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July 2019

What's On This Week: ROCKETMAN, DETECTIVE PIKACHU + Upcoming Free Screenings

11th July, 2019

It’s our final week of screenings for our Winter 2019 season – before we blast off for Moon Week next week, take flight with ROCKETMAN on Friday and make sure to catch ‘em all with two monster movies on Saturday!

Don’t forget that memberships for our next Spring programme are now on sale, and that Spring memberships will include entry into this week’s screenings too – along with nearly 50 more films screening between July and September. Check out the full line-up on our website now by CLICKING HERE

You can join up – or renew your membership – in person prior to any screening, or via our website anytime at

• FRI 12 JULY @ 7:30 PM: ROCKETMAN (M, 121 min)

Taron Egerton plays Elton John in this musical fantasy exploring the iconic British singer-songwriter’s life from early beginnings as a child prodigy through to his breakthrough years in the 1970s and 80s.


In a world where humans and Pokémon co-exist, a teenager joins forces with an amnesiac Detective Pikachu to locate his missing father, uncovering a plot that could threaten their entire universe.


When a number of ancient giant monsters rise again and threaten the Earth, members of a mysterious organisation set out to find the legendary Godzilla to help humanity fight back.



Free screenings are a great way to introduce friends, family members, neighbours, workmates or anyone you know to the awesomeness that is the ANU Film Group. And as luck would have it, we’ve got a whole lot of them coming up over the next two weeks, so check out the full details below and spread the word!


Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Moon landing with a series of space-themed films. Full details and registration links can be FOUND HERE

- THU 18 JULY @ 2 PM: WALL-E
- FRI 19 JULY @ 8:15 PM: APOLLO 11
- SAT 20 JULY @ 2:15 PM: APOLLO 11 (ENCORE)

• WEDNESDAY 24 JULY @ 6 PM: 2040

See the hit Australian documentary at this screening organised by the ANU Climate Change Institute, followed by a panel discussion exploring grassroots initiatives to tackle climate change. Registration details are AVAILABLE HERE


Kick off our Spring season with one of the biggest films of all time and the concluding chapter of a Marvel’s epic 22-film saga. No registration required – entry on a first in, best dressed basis. More details at our Facebook event HERE

New Spring 2019 Programme

6th July, 2019

The ANU Film Group’s Spring 2019 season begins on Thursday 25 July with a FREE screening of AVENGERS: ENDGAME and then continues for 10 weeks with a wide assortment of blockbusters, foreign and independent films, family fare and classics.

Check out the new programme now in one of three ways:
• View it on our website by CLICKING HERE
• Download a PDF flyer that you can print out and share by CLICKING HERE (501 Kb)
• Import the entire programme straight into your calendar of choice using this iCAL FILE HERE

Memberships for Spring 2019 on sale NOW and will also give you entry into all of the remaining films on our current Winter programme, including upcoming hits like ROCKETMAN and POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU.

Memberships are just $30 for the season or $90 for a full year. Sign up or renew your membership in person at any upcoming screening from tonight, or online anytime at


While we believe every one of the 46 films screening between July 25 and September 28 is worth a look, here are a couple of highlights not to be missed:

• Hollywood Blockbusters: there’s no shortage of popcorn for films like SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL and FAST & FURIOUS: HOBBS & SHAW

• Family Films: kids can watch for free anytime, so don’t forget to bring your little ones to family-friendly films including TOY STORY 4, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 and ALADDIN

• Homegrown Hits: support Australian cinema with local films such as 2040, TOP END WEDDING and PALM BEACH

• World Cinema: some of the most acclaimed international films of the year from countries such as South Korea, Germany, France, Ukraine, Palestine and Bulgaria

• Indie Darlings: small but no less worthy independent films you might have missed in cinemas, like HER SMELL, THUNDER ROAD and THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE

• Our blockbuster 14th Annual Trivia Night on Friday 30 August – a trivia extravaganza unlike any other with prizes galore and more fun than you can handle!

• Iconic musical WEST SIDE STORY back on the big screen in commemoration of the Canberra Theatre Centre’s upcoming season of the Broadway production in October

This season, we will also be hosting not one, but two, film festivals featuring another 21 films that will screen alongside our regular programming. All festival screenings are free and open to anyone to attend.

• The 15th Latin American Film Festival (August 9 – 27) with 14 Latin American films over the course of 19 days.

• Canberra’s very first Hungarian Film Festival (September 9 – 15) featuring new release and classic films over 7 consecutive days.


5th July, 2019

We know it’s still pretty cold out, but ‘Spring’ is just around the corner… that is, our upcoming Spring season which will run from July to September!

The new season kicks off on Thursday 25 July with a FREE screening of one of the biggest films of all time – AVENGERS: ENDGAME – at 7:30 PM. So mark your calendar and assemble everyone you know, because it’s going to be an epic night!

Our full Spring 2019 programme will be released later tonight, but members coming along to tonight’s screening will get the first look at all of the films we’ll be screening between July 25 and September 28.


A new season may be coming soon, but there’s still plenty to see this week with a girl-powered line-up featuring the final film of our Best Foreign Language Film Festival and two gender-swapped new takes on classic ‘80s comedies.

• FRI 5 JULY @ 7:30 PM: WOMAN AT WAR (M, 101 mins)

An environmental activist risks everything by resorting to sabotage in an attempt to drive out the heavy industry taking over her picturesque home town in this acclaimed Icelandic comedy-thriller.

• SAT 6 JULY @ 7:30 PM: THE HUSTLE (M, 94 mins) + LITTLE (PG, 109 mins)

In THE HUSTLE, two con artists (Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson) put aside their differences to take down the men who have wronged them in this gender-swapped remake of DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS.

Then, in LITTLE (at approx. 9:15 PM), a ruthless mogul gets the chance to relive her life – whether she likes it or not – when she wakes up one morning magically transformed into her 13-year-old self.

ANU Moon Week: July 17 – July 21

5th July, 2019


50 years ago, the world took a giant leap when the Apollo 11 mission landed a man on the Moon on July 20, 1969. To celebrate the milestone anniversary of this historic occasion, the ANU and ACT Government will be hosting a five-day programme of events and activities ranging from stargazing to public lectures, tours, exhibitions and space school.

Of course, no celebration of the Moon landing would be complete without films and the ANU Film Group is proud to be co-hosting a number of FREE screenings of space-themed films for all to attend, including FIRST MAN, WALL-E and THE DISH.

For the full listing of free Moon Week film screenings, go to THIS LINK. Entry to these films is free for all to attend (no ANUFG membership required) but registration at the Eventbrite links for each screening is encouraged.

And don’t forget to check out the complete line-up of Moon Week events by CLICKING HERE.

June 2019

New Programme Coming Soon + What's On This Week

28th June, 2019

We’re putting the final touches on our next programme for our Spring (July to September) season now and can’t wait to share it with you next week, so stay tuned for news on that!

Plus, in partnership with the ANU, we will be hosting a number of free screenings as part of Moon Week, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing in 1969. These will take place between Thursday 18 July and Saturday 20 July, with the full line-up to be announced next week too.

This week, however, be sure to check out Sweden’s weird and wonderful Oscar entry as part of our Best Foreign Language Film Festival, as well as an action-packed double featuring the return of master assassin John Wick followed by a blast from the past (or is it?) in the original TOTAL RECALL.

• FRI 28 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: BORDER (MA, 110 mins)

A border guard thrives on her ability to identify smugglers with her unique sense of smell, but is soon forced to confront a terrifying reality when she uncovers her true nature in this Oscar-nominated Swedish fantasy film.

• SAT 29 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 (MA, 131 mins) + TOTAL RECALL (MA, 113 mins)

Legendary hit man John Wick (Keanu Reeves) must fight his way out of New York City after a $14 million contract is placed on his head, making him a marked man and the target of the world's most ruthless assassins.

Then, in the 1990 sci-fi classic TOTAL RECALL, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a man living in the year 2084 who recalls memories of a different life on Mars but can't determine if the experiences are real or planted.


What's On This Week + Support ANUFG at the Southern Cross Club

21st June, 2019

Our Best Foreign Language Film festival continues this week with Japan’s Oscar entry and winner of the top prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Plus, step right up to Tim Burton’s star-studded DUMBO remake and check out Jonah Hill’s acclaimed directorial debut.

• FRI 21 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: SHOPLIFTERS (M, 121 mins)

A ragtag family of shoplifters decides to take in a neglected young girl, testing the fragile bonds that unite them, in this Oscar-nominated Japanese drama that also was awarded the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

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

• SAT 22 JUNE @ 5 PM: DUMBO (PG, 112 mins)

Tim Burton directs Disney's live-action remake of their classic 1941 animated film, in which a young elephant with oversized ears enabling him to fly becomes the new star attraction for a struggling circus. Starring Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito and Eva Green.

• SAT 22 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: MID90S (MA, 86 mins)

Jonah Hill makes his directorial debut with this coming-of-age comedy-drama set in 1990s Los Angeles, in which a 13-year-old boy spends his summer navigating between a troubled home life and the new friends he meets at a local skate shop.



We're very grateful to once again have been selected by the Canberra Southern Cross Club (CSCC) for their Community Rewards program for 2019/2020.

This means that if CSCC members choose to nominate the ANU Film Group as their community group of choice, the CSCC will donate to us 7.5% of what that member spends on food and drink at any of their venues. So you get to have a good meal and support ANUFG fundraising too!

If you’re already a CSCC member, nominating us is easy – all you have to do is fill out a short online form AVAILABLE HERE.

Alternatively, you can email us at with your full name and CSCC membership number, or speak to reception at any CSCC venue. And if you’re not a member, you can find out more about the great benefits that a CSCC membership offers and more about its Community Rewards program at

Thanks in advance for your support!


13th June, 2019

If you haven’t already submitted your suggestions for films you’d like to see at the ANU Film Group next season, be sure to do so at before suggestions close on Saturday 15 June!

This week, celebrate the 80th anniversary of a cinematic classic, experience a Lebanese film that has been hailed by many as one of the year’s best, and explore the shocking origins of a black metal band.

• THU 13 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: LORDS OF CHAOS (R, 117 mins)

In the early 1990s, a teenager becomes fixated on Norwegian black metal, mounting increasingly shocking publicity stunts to make his band's name known – whatever the cost – in this semi-fictionalised account of the origins of black metal band Mayhem.

• FRI 14 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: CAPHARNAÜM (M, 126 mins)

Our Best Foreign Language Film Festival continues with this highly acclaimed Lebanese drama in which a streetwise 12-year-old boy is sentenced to prison for a crime and decides to sue his negligent parents for the 'crime' of giving him life.

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

• SAT 15 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: GONE WITH THE WIND (PG, 238 mins w/ intermission)

Celebrate the 80th anniversary of one of the most beloved films of all time! In the American South during the Civil War, a strong-willed woman (Vivien Leigh) finds herself falling for a charming scoundrel (Clark Gable) in this 1939 epic romance that won 8 Oscars, including Best Picture.

The film will be presented in two parts, with a brief intermission after the first two hours.

What’s On This Week + Best Foreign Language Film Festival Begins!

6th June, 2019

This week, you can catch the latest film from Oscar-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, explore the dangers of ambition with two American indies, and join us for the start of our 2019 Best Foreign Language Film Festival.

Over the next five Fridays, we will be screening five very different films that were the official submissions to this year’s Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Hailing from countries as diverse as Belgium, Lebanon, Japan, Sweden and Iceland – and spanning genres from personal drama to black comedy to surreal fantasy – don’t miss your chance to catch these little-seen international gems on the big screen at the ANU Film Group!

• THU 6 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: EVERYBODY KNOWS (M, 133 mins)

Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem star in the first Spanish-language film from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A SEPARATION, THE SALESMAN), in which a woman (Cruz) returns home to Spain to attend a wedding, but the reunion turns tragic when her older daughter suddenly disappears.

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

• FRI 7 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: GIRL (M, 106 mins)

Our 2019 Best Foreign Language Film Festival commences with this Belgian drama, in which a 15-year-old girl – born in the body of a boy – dreams of one day becoming a professional ballerina and does whatever is necessary to make this a reality.

** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium **

• SAT 8 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT (M, 111 mins) + VOX LUX (MA, 114 mins)

In THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT, a pair of high-frequency traders go up against their former employer in an effort to make a fortune by building a fibre-optic cable line across the United States. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård and Salma Hayek.

Then, in VOX LUX (at approx. 9:30 PM), having risen to fame after surviving a school shooting as a teenager, a troubled and outspoken pop star (Natalie Portman) finds herself struggling to cope with the pitfalls of celebrity as an adult.

May 2019

Suggest Films for Next Season + Win Tickets to RED JOAN

29th May, 2019

The end of May is nigh – and we’re closing out the month with Marvel’s first female-led superhero flick, an acclaimed Danish thriller, Lars von Trier’s latest controversial film, a romantic comedy with a political twist, and a look at the early years of 1920s screen star Louise Brooks.

And while there’s still eight weeks to go for our current Winter season, we’re already beginning work on our next programme for Spring 2019!

Have you got a film you’d like to see on our next programme? If so, make sure you fill out an online suggestion form at We welcome suggestions for new releases, up-and-coming attractions, classics you’d like to see back on the big screen, themed nights and everything in between!

• WED 29 MAY @ 7:30 PM: THE GUILTY (M, 88 min)

In this acclaimed Danish real-time thriller, an emergency dispatcher answers a call from a kidnapped woman and enters a race against time to rescue her – and redeem himself from past sins.

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

• THU 30 MAY @ 7:30 PM: CAPTAIN MARVEL (M, 124 min)

Crash landing on Earth in the 1990s, an intergalactic warrior (Brie Larson) discovers that there’s more to her past than she is able to remember, and sets out to unravel the truth with the help of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in this Marvel blockbuster.

• FRI 31 MAY @ 7:30 PM: THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT (R, 152 min)

A failed architect (Matt Dillon) recounts the events – and the elaborately orchestrated murders – that led to him becoming a vicious serial killer in the latest film from controversial Danish director Lars von Trier.

• SAT 1 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: LONG SHOT (M, 125 min) + THE CHAPERONE (PG, 108 min)

In LONG SHOT, a journalist (Seth Rogen) unexpectedly runs into his childhood crush (Charlize Theron), rekindling sparks when she hires him to be a speechwriter in her campaign to run for President.

Then, in THE CHAPERONE (at approx. 9:45 PM), 15-year-old Louise Brooks gets the chance to study with a leading New York dance troupe in the 1920s – as long as she is accompanied by a watchful chaperone.



Thanks to Transmission Films, we have tickets to give away to RED JOAN, a new British spy thriller starring Judi Dench.

In the present day, Joan Stanley (Dench) finds her tranquil retirement suddenly disrupted when she is arrested by MI5 and accused of being a spy. Flashing back to the 1930s, young Joan (Sophie Cookson) falls in love with a Russian saboteur while at Cambridge University – and finds herself confronted with an impossible choice.

The film is in cinemas from June 6, and you can view its trailer by CLICKING HERE.

To go into the running to win an in-season double pass to see the film in cinemas, all you have to do is email us at with (1) your name, (2) your membership number, and (3) the title of one other film in which Judi Dench played a spy.

Entries will close on Wednesday 5 June at 11:59 PM, with winners to be notified via email and prizes to be collected at ANUFG screenings.

What's On This Week + Special Member Offer from Broger

21st May, 2019

There’s a little something for everyone this week at the Film Group. From a WWII love triangle to a Hindi love letter to action flicks, a new take on a Stephen King tale, an 80s horror-comedy, Laika’s latest stop-motion animated masterpiece and Mads Mikkelsen stranded in the snow. What more could you ask for?

Plus, don’t forget that hand-crafted popcorn from Cracking Corn is now available for purchase at each screening. Available in Salty Sweety and Salted flavours, bags are $5 each with a portion of proceeds going towards the Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak’s charitable efforts.

• TUE 21 MAY @ 7:30 PM: THE AFTERMATH (M, 108 mins)

A British couple relocate to Hamburg after WWII to assist with the city’s reconstruction, but tensions arise when they discover they must share a house with a German widower.

• THU 23 MAY @ 7:30 PM: THE MAN WHO FEELS NO PAIN (M, 134 min)

Born with a condition that allows him to feel no pain, a nerd obsessed with vintage action movies embarks on an epic quest to fulfil his destiny as a hero in this Hindi action-comedy.

• FRI 24 MAY @ 7:30 PM: PET SEMATARY (MA, 101 mins) + THE MONSTER SQUAD (M, 82 mins)

When his family’s pet cat is tragically killed, a father buries it in the pet cemetery near their new home, setting off a perilous chain of events that unleashes a horrific evil in this new take on Stephen King’s iconic tale.

Then, in THE MONSTER SQUAD (at approx. 9:15 PM), five kids face off against a legendary group of monsters – including Dracula, the Mummy and the Wolfman – when they descend upon their small town in this 1987 cult horror-comedy.

• SAT 25 MAY @ **5 PM**: MISSING LINK (PG, 94 mins)

Tired of living a solitary life, a mythical creature recruits an explorer to help him locate his long-lost relatives on the other side of the world, in Laika’s latest stop-motion animated film. Featuring the voices of Hugh Jackman, Zach Galifianakis and Zoe Saldana.

• SAT 25 MAY @ 7:30 PM: ARCTIC (M, 97 mins)

Stranded after a plane crash, a solitary man (Mads Mikkelsen) must decide whether to await rescue from the relative safety of his makeshift camp or embark on a deadly trek through the Arctic to freedom.



Offer alert: our neighbours at Broger have extended a terrific deal to all ANU Film Group members!

Simply present your ANUFG membership card when ordering to receive one of the following offers:
• 15% off all main meals
• $5 for any beer of your choice
• 40% off milkshakes with the purchase of a burger or a hot dog

Located right outside the main entrance to the Cultural Centre in the ANU’s Kambri Precinct, Broger serves up fast and fresh food in the form of burgers, hot dogs, loaded fries and more – all made to order. Open 7 days a week from morning til late.