News Archive

April 2018

What's On This Week: THE POST, PADDINGTON 2, STRONGER and more!

18th April, 2018

We’re back to a full line-up of screenings this week, with some terrific films, including a Best Picture nominee (THE POST), a highly acclaimed family film (PADDINGTON 2), a powerful firefighting drama (ONLY THE BRAVE), director Woody Allen’s latest (WONDER WHEEL), and a hilarious comedy/mystery starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams (GAME NIGHT).

Plus, don’t miss our exclusive Canberra premiere screening of Jake Gyllehaal’s newest film – the acclaimed and inspirational true story of STRONGER – on Thursday. Only at the ANU Film Group!

• WED 18 APR @ 7:30 PM: GAME NIGHT (MA, 100 min)

A group of friends get their weekly game night kicked up a notch when one of the group arranges a murder mystery party – complete with a very realistic kidnapping. But as the competitors set out to solve the case, they soon discover that neither the game nor their friends are what they seem to be. Starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams.

• THU 19 APR @ 7:30 PM: STRONGER (MA, 119 min)

In this exclusive Canberra premiere screening, Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who loses both of his legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. As he embarks on the long journey to physical and emotional rehabilitation, he unexpectedly finds himself becoming a symbol of hope around the world.

• FRI 20 APR @ 7:30 PM: THE POST (M, 116 min) + WONDER WHEEL (PG, 101 min)

In THE POST, America’s first female newspaper publisher (Meryl Streep) and her hard-driving editor (Tom Hanks) race to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets spanning three decades, risking their careers – and their freedom – in the process. Directed by Steven Spielberg, and nominated for two Oscars, including Best Picture.

Then, in WONDER WHEEL (at approx. 9:30 PM), the lives of four people – an emotionally volatile former actress (Kate Winslet), her carousel operator husband (Jim Belushi), a mysterious visitor on the run (Juno Temple), and a handsome young lifeguard (Justin Timberlake) – intertwine on Coney Island in the 1950s. Directed by Woody Allen.

• SAT 21 APR @ **5 PM**: PADDINGTON 2 (G, 103 min)

Paddington takes on a series of odd jobs to earn money to buy an antique book for his beloved aunt’s 100th birthday. But when a cunning thief (Hugh Grant) steals the prized book and frames Paddington for the crime, the marmalade-loving bear must find a way to uncover the culprit and clear his name. Also starring Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent and Brendan Gleeson.

• SAT 21 APR @ **7 PM**: ONLY THE BRAVE (M, 134 min)

The Granite Mountain Hotshots, one of America’s most elite firefighting teams, find their skills and camaraderie challenged in 2013 when an unprecedented wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona, requires them to risk everything to protect a town from imminent destruction. Based on a true story. Starring Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Connelly.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: THE POST **

LADY BIRD, DOWNSIZING and more this week + Win tickets to CHAPPAQUIDDICK and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD!

12th April, 2018

This week at the ANU Film Group, experience Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed coming of age tale, downsize with Matt Damon in Alexander Payne’s latest, say goodbye to the FIFTY SHADES OF GREY trilogy, and discover a scathing black comedy presently jointly by the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

THU 12 APR @ 7:30 PM: THE TEACHER (M, 103 min)

In Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, in 1983, the concerned parents of a class of young teenagers meet to decide what action to take regarding their school’s new teacher: a manipulative, corrupt woman with dangerous connections to the Communist Party.

** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Slovak Republic **

FRI 13 APR @ 7:30 PM: DOWNSIZING (M, 135 min)

When scientists discover how to shrink humans as a solution to overpopulation, a man (Matt Damon) and his wife decides to downsize – literally – to escape their stressed lives and start anew. Directed by Alexander Payne (SIDEWAYS, NEBRASKA) and also starring Christoph Waltz, Kristen Wiig and Hong Chau.

SAT 14 APR @ **7 PM**: LADY BIRD (M, 94 min) + FIFTY SHADES FREED (MA, 105 min)

A free-spirited teenager (Saoirse Ronan) living in Sacramento, California, navigates a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother (Laurie Metcalf) as she comes of age over the course of her final year of high school in 2002. Nominated for 5 Oscars, including Best Picture.

Then, in the final instalment in the FIFTY SHADES saga (at approx. 8:45 PM), newlyweds Christian (Jamie Dornan) and Ana (Dakota Johnson) embark on their shared life together, but find their happy ending jeopardised by new threats and shadowy figures from their past.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: LADY BIRD **

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FLASH GIVEAWAY: WIN TICKETS TO ‘CHAPPAQUIDDICK’ AND ‘NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD’!
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We’ve got tickets to give away to political drama CHAPPAQUIDDICK and the NFSA’s 50th anniversary screening of George A. Romero’s groundbreaking horror classic – but you’ve got to get in quick to win!

CHAPPAQUIDDICK examines the true events surrounding the most difficult seven days of Senator Ted Kennedy’s career when he accidentally drives off a bridge and ends the life of his passenger, a young political strategist. Kennedy doesn’t report the accident for nine hours as he sets out to protect his family’s legacy and keep his political ambitions alive, while struggling with the moral implications of his actions.

Starring Jason Clarke, Kata Mara, Ed Helms and Bruce Dern, CHAPPAQUIDDICK is in cinemas from May 10, but thanks to our friends at Transmission Films, we have 20 double passes to a special preview screening on TUESDAY 24 APRIL at 6:30 PM at Dendy Canberra.

To secure your tickets, all you have to do is go to this link – www.showfilmfirst.com/pin/379050 – and follow the prompts, but you’ll have to be quick as tickets are strictly limited!

Secondly, the National Film and Sound Archive are hosting the Australian premiere of a new 4K restoration of George A. Romero’s 1968 horror classic, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, widely regarded as one of the best zombie films ever made. The screening will be held on the appropriately spooky date of Friday the 13th (of April) and we’ve got 10 double passes to give away.

If you’d like to check out NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD at the NFSA tomorrow evening at 7 PM, simply be one of the first 10 people to email us at info@anufg.org.au with your full name and membership number (located below the barcode on your card).

Only winners will be notified, with names to be placed on a door list at the NFSA for entry on the night. Zombie dress ups are encouraged!

New Entertainment Books Available Now

5th April, 2018

Welcome to April! This week is the first week of the ANU’s non-teaching break and we have a reduced number of screenings as a result. But there are still some terrific films showing, including the most successful Thai film of all time, the spectacular new documentary from the director of SHERPA, the return of legendary detective Hercule Poirot, and the untold story of the creation of Winnie the Pooh.

THU 5 APR @ 7:30 PM: BAD GENIUS (M, 130 min)

A brilliant high school student devises a plan to make money by selling test answers. Tempted by a massive payday, she is convinced to travel from Thailand to Sydney to sit an international university admissions exam and then deliver the answers back home before the exam takes place there.

** Presented in partnership with the Royal Embassy of Thailand **

FRI 6 APR @ 7:30 PM: MOUNTAIN (G, 74 min)

A visually stunning exploration of humankind’s fascination with scaling the world’s highest peaks. Directed by Jennifer Peedom (SHERPA) and narrated by Willem Dafoe, this spectacular documentary – with an accompanying score performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra – is a must-see on the big screen!

** Note: Jennifer Peedom was originally scheduled to join us on this night for a post-screening Q&A but unfortunately will not be able to make it to Canberra due to overseas work commitments. She has sent along a special video introduction, which will screen before the film, and a behind the scenes featurette (approx. 25 min) that will be screened immediately after the film. **

SAT 7 APR @ **7 PM**: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (2017) (M, 114 min) + GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (PG, 107 min)

Legendary detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) finds his vacation aboard the luxurious Orient Express interrupted when a passenger is brutally murdered and he is tasked with uncovering the killer amongst the train’s passengers. Also starring Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Michelle Pffeiffer and Willem Dafoe.

Then, in GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (at approx. 9 PM), author A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) returns home after WWI but struggles to resume writing until his young son’s toys provide him with inspiration for what would become his most famous work. Also starring Margot Robbie.

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NEW ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS NOW AVAILABLE!
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Sick of Easter chocolate? What about some treats of a different kind?

We're once again selling new Entertainment Books for 2018/19, with each Book or Digital Membership 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.

You can choose from the traditional Entertainment Book or the Entertainment Digital Membership, which is accessible through your iPhone or Android smartphone, so you have your offers with you wherever you go.

Plus, to top it all off, 20% of the cost of 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.

Pre-order your Book or Digital Membership before WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL and you will even receive another six bonus offers valued at up to $200.

To order yours, simply go to www.anufg.org.au/entbook now! And if you’d like to preview the new Entertainment Book for 2018/19 and all of its valuable offers, CLICK HERE!

Purchased books can be made 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.

March 2018

What's On This Week + Bonus Screening + Event Change

26th March, 2018

It’s a short week of screenings as we head into the Easter break, but that’s not to say there aren’t some interesting and varied films on the programme. Not to mention a bonus screening courtesy of our friends at the ANU Mathematical Sciences Institute!

• MON 26 MAR @ 7:30 PM: 52HZ, I LOVE YOU (109 min)

Lonely people looking for love cross paths on Valentine’s Day in modern day Taipei, Taiwan in this whimsical romantic musical that blends interconnected love stories with beautiful original songs.

** Presented in partnership with the Australian Centre on China in the World **

• WED 28 MAR @ 7:30 PM: THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER (MA, 121 min)


After he takes an orphaned teenage boy under his wing, a cardiac surgeon (Colin Farrell) finds his life starting to fall apart, leaving him contemplating an unthinkable sacrifice in this dark psychological thriller from the director of THE LOBSTER. Also starring Nicole Kidman and Barry Keoghan.

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

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BONUS SCREENING: ‘X+Y’ ON THURSDAY 29 MARCH @ 7 PM
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Our friends at the ANU Mathematical Sciences Institute are hosting an alumni and friends Movie Night event at the Coombs Theatre this Thursday (March 29), and have been kind enough to extend an invitation to all ANU Film Group members to attend.

The event will begin at 6:30 PM with a reception in the Coombs Extension Lobby (directly opposite the front door of the Coombs Theatre), followed by a screening of the 2014 British maths drama X+Y at 7 PM.

X+Y tells the true story of a teenage mathematics prodigy named Nathan (Asa Butterfield) who has difficulty understanding people, but finds comfort in numbers. When he is chosen to represent the United Kingdom at the International Mathematical Olympiad, Nathan embarks on an unexpected and challenging journey. Also starring Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan.

The event is free for all ANUFG members to attend, but to assist with catering and attendee numbers, MSI has requested that everyone who wishes to attend please register beforehand by clicking HERE.

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EVENT CHANGE: ‘MOUNTAIN’ ON FRIDAY 6 APRIL
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Due to a last-minute overseas trip on the date of our screening, director Jennifer Peedom will regretfully not be able to attend our Q&A screening of MOUNTAIN next week on Friday April 6.

As luck would have it, Jen will be travelling to Cambodia that very day for her work on a feature film. Fortunately for us, she will be sending along a filmed introduction for us, as well as a special behind-the-scenes look at the making of MOUNTAIN that will screen following the film.

We apologise for any disappointment caused, and hope that Jen will find time to make a return visit to the Film Group in the near future.

STAR WARS, JUMANJI, I, TONYA and More This Week + Win More Movie Tickets!

21st March, 2018

Star Wars, magical video games, cats, Oscar-winning ice skating, and the untold story of the creation of Wonder Woman, there’s bound to be a little something for everyone at the ANU Film Group this week. Especially if you like double features with very long titles!

• WED 21 MAR @ 7:30 PM: KEDI (G, 79 min)

A fascinating look at the ancient city of Istanbul, Turkey, and its unique inhabitants as seen through the eyes of the stray domestic cats of the city, each with their own distinctive personalities, as they live their own lives and adapt to the changing times.

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

• THU 22 MAR @ 7:30 PM: I, TONYA (MA, 119 min)

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) rises amongst the ranks at the US Figure Skating Championships, but her future is thrown into chaos when her ex-husband intervenes against her competition rival. Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress (Allison Janney).

• FRI 23 MAR @ 7:30 PM: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (M, 152 min)

Resistance fighter Rey (Daisy Ridley) develops her newly discovered abilities with the reluctant guidance of self-exiled former Jedi master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who finds himself unsettled by the strength of her powers in the latest instalment of the Star Wars saga.

• SAT 24 MAR @ **7 PM**: JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (PG, 111 min) + PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN (MA, 108 min)

In JUMANJI, four teenagers are transported into a magical video game – and take on the appearance of adult avatars – as they discover that the only way to escape and return home is to work together to finish the game. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan.

Then, in PROFESSOR MARSTON (at approx. 9 PM), discover the untold story of psychologist William Marston (Luke Evans), and his polyamorous relationship with his wife and his mistress who would go on to inspire his creation of comic book superheroine Wonder Woman in 1941.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE **

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WIN TICKETS TO ‘THE DEATH OF STALIN’ OR ‘HAVE YOU SEEN THE LISTERS?’
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Another week, another double giveaway of movie tickets for our members. Aren’t you all lucky?

This week, thanks to Madman Entertainment, we have 10 in-season double passes to give away to the comedic political satire, THE DEATH OF STALIN.

It’s Moscow in 1953, and tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin has dropped dead. What follows is a frantic – and bitingly uproarious – political power struggle to become the next leader of the Soviet Union as his parasitic cronies bumble, brawl and backstab their way to the top.

Featuring an ensemble cast and directed by Armando Iannucci (IN THE LOOP, TV’s Veep), THE DEATH OF STALIN in in cinemas from March 29. Check out its trailer by clicking HERE.

We also have another 10 in-season double passes to HAVE YOU SEEN THE LISTERS?, a documentary about Australian street artist Anthony Lister, thanks to our friends at Transmission Films.

The film is a candid and personal insight into the rise of world-renowned street artist Anthony Lister as he rises up the ranks from street artist to celebrated contemporary artist in the complex world of fine art, challenging Australia’s conservative view on art.

A compelling personal portrait of both a rising star and a grounded family man, HAVE YOU SEEN THE LISTERS? arrives in cinemas on April 5. View the film’s trailer by clicking HERE.

As with last week, all you have to do to go into the running to win a double pass to one of these films is email us at info@anufg.org.au with your name, your membership number (located under the barcode on your card) and tell us whether you wish to see THE DEATH OF STALIN or HAVE YOU SEEN THE LISTERS? The choice is yours!

Entry will close on Monday 26 March at 5 PM, with only winners to be notified via email and prizes to be collected at ANUFG screenings.

Annual General Meeting TONIGHT @ 6 PM

19th March, 2018

Just one final friendly reminder about the ANU Film Group's Annual General Meeting, which will take place TONIGHT (Monday 19 March) from 6 PM in the Coombs Theatre.

Come along and ask questions, hear about how we did last year, and even find out about our exciting plans for the future – including the very first details about our brand new cinema, which is scheduled for completion in 2019.

The AGM is also your chance to get yourself involved with the behind-the-scenes operation of the ANUFG by running for a spot on our committee. No experience is necessary – just a keen interest in what we do and a willingness to help out!

It’s all happening TONIGHT at 6 PM. Be there!

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SUPPORT ANUFG @ GRILL’D THIS MARCH
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And don't forget that we are one of the Local Matters community groups being supported by Grill'd in the Canberra Centre this month.

If you don't feel like cooking tonight, or looking for a bite to eat after the AGM, a gourmet burger from Grill'd will not just satisfy your appetite, but may also get us some extra funding in the process too.

So head on down to Grill’d on the ground floor of the Canberra Centre before the end of the month, grab a delicious burger, and pop your provided token into the Film Group’s designated jar. It’s a win-win!

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WIN TICKETS TO ‘MARY MAGDALENE’ OR ‘HUMAN FLOW’
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Plus, just in case you missed it last week, we also have tickets to give away to two new films being released in cinemas this month, and all you have to do to win is tell us which one you’d like to see!

To go into the running to win a double pass to either MARY MAGDALENE or HUMAN FLOW, simply email us at

DARKEST HOUR, PHANTOM THREAD and more this week + Win Tickets to MARY MAGDALENE or HUMAN FLOW

14th March, 2018

Do you wish you could get more involved with the running of the ANU Film Group, but are disappointed you missed our AGM on February 26th? Well, lucky for you, that AGM was postponed and will now be taking place NEXT Monday!

So seize your chance to take control of your destiny – and the future of the ANUFG – by coming along to the Coombs Theatre on MONDAY 19 MARCH at 6 PM. You can find out all about our exciting plans for the future, what we’ve been up to in the past 12 months, and yes, even run for a coveted spot on the greatest committee for an ANU-based film society the world has ever seen.

It’s all happening next Monday at 6 PM. Don’t miss out!

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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Last week was a very busy one, so we’d like to take this opportunity to remind members and their invited guests that sitting on the stairs or in walkways during a film is NOT permitted under any circumstances. It is a tripping hazard in the dark and can prove dangerous for you and others, especially in the event of an emergency.

We keep a count of how many people are in the theatre and will only allow you to enter if there are still seats available. So if you anticipate the film to be busy or have certain seating preferences, we do recommend that you come along early to avoid disappointment.

This week, we screen Gary Oldman’s Best Actor Oscar-winning performance, a true life thriller about the kidnapping of J. Paul Getty III, a look at a year in the life of former NZ PM Helen Clark, an inventive horror film that is GROUNDHOG DAY meets SCREAM, and Michael Fassbender in a serial killer thriller that is a mystery in more ways than one.

• WED 14 MAR @ 7:30 PM: MY YEAR WITH HELEN (PG, 93 min)

A behind-the-scenes look at a year in the life of former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark as she campaigns against the odds to be the first female Secretary-General of the United Nations, all while looking after her family back home.

** Presented in partnership with the New Zealand High Commission **

• THU 15 MAR @ 7:30 PM: ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD (MA, 132 min)

When her teenage son is kidnapped, a devoted mother (Michelle Williams) must try to convince his billionaire grandfather, J. Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer), to pay the ransom. Directed by Ridley Scott and also starring Mark Wahlberg. Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actor (Plummer).

• FRI 16 MAR @ 7:30 PM: DARKEST HOUR (PG, 125 min) + HAPPY DEATH DAY (M, 96 min)

In DARKEST HOUR, the fate of Europe in the early days of WWII hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman), as he decides whether to negotiate with Nazi Germany or fight on against incredible odds. Oscar winner for Best Actor (Oldman).

Then, in HAPPY DEATH DAY (at approx. 9:45 PM), a teenager must relive the day of her murder over and over again, dying in a different way each time, in a time loop that will end only when she is able to uncover the identity of her killer.

• SAT 17 MAR @ **7 PM**: PHANTOM THREAD (M, 130 min) + THE SNOWMAN (MA, 119 min)

In PHANTOM THREAD, a renowned dressmaker and perennial bachelor (Daniel Day-Lewis) in 1950s London finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Oscar winner for Best Costume Design.

** Presented in partnership with the ANU Fashion and Beauty Society **

Then, in THE SNOWMAN (at approx. 9:15 PM), when a troubled detective (Michael Fassbender) uncovers a string of gruesome murders where the killer leaves a snowman as a calling card, he must delve into the past and a decades-old cold case to make a connection before the killer strikes again.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: DARKEST HOUR, PHANTOM THREAD **

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WIN TICKETS TO ‘MARY MAGDALENE’ OR ‘HUMAN FLOW’ – THE CHOICE IS YOURS!
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We have tickets to give away to two exciting new films being released in cinemas this month, and all you have to do to win is tell us which one you’d like to see!

MARY MAGDALENE is set in the Holy Land when young Mary (Rooney Mara) leaves her traditional family behind to join a new social movement headed by the charismatic Jesus of Nazareth (Joaquin Phoenix). As the notoriety of the group spreads and more are drawn to follow Jesus’ inspirational message, Mary’s spiritual journey places her at the heart of a story that will lead to Jerusalem, where she must confront the reality of Jesus’ destiny and her own place within it.

Directed by Garth Davis (LION), MARY MAGDALENE is released in cinemas from March 22. Thanks to Transmission Films, we have 10 in-season double passes to give away.

HUMAN FLOW is an epic documentary from renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, which examines the migration of over 65 million people around the world who have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, in the greatest human displacement since World War II. The documentary explores both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact in 23 countries over the course of one eventful year.

HUMAN FLOW is released in cinemas from March 15, and we have 10 in-season passes to give away thanks to Roadshow Entertainment.

To go into the running to win a double pass to one of these films, simply email us at info@anufg.org.au with your name, your membership number (located under the barcode on your card), and tell us whether you wish to see MARY MAGDALENE or HUMAN FLOW. The choice is yours!

Entry will close on Wednesday 21 March at 5 PM, with only winners to be notified via email and prizes to be collected at ANUFG screenings.

What’s On This Oscar Week + Support ANUFG @ Grill’d in March!

8th March, 2018

Congratulations to all of the winners at the 90th Annual Academy Awards! Here's a list of all of the Oscar winning films that are coming up at the ANU Film Group, starting with THE SHAPE OF WATER and THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI this week:

• Thu 8 March @ 7:30 PM: THE SHAPE OF WATER (Free Screening) – Winner of 4 Oscars, including Best Picture

• Fri 9 March @ 7:30 PM: THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI – Winner 2 Oscars, including Best Actress (Frances McDormand)

• Sat 10 March @ 7 PM: THE SHAPE OF WATER – Winner of 4 Oscars, including Best Picture

• Fri 16 March @ 7:30 PM: DARKEST HOUR – Winner for Best Actor (Gary Oldman)

• Sat 17 March @ 7 PM: PHANTOM THREAD – Winner for Best Costume Design (and a jet ski)

• Thu 22 March @ 7:30 PM: I, TONYA – Winner for Best Supporting Actress (Allisson Janney)

• Sat 28 April @ 7 PM: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME – Winner for Best Adapted Screenplay

• Sat 28 April @ 9:15 PM: A FANTASTIC WOMAN – Winner for Best Foreign Language Film

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WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
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The ANU Film Group’s Oscar Week continues with not one, but two screenings of Best Picture Winner THE SHAPE OF WATER, as well as the double Oscar-winning THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI. Plus, Matt Damon and Julianne Moore in director George Clooney’s SUBURBICON and the thrilling finale to the MAZE RUNNER trilogy.

Please note that tonight’s screening of THE SHAPE OF WATER is free and open to the public as part of the Enlighten festival and ANU Enlighten Minds | Thinking Spaces. ANUFG members are welcome to attend the free screening, but may wish to attend the members-only screening on Saturday instead to avoid missing out, as it is likely to be very popular.

• THU 10 MAR @ 7:30 PM: THE SHAPE OF WATER (Free Screening) (MA, 123 min)

Set in 1960s Baltimore, director Guillermo del Toro's magical film follows a mute and lonely janitor (Sally Hawkins) at a high-security government laboratory who finds her life changed forever when she discovers and befriends a captured sea creature. Winner of 4 Oscars, including Best Picture.

• FRI 11 MAR @ 7:30 PM: THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (MA, 115 min) + SUBURBICON (MA, 104 min)

In THREE BILLBOARDS, a vengeful mother (Frances McDormand) personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit. Winner of 2 Oscars for Best Actress (McDormand) and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell).

Then, in SUBURBICON (at approx. 9:30 PM) a seemingly-perfect family finds their lives imploding when they become victims of a home invasion after an African-American family moves into their all-white neighbourhood. Starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, and directed by George Clooney.

• SAT 12 MAR @ **7 PM**: THE SHAPE OF WATER (MA, 123 min) + MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE (M, 142 min)

In THE SHAPE OF WATER, a mute and lonely janitor (Sally Hawkins) at a high-security government laboratory in 1960s Baltimore finds her life changed forever when she discovers and befriends a captured sea creature. Winner of 4 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Then, in MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE (at approx. 9:15 PM), Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet: to break into a legendary labyrinth in order to save their friends and cure a deadly disease once and for all.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: THREE BILLBOARDS, THE SHAPE OF WATER (Saturday) **

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SUPPORT ANUFG @ GRILL’D THIS MARCH!
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If you’ve ever had an awesome gourmet burger from Grill’d, you’ll know that they run a Local Matters initiative each month, aimed at supporting community organisations.

We’re very excited to announce that your very own ANU Film Group is currently featured as one of the organisations being supported during the month of March (that’s this month!).

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

Oscar Nominees @ ANUFG + Free Enlighten Screening of THE SHAPE OF WATER on March 8

2nd March, 2018

As any ANU Film Group member will no doubt know, the 90th Annual Academy Awards will be taking place on Sunday evening in the US, which is Monday afternoon here in Australia. Whether they end up winning or losing, we’ve got a whole heap of this year’s Oscar-nominated films coming up on our Semester One 2018 programme. Check out the full listing of nominated films below:

• Fri 2 March @ 7:30 PM: THE DISASTER ARTIST – Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
• Sat 3 March @ 5 PM: COCO – 2 nominations, including Best Animated Feature
• Wed 7 March @ 7:30 PM: THE FLORIDA PROJECT – Nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Willem Dafoe)
• Thu 8 March @ 7:30 PM: THE SHAPE OF WATER (Free Screening) – 13 nominations, including Best Picture
• Fri 9 March @ 7:30 PM: THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI – 7 nominations, including Best Picture
• Sat 10 March @ 7 PM: THE SHAPE OF WATER – 13 nominations, including Best Picture
• Thu 15 March @ 7:30 PM: ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD – Nomination for Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer)
• Fri 16 March @ 7:30 PM: THE DARKEST HOUR – 6 nominations, including Best Picture
• Sat 17 March @ 7 PM: PHANTOM THREAD – 6 nominations, including Best Picture
• Mon 19 March @ 6 PM: ANUFG ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – Ok, not really, but worth a try!
• Thu 22 March @ 7:30 PM: I, TONYA – 3 nominations, including Best Actress (Margot Robbie)
• Fri 23 March @ 7:30 PM: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – 4 nominations, including Best Visual Effects
• Sat 14 April @ 7 PM: LADY BIRD – 5 nominations, including Best Picture
• Fri 20 April @ 7:30 PM: THE POST – 2 nominations, including Best Picture
• Sat 28 April @ 7 PM: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME – 4 nominations, including Best Picture
• Sat 28 April @ 9:15 PM: A FANTASTIC WOMAN – Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film
• Fri 11 May @ 7:30 PM: MOLLY’S GAME – Nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay
• Fri 1 June @ 7:30 PM: THE SQUARE – Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film
• Sat 23 June @ 7 PM: FACES PLACES – Nomination for Best Documentary Feature
• Sat 23 June @ 8:30 PM: LOVING VINCENT – Nomination for Best Animated Feature

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FREE ENLIGHTEN SCREENING: ‘THE SHAPE OF WATER’ ON MARCH 8
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With a leading 13 nominations and current frontrunner status in a number of categories, including Best Picture, director Guillermo del Toro’s THE SHAPE OF WATER appears to be the film to beat at this year’s Oscars. And we’re excited to announce that we’ll be screening it not just once, but twice, next week!

Our scheduled screening on Saturday 10 March at 7 PM will be business as usual for members, but there will also be a FREE bonus screening on THURSDAY 8 MARCH at 7:30 PM that will be open to the public.

The free screening will be part of ANU Enlighten Minds | Thinking Spaces, which will see the ANU come to life over five thrilling nights with vibrant projections, food stalls and entertainment. Check out the full listing of ANU events by clicking HERE. The overall Enlighten Festival kicks off tonight and runs over 16 days until March 18, showcasing the best of what the nation’s capital has to offer. You can explore Enlighten’s full 2018 line-up at www.enlightencanberra.com

Set in Baltimore in 1962, THE SHAPE OF WATER follows a mute and lonely janitor (Sally Hawkins) working at a high-security government laboratory finds her life changed forever when she discovers and befriends a captured sea creature. What follows is strange, beautiful and unexpected... which just so happens to be this year’s Enlighten theme. Not to be missed!

Tickets are not required for the free screening on Thursday 8 March and entry is on a first come, first served basis, limited to the capacity of the venue (370 seats). ANUFG members may attend both, but are advised to attend the members-only screening on Saturday 10 March where possible to avoid missing out.

Our canteen run by the Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak will also be open on both nights, serving an assortment of popcorn, snacks and drinks with all proceeds going to charity.

February 2018

What's On This Week: COCO, WONDER, THE DISASTER ARTIST + Support ANUFG at the CSCC!

28th February, 2018

This week at the ANU Film Group, you can delve into a Danish mystery, get your heartstrings tugged by a feel-good drama, explore the making of the worst movie ever made, become a social media star, visit the Mexican Land of the Dead, and go on an intergalactic journey with Marvel’s God of Thunder. The possibilities are endless and the choice is yours!

• WED 28 FEB @ 7:30 PM: A CONSPIRACY OF FAITH (MA, 112 min)

Two detectives investigating cold cases in Denmark discover a link between a faded letter in a bottle drifting at sea and the recent disappearance of two children from a secretive religious congregation, in this third instalment of the Department Q series.

** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Denmark, who will also be offering a complimentary bottle of Carlsberg beer tonight to attendees over the age of 18 (while stocks last) **

• THU 1 MAR @ 7:30 PM: WONDER (PG, 113 min)

Yearning for a normal life, a young boy (Jacob Tremblay) born with a facial disfigurement embarks on an extraordinary journey when he is finally enrolled in fifth grade at a local primary school after being homeschooled all his life. Also starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

• FRI 2 MAR @ 7:30 PM: THE DISASTER ARTIST (M, 104 min) + INGRID GOES WEST (MA, 98 min)

THE DISASTER ARTIST takes a look at the friendship between Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau, as they travel to Hollywood to make their first feature film, THE ROOM, which quickly becomes regarded as one of the worst films ever made. Oscar nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Then, in INGRID GOES WEST (at approx. 9:15 PM), a troubled young woman (Aubrey Plaza) moves to Los Angeles, where she attempts to insert herself into the life of her favourite social media star (Elizabeth Olsen) at the expense of the real relationships in her life.

• SAT 3 MAR @ **5 PM**: COCO (PG, 105 min)

In Pixar's latest critically acclaimed film, a 12-year-old boy is banished to Mexico’s Land of the Dead after stealing a guitar from the tomb of his idol. There, he must seek the help of his ancestors in order to return to the world of the living. Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.

• SAT 3 MAR @ **7 PM**: THOR: RAGNAROK (M, 130 min)

Stranded on the other side of the universe, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must seek the help of old friends and new allies in a race against time to return to his home planet of Asgard and prevent the destruction of civilization as he knows it. Also starring Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston and Cate Blanchett.

** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: COCO, THOR: RAGNAROK **

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SUPPORT ANUFG AT THE CANBERRA SOUTHERN CROSS CLUB
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As you may know, the ANU Film Group is run entirely by volunteers contributing their own time and effort to the operation of Australia’s largest film society. All of our membership fees go directly back into the running of the not-for-profit group, but every extra bit helps us do more for our members, which is why we’re always on the lookout for other avenues of funding.

One fundraising initiative that has been ongoing for two years now is our partnership with the Canberra Southern Cross Club and their Community Rewards program.

If CSCC members choose to nominate the ANUFG as their community group of choice, the CSCC donates 10% of what that member spends on food and drink at any of the club venues to us. So you get to enjoy delicious food, and we get a contribution each time you spend!

If you’re already a CSCC member, nominating us is easy – all you have to do is fill out a short online form HERE. Alternatively, you can email us at info@anufg.org.au 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 www.cscc.com.au/rewards.

Thank you in advance for your support!