News Archive

November 2018

Share Your Memories of the Coombs Theatre + Semester Memberships Now $20

7th November, 2018

If you picked up a copy of the Canberra Times today, you might have seen a little article (on page 2!) about the ANU Film Group and our 50 years in the Coombs Theatre. Alternatively, you can check out the article online by CLICKING HERE.

We’re very proud of our time at Coombs and intend on fully celebrating it at our farewell event on November 25. If you have any photos, videos or memories of your time at the Coombs Theatre that you’d like to share with us, please send it through to We’re putting together a slideshow to run on screen at the event and we’d love to have some submissions from our members!

(Please note that the article makes reference to LADIES IN BLACK screening as part of the farewell event on November 25. It will actually be screening on November 24 – the farewell event does not include a film screening.)


As screenings wind down for the year, we’re dropping the price of our Semester Two 2018 memberships from $40 to just $20!

That’s only $5 more than a Weekly membership, so it’s perfect if you’re not already a member and would come along to any of our screenings between now and November 25. There’s still plenty more to see, including critically acclaimed films like A STAR IS BORN, FIRST MAN and LADIES IN BLACK.

Discounted Semester Two memberships are available online now ( or in person at any screening.


Only three weeks of screenings left to go for the year! This week, you can catch Rowan Atkinson’s return as Johnny English, head back to night school, and check out an acclaimed French drama about the AIDS epidemic in the 90s.

• FRI 9 NOV @ 7:30 PM: BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE) (MA, 143 min)

In the early 1990s, a young man joins an advocacy group that takes increasingly radical action to force the government and pharmaceutical companies to recognise the worsening AIDS epidemic in the French community. Winner of six César Awards, including Best Film.

** Presented in partnership with ANU Learning Communities **

• SAT 10 NOV @ **7 PM**: JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES BACK (PG, 89 min) + NIGHT SCHOOL (M, 111 min)

When the identities of their undercover agents are revealed, the British Secret Service must call bumbling spy Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) out of retirement to track down a dangerous hacker in this third instalment in the spy comedy series.

Then, in NIGHT SCHOOL (at approx. 8:30 PM), a group of adult misfits and high school drops outs are forced to attend night school to finally earn their high school diplomas in order to get their lives back on track. Starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish.

What's On This Week + Win Tickets to SUSPIRIA!

2nd November, 2018


To kick off the month of November at the ANU Film Group, Denzel Washington stars in his first-ever sequel, a 1973 Blaxploitation film gets a remake, Yetis sing and dance, and Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively get embroiled in a twisty mystery.

• FRI 2 NOV @ 7:30 PM: THE EQUALIZER 2 (MA, 121 min) + SUPERFLY (MA, 116 min)

In THE EQUALIZER 2, when one of his friends is murdered, Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) return to his old ways to seek out and punish the perpetrators by delivering his special brand of vigilante justice.

Then, in SUPERFLY (at approx. 9:30 PM), a young African-American drug dealer decides to get out of the business, but finds leaving a life of crime behind more difficult than he imagined in this remake of the 1972 Blaxploitation crime film.

• SAT 3 NOV @ **5 PM**: SMALLFOOT (G, 96 min)

A Yeti is convinced that the elusive creature known as the ‘Smallfoot’ really exists and sets out against the wishes of his community to prove his theories correct in this animated musical comedy featuring the voices of Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya and Danny DeVito.

• SAT 3 NOV @ **7 PM**: A SIMPLE FAVOUR (M, 117 min)

A single mother (Anna Kendrick) befriends a mysterious upper-class woman (Blake Lively), and takes it upon herself to investigate when her new best friend suddenly disappears from their small town. Directed by Paul Feig.


Thanks to our friends at Transmission Films, we have tickets to give away to SUSPIRIA, the terrifying new remake of the 1977 cult horror classic.

The unsettling new film from director Luca Guadagnino (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME) follows a young American dancer (Dakota Johnson) in 1970s Berlin as she joins a world-renowned dance company – only to discover its darkest secrets and a hidden world of unimaginable nightmares.

For a look at the film’s trailer, CLICK HERE

To go into the running to win 1 of 10 double passes to see the film in cinemas, all you have to do is email us at with your name, your membership number (located under the barcode on your card) and tell us who directed the original 1977 version of SUSPIRIA.

Entries close on Thursday 8 November, with winners to be notified via email and prizes to be collected at ANUFG screenings.

Coombs Farewell Event on November 25

2nd November, 2018

On November 25, the ANU Film Group will be bidding farewell to our beloved home for the past 50 years – the Coombs Theatre – which we have been screening films in since 1968.

Please join us for one last visit to the theatre as we celebrate/commemorate/commiserate the occasion with:

• Drinks and light refreshments
• Memories and photos of the Coombs Theatre
• Souvenir postcards
• Projection room walkthrough tours
• Sneak peek at plans for 2019
• And more!

The celebrations will kick off at 6 PM on Sunday 25 November. We hope to see you there!

October 2018

Film Suggestions for 2019 Now Open + What's On This Week

25th October, 2018

It’s hard to believe that’s there only one month left until the end of screenings for 2018 – and the end of our time in the Coombs Theatre!

In case you haven’t heard, the ANU Film Group will be moving to a new purpose-built home in 2019. If you haven’t already done so, you can read more about this in an FAQ we posted back in April.

We’re working hard to have more new information to share with you about the new venue, but in the meantime, we’re now taking suggestions for films you’d like to see on our Semester One 2019 programme!

Let us know what new releases, up-and-comers or classic favourites you’d like to see at the ANU Film Group next year by filling out a suggestion form at We encourage you to submit your suggestions online, but if you wish to fill out a printed form, these are also available on request at any screening.

And be sure to mark your calendars for our Coombs Theatre Farewell event on SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER where we’ll be saying goodbye to our home for the past 50 years. More details to be announced next week!


This week, check out a very special preview screening of WOMAN AT WAR, Iceland’s submission for next year’s Best Foreign Language Oscar at 1:45 PM on Saturday, courtesy of Hi-Gloss Entertainment.

Plus, Mark Wahlberg back in action, the latest film from the director of SAW, the high school years of a serial killer, a offbeat Thai road trip movie, and the UK’s acclaimed submission for – you guessed it – the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2019.

• THU 25 OCT @ 7:30 PM: MILE 22 (MA, 94 min)

An elite team of American operatives are tasked with smuggling an Indonesian police officer with sensitive information out of the country, amidst political turmoil and hidden agendas. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Iko Uwais and John Malkovich.

• FRI 26 OCT @ 7:30 PM: UPGRADE (MA, 100 min) + MY FRIEND DAHMER (M, 103 min)

In UPGRADE, after his wife is murdered and he is paralysed in a brutal mugging, a man is offered an experimental spinal implant that will allow him to exact violent revenge upon his attackers. Directed by Leigh Whannell (SAW).

Then, in MY FRIEND DAHMER (at approx. 9:15 PM), take a haunting look at the early life of Jeffrey Dahmer, a shy high schooler in the 1970s whose troubled upbringing leads him to become one of the world’s most notorious serial killers.

• SAT 27 OCT @ **1:45 PM**: WOMAN AT WAR (101 min)

An Icelandic choir conductor leads a secret double life as an environmental activist. But when she discovers that her dream to adopt a child is about to be realised, she must choose between being a saviour or becoming a mother.

** Preview screening presented by Hi-Gloss Entertainment and the Australian Film Societies Federation **

• SAT 27 OCT @ **7 PM**: POP AYE (M, 102 min) + I AM NOT A WITCH (M, 92 min)

In POP AYE, a man bumps into a circus elephant from his past on the streets of Bangkok, and together they embark on a charming and unforgettable journey across Thailand in search of the farm where they grew up together.

Then, in I AM NOT A WITCH (at approx. 8:45 PM) an eight-year-old girl in Zambia is accused of witchcraft and exiled by her village to a camp in the desert, where she must decide her future in this unique, award-winning British film.

Screening Change: LADIES IN BLACK now on Nov 24

17th October, 2018

We regret to inform you that our last scheduled film of the semester, MOWGLI, is no longer available for us to screen, as it was recently acquired by Netflix for release in 2019. In its place on Saturday 24 November, we will instead be screening director Bruce Beresford’s latest film, Australian comedy-drama LADIES IN BLACK.

Set in 1959 Sydney, the film follows a schoolgirl (Angourie Rice) who takes a summer job at a prestigious department store where her fellow saleswomen open her eyes to a fast-changing world beyond her sheltered existence. Also starring Julia Ormond, Rachael Taylor, Ryan Corr and Shane Jacobson, the film is a feel-good throwback to a bygone era – and the perfect dose of nostalgia for what is likely to be the ANU Film Group’s final screening in the Coombs Theatre.

LADIES IN BLACK will screen on Saturday 24 November at 7 PM, and will be a ‘No Guests’ screening. CHRISTOPHER ROBIN will also be screening on the same day at 5 PM as originally scheduled.


If there’s ever been a week of screenings that highlights two extreme ends of the filmgoing spectrum, this might be it…

On one hand, we have acclaimed and thought-provoking films from Switzerland, France and Finland. And then there’s an Australian alien invasion, murderous puppets, and Jason Statham versus a giant shark. What more could you want?!

• WED 17 OCT @ 7:30 PM: THE DIVINE ORDER (M, 97 min)

By the late 1960s, the people of Switzerland have been relatively untouched by the social upheaval occurring around the world. But a young mother from a rural village changes everything when she begins a historic fight for women’s suffrage.

** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland **

• THU 18 OCT @ 7:30 PM: OCCUPATION (M, 119 min)

After their small Australian country town is annihilated by an alien attack, a group of civilians discover that they are among Earth’s last remaining survivors and form an army to fight back against their extra-terrestrial occupiers.

• FRI 19 OCT @ 7:30 PM: THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS (MA, 91 min) + THE MEG (M, 113 min)

In a world where puppets and humans co-exists, a puppet private eye and his partner (Melissa McCarthy) find themselves hot on the trail of the serial killer targeting cast members of a TV show from the 1990s. Not suitable for children!

Then, in THE MEG (at approx. 9 PM), a rescue diver (Jason Statham) is recruited to save the crew of a deep-sea submersible after they are trapped at the bottom of the ocean by a massive prehistoric shark previously believed to be extinct.

• SAT 20 OCT @ **7 PM**: TWO IS A FAMILY (M, 117 min) + THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (M, 100 min)

In French comedy-drama TWO IS A FAMILY, a man’s old flame leaves a child on his doorstep, claiming that the infant is his. Years later, the man and his daughter have become inseparable – until her mother returns and demands custody.

Then, in Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki’s latest film, THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (at approx. 9 PM), a Syrian refugee arrives in Helsinki seeking asylum but instead forms an unlikely friendship with a travelling salesman-turned-entrepreneur.



Thanks to Transmission Films, we have tickets to give away to BEAUTIFUL BOY, the powerful new drama starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet.

BEAUTIFUL BOY follows a desperate father (Carell) who will do whatever he can to keep his family together, as his son (Chalamet) struggles with a drug addiction to that threatens to destroy him. A deeply moving portrait of unwavering love in the face of adversity, the film chronicles a family’s heartbreaking experience of addiction, relapse, and recovery over many years.

For a look at the film’s trailer, CLICK HERE.

To go into the running to win 1 of 10 double passes to see the film in cinemas, all you have to do is email us at with your name, your membership number (located under the barcode on your card) and tell us the title of one film from our Semester Two 2018 programme starring Steve Carell.

Entries close on Wednesday 24 October, with winners to be notified via email and prizes to be collected at ANUFG screenings.

What's On This Week + Special Preview Screening on October 27!

11th October, 2018

Bombshells, brothers, spies and superheroes make their way to the ANU Film Group this week. Plus, read on to find out about a special preview screening for our members!


One of the most glamorous stars of Hollywood's Golden Age was also an inventive genius who revolutionised telecommunications during WWII, but her looks stood in the way of her being given the credit she deserved – until now.

** FREE screening presented in partnership with the SAGE Athena SWAN Network at the ANU in celebration of gender equity in science **

• FRI 12 OCT @ 7:30 PM: BROTHERS’ NEST (MA, 97 min) + Q&A EVENT

When their dying mother decides to change her will to benefit her new husband before she dies, two brothers (Shane and Clayton Jacobson) go to extreme – and deadly – lengths to protect their inheritance from being signed away.

** Director/star Clayton Jacobson regretfully can no longer make a personal appearance at tonight’s screening, but will instead participate in the post-screening Q&A via Skype from Melbourne **

• SAT 13 OCT @ **5 PM**: TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES (PG, 88 min)

Five teenage superheroes who dream of Hollywood stardom set out to find themselves an arch enemy to prove they are worthy of getting their own shot at a big-screen movie, in this feature film based on the popular animated TV series.

• SAT 13 OCT @ **7 PM**: THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME (MA, 117 min)

Two best friends (Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon) unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers that the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy.


This year’s Annual General Meeting of the Australian Film Societies Federation (AFSF) will be taking place in Canberra on Saturday 27 October, and as a special treat, all members of the ANU Film Group have been invited to a preview screening of an upcoming film!

WOMAN AT WAR follows Halla, a 50-year-old choir conductor living in the Icelandic highlands, who leads a secret double life as an environmental activist waging war on corporations that threaten her beloved home. But the stakes are raised when she discovers that her dream to adopt a child is about to be realised, and she must choose between being a saviour or becoming a mother.

Directed by Icelandic auteur Benedikt Erlingsson (OF HORSES AND MEN), this warm-hearted and off-beat comedy screened at the Sydney and Melbourne International Film Festivals, and won a screenwriting award at Cannes earlier this year. It is also Iceland’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film at next year’s Oscars.

WOMAN AT WAR isn’t set for a general theatrical release yet – but thanks to Hi-Gloss Entertainment, you can be the first in Canberra to see the film at this free preview screening for ANUFG members. Don’t miss it!

DATE: Saturday 27 October, 2018
TIME: 1:45 PM (doors open from 1:15 PM)
VENUE: Coombs Theatre, ANU


3rd October, 2018

We kick off the month of October with one of the biggest hits of the year – CRAZY RICH ASIANS – along with a drama about the power of books, an offbeat Kiwi comedy, a behind-the-scenes look at one of Australia’s most iconic rock bands, a sci-fi crime thriller and a slasher horror film (for good measure).

• WED 3 OCT @ 7:30 PM: THE BOOKSHOP (PG, 113 min)

In 1959, a woman (Emily Mortimer) decides to purchase an abandoned house to open a bookshop in a small English coastal town, but is met with ruthless local opposition and soon finds herself in a political minefield. Also starring Patricia Clarkson and Bill Nighy.

** Presented in partnership with Tenants’ Unions ACT in celebration of International Tenants Day 2018 **

• THU 4 OCT @ 7:30 PM: CRAZY RICH ASIANS (PG, 120 min)

In this smash hit romantic comedy, an American-born Chinese woman accompanies her boyfriend to Singapore for his best friend's wedding, only find herself thrust into the lives of Asia’s rich and famous and a world she didn't know existed.

• FRI 5 OCT @ 7:30 PM: KIN (M, 102 min) + THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT (MA, 85 min)

In KIN, armed with a mysterious weapon of unknown origin, a teenager and his ex-con older brother are forced to go on the run from a vengeful criminal and otherworldly soldiers in this crime thriller with a sci-fi twist. Starring James Franco, Dennis Quaid and Zoë Kravitz.

Then, in THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT (at approx. 9:15 PM), a family's road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a deserted mobile home park and find their lives threatened by three masked psychopaths.

• SAT 6 OCT @ **7 PM**: THE BREAKER UPPERERS (M, 81 min) + MIDNIGHT OIL: 1984 (M, 89 min)

In hilarious Kiwi comedy THE BREKAER UPPERERS, two cynical women set up an agency to break up couples for cash as a way to avoid moving on with their lives, but their friendship unravels when one of them begins to have doubts about their work.

Then, in MIDNIGHT OIL: 1984 (at approx. 8:30 PM), take a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the iconic Australian rock band as they embark on a tour around the nation, igniting the imaginations of a generation of young Australians.


September 2018

ANT-MAN, TEA WITH THE DAMES, BLACKKKLANSMAN and More This Week + Bonus Free Screening

24th September, 2018

Whether you’re a fan of insect-sized superheroes, British actresses, thought-provoking docos or Spike Lee joints, there’s bound to be something for everyone at the ANU Film Group this week!

• MON 24 SEP @ 7:30 PM: PLASTIC CHINA (82 min)

An 11-year-old girl from rural China lives with her family next to a recycling plant, as they process the millions of tonnes of plastic waste dumped there each year by the citizens of more developed countries – at great cost to the health and lives of all involved.

** Presented in partnership with ANU Learning Communities – Sustainability **

• THU 27 SEP @ 7:30 PM: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP (PG, 118 min)

As Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) balances being both a superhero and a father, he is tasked with an urgent new mission by former allies that finds him once again becoming Ant-Man to fight alongside the Wasp to uncover secrets from their past. Also starring Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas.


In TEA WITH THE DAMES, four legendary British actresses – Dames Maggie Smith, Elieen Atkins, Judi Dench and Joan Plowright – come together on screen together for the first time as they reminisce on their careers and lives over a long summer weekend.

Then, in FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (at approx. 9 PM), a vibrant affair between legendary actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) and her young lover (Jamie Bell) quickly grows into a deeper relationship, but their passion is tested by events beyond their control.

• SAT 29 SEP @ **7 PM**: BLACKKKLANSMAN (MA, 135 min) + DO THE RIGHT THING (R, 119 min)

In the 1970s, an African-American police officer from Colorado sets out on the undercover investigation of a lifetime: to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and take down the extremist hate group from the inside. Directed by Spike Lee, and based on an incredible true story.

Then, head back to 1989 for the night’s second Spike Lee joint, DO THE RIGHT THING (at approx. 9:45 PM), in which simmering racial tensions in a Brooklyn neighbourhood boil over during the course of a hot summer’s day.



On Monday October 8th at 6:30 PM, we'll be co-hosting a FREE screening of the classic 1979 war film APOCALYPSE NOW with our friends at ANU Learning Communities – History.

In the film, at the height of the Vietnam War, a burnt-out Special Forces officer (Martin Sheen) is sent into the jungle with top-secret orders to find and kill a renegade Colonel (Marlon Brando) who has set up his own army among a local tribe. As he descends further into the jungle on his mission, he finds himself slowly succumbing to the horrors and hypocrisy of war.

Entry is open to everyone, and no membership is required. All you have to do is secure your spot by registering at this EventBrite link.

Doors will open for entry at 6 PM, for an earlier 6:30 PM film start. Snacks will also be provided by Learning Communities prior to the screening, so don't miss out on this chance to see director Francis Ford Coppola’s American war epic as it should be seen... on the BIG screen!

What's On This Week: INCREDIBLES 2, THE WIFE, RBG event + Win Tickets to MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART

18th September, 2018

We’re back with a whole lot of screenings this week, including the long-awaited return of The Incredibles, and the acclaimed Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary followed by a special panel discussion. Not to mention some terrific dramas featuring captivating performances from the likes of Glenn Close, Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Ed Harris. See you at the movies!

• WED 19 SEP @ 7:30 PM: RBG (PG, 98 min)

At 84 years of age, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg continues fighting for equal rights – a lifetime of work that has led her to become an icon of justice around the world. Followed by a discussion on women in the legal profession with guests Margaret Thornton, Heather Roberts and Prue Bindon.

** Presented in partnership with ANU Law Reform and Social Justice **

• THU 20 SEP @ 7:30 PM: DISOBEDIENCE (MA, 114 min)

After the death of her father, a woman returns to the Orthodox Jewish community that exiled her decades earlier for her childhood attraction to a female friend. Now reunited, the two women find themselves reigniting their burning passion. Starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams.

** Presented in partnership with the ANU ALLY Network **

• FRI 21 SEP @ 7:30 PM: THE WIFE (M, 100 min) + KODACHROME (M, 105 min)

In THE WIFE, the faithful wife (Glenn Close) of a famous novelist (Jonathan Pryce) finds herself questioning her life choices as they travel to Stockholm where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, unearthing dark and long-held secrets along the way.

Then, in KODACHROME (at approx. 9:15 PM) a man (Jason Sudeikis) is convinced by his estranged photographer father (Ed Harris) to drive across the country to deliver four undeveloped rolls of Kodachrome film to the last lab in the world that can process them, before it closes for good.

• SAT 22 SEP @ **5 PM**: INCREDIBLES 2 (PG, 125 min)

When Elastigirl is called into action to save the day, Mr. Incredible faces his greatest challenge yet: staying home and taking care of their three children and the problems of the household, in this acclaimed and long-awaited sequel to Pixar’s 2004 superhero family film.

** Note: this film contains several sequences of flashing lights which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy or other photosensitivities **

• SAT 22 SEP @ **7:15 PM**: THE DARKEST MINDS (M, 104 min)

After a disease kills 98% of children and grants the surviving 2% powerful abilities, the government declares them a threat and locks them in detainment camps. Seeking to reclaim control of their future, a group of teenagers form a resistance group to fight back.

** Please note the slightly later 7:15 PM start time for this film, due to the 125-minute running time of INCREDIBLES 2 **



Thanks to Icon Film Distribution, we have in-season double passes to give away to MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART, a new documentary that chronicles the life story of Sir Ian McKellen.

Ian McKellen has played many roles, both on screen and off, and this feature-length documentary sees the legend himself playing the role of storyteller as he takes us on an intimate and intriguing journey throughout his life. He shares personal stories – from his childhood to the present day – as well as a wealth of never-before-seen material, including photo albums, diaries, and behind-the-scenes footage from theatre productions and film sets.

MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART is in cinemas from September 27. To go into the running to win one of five double passes to the film, simply email us at with your name, your membership number (located under the barcode on your card) and tell us what your favourite film starring Ian McKellen is.

Entries will close on Wednesday 26 September, with winners to be notified via email and prizes to be collected at ANUFG screenings.

What's On This Week: Exclusive Premiere Screening of BEST F(R)IENDS, from the makers of THE ROOM!

12th September, 2018

There are limited screenings this week due to the ANU’s non-teaching break, and a number of conferences taking place in the Coombs Theatre, but you can still catch an acclaimed German thriller and our exclusive Canberra premiere of the long-awaited on-screen reunion of THE ROOM’s Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero.

We’ll be back to full programming next week, with some big films including INCREDIBLES 2, THE WIFE and a fascinating look at the life of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in RBG, followed by an expert panel discussion on women in law. Not to be missed!

• WED 12 SEP @ 7:30 PM: IN THE FADE (MA, 106 min)

A woman (Diane Kruger) finds her life collapsing after her husband and young son are killed in a terrorist bombing. Although the police quickly arrest two suspects, her quest for justice soon pushes her ever closer to the edge in this year’s Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Language Film.

** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Germany **


A drifter wandering the streets of Los Angeles encounters a quirky mortician, and two friends soon find themselves caught up in an elaborate money-making scheme that threatens to tear them apart in an on-screen journey too epic to be contained in just one film!

This is our exclusive Canberra premiere screening of Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero’s first on-screen collaboration since their infamous 2003 film THE ROOM, which is widely considered the worst film ever made, the making of which was chronicled in last year's THE DISASTER ARTIST.

Presented in two parts separated by a 10-minute intermission, featuring a video introduction from Greg himself filmed just for us!