News Archive

October 2013

November Screening Changes + Win Tickets to CIFF!

15th October, 2013

It’s Matt Damon week at the Film Group this week, as we screen two very different films starring the actor, along with a KICK-ASS double bill and the 1997 sci-fi classic GATTACA!

Be sure to read on to find out about what will be replacing our double feature of THE SMURFS 2 and GROWN UPS 2 on November 16, which have sadly fallen off the programme. Plus, your chance to win tickets to the Canberra International Film Festival!


A behind-the-scenes look at the tempestuous and secret relationship between flamboyant entertainer Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his younger lover (Matt Damon). Directed by Steven Soderbergh.

[Note: this film replaces THE BLING RING, which was originally scheduled for this date and time.]

• Fri 18 Oct @ 8 PM: ELYSIUM followed by GATTACA

In ELYSIUM, the wealthy live on an idyllic space station while the poor reside on a ruined Earth. A desperate man (Matt Damon again!) takes on a daring mission that could bring equality to the polarised worlds.

Then, in GATTACA (at approx. 10 PM), a genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior man in order to pursue his life-long dream of space travel in this sci-fi classic starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law.

• Sat 19 Oct @ **7 PM**: KICK-ASS followed by KICK-ASS 2

Revel in the ultra-violent, foul-mouthed, spandex-clad mayhem of the KICK-ASS films as we screen both films back to back!

In KICK-ASS, an ordinary teenager (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) with no powers sets out to become a superhero. Naming himself Kick-Ass, he teams up with fellow costumed vigilantes Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) and Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) to take down a local drug lord.

Then, in KICK-ASS 2 (at approx. 9 PM), Kick-Ass discovers that he has inspired a new wave of masked crusaders and joins forces with an ex-mobster (Jim Carrey) to form a superhero team. Unknown to him, an enemy from his past is assembling his own league of supervillains.


Due to print availability issues, we regret to inform you that our upcoming double feature of THE SMURFS 2 and GROWN UPS 2 on Saturday 16 November will no longer be screening as planned.

In their place, we will instead be screening Dreamworks’ animated racing snail film TURBO followed by Greek mythology action/adventure film PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS.

In TURBO (starting at 7 PM), a freak accident grants an ordinary garden snail the power of super-speed, and he sets off on an extraordinary journey to achieve his life-long dream: competing in the world's fastest race, the Indy 500. Featuring an all-star cast of voices, including Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michelle Rodriguez and Samuel L. Jackson.

And in PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS (at approx. 8:45 PM), the son of Poseidon and his demigod friends embark on an epic quest to the Sea of Monsters to stop an ancient evil from returning. Sequel to 2010’s PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF, and based on the hit series of novels by Rick Riordan.

We apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment caused by the changes, and hope that you will enjoy the new additions to our programme.


As you probably already know, the 17th Canberra International Film Festival (CIFF) kicks off on October 30 and brings an exciting and inspired selection of unique films from around the world to the nation's capital.

This year's festival is divided into nine thematic 'strands' of films, each devoted to provoking thought and igniting discussion on a range of topics from sex, politics and religion to life, love and liberty.

Thanks to our friends at CIFF, we have tickets to give away to the festival's special series of 'In Conversation' films and Q&A discussions, which highlight a specific film from each of the nine strands while discussing their broader themes.

For your chance to win one of five double passes to an In Conversation film and the post-screening discussion of your choice, first check out the nine films on offer at their website:

Then email us at with your name, membership number and answer to the following question: 'Which of the In Conversation screenings and discussions would you most like to attend, and why?'

Entries close on Sunday 27 October at 5 PM, with the most creative/insightful entries to be selected as winners shortly after. Winners will then be notified via email, with tickets to be collected on the night. Please also note that some sessions may sell out ahead of time, and if this is the case by the time winners are drawn, winners may be required to pick another film.

Win Tickets to Dendy's Gala Screening of CAPTAIN PHILLIPS!

9th October, 2013

Halloween comes early to the Film Group this week with our Retro Revivals double feature highlighting the Ectoplasmic Eighties with BEETLEJUICE and POLTERGEIST! Also on offer is fake family road trip comedy WE’RE THE MILLERS and the conclusion of director Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed ‘Before’ trilogy in BEFORE MIDNIGHT.

And be sure to read on to find out how to win tickets to Dendy’s exclusive red carpet gala screening of Tom Hanks’ latest film, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS!

• Thu 10 Oct @ 8 PM: WE’RE THE MILLERS

A small-time pot dealer decides to create a fake family as part of his plan to avoid suspicion after he is tasked with moving a huge shipment of drugs into the U.S. from Mexico.

• Fri 11 Oct @ 8 PM: BEETLEJUICE followed by POLTERGEIST

Pay a visit to haunted houses of two very different kinds in the lead up to Halloween as part of our Ectoplasmic Eighties Retro Revivals night!

In director Tim Burton’s second feature film, BEETLEJUICE, a recently deceased young couple hire a devious "bio-exorcist" named Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) to scare away the new owners of their former home.

Then, in POLTERGEIST (at approx. 9:45 PM), a family finds their home invaded by malevolent ghosts that abduct the family's youngest daughter. A true classic of the horror genre, the film is currently being remade for release in 2014.

• Sat 12 Oct @ **7 PM**: BEFORE MIDNIGHT followed by SONG FOR MARION

Director Richard Linklater completes his acclaimed trilogy in BEFORE MIDNIGHT, catching up with the now-married Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) nearly two decades after their chance meeting on a train bound for Vienna.

Then, in SONG FOR MARION (at approx. 9 PM), a grumpy pensioner (Terence Stamp) attempts to honour his terminally ill wife’s (Vanessa Redgrave) passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to which she used to belong.


Tom Hanks stars as CAPTAIN PHILLIPS in this pulse-pounding thriller based on the true story of the 2009 hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates. The powerful film examines the relationship between the ship’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (Hanks) and the Somali pirate captain who takes him hostage, as both men find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

Directed by Paul Greengrass (THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, UNITED 93), the film had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival two weeks ago where it received rave reviews, particularly praising Hanks’ comeback performance as a strong contender for next year’s Oscar race.

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is in cinemas on October 24, but we’ve got your chance to see it early on TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER at Dendy Canberra’s special red carpet gala screening. The exclusive event kicks off at 6:00 PM with pre-screening drinks and canapés, with the film itself beginning at 6:30 PM.

For your chance to win one of five double passes to attend this event, simply email us at with your name, membership number (located underneath the barcode on your card) and the answer to the following question: ‘Name one other film in which Tom Hanks plays a character based on a real person.’

Entries close on Tuesday 15 October at 12 pm (noon). Only winners will be contacted via email, with names to be put on a door list for the event.

What's On This Week + Win Tickets to Vintage Electric Edition Two!

1st October, 2013

Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, spring breakers and more are on offer at the Film Group this week!

Don’t forget that LORE replaces THE DEEP BLUE SEA as the second feature after WORLD WAR Z this Saturday. Plus, read on for details on Palace Electric’s second edition of Vintage Electric films, with a chance to win tickets to THE BIG LEBOWSKI this Sunday!

• Wed 2 Oct @ 8 PM: NO

An ad executive comes up with a bold and unorthodox campaign to defeat military dictator Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards in 2013.


In ONLY GOD FORGIVES, a drug-smuggler (Ryan Gosling) thriving in Bangkok’s criminal underworld is tasked by his scheming mother (Kristen Scott Thomas) to hunt down those responsible for his brother’s recent death.

Then, in SPRING BREAKERS (at approx. 9:45 PM), four teenagers land in jail after committing a robbery to fund a vacation, but find themselves bailed out by a drug dealer (James Franco) who wants them to do some dirty work.

• Sat 5 Oct @ **7 PM**: WORLD WAR Z followed by LORE

In WORLD WAR Z, Brad Pitt stars as an ex-United Nations investigator, who must traverse the world in a race against time to stop a zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

Then, in LORE (at approx. 9 PM) five destitute siblings embark on a 900-kilometre journey across Germany to their grandmother’s house after their Nazi parents disappear in the face of arrest following the end of WWII.


Following on from the success of their first edition of Vintage Electric screenings, Palace Electric are back with another season of classic and cult films screening every Sunday at 3 PM. The new season begins this week and runs until the end of February, with tickets costing $8 for Palace Movie Club members and $10 for everyone else.

Vintage Electric Edition Two kicks off this Sunday with the Coen Brothers’ classic THE BIG LEBOWSKI, with other films for the month of October including the Marilyn Monroe comedy GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, David Lynch’s dark thriller BLUE VELVET and quirky coming-of-age tale HAROLD AND MAUDE.

And thanks to our friends at Palace Electric, we’ve got tickets to give away to the season’s opening screening of THE BIG LEBOWSKI, screening this Sunday (October 6) at 3 PM!

For your chance to win tickets to the outrageous comedic classic starring Jeff Bridges and John Goodman, simply email with your name, membership number and the answer to the following question: ‘What film on our current Semester Two 2013 programme does Jeff Bridges star in?’

Be quick -- winners will be drawn and contacted by 12 noon this Friday!

September 2013

What's On This Week + Lost Property Reminder

27th September, 2013

Paranormal investigations, a 1970s Retro Revivals night featuring Martin Scorsese and Bruce Lee, and Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg/Nick Frost's Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy feature at the Film Group this week!

• Thu 26 Sep @ 8 PM: THE CONJURING

Famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) are hired by a family to examine their farmhouse, and discover a spectral menace that threatens to destroy everyone involved. Directed by James Wan (SAW, INSIDIOUS).

• Fri 27 Sep @ 8 PM: MEAN STREETS followed by ENTER THE DRAGON

Our 1970s Retro Revivals double feature celebrates the 40th anniversaries of two significant cinematic milestones: the film that defined Martin Scorsese's signature style, and martial arts legend Bruce Lee's final film.

In director Martin Scorsese's MEAN STREETS, a small-time gangster (Harvey Keitel) struggles to survive on the streets of New York. Also featuring Scorsese's first collaboration with Robert De Niro.

Then, in ENTER THE DRAGON (at approx. 10 PM) Bruce Lee plays a martial artist who is tasked with spying on a reclusive crime lord during a tournament. The film was Lee’s final completed film prior to his death that same year.

• Sat 28 Sep @ **7 PM**: THE WORLD'S END followed by HOT FUZZ

In THE WORLD'S END, five friends reunite and return to their home town in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier, and unwittingly become humankind's only hope for survival. The final film in director Edgar Wright's Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy.

Then, revisit Wright's second film in the trilogy with the action-film parody HOT FUZZ (at approx. 9 PM), in which a top London cop (Simon Pegg) is involuntarily transferred to a quaint English village and discovers a sinister conspiracy afoot.


Have you left anything behind at a Film Group screening recently?

In case you weren't aware of it, our dedicated committee members stay behind after every screening to clean up rubbish and to collect lost property. Items of value are left with the Coombs Building or ANU Security, while other items are stored in our lost property cupboard at the theatre.

If you've lost anything recently, be sure to ask the Duty Manager on your way into any upcoming screening and we can check to see if it was picked up. We have an assortment of hats, jackets, pillows and other items currently being kept, and would be happy to return them to their respective owners.

What's On This Week + Want to volunteer at CIFF?

20th September, 2013

Celebrate the apocalypse this week at the Film Group with two films featuring very different takes on the end of the world: an audacious comedy with a star-studded cast, followed by a record-breaking 15th screening of our most screened film!

Sat 21 Sep @ **7 PM**: THIS IS THE END followed by DR. STRANGELOVE

In THIS IS THE END, while attending a party at actor James Franco's Hollywood home, best friends Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel find themselves facing the apocalypse alongside a host of other celebrities playing fictional versions of themselves.

Then, at approx. 9 PM, DR. STRANGELOVE returns for a record-breaking 15th screening at the Film Group. In director Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1964 Cold War satire, a group of politicians and generals try to avert a nuclear apocalypse after an insane general orders an attack on the Soviet Union.


The Canberra International Film Festival will be running this year from October 30th to November 10th, and they're currently on the lookout for enthusiastic, outgoing people to assist at screenings.

If you're interested in taking part in what is sure to be a unique event, please send them an email at with some information about yourself.

Screening Changes in October

13th September, 2013

This week at the Film Group, head back to the singing 60s with our 1960s Retro Revivals feature! Also, be sure to read on for details on changes to two of our October screenings.

• Sat 14 Sep @ **7 PM**: THE SOUND OF MUSIC

In the beloved musical, a young woman (Julie Andrews) leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the seven children of a widower (Christopher Plummer), and brings a sense of fun to their unhappy lives. Winner of five Academy Awards in 1966, including Best Picture.

Whether it's one of your favourite things, or if you've somehow never seen it before, be sure to come along and check it out on the big screen this Saturday!


Due to print availability issues, we regret to inform you that two of our upcoming October screenings will no longer be going forward as planned.

THE DEEP BLUE SEA was originally scheduled as the second feature following WORLD WAR Z, starting at approximately 9 PM on Saturday 5 October. This will now be replaced by the Australian-German war film LORE, directed by Cate Shortland, which was Australia’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at last year’s Oscars.

LORE takes place in southwest Germany immediately following the end of WWII, and follows five destitute siblings who embark on a 900-kilometre journey to their grandmother’s house after their Nazi parents disappear in the face of certain arrest by the Allied Forces.

THE BLING RING was originally scheduled as a standalone feature on Tuesday 15 October at 8 PM. This will now be replaced by BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, director Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, and is currently nominated for 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, to be awarded later this month.

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA chronicles the last ten years of flamboyant entertainer Liberace’s (Douglas) life, and his secret and tempestuous affair with a much younger man (Damon). Also starring Dan Aykroyd and Rob Lowe.

We apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment caused by these changes, and hope that you will be able to make it along to the new additions to our programme.

Trivia Night Thank You + Win Tickets to REAR WINDOW!

2nd September, 2013

A massive THANK YOU to everyone who came along to our annual Trivia Night last Friday! The night was a phenomenal success, and we once again sold out of tickets, all of which contributed towards raising a ton of funds for future Film Group initiatives. We had a great time putting it all together, and hope that everyone in attendance had a fantastic time too. Until next year!

If you weren't able to make it, keep an eye out on our Facebook page ( where we'll be posting a few of the table rounds from the night for you to check out shortly.

Now that it’s back to business as usual, here’s what’s on this week:


A former political activist (Robert Redford) goes on the run from a journalist (Shia LaBeouf) who has discovered his true identity. Directed by Redford, and featuring an all-star cast, including Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte and Chris Cooper.

• Fri 6 Sep @ 8 PM: THE HEAT followed by BONNIE SCOTLAND

In THE HEAT, an uptight FBI Special Agent (Sandra Bullock) joins forces with a foul-mouthed Boston cop (Melissa McCarthy) to take down a ruthless drug lord. Directed by Paul Feig (BRIDESMAIDS).

Then, in the Laurel and Hardy classic BONNIE SCOTLAND (at approx. 10 PM), Stan and Ollie mistakenly enlist in the army and find themselves posted to India on a dangerous mission.

• Sat 7 Sep @ **7 PM**: THE WOLVERINE followed by X-MEN 2

In THE WOLVERINE, a haunted and exiled Logan (Hugh Jackman) is tracked down by an old acquaintance and summoned to Japan. Once there, he becomes embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his immortality.

Then, head back in time 10 years with X-MEN 2 (at approx. 9:15 PM), in which the X-Men find themselves on the run after a mutant assassin makes an attempt on the President’s life, causing the government to enact anti-mutant measures in retaliation.


It’s September, which marks the final month of Palace Electric’s Vintage Electric series of classic films. The month kicks off with Alfred Hitchcock’s REAR WINDOW, and continues with such renowned classics as ALIEN, GONE WITH THE WIND and BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S.

We’ve got tickets to give away to this Sunday’s screening of REAR WINDOW, Hitchcock’s masterful mystery-thriller, in which a wheelchair bound photographer (James Stewart) spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced that one of them has committed murder.

For your chance to win a double pass to Palace Electric’s screening of the 1954 classic this Sunday 8 September at 3 PM, simply reply to this email with your name, membership number and the answer to the following question: ‘How many films did James Stewart star in for Alfred Hitchcock?’

Winners will be drawn and contacted via email by Friday 6 September at 12 pm.

But that’s not all -- Palace Electric will also kicking off a brand new series of classics this month, featuring beloved family films from years gone by such as THE PRINCESS BRIDE, HOME ALONE, GHOSTBUSTERS and THE WIZARD OF OZ in 3D. The new Flashback Films series kicks off this weekend with CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, so be sure to check out the full line-up and book your tickets HERE.

August 2013

Trivia Night on Friday + Few tickets remaining!

28th August, 2013

In case you’ve been living under a rock (in which case, welcome back!), you’ll no doubt be aware that our seventh annual Trivia Night is THIS FRIDAY!

Preparations are almost complete, prizes are waiting to be given away and fun is just waiting to be had. We’ve nearly packed the venue to full capacity, but we do still have a very limited number of tickets remaining, as a couple of booked tables are just shy of ten people.

So if you (or a small group) wanted to come along but didn’t have a team to join, we might have a (hopefully) winning team for you to join. But you’ll need to be quick -- email us at NOW to secure your spots!

DATE: Friday 30 August
TIME: Doors open at 7 PM for a 7:30 PM start
VENUE: Canberra Club, 45 West Row, Civic

PRICE: $15 a person (for tables of up to 10)

If you’ve already got tickets, then you can start brushing up on your movie knowledge and getting excited! And if you haven’t already checked it out, there’s a whole list of sponsors on our Trivia Night page ( so you can see what prizes will be up for grabs. You’ll also find the Canberra Club’s menu on the same page, with plenty of delicious food that you can order on the night.

Finally, here’s what’s on this week:

• Wed 28 Aug @ 8 PM: DEAD MAN DOWN

Seeking revenge, a man (Colin Farrell) infiltrates the empire of a criminal kingpin, only to encounter a woman (Noomi Rapace) with plans for her own campaign of vengeance.

• Thu 29 Aug @ 8 PM: PACIFIC RIM

When humanity finds themselves on the verge of defeat in a war against monstrous sea creatures, two unlikely heroes team up to resurrect an obsolete weapon in an effort to save the world. Directed by Guillermo del Toro.

• Fri 30 Aug @ **7:30 PM**: ANNUAL TRIVIA NIGHT

Surprise! There’s no screening this Friday, so you can all attend our Trivia Night. Lucky you…

• Sat 31 Aug @ **7 PM**: BEN-HUR

Films don’t get much more epic than BEN-HUR, our 1950s Retro Revivals feature, which was the first film to win a record-breaking 11 Oscars (including Best Picture) in 1959. In the film, a Jewish prince (Charlton Heston) seeks revenge after being betrayed by a childhood friend and sent into slavery.

Trivia Night - One Week to Go!

23rd August, 2013

It’s almost time -- our highly anticipated seventh annual Trivia Night is only seven days away! Have you got your tickets yet?

Date: Friday 30 August
Time: Doors open at 7 PM for a 7:30 PM start
Venue: Canberra Club, 45 West Row, Civic
Price: $15 a person (for tables of up to 10)

Join us for a fantastic evening of laughs, guessing games, competitions, prize-winning and (of course) trivia! You don't need to be a Film Group member to attend. In fact, you don't even need to be a movie buff -- we've got questions for experts and novices alike -- and you can win a $430 flight simulator experience just by purchasing a ticket!

Plus, if feedback from the massive success of previous events is anything to go by, you’re in for a Trivia Night unlike any other with creative rounds and chances to win prizes all throughout the night. The event is also the Film Group's main fundraiser for the year, so all support would be greatly appreciated.

We have a massive amount of prizes to give away from our very generous prize sponsors, which include the Canberra International Film Festival, Crust Pizza, Dendy Cinemas, Empire Magazine, Entertainment Book, Floriade Nightfest, Footloose the Musical, Jet Flight Simulator Canberra, Madman Films, Palace Electric Cinemas, Questacon and many, many more!

Tickets can be purchased at all Film Group screenings leading up to the night, or online by emailing Limited tickets may also be available at the door on the night, but pre-purchase or contact us in advance to avoid disappointment.

For more information on the event, or for our full list of prize sponsors, visit

Win tickets to Dendy's gala screening of PARANOIA!

19th August, 2013

Action flicks, comedies, sci-fi epics, animated family films and an underrated cult classic feature at the Film Group this week. But if that’s not enough for you, we’ve even got tickets to give away to Dendy’s red carpet gala screening of PARANOIA next week. Read on to find out how to win, but first here’s what’s on this week:

• Tue 20 Aug @ 8 PM: THE CALL

When a disgraced 911 operator (Halle Berry) takes a call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she is forced to confront her past in order to save the girl's life.

• Thu 22 Aug @ 8 PM: SNITCH

After his son is imprisoned for drug trafficking, a desperate father (Dwayne Johnson) volunteers to work as an undercover informant to earn his son's freedom.

• Fri 23 Aug @ 8 PM: AFTER EARTH followed by LAST ACTION HERO

A thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, a father and son (Will and Jaden Smith) crash land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous planet in sci-fi epic AFTER EARTH.

Then, in the underrated 1993 cult classic LAST ACTION HERO (at approx. 9:45 PM), a young movie buff is magically transported into the fictional world of his favourite cinematic action hero (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

• Sat 24 Aug @ **7 PM**: EPIC followed by THE INTERNSHIP

In EPIC, a teenager discovers a tiny civilisation and finds herself caught in a battle between the forces of good and evil. Featuring the voices of Colin Farrell, Amanda Seyfried and Christoph Waltz.

Then, in THE INTERNSHIP (at approx. 8:45 PM), two salesmen (Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson) talk their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with younger geniuses for employment.


Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman star in the technological thriller PARANOIA, which follows a young blue-collar worker (Hemsworth) who finds himself breaking the law to get ahead in his entry-level job. But he is soon discovered and confronted by the company’s CEO (Oldman), who agrees not to turn him in on one condition: he infiltrates the competition to spy on a rival technology magnate (Ford).

Directed by Robert Luketic, PARANOIA is in cinemas courtesy of Icon Films from September 5, but we’ve got your chance to see it early at Dendy Cinemas’ special red carpet gala screening of the film. The event will be held on Wednesday 28 August, kicking off with pre-screening drinks and canapés at 6:00 PM, with the film beginning at 6:30 PM.

For your chance to win one of five double passes to this exclusive event, simply email us at with your name, membership number and the answer to the following question: ‘In which film did Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman previously appear on-screen together as enemies?’

Entries close on Monday 26 August at 11:59 PM. Only winners will be contacted via email, with names to be put on a door list for the event.