News Archive

June 2015

LEVIATHAN, EASTERN BOYS This Week + Semester Two Programme Next Week!

26th June, 2015

The acclaimed world cinema double feature of LEVIATHAN and EASTERN BOYS screens by popular demand as our Mystery Screening this week.

Next week, we’ll be revealing our brand new Semester Two 2015 programme, which will break ground on THURSDAY 23 JULY with the earthquake action flick SAN ANDREAS! For a sneak peek at more of our upcoming line-up, keep an eye on our Facebook page where we’ll be counting down to the big reveal over the next week!

• Sat 27 June @ **7 PM**: LEVIATHAN + EASTERN BOYS

In LEVIATHAN, a Russian man is told that his coastal home will be demolished and decides to fight back against his town’s corrupt mayor with some dirty tricks of his own. Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

Then, in EASTERN BOYS (at approx. 9:30 PM), a middle-aged man solicits a night's company from a handsome young foreigner, but his world is upended when a different – and underage – boy arrives at his door.

What's On This Week + 50th Anniversary Ideas Wanted

18th June, 2015

Experience new worlds and go deep undercover at the ANU Film Group this week with our double feature of the visually stunning, Mexican-inspired animated film THE BOOK OF LIFE and the hilarious espionage comedy SPY, starring Melissa McCarthy!

Plus, don’t forget that our mystery screening next Saturday (June 27) will be the world cinema double feature of the Oscar-nominated LEVIATHAN followed by EASTERN BOYS. More details can be found HERE.

• Sat 20 June @ **7 PM**: THE BOOK OF LIFE + SPY

In THE BOOK OF LIFE, a conflicted dreamer sets off on an epic quest through three magical worlds to face his greatest fears and rescue his one true love in this animated comedy featuring the voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana and Channing Tatum.

Then, in SPY (at approx. 8:45 PM), an unassuming CIA analyst (Melissa McCarthy) volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer and – you guessed it – save the world. Also starring Jason Statham, Rose Byrne and Jude Law.

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50TH ANNIVERSARY PLANNING: IDEAS WANTED!
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Next year is the ANU Film Group’s 50th Anniversary and who better to turn to than all of you – our wonderful members – for great ideas to help celebrate this important milestone in our history!

If you have any thoughts or suggestions on what you would like to see included in the year-long celebrations, then we’d really love to hear them.

You can suggest anything from a screening of a particularly significant film, to an area in the Group’s history that you’d like to know more about, or even a big special event to commemorate the occasion – like our Annual Trivia Night, for example (spoiler alert: a Trivia Night is already in the mix).

Please send through any ideas or thoughts you might have via reply email – or email us at

ANU Film Group 50th Anniversary: Ideas Wanted

18th June, 2015

Next year is the ANU Film Group’s 50th Anniversary and who better to turn to than all of you – our wonderful members – for great ideas to help celebrate this important milestone in our history!

If you have any thoughts or suggestions on what you would like to see included in the year-long celebrations, then we’d really love to hear them. You can suggest anything from a screening of a particularly significant film, to an area in the Group’s history that you’d like to know more about, or even a big special event to commemorate the occasion – like our Annual Trivia Night, for example (spoiler alert: a Trivia Night is already in the mix).

Please send through any ideas or thoughts you might have via reply email – or email us at 50years@anufg.org.au.

We will be aiming to hold a consultation session at the end of June to discuss any suggestions and our broader plans for the anniversary, so stay tuned for more details on that next week too.

What's On This Week: SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL + THE LONGEST RIDE

12th June, 2015

Please keep in mind that THE LONGEST RIDE will screen as the second feature this Saturday, replacing the originally scheduled FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD.

Plus, in case you missed out on last week’s announcements:

- Annual memberships are now $50 ($20 off) for the remainder of the semester, so tell everyone you know and make sure they don’t miss out on a great deal for entry into all screenings to late November!

- The Film Group is one of the Local Matters groups being supported by Grill’d in the Canberra Centre, so be sure to head on down there, grab a healthy burger and support us.

- Entertainment Books are available for purchase online via our website or in person at any screening.

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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Love is in the air with star-crossed lovers, Indian weddings, intertwining romances and more at the ANU Film Group this week!

• Sat 13 June @ **7 PM**: THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL + THE LONGEST RIDE

The residents of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel find their retired bliss disrupted by arrival of new guests, while the hotel’s proprietor pursues his dream of opening a second hotel. Starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Richard Gere.

Then, in THE LONGEST RIDE (at approx. 9:15 PM), two star-crossed lovers on conflicting paths find their worlds intertwined with that of an elderly man, when they rescue him from a car accident and find inspiration in his tale of lost love.

$20 Off Annual Memberships + Support the Film Group at Grill’d!

4th June, 2015

This week marks the start of the ANU’s non-teaching period, which means that Semester One will be winding down with limited screenings from next week onwards. As a result, we’re now discounting all Annual Memberships by $20 – down to just $50 for the remainder of the semester!

This is incredible value for over 90 films between now and the end of November, including some of the biggest films of Semester One, including MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, SPY, LEVIATHAN, and TOMORROWLAND. Not to mention another 80+ films on our upcoming Semester Two programme.

So if you have any friends or family that (gasp!) aren’t already members of the Film Group, please share this offer with them and get them along to experience the best way to see movies in Canberra!

Discounted Annuals can be purchased at the door at any screening from this week onwards, as well as online at www.anufg.org.au/join

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SUPPORT THE ANUFG AT GRILL’D THIS MONTH!
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If you’ve ever had one of the awesome gourmet burgers from Grill’d, you’ll know that they run a Local Matters initiative each month, aimed at supporting community organisations. And we’re very excited that your very own ANU Film Group will be featured as one of the organisations being supported for the month of June.

So be sure to head on down to Grill’d in the Canberra Centre, grab a delicious burger, and pop your provided token into the Film Group’s jar. Not only will you be getting a scrumptious meal, but you might even be able to get us some money too. It’s a win-win!

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REMINDER: FILM SUGGESTIONS + CALL FOR REVIEWERS CLOSE ON SATURDAY
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Don’t forget to get in your suggestions for films you’d like to see on our Semester Two programme before they close on Saturday at 11:59 PM. You can do this online at www.anufg.org.au/suggestions or by filling in a printed form at the door at any of this week’s screenings.

And if you'd like to contribute to reviews for our Semester Two booklet, be sure to let us know by email at info@anufg.org.au by Saturday as well.

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GET YOUR NEW ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS NOW AND SAVE!
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If you purchased an Entertainment Book last year, you might have noticed that it’s now expired as of this week. But not to worry – you can purchase the brand new 2015/2016 Entertainment Book anytime through the ANU Film Group!

Books are available for purchase at the door at all screenings, as well as online HERE.

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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The biggest movie of the year is here – the Avengers assemble at the Film Group this week! Plus, not to be missed: an eye-opening documentary double featuring the Oscar-winning CITIZENFOUR and the highly acclaimed PARTICLE FEVER.

• Fri 5 June @ 7:30 PM: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

When a sentient peacekeeping program known as Ultron goes rogue, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk – find themselves put to the ultimate test as the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

• Sat 6 June @ **7 PM**: CITIZENFOUR + PARTICLE FEVER

In CITIZENFOUR, a journalist is contacted by an anonymous source claiming to have evidence of illegal government surveillance, and travels to Hong Kong to meet the man behind it all: Edward Snowden. Oscar winner for Best Feature Documentary.

Then, in PARTICLE FEVER (at approx. 9 PM), physicists find themselves on the cusp of either the greatest scientific discovery of all time – or their greatest failure – when they attempt to launch the Large Hadron Collider for the first time.

May 2015

Mystery Screening Winner

25th May, 2015

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MYSTERY SCREENING: ‘LEVIATHAN’ + ‘EASTERN BOYS’ ON JUNE 27
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And the winner of our mystery screening is… LEVIATHAN followed by EASTERN BOYS!

The world cinema double feature received an overwhelming majority of the votes cast by members over the past few weeks, and will now screen on Saturday June 27 starting at 7 PM.

To find out more about the films, click HERE.

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WANTED: REVIEW WRITERS FOR SEMESTER TWO
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As work begins on our Semester Two 2015 programme, we’re once again seeking volunteers to help write reviews for our upcoming booklet. So if you love movies and enjoy writing, be sure to let us know by replying to this email – or drop us a line at info@anufg.org.au – by no later than Saturday 6 June.

Reviews will need to be written in mid June. Successful volunteers will be sent a list of films from which they can nominate their preferences. You can write just one review, or as many as you wish, but please note that:

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

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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This week at the Coombs Theatre, Will Smith turns on the charm, Scandinavian cold cases get warm, and Stellan Skarsgård goes berserk. Plus, we screen the winner of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, Palme d’Or recipient WINTER SLEEP (conveniently the same week this year’s Cannes prizes were awarded).

• Thu 28 May @ 7:30 PM: FOCUS

A veteran con man (Will Smith) takes a young woman (Margot Robbie) under his wing, but breaks off their relationship when she gets too close for comfort. Years later, they cross paths again and get caught in the midst of a dangerous con.

• Fri 29 May @ 7:30 PM: THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES + IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE

In THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES, a disgraced detective gets embroiled in a five-year-old cold case concerning a politician’s mysterious disappearance – an investigation that takes him deep below the polished surface of Scandinavia.

Then, in IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE (at approx. 9:15 PM), a mild-mannered snow plougher (Stellan Skarsgård) seeks revenge when his son is wrongly murdered, igniting a war between vegan gangsters and the Serbian mafia.

• Sat 30 May @ **7 PM**: WINTER SLEEP

A retired actor runs a small hotel in central Turkey, where he stays with his young wife and his sister. As winter falls and harsh weather hits, the hotel becomes both a shelter and a powder keg of pent-up animosity. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Film Suggestions for Semester Two Now Open + STILL ALICE Q&A on Wednesday

18th May, 2015

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FILM SUGGESTIONS FOR SEMESTER TWO NOW OPEN!
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Thanks to all of you who submitted votes for our upcoming mystery screening on June 27. We are in the process of counting the votes, and will officially announce the winning double feature as soon as we have finalised the details.

Stay tuned... but in the meantime, why not let us know what films you’d like to see at the ANU Film Group as part of our Semester Two 2015 programme?

Whether it’s an upcoming release, something you’ve seen at the movies lately, or a beloved favourite, be sure to head over to www.anufg.org.au/suggestions to fill out a film suggestion form for next semester. Printed forms will also be available at the door at all screenings from this week onwards. Suggestions close on Saturday 6 June.

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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2015’s most successful film at the worldwide box office, the action-packed FAST & FURIOUS 7, speeds into the ANU Film Group this week! Plus, this year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Tim Burton directing an unbelievably true tale, environmentalists gone bad, and supernatural sorcery rounds out the rest of the week’s offerings.

• Thu 21 May @ 7:30 PM: BIG EYES

A struggling artist (Amy Adams) finds her calling painting children with abnormally large eyes, but her claim to fame is stolen when her husband (Christoph Waltz) takes credit for her work. Directed by Tim Burton.

• Fri 22 May @ 7:30 PM: IDA + NIGHT MOVES

In IDA, a young woman on the verge of taking her vows to become a nun discovers a dark family secret that causes her to question everything she believes in. 2015 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film.

Then, in NIGHT MOVES (at approx. 9 PM), two environmental activists (Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning) enlist the help of a former soldier (Peter Sarsgaard) to execute the protest of their lives by blowing up a hydroelectric dam.

• Sat 23 May @ **7 PM**: FAST & FURIOUS 7 + SEVENTH SON

In FAST & FURIOUS 7, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew find themselves hunted by a rogue assassin (Jason Statham) seeking to avenge his brother. Also starring Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Kurt Russell.

Then, in SEVENTH SON (at approx. 9:30 PM), an aging hunter of supernatural entities (Jeff Bridges) finds himself in need of a new apprentice to carry on his trade, and finds an unlikely candidate in a young farmer (Ben Barnes).

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‘STILL ALICE’ Q&A SCREENING – WEDNESDAY 20 MAY
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The Australian Association of Gerontology, in collaboration with the ANU Film Group, are hosting a special screening of the Oscar-winning drama STILL ALICE this Wednesday 20 May starting at 7 PM.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A (at approx. 9 PM) featuring a panel of experts from the Alzheimer’s Australia, Carers Australia and the ANU’s Centre for Research on Ageing, Health & Wellbeing. They will discuss the accuracy of the film, as well as the broader impacts of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and cognitive decline on the community.

This screening is FREE for all to attend, and ANU Film Group members are more than welcome to come along and see the film (again, or for the first time). Please note the earlier 7 PM start time for this screening.

Reminder: RUN ALL NIGHT on Wednesday + Mystery Voting Closes on Sunday

12th May, 2015

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REMINDER: ‘RUN ALL NIGHT’ REPLACING ‘WHILE WE’RE YOUNG’
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Don’t forget that RUN ALL NIGHT will be replacing WHILE WE’RE YOUNG for our screening tomorrow evening (Wednesday 13 May) at 7:30 PM.

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MYSTERY SCREENING – VOTING CLOSES SUNDAY
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We’ve received an amazing number of votes so far for our upcoming mystery screening. If you haven’t yet submitted your pick for the double feature you’d like to see on Saturday 27 June, be sure to do so before voting closes this Sunday!

To cast your vote, email info@anufg.org.au with your name, membership number (located underneath the barcode on your card) and your ONE choice of the following:

• Option 1: LEVIATHAN + EASTERN BOYS (World Cinema Double)
• Option 2: PITCH PERFECT + PITCH PERFECT (Pitch Perfect Double)
• Option 3: SAN ANDREAS + IT FOLLOWS (Ground-Breaking Double)
• Option 4: SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE + THE GUNMAN (Shaun/Sean Penn Double)

Paper ballots will also be available at the door at all screenings this week should you wish to cast your vote in person. More details on the films, as well as voting terms and conditions, can be found HERE.

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Liam Neeson shows off his particular set of skills, Joaquin Phoenix solves crimes in ‘70s L.A., Marion Cottilard works to save her job, and the inimitable Jean-Pierre Jeunet returns with his latest whimsical film – all at the ANU Film Group this week!

• Wed 13 May @ 7:30 PM: RUN ALL NIGHT

When his estranged son is marked for death by the mob, a retired hit man (Liam Neeson) must go up again his former employer (Ed Harris) in order to protect his son at all costs and survive the night.

• Fri 15 May @ 7:30 PM: INHERENT VICE

Joaquin Phoenix leads an all-star cast as a private detective who gets caught up in a groovy, drug-fuelled kidnapping in 1970s Los Angeles. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and also starring Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, and Benecio del Toro.

• Sat 16 May @ **7 PM**: TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT + THE YOUNG AND PRODIGIOUS T.S. SPIVET

In TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT, Marion Cottilard delivers an Oscar-nominated performance as a young mother who is given only one weekend to persuade her workmates give up their annual bonuses so that she may keep her job.

Then, in THE YOUNG AND PRODIGIOUS T.S. SPIVET (at approx. 8:30 PM) a ten-year-old boy genius leaves home and sets out on a fantastical, cross-country journey to accept a prestigious award. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (AMELIE).

Screening Changes: WHILE WE’RE YOUNG + FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

6th May, 2015

Due to an unexpected and last minute availability issue, we regret to inform you that we are no longer able to screen WHILE WE’RE YOUNG as scheduled on Wednesday 13 May next week.

Instead, we will be screening the Liam Neeson action-thriller RUN ALL NIGHT in its place at the same start time of 7:30 PM.

RUN ALL NIGHT follows Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), a retired hit man who must go up against his former employer (Ed Harris) when his estranged son (Joel Kinnaman) is marked for death by the mob. Facing off against corrupt cops, contract killers and Brooklyn mobsters, Jimmy must quickly figure out where his loyalties lie in order to survive the night.

Additionally, due to a theatrical release date change, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is also now unavailable as the second feature on Saturday 13 June (following THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL).

In its place, we will be screening the romantic drama THE LONGEST RIDE, starting at approximately 9:15 PM.

THE LONGEST RIDE tells two intertwining love stories, separated by generations and brought together by fate. Two star-crossed lovers (Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson) on conflicting paths find their worlds intertwined with that of an elderly man (Alan Alda), when they rescue him from a car accident and find inspiration in his tale of lost love.

We apologise for any and all inconvenience caused by these changes, and will endeavour to screen WHILE WE’RE YOUNG and FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD as part of future programmes.

Mystery Screening on Saturday 27 June

4th May, 2015

The choice is yours – vote for what you'd like to see on the big screen at the Film Group on Saturday 27 June as part of our Mystery Double Feature!

Simply cast your vote by emailing info@anufg.org.au with your name, membership number (located underneath the barcode on your card) and your choice of ONE of the double features listed below. Paper ballots will also be available at screenings should you wish to place your vote in person.

Voting closes on SUNDAY 17 MAY. The winning double feature that receives the most votes will be announced on our website in late May.



OPTION 1: LEVIATHAN + EASTERN BOYS
A world cinema double feature, featuring two powerful, thought provoking and acclaimed foreign films: Oscar-nominated Russian social satire LEVIATHAN, followed by controversial French drama EASTERN BOYS.


    LEVIATHAN
    In a Russian coastal town, a man is told that his house will be demolished and decides to fight back against the town’s corrupt mayor with some dirty tricks of his own. Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

    Followed by

    EASTERN BOYS
    A middle-aged Frenchman solicits a night's company from a handsome young foreigner, but his world is upended when a different - and clearly underage - boy arrives at his door, ensnaring him in a complex and unforgiving world.



OPTION 2: PITCH PERFECT + PITCH PERFECT 2
The Barden Bellas are back – and back-to-back – in this double feature of the hit 2012 musical comedy together with its highly anticipated sequel, in which a university a cappella singing group competes for stardom.


    PITCH PERFECT
    A freshman at Barden University (Anna Kendrick) is cajoled into joining The Barden Bellas, her school's all-girls a cappella singing group, and injects some much needed energy into their repertoire as they take on their male rivals in a campus competition.

    Followed by

    PITCH PERFECT 2
    The highly anticipated sequel to the 2012 box office smash follows The Barden Bellas in the aftermath of a disastrous performance, as they set out to regain their right to perform by competing in a worldwide competition that no American group has ever won.



OPTION 3: SAN ANDREAS + IT FOLLOWS
Two films that will shake you to your core: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson must survive against a devastating earthquake in SAN ANDREAS, followed by IT FOLLOWS, the critically acclaimed horror film that everyone’s talking about.


    SAN ANDREAS
    In the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in California, a rescue-helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his estranged daughter. Also starring Carla Gugino and Paul Giamatti. Filmed on location on the Gold Coast and Queensland.

    Followed by

    IT FOLLOWS
    After a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, a young woman finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone (or something) is following her, in this highly original, modern horror film that has received critical acclaim.



OPTION 4: SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE + THE GUNMAN
It’s a Shaun/Sean double! Featuring SHAUN THE SHEEP, Aardman’s latest stop motion animated film, followed by Sean Penn as THE GUNMAN, a former assassin who embarks on a globe-spanning, action-packed mission of revenge.


    SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE
    Shaun the Sheep decides to take a day off, but gets more than he bargained for when the Farmer accidentally loses his memory. Now it’s up to Shaun and the flock to travel to the Big City and rescue him in the latest film from the creators of Wallace and Gromit.

    Followed by

    THE GUNMAN
    An ex-government assassin (Sean Penn) must face his haunted past and embark on a globe-spanning mission of revenge when his former employers attempt to have him killed, in this action-thriller from the director of TAKEN. Also starring Idris Elba, Ray Winstone and Javier Bardem.



TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
• Voting will be open for two weeks starting from May 4 and closing on May 17 at 11:59 PM AEST.
• The double feature that receives the most votes will be selected for screening on Saturday 27 June, with the winning option to be announced on our website in late May.
• Films that do not get selected for the mystery double feature will not be precluded from being considered for our Semester Two 2015 programme.
• Only one vote may be cast per member. Multiple votes will be disregarded.
• Only full Annual or Semester members of the Group may cast a vote.
• In the event of a dispute, any decision made by the ANU Film Group’s committee of management will be final.