News Archive

April 2017

Happy Easter + Win Tickets to THEIR FINEST!

11th April, 2017

The ANU Film Group would like to wish all of our members and guests a wonderful Easter break for this coming weekend. Due to the public holidays, there will be no screenings on the weekend, but we’ll be back in full swing next week with some big films, including KONG: SKULL ISLAND, the Oscar-winning MANCHESTER BY THE SEA and our very special Q&A screening of JOE CINQUE’S CONSOLATION!

If you’d like to partake in a bit of fun, don’t forget that we’re hosting the weekly quiz night at the Phoenix Pub in Civic TONIGHT (Tuesday 11 April). It all kicks off at 6:30 PM with free drinks, bar tabs and other assorted prizes up for grabs. Hope to see you there!

Only one screening this week, so don’t miss out on getting your Film Group fix in before all of the chocolate this weekend...

• Wed 12 Apr @ 7:30 PM: THE FOUNDER

In 1950s California, struggling salesman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) spots a business opportunity when he visits a revolutionary new fast food restaurant owned by the McDonald brothers. As the business grows, so does Kroc’s ambition to turn McDonald's into more than just a franchise. Based on a true story.


Thanks to Transmission Films, we’ve got tickets to give away to THEIR FINEST, the new British comedy starring Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy!

With London emptied of men now fighting in WWII, Catrin Cole (Arterton) lands herself a job writing scripts for propaganda films. Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by a movie producer, who recruits her to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. With bombs dropping all around them and the entire country’s morale at stake, Catrin discovers there is as much drama, comedy and passion behind the camera as there is on screen.

The latest film from director Lone Scherfig (AN EDUCATION) is in cinemas from April 20. To check out the film’s trailer, CLICK HERE!

To win one of ten in-season double passes to see THEIR FINEST in cinemas, simply reply to this message – or email – with your name, your membership number (located under the barcode on your card) and your answer to the following question: ‘If you were making a WWII propaganda film, what would its title be?’ (Hint: be creative!)

Entries close on WEDNESDAY 19 APRIL with winners to be contacted via email and prizes to be collected at future ANUFG screenings. Good luck!

What's On This Week + ANUFG Phoenix Quiz Night on Tue 11 April

5th April, 2017

The ANU's non-teaching period commences this week, so we’re down to limited screenings for the next two weeks. But there’s still plenty to catch at the Film Group, including an acclaimed Brazilian dramedy, M. Night Shyamalan’s latest hit thriller, and the tantalising next chapter in the Fifty Shades saga.

Plus, we’re back at the Phoenix Pub in Civic next Tuesday for another of their weekly quiz nights. Save the date, and find out more below!

• Thu 6 Apr @ 7:30 PM: THE SECOND MOTHER

A live-in housemaid in São Paulo, Brazil, finds her relationship with her wealthy employers thrown into disarray when her estranged teenage daughter moves into their house to apply for admission into the city’s university.

** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Brazil in Canberra **


In the next chapter of the FIFTY SHADES saga, a wounded Christian Grey convinces Anastasia Steele to resume their romance under her conditions. But as the couple finally commence a normal relationship, Christian’s past threatens to tear them apart.

Then, in SPLIT (at approx. 9 PM), three girls discover that the disturbed man who has kidnapped them has 23 different personalities. But the nightmare truly begins when his 24th personality begins to emerge. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.


Another month, another night of Film Group trivia at the Phoenix Pub, which has triumphantly reopened this week after a brief closure. So come along and join us for a fun evening of casual trivia, fun, games, free drinks and prizes!

DATE: Tuesday 11 April, 2017
TIME: 6:30 PM start (note the earlier start time)
VENUE: The Phoenix Pub, 21 East Row (in the Civic Bus Interchange, near Platform 3)

Entry is free and everyone (including non-members) is welcome to join in!

Entertainment Books for 2017/18 Now Available!

1st April, 2017

Entertainment Books are packed with thousands of offers for the best local restaurants, cafés, shopping, attractions, travel, accommodation and more. For only $60, you can receive over $20,000 worth of offers for all of your favourite venues around Canberra.

Plus, to top it all off, a portion of sales from each book purchased through us goes towards ANU Film Group fundraising, enabling us to bring you bigger and better programmes, events and membership perks in the future.

You can preview the entire book of offers HERE and if you’d like to order yours right now, simply go to

Purchased books will be available for collection at ANUFG screenings, or by arrangement at the ANU during weekday business hours. They can also be sent directly to you for an additional postage fee.

For more information, contact us on 02 6247 2425 or via email at

March 2017


29th March, 2017

Those of you who have been to the Film Group lately may have noticed that some screenings have been a little bit busy. In fact, we have already had a few full house screenings this semester, and some people sadly had to be turned away at the door as a result.

We take this opportunity to remind all of our members that seating at screenings can only be guaranteed if you arrive no later than the advertised starting time. And as per our re-screening policy, a film will only be re-screened if all of the seats in the theatre are taken and a reasonable number of people are turned away prior to the film’s advertised start time.

If you anticipate a film to be a busy one, or if you have particular seating preferences, we recommend that you come along slightly earlier to avoid disappointment. But remember – doors will only open for entry 30 minutes before the start of the film, so not too early!


This week at the Film Group, we’ve got a tale of two very different Jackies (Kennedy and Chan), the true account of a Boston manhunt, director Oliver Stone’s take on Edward Snowden, and a weepy romantic drama starring real-life couple Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander (your fun fact for the week!).

• Thu 30 Mar @ 7:30 PM: PATRIOTS DAY

Tragedy strikes when two bombs explode during the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. In the aftermath, the Boston police and the FBI join forces in a race against the clock to hunt down the suspects and bring them to justice. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman and J.K. Simmons.

• Fri 31 Mar @ 7:30 PM: SNOWDEN + SKIPTRACE

In SNOWDEN, disillusioned IT contractor Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) decides to leak the classified information that the NSA has been secretly tracking all forms of digital communication. In doing so he becomes a traitor to some, a hero to others, and a fugitive from the law. Directed by Oliver Stone.

Then, in SKIPTRACE (at approx. 10 PM), a Hong Kong detective (Jackie Chan) on the trail of the notorious crime boss who killed his former partner is forced to team up with an American gambler (Johnny Knoxville) who may prove to be a key witness to the investigation.


In JACKIE, in the days immediately following her husband’s assassination, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy. Nominated for 3 Oscars, including Best Actress (Portman).

Then, in THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS (at approx. 8:45 PM), a couple (Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander) living off the coast of Western Australia rescue and adopt an infant girl adrift at sea. Years later, the couple discovers the child’s true parentage and are faced with the moral dilemma of their actions.



Thanks to Transmission Films, we’ve got tickets to give away to the upcoming comedic monster movie, COLOSSAL, starring Anne Hathaway!

In the film, Gloria (Hathaway) is a down-on-her-luck girl from New York who comes to the realisation that she is somehow connected to the giant creature that is presently destroying South Korea. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has been intertwined with this far-off phenomenon, and ultimately, the fate of the world.

Part monster movie, part romantic comedy, this wildly imaginative film from Spanish writer-director Nacho Vigalondo (TIMECRIMES) is in cinemas from April 13. To check out the film’s trailer, CLICK HERE.

To go into the running for one of five in-season double passes to see COLOSSAL in cinemas, simply reply to this message – or email – with your name, your membership number (located under the barcode on your card) and your answer to the following question: ‘Name a monster movie screening as part of our Semester One 2017 programme.’ (Hint: feel free to be creative!)

Entries close on WEDNESDAY 5 APRIL with winners to be contacted via email and prizes to be collected at ANUFG screenings.

HIDDEN FIGURES – Full House Screening on Thursday 23 March

24th March, 2017

On Thursday 23 March, our screening of HIDDEN FIGURES was declared a full house shortly after 7:30 PM. This meant that every single seat in the theatre was confirmed as filled, entry at the door was stopped, and people had to be regretfully turned away.

In accordance with our re-screening policy, a film will only be re-screened if all of the seats in the theatre are taken and a reasonable number of people are turned away prior to the film’s advertised start time. As this was not the case on Thursday, we regret to inform you that HIDDEN FIGURES will NOT be receiving a second screening.

We take the opportunity to remind all of our members that seating at screenings can only be guaranteed if you arrive no later than the advertised starting time. There have been a handful of full house screenings so far this semester, so we recommend that you come along slightly earlier if you anticipate the film to be busy or if you have particular seating preferences. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

For more information on our re-screening policy, please CLICK HERE.


21st March, 2017

Our Oscar run continues this week with three more of this year’s Oscar nominees, plus three films featuring past Oscar nominees and winners that perhaps made the Academy wonder if they made a mistake last time around...

Which is which? We’ll let you figure that one out – but either way, we’ve got a fun week of films in store for you!

• Tue 21 Mar @ 7:30 PM: LIVE BY NIGHT

In the 1920s, a botched job forces a low-level gangster (Ben Affleck) to flee his hometown of Boston for the sunny shores of Florida. There, he re-establishes himself as a rum bootlegger, but soon discovers that his troubles are just beginning. Also starring Zoe Saldana, Chris Cooper and Brendan Gleeson.

• Thu 23 Mar @ 7:30 PM: HIDDEN FIGURES

As the United States races against Russia to put a man in space, NASA discovers untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that go on to serve a vital role in one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Nominated for 3 Oscars, including Best Picture.

• Fri 24 Mar @ 7:30 PM: ASSASSIN’S CREED + WHY HIM?

Adapted from the hit video game series, ASSASSIN’S CREED tells the tale of a man (Michael Fassbender) who uses revolutionary technology that unlocks genetic memories, and discovers that he is descended from a secret society of assassins in 15th century Spain. Also starring Marion Cottilard and Jeremy Irons.

Then, in WHY HIM? (at approx. 9:30 PM) an overprotective father (Bryan Cranston) and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward billionaire boyfriend (James Franco), who is about to pop the question.

• Sat 25 Mar @ **5 PM**: MOANA

In Disney’s latest smash hit, an impetuous young girl answers the ocean’s call when her island’s fish supply and crops are beset by a terrible curse, and sets out on an epic journey across the Pacific to seek help from the legendary demigod known as Maui. Nominated for 2 Oscars, including Best Animated Feature.

• Sat 25 Mar @ **7 PM**: DOCTOR STRANGE

After a car accident, an arrogant neurosurgeon (Benedict Cumberbatch) embarks on a journey of healing to find a cure for his damaged hands. Instead, he discovers a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions in this encore screening of Marvel’s mind-bending blockbuster.



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What's On This Week: LION, HACKSAW RIDGE, ALLIED and more!

14th March, 2017

It’s weeks like these that make us proud to be running Australia’s largest film society. Where else would you be able to find films as eclectic as what we're screening this week?

This week, our members can come along to not just one, but two of this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominees; the Palme d’Or winner from 2016; an acclaimed coming-of-age teen drama; Brad Pitt and Marion Cottilard in a WWII-set spy thriller; and Vin Diesel saving the world, one extreme stunt at a time.

Plus, did we mention that the week also features a FREE quiz night hosted by the ANU Film Group at the Phoenix pub in Civic? There will be free drinks, bar tabs and passes up for grabs, and fun to be had by all. Don’t miss out – it’s on TONIGHT (Tuesday) from 7:30 PM.

• Wed 15 Mar @ 7:30 PM: THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN

Life is already tough for awkward high school student Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), when her older brother starts dating her best friend. Feeling more alone than ever, she unexpectedly finds a friendship that gives her a glimmer of hope. Also starring Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick.

• Thu 16 Mar @ 7:30 PM: HACKSAW RIDGE

A young man (Andrew Garfield) enlists in the American army during WWII, but due to his religious beliefs, refuses to kill people and sets out instead to save lives as an army medic. This Mel Gibson-directed drama was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, and winner of 9 AACTA Awards, including Best Film.

• Fri 17 Mar @ 7:30 PM: LION + I, DANIEL BLAKE

In LION, a five-year-old Indian boy gets lost thousands of kilometres from home, surviving many challenges before eventually being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. Nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture.

Then, in I, DANIEL BLAKE (at approx. 9:30 PM), an ailing carpenter befriends a single mother and her kids as they navigate their way through the bureaucracy of Britain’s welfare benefits system. Directed by Ken Loach, and winner of the Palme d’Or top prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.


In ALLIED, an American intelligence officer (Brad Pitt) encounters a female French Resistance fighter (Marion Cottilard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines during WWII. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war. Directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Then, in XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE (at approx. 9:15 PM), an extreme athlete-turned-government spy (Vin Diesel) comes out of exile after being presumed dead and is set on a collision course against a team of deadly thrill-seekers. Also starring Samuel L. Jackson, Donnie Yen and Toni Collette.


What's On This Week + ANUFG @ Phoenix Quiz Night on Tue 14 March

7th March, 2017

Thank you to everyone that made it along to our Annual General Meeting yesterday night, and an extra special congratulations to those that were elected to the new committee of the ANU Film Group’s new administration for 2016/17!

For those of you who sadly may have missed out on a spot, please don’t be discouraged – there are plenty of other ways to help out with the ANUFG, so don’t hesitate to email us anytime at if you’d still like to get involved.


Looking for something fun to do next Tuesday night? We've got just the thing for you: the ANU Film Group is making a return to The Phoenix Pub’s weekly quiz nights next week, and you’re all invited to come along!

DATE: Tuesday 14 March, 2017
TIME: 7:30 PM start
VENUE: The Phoenix Pub, 21 East Row (in the Civic Bus Interchange, near Platform 3)

Entry is free and everyone (non-members included) is welcome. There will be free passes and free drinks up for grabs throughout the night, so why not round up a few friends – or come along and make new ones – to enjoy a casual evening of movie trivia? You’re welcome!


This week, we feature this year’s Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress, the biggest hit in the French Film Festival’s 27-year history, a prequel to a beloved Australian family film, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in a sci-fi romance, and a double feature of very different nocturnal animals!

• Tue 7 Mar @ 7:30 PM: ROSALIE BLUM

The life of a thirty-something hairdresser rotates around his work and his family. But his life changes one morning when he meets the gaze of a grocery store clerk, and begins a search to uncover the truth behind their connection in this feel-good French comedy.

** Presented in partnership with Alliance Française Canberra in celebration of the upcoming French Film Festival. Find out more at **

• Thu 9 Mar @ 7:30 PM: FENCES

Denzel Washington directs and stars in this acclaimed adaption of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play about a working-class African-American father struggling with race relations while trying to raise his family in the 1950s. Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress (Viola Davis).


In NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, an art gallery owner (Amy Adams) receives a manuscript for a new book from her estranged ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal). She soon finds herself haunted by the violent tale, which she interprets as a veiled threat.

Then, in the 1981 cult classic AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (at approx. 9:30 PM), two American students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists. Directed by John Landis.

• Sat 11 Mar @ **5 PM**: RED DOG: TRUE BLUE

When eleven year old Mick is shipped off to his grandfather’s cattle station in remote Western Australia, he prepares himself for a life of dull hardship, but instead finds adventure and friendship with a scrappy, one-of-a-kind dog named Red in this prequel to the hit 2011 family film.

• Sat 11 Mar @ **7 PM**: PASSENGERS

Part way through its 120-year voyage, a travelling space colony transporting thousands of people malfunctions and two hibernation pods are prematurely opened. As a result, two passengers are awakened, still 90 years from their destination. Starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence.


February 2017

Oscar Week @ ANUFG: Best Picture Winner MOONLIGHT, LA LA LAND, ARRIVAL and more!

28th February, 2017

Congratulations to all of this year’s Oscar winners! It certainly was a memorable ceremony to say the least, with LA LA… erm, MOONLIGHT winning Best Picture and LA LA LAND taking home the most awards of the night.

But the real winners are all of you – because we’ve got BOTH of those films screening this week alongside even more winners and nominees. You won’t want to miss Oscar Week at the ANU Film Group!

• Wed 1 Mar @ 7:30 PM: MOONLIGHT

The chronicle of the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood, as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami. Winner of 3 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali).

** Please note that our canteen will be specially opening on this Wednesday night, so be sure to stop by and pay them a visit to get your fill of popcorn, snacks and drinks! **

• Thu 2 Mar @ 7:30 PM: ARRIVAL

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite linguist (Amy Adams) is brought in to attempt communication with the aliens. And as mankind teeters on the verge of war, she must race against time for answers. Nominated for 8 Oscars, including Best Picture. Oscar winner for Best Sound Editing.


In HELL OR HIGH WATER, two brothers (Chris Pine, Ben Foster) decide to rob branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. They soon find themselves on the radar of a dogged Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges), looking for one last grand pursuit. Nominated for 4 Oscars, including Best Picture.

Then, in THE NEON DEMON (at approx. 9:15 PM), a young aspiring model (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles to pursue a career but soon finds her youth and vitality devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will stop at nothing to get what she has. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (DRIVE).

• Sat 4 Mar @ **7 PM**: LA LA LAND + CAFÉ SOCIETY

In LA LA LAND, an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) falls in love with a jazz musician (Ryan Gosling), but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray their relationship and the dreams they’ve worked so hard to maintain. Winner of 6 Oscars, including Best Director and Best Actress (Emma Stone).

Then, in Woody Allen’s CAFÉ SOCIETY (at approx. 9:15 PM), a young New Yorker (Jesse Eisenberg) moves to Hollywood where he falls in love with the secretary (Kristen Stewart) of his powerful uncle (Steve Carell). But his carefree existence is shattered when he discovers that she might have another lover.



The ANU Film Group’s Annual General Meeting is your window into the inner workings of your favourite Film Group – find out what goes on behind the scenes, hear our exciting plans for the future, and ask us questions.

It’s also an opportunity for you to get in on the action, as the AGM is where we appoint the Film Group’s new committee.

Committee roles are many and varied and include working front of house, film selection, promotion and community engagement, and pretty much any aspect that helps us run. We’d love to see some new faces – no experience necessary, just a willingness to commit a bit of time to help us continue being the awesome film society that you know and love.

DATE: Monday 6 March, 2017
VENUE: Coombs Theatre

If you’d like more info, please contact us at Otherwise, we look forward to seeing many of you there!

25 Oscar-Nominated Films Screening @ ANUFG

27th February, 2017

Hollywood’s biggest night is just around the corner with the 89th Annual Academy Awards taking place in only a few hours.

Whether you made your Oscar predictions months ago or are just curious to see how many awards LA LA LAND wins, the ANU Film Group has got you covered with no less than 25 of this year’s Oscar-nominated films coming up on our Semester One programme!

You won’t be getting spoilers from us until tomorrow morning, but one thing’s for sure: no matter who wins, this week’s screenings are going to be massive with four Best Picture nominees – LA LA LAND MOONLIGHT, ARRIVAL, HELL OR HIGH WATER – screening and a total of 34 nominations between them!

Make sure you catch all of these Oscar-nominated films at the ANU Film Group:

• Tue 21 Feb: ELLE – nominee for Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert)

• Thu 23 Feb: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM – 2 nominations, including Best Production Design

• Fri 24 Feb: CAPTAIN FANTASTIC – nominee for Best Actor (Viggo Mortensen)

• Sat 25 Feb: ROGUE ONE – 2 nominations, including Best Visual Effects

• Wed 1 Mar: MOONLIGHT – 8 nominations, including Best Picture

• Thu 2 Mar: ARRIVAL – 8 nominations, including Best Picture

• Fri 3 Mar: HELL OR HIGH WATER – 4 nominations, including Best Picture

• Sat 4 Mar: LA LA LAND – 14 nominations, including Best Picture

• Thu 9 Mar: FENCES – 4 nominations, including Best Picture

• Fri 10 Mar: NOCTURNAL ANIMALS – nominee for Best Supporting Actor (Michael Shannon)

• Sat 11 Mar: PASSENGERS – 2 nominations, including Best Original Score

• Thu 16 Mar: HACKSAW RIDGE – 6 nominations, including Best Picture

• Fri 17 Mar: LION – 6 nominations, including Best Picture

• Sat 18 Mar: ALLIED – nominee for Best Costume Design

• Thu 23 Mar: HIDDEN FIGURES – 3 nominations, including Best Picture

• Sat 25 Mar: MOANA – 2 nominations, including Best Animated Feature

• Sat 25 Mar: DOCTOR STRANGE – nominee for Best Visual Effects

• Sat 1 Apr: JACKIE – 3 nominations, including Best Actress (Natalie Portman)

• Sat 22 Apr: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA – 6 nominations, including Best Picture

• Sat 12 May: SILENCE – nominee for Best Cinematography

• Fri 19 May: LIFE, ANIMATED – nominee for Best Documentary Feature

• Sat 20 May: THE RED TURTLE – nominee for Best Animated Feature

• Fri 2 June: TONI ERDMANN – nominee for Best Foreign Language Film

• Sat 10 June: LOVING – nominee for Best Actress (Ruth Negga)

• Fri 7 July: THE SALESMAN – nominee for Best Foreign Language Film