our first post-AGM digital screening of AMERICAN HUSTLE this Thursday.

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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** REMINDER: All screenings begin at 7:30 PM, with the exception of Saturday screenings which begin at 7 PM **

Congratulations to all of the winners of the 86th annual Academy Awards. This year's Best Picture winner, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, screens next Thursday on March 13 but first... it's Oscar losers week at the Film Group as we screen two of the year’s most nominated films that sadly went home empty handed!

• Thu 6 Mar @ 7:30 PM: AMERICAN HUSTLE

Two con artists (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) are forced to help an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) capture criminals to avoid prosecution. Nominated for 10 Oscars, including Best Picture.

• Fri 7 Mar @ 7:30 PM: THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the outrageous true story of a stockbroker whose pursuit of the American Dream leads him to a decadent life of crime and corruption. Nominated for 5 Oscars, including Best Picture.

• Sat 8 Mar @ **7 PM**: ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES followed by THANKS FOR SHARING

Legendary news anchor Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his news team return in ANCHORMAN 2 to take the world's first ever 24-hour news channel by storm.

Then, in THANKS FOR SHARING (at approx. 9 PM), three people with little in common are brought together in their struggle against sex addiction. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim Robbins.

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WIN TICKETS TO DENDY’S GALA SCREENING OF ‘POMPEII’!
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Thanks to our friends at Dendy Cinemas, we’ve got your chance to see the action epic POMPEII early at a special gala screening on WEDNESDAY 19 MARCH. The exclusive event will kick off with drinks and canapés at 6 PM, followed by the film at 6:30 PM.

POMPEII stars Game of Thrones’ Kit Harrington as a slave-turned-gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love (Emily Browning) from a corrupt Roman Senator (Kiefer Sutherland), all as Mount Vesuvius erupts and the city crumbles around him.

For your chance to win one of ten double passes to the event, simply reply to this message -- or email us at info@anufg.org.au -- with your name, contact number and the answer to the following question: ‘In which country is the city of Pompeii located?’

Entries close on Wednesday 12 March at 12 pm (noon), with winners to be selected at random from all entries received. Good luck!

February 2014

Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 4 March + What’s On This Week

25th February, 2014

For the past 48 years, the ANU Film Group has been run primarily by a committee of volunteers. Each year, we hold an Annual General Meeting to report back to our general members on how the Film Group has been doing over the past year, and to elect a new committee to run the Group for the new year.

Would you like to know how the Film Group is doing? Do you have questions you’ve always wanted to ask about how the Group is run? Want to hear about our plans for the future? Or would you even like to be more active and run for a position on our committee?

Regardless of your answer to any of these questions (we’re not picky), make sure you come along to our upcoming AGM on TUESDAY 4 MARCH at 6:00 PM in the Coombs Theatre.

All members are welcome. For more information, please contact us at info@anufg.org.au. We hope to see you there!

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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** REMINDER: All screenings begin at 7:30 PM, with the exception of Saturday screenings which begin at 7 PM **

• Wed 26 Feb @ 7:30 PM: ENDER’S GAME

A young boy (Asa Butterfield) is recruited by the military to lead the fight against a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated Earth in a previous invasion. Also starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Abigail Breslin.

• Thu 27 Feb @ 7:30 PM: THOR: THE DARK WORLD

It’s Thorsday -- the perfect day for an encore screening of our Semester One opening film, in which Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must make sacrifices to protect all that he cares for after an enemy from ancient times returns.

• Fri 28 Feb @ 7:30 PM: THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY followed by ENOUGH SAID

In THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, a daydreamer (Ben Stiller) escapes his ordinary life by disappearing into a world of fantasies, and unexpectedly finds himself embarking on a real adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have imagined.

Then, in ENOUGH SAID (at approx. 9:30 PM), a divorced single mother (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) falls for a like-minded man (James Gandolfini), only to discover that he is her new friend’s much-maligned ex-husband.

• Sat 1 Mar @ **7 PM**: FROZEN followed by DELIVERY MAN

In FROZEN, Disney’s latest animated opus, a fearless optimist teams up with a mountain man, his loyal reindeer and a snowman to rescue her older sister, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

Then, in DELIVERY MAN (at approx. 9 PM), an underachiever (Vince Vaughn) discovers that he has fathered 533 children through donations to a fertility clinic, and must decide whether to come forward when they request his identity.

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DOWNLOAD OUR SEMESTER ONE CALENDAR
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Don’t want to miss any screenings this semester?

In addition to these weekly screening reminders, you can also add our entire Semester One programme to your calendar in just one click by going to the following link: http://www.anufg.org.au/programme/2014_S1/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. Now you'll have no excuse to miss any films!

Semester One 2014 Starts Tonight!

17th February, 2014

We’re back -- screenings for 2014 kick off tonight with our free screening of THOR: THE DARK WORLD at 7:30 PM!

Come along and invite everyone you know to check out Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster on us at Australia’s largest film society. Or if you’re already in on Canberra’s (unintentionally) best-kept secret, then join up tonight or collect your pre-purchased membership. Our brand new posters and booklets will be available for collection too.

We can't wait to begin what is looking to be a fantastic year in film, and we've got an amazing line-up of films to kick it all off in our first week, so read on to find out what’s on!

** REMINDER: All screenings begin at 7:30 PM, with the exception of Saturday screenings which begin at 7:00 PM **

• Mon 17 Feb @ 7:30 PM: THOR: THE DARK WORLD

When an enemy from ancient times threatens the universe and the safety of his mortal love (Natalie Portman), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must make sacrifices to protect all that he cares for.

• Thu 20 Feb @ 7:30 PM: THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) becomes a target of the Capitol after her unprecedented victory in the 74th Hunger Games begins to spark a rebellion in the oppressed state of Panem.

• Fri 21 Feb @ 7:30 PM: BLUE JASMINE followed by THE BUTLER

In BLUE JASMINE, Cate Blanchett plays a troubled New York socialite who arrives in San Francisco for a new start, but finds herself struggling to cope with reality. Directed by Woody Allen and nominated for 3 Oscars, including Best Actress.

Then, in THE BUTLER (at approx. 9:15 PM), Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, bearing witness to some of the most significant events in American history.

• Sat 22 Feb @ **7 PM**: CAPTAIN PHILLIPS followed by 2 GUNS

Tom Hanks stars as CAPTAIN PHILLIPS in this harrowing true story of the 2009 hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates, the first such hijacking in over two hundred years. Nominated for 6 Oscars, including Best Picture.

Then, in 2 GUNS (at approx. 9:15 PM), Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg star as two undercover agents who are forced on the run after a botched attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel.

Have You Pre-Purchased Your Membership Yet?

7th February, 2014

If you haven’t joined up for 2014 yet, what are you waiting for?

Save time, avoid the need to bring cash and jump the queue by simply picking up your pre-printed, pre-laminated membership card on the way in to your first screening of the year.

To join online right now, go to www.anufg.org.au/join

As a not-for-profit organisation, the Film Group relies heavily on word of mouth and support from our members to keep running. We’ve done so successfully for 48 years and counting, and to ensure that we keep screening for many more years to come, we’d really appreciate it if you could spread the word. Believe it or not, we're (unintentionally) one of Canberra's best kept secrets, so let's get the word out!

You can like our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/anufg) and share a post. Or forward this email onto friends, family or people at work. Or why not send around our fantastic programme (www.anufg.org.au/programme) too?

Don’t forget to also invite everyone you know to our free kick-off screening of THOR THE DARK WORLD on Monday 17 February at 7:30 PM. Entry is absolutely free and open to everyone. The more the merrier!

Only 10 days to go…

January 2014

Semester One 2014 Programme + New Start Times

20th January, 2014

The moment you’ve all been waiting for is here…

Without further ado, here is the ANU Film Group’s programme for Semester One 2014 in PDF format HERE (274 Kb).

Screenings kick off on Monday 17 February with a FREE screening of THOR: THE DARK WORLD so spread the word, invite everyone you know and come along to kick off the year with some thunder.

From recent Oscar nominees to Hollywood blockbusters, foreign films, indie hits, beloved classics and more, there’s bound to be something for everyone on our new programme. We hope you’re all as excited about it as we were putting it together, and we can’t wait to see you when screenings begin in just four weeks’ time!

And don’t forget – if you want to beat the queues and save time, you can pre-purchase your membership online now. Just go to www.anufg.org.au/joining to find out how.

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NEW START TIMES FOR 2014
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In light of feedback received from our recent member survey and start time poll, all weekday (Monday to Friday) screenings in 2014 will now begin at the new time of 7:30 PM.

Saturday screenings will remain at the earlier start time of 7:00 PM.

Signage and regular reminders will be circulated in the first few weeks of screenings to ensure that the transition to the earlier weekday start time is as smooth as possible.

Start times had remained unchanged for decades, so this was not a decision we made lightly, but we hope that both new and existing members will find screenings more accessible with the earlier start. Once again, we thank you all for your feedback in assisting us in coming to a final decision.

New Programme on Monday + Win Tickets to 12 YEARS A SLAVE

17th January, 2014

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SEMESTER ONE 2014 PROGRAMME TO BE RELEASED ON MONDAY!
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Save the date: we’re very pleased to announce that our highly anticipated (we hope) Semester One 2014 programme will be released next Monday on January 20!

Screenings for 2014 will commence in exactly one month’s time on MONDAY 17 FEBRUARY so mark your calendars, spread the word, invite your friends, and get ready to kick off the year with some thunder at our free-for-all screening of Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster THOR: THE DARK WORLD.

Also on the line up will be many of the just-announced Oscar nominees -- including AMERICAN HUSTLE, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB and more -- as well as a plethora of blockbusters, independent and foreign films, and even some exclusive Canberra premieres that you won’t find on the big screen anywhere else!

Want to have a sneak peak at our programme before Monday? Make sure you check out our Facebook (www.facebook.com/anufg) page or our Twitter feed (www.twitter.com/anufg) where we’ll be slowly dropping some hints over the next few days.

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WIN TICKETS TO DENDY’S GALA SCREENING OF ’12 YEARS A SLAVE’
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Just nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and having won Best Motion Picture (Drama) at the Golden Globes a few days ago, 12 YEARS A SLAVE seems to be the film to beat at this year’s Oscars!

Now thanks to our friends at Dendy Cinemas, we’ve got your chance to catch the film early at a special gala event on WEDNESDAY 29 JANUARY. The exclusive event will kick off with drinks and canapes at 6 PM, followed by the film at 6:30 PM.

12 YEARS A SLAVE is the incredible true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a born-free African-American man who was abducted and sold into slavery against his will in 1841. The film follows Northup’s unwavering quest to return home to his family, and his struggle to maintain his dignity in the face of both extreme cruelty and unexpected kindness.

For your chance to win one of five double passes to the event, simply reply to this message -- or email us at info@anufg.org.au -- with your name, contact number and the answer to the following question: ‘On what date is 12 YEARS A SLAVE screening as part of the ANU Film Group's Semester One 2014 programme?’

Want to know the answer? Here’s a hint: have a look on our Facebook (www.facebook.com/anufg) or Twitter page (www.twitter.com/anufg) right now for clues!

Entries close on Friday 24 January at 12 pm (noon), with winners to be selected at random from all entries received. Good luck!

December 2013

Merry Christmas from the ANU Film Group!

24th December, 2013

On behalf of everyone at the ANU Film Group, we’d like to wish all of our members and guests a merry Christmas as well as an eventful and wonderful New Year ahead. We’ll be back in 2014 with some very exciting announcements we can’t wait to share -- including, of course, our brand new programme -- so stay safe and keep in touch!

And for those of you still on the lookout for a Christmas gift, we just have to get one last plug in: ANUFG memberships are now available for pre-purchase! It's the perfect gift for film lovers, friends and family -- especially those who you've been asking to come to the Film Group with you for ages (you know who we're talking about).

Memberships for 2014 start at $40 and can be purchased online immediately to be delivered via email and redeemed once screenings begin in February. For more info, visit www.anufg.org.au/joining

Pre-Purchase Your 2014 Memberships Now

16th December, 2013

With only two months to go until Semester One 2014 kicks off in February, and after the fantastic response we received earlier this year, we’re now accepting pre-purchases for 2014.

Annual or Semester One 2014 memberships can be purchased online via credit card, PayPal, or direct bank deposit. Once payment has been cleared and your membership processed (which may take up to 5 working days), you will be emailed a certificate to redeem your membership at your very first screening.

• Skip the busy start-of-year queues with our express pick-ups

• Just present your certificate, sign your name, collect your card and go!

• Receive a pre-printed, pre-laminated card

• Join up for yourself or on behalf of friends and family

• The perfect Christmas gift for film lovers… or for all those people you’ve been asking to join up for ages!

So what are you waiting for? Pre-purchase your membership now by heading to www.anufg.org.au/join

Vote for ANUFG Start Times for 2014

4th December, 2013

At the beginning of this year, we introduced 7 PM start times for our Saturday double feature screenings. Based on feedback received, we decided to undertake a review of start times for all screening days, and to gauge the opinions of our members via a survey.

Unfortunately, despite many of you responding, the survey results for Monday to Thursday weekday start times preferences were inconclusive. As a result, we are now also considering a 7:30 PM option.

To assist us in making a decision, please take the time to consider the following THREE options and REPLY to this message or email info@anufg.org.au with your vote by no later than SUNDAY 15 DECEMBER at 11:59 PM.

OPTIONS FOR MONDAY TO THURSDAY START TIMES FOR 2014:

A: 7:00 PM

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B: 7:30 PM

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C: 8:00 PM

We would also be interested in any reasons for your preference should you wish to provide them. All responses will be fully considered in making our final decision. Thank you in advance for your input.