News Archive

May 2019

What's On This Week + Win Tickets to a Preview Screening of 2040

14th May, 2019

This week at the ANU Film Group, you can find love in 1950s Poland, climb the El Capitan rock wall, battle demons – some real, some imaginary – and check out two terrific performances from Nicole Kidman and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

• WED 15 MAY @ 7:30 PM: COLD WAR (M, 88 mins)

In the ruins of post-WWII Poland, a man and a woman meet and fall in love despite their vastly different backgrounds and temperaments. Nominated for 3 Oscars, including Best Director.

** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland **

• THU 16 MAY @ 7:30 PM: HELLBOY (R, 121 mins)

Reluctant hero Hellboy finds himself caught between two worlds as he battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge, in this reboot of the fantasy series based on the popular graphic novel.

• FRI 17 MAY @ 7:30 PM: FREE SOLO (M, 100 mins) + THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER (M, 97 mins)

In this year’s Oscar winner for Best Documentary Feature, Alex Honnold attempts to climb Yosemite’s 3,000-foot high El Capitan rock wall without ropes or safety harnesses.

Then, in THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER (at approx. 9:15 PM), a devoted teacher (Maggie Gyllenhaal) discovers that one of her students may be a child prodigy and risks everything to nurture his talent.

• SAT 18 MAY @ 7:30 PM: DESTROYER (MA, 121 mins) + CLIMAX (MA, 97 mins)

In DESTROYER, a troubled LAPD detective (Nicole Kidman) is forced to face her demons when new information arises about an undercover assignment from early in her career.

Then, in director Gaspar Noé’s CLIMAX (at approx. 9:30 PM), a group of dancers find themselves trapped in a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn that their drinks have been laced with LSD.


Thanks to Madman Films, we have tickets to give away to a special preview screening of 2040, the latest documentary from award-winning filmmaker Damon Gameau (THAT SUGAR FILM).

2040 draws on the best minds from around the world to map out a pathway for change, exploring what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we embraced the solutions currently available to improve our planet. You can view the film’s trailer by CLICKING HERE.

The film is in cinemas from May 23, but we’ve got tickets for you to see it first at a preview screening next Monday at Dendy Canberra.

Date: Monday 20 May, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM film start
Venue: Dendy Cinemas Canberra, Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda Street

To go into the running to win a double pass to attend this preview screening, all you have to do is email us at with (1) your name, (2) your membership number, and (3) tell us what movie sequel you’d like to see in the year 2040.

Be creative and be quick – entries will close this Friday 17 May at 12 PM (noon). Winners will be notified via email with names to be placed on a door list at Dendy Canberra on the night.

Popcorn Now Available at Screenings!

9th May, 2019

You’ve asked for it and here it is – popcorn is now available at ANU Film Group screenings starting from tonight!

Going to the movies isn’t quite the same without popcorn, which is why we’ve been investigating ways to make this right over the past few months. And we’re now thrilled to announce a new partnership with the wonderful folks at Cracking Corn to bring popcorn to our new cinema at Kambri.

Cracking Corn is a local, family-run business that specialises in hand crafting popcorn in a variety of delicious flavours. Since launching in 2016, they have earned a reputation as the best producers of popcorn in the Canberra region, and have become a regular presence at most markets, sports games and shows around town.

We will be selling two of Cracking Corn’s most popular flavours – Salted and Salty Sweety – with each bag of popcorn popped by hand and then heat sealed for freshness before being delivered to us for sale. The bags are also resealable so you can take what’s left home with you at the end of the night.

Bags will sell for $5 each – with 50% of profits being donated to the Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak, continuing our long-standing relationship with them, and in recognition of their many years of service running the ANU Film Group canteen.

Sale of popcorn at the ANU Film Group will be strictly on a trial basis to begin with, during which we will assess its ongoing viability based on feedback, sales and other factors. So if you like Cracking Corn popcorn and want to see it continue being sold at Film Group, be sure to stop by the front desk and pick up a bag at your next screening!

SHAZAM!, US, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS and More This Week + Win Tickets to PETERLOO

6th May, 2019

Doppelgängers, superheroes, rival queens, toxic relationships, time loops, Ian McKellen and tap-dancing prisoners of war – we’ve got it all in this bumper second week of the ANU Film Group’s new Winter season!

• MON 6 MAY @ 7:30 PM: MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART (M, 91 mins)

A unique journey through the life of actor Ian McKellen, from his childhood to an acclaimed screen, stage and film career spanning nearly 60 years.

• WED 8 MAY @ 7:30 PM: SWING KIDS (MA, 133 mins)

During the Korean War in the 1950s, soldiers and prisoners at a POW camp work together to put on a tap dancing show to distract themselves from the atrocities around them.

** Presented in partnership with the ANU Korean Pop Culture Club **

• THU 9 MAY @ 7:30 PM: SHAZAM! (M, 132 mins)

A 14-year-old boy is granted the ability to magically transform into an adult superhero (Zachary Levi) by simply shouting out his name, but is soon forced to put his newfound powers to the test.

• FRI 10 MAY @ 7:30 PM: US (MA, 116 mins) + HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U (M, 100 mins)

In US, a family's vacation at their beachfront home turns into a deadly fight for survival when their exact doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorise them. Directed by Jordan Peele (GET OUT).

Then, in HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U (at approx. 9:30 PM), a young woman stuck in a time loop in a parallel universe discovers that she must die over and over (again) to save her friends from a masked killer.

• SAT 11 MAY @ 7:30 PM: MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (MA, 124 mins) + GRETA (MA, 99 mins)

In MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) returns to Scotland to reclaim her throne, threatening the sovereignty of her rival and cousin, Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie).

Then, in GRETA (at approx. 9:45 PM), a young woman (Chloë Grace Moretz) returns a lost purse to a lonely widow (Isabelle Huppert), inadvertently beginning a friendship that soon becomes dangerous.



Thanks to Transmission Films, we have tickets to give away to the latest film from acclaimed British director Mike Leigh (SECRETS & LIES, HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, MR. TURNER).

PETERLOO is an epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history.

The film is in cinemas from May 16, and you can view its trailer by CLICKING HERE.

To go into the running to win an in-season double pass to see the film in cinemas, all you have to do is email us at with (1) your name, (2) your membership number, and (3) what year the Peterloo Massacre took place.

Entries will close on Tuesday 14 May at 11:59 PM, with winners to be notified via email and prizes to be collected at ANUFG screenings.

April 2019

Winter Season Begins + Renew Your Membership Now

30th April, 2019

It seems like just yesterday we were kicking off screenings for 2019, and we’re now about to launch our new Winter season. How time flies!

Be sure to come along this week to check out some terrific films on offer, including the Laurel and Hardy biopic, more LEGO hilarity, a thrilling true-life tale, an underdog sports story, a fascinating documentary and a teen drama. Plus, our new posters and flyers are now available too!

Has your Autumn membership expired? You can now renew your membership online at or in person at any screening – and keep using the same membership card.

Not yet a member? Join up right now at or prior to any screening for the best deal in town!

Please note that memberships purchased or renewed online do take several business days to process. If you wish to attend a screening within the next 24-48 hours, we recommend that you join/renew in person instead.


• WED 1 MAY @ 7:30 PM: STAN & OLLIE (PG, 98 mins)

In the 1950s, famed comedy duo Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly) embark on a live show tour through the UK amidst tensions and ill health.

• THU 2 MAY @ 7:30 PM: HOTEL MUMBAI (MA, 123 mins)

When terrorists attack the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, hotel staff and guests are forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to survive. Based on the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.


In FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY, a teenage girl from a family of British amateur wrestlers gets the chance to make her dreams come true when she gets the opportunity to try out for the WWE.

Then, in THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS (at approx. 9:30 PM), three strangers discover that they are identical triplets, separated at birth, and soon discover the extraordinary and disturbing reason why.

• SAT 4 MAY @ **5 PM**: THE LEGO MOVIE 2 (PG, 107 mins)

When Lucy, Batman and the rest of his friends are kidnapped by DUPLO space invaders, Emmet must find the courage to step up and save the LEGO universe from destruction.

• SAT 4 MAY @ 7:30 PM: FIVE FEET APART (M, 116 mins)

A pair of teenagers suffering from cystic fibrosis meet in hospital and fall in love, but due to the nature of their condition, are forbidden to touch each other.


New Winter 2019 Programme

18th April, 2019

Our inaugural Autumn season comes to an end next week, but don’t miss us too much as our new Winter season begins just a few days later on May 1st!

And now, without further ado, you can find our full list of screenings for May to July in one of three ways:
• View it on our website by going to
• Download a PDF flyer that you can print out and share by CLICKING HERE (493 Kb)
• Import the entire programme straight into your calendar of choice using this iCAL LINK

Memberships are just $30 for the season or $90 for a full year – which if purchased now will take you up until the end of our Autumn 2020 season. Sign up now at!

(Please note: if you are a current Autumn member and wish to join up again for Winter, we are in the process of implementing a renew function that will be ready before the start of the next season, so stay tuned!)

Every single film on our programme is worth a look, but don’t miss these highlights:

• Hollywood Blockbusters: some of the biggest films of the year, from CAPTAIN MARVEL to SHAZAM! and the upcoming POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU

• Family Films: kids watch for free anytime, so don’t forget to bring your little ones to THE LEGO MOVIE 2 and DUMBO

• World Cinema: foreign films from countries as diverse as Poland, South Korea, Lebanon, Japan, Denmark, India and Sweden – including a mini-festival featuring the official Oscar submissions from five countries each Friday in June

• Indie Darlings: small but no less worthy independent films you might have missed in cinemas, like MID90S, THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER and THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT

• Classics on the Big Screen: see beloved films like GONE WITH THE WIND and TOTAL RECALL as they were meant to be seen

• Moon Landing Anniversary Celebrations: a series of special screenings and events from July 18 to July 20 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (more details to come)


There may not be many screenings due to the Easter and ANZAC Day holidays, but the need for blood doesn’t get a day off.

Did you know that donated blood platelets only have an extremely short life span of just five days? The Australian Red Cross is always on the lookout for blood donors, so we would like to encourage those of you who are eligible to donate blood to please consider doing so.

The ANU Film Group is registered with the Red Cross’s RED25 program, which unites communities around Australia in saving lives through blood donation. You can nominate us as your associated club to demonstrate our support of this worthy cause the next time you visit a donor centre or anytime by CLICKING HERE.

Call 13 14 95 to make an appointment or go to the Red Cross website – – to find locations and hours for your local donor centre.

What's On This Week + Win Tickets to THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT

16th April, 2019

Due to the upcoming Easter public holidays, we have only one screening this week. But fear not, because Winter is coming…

That is, our Winter 2019 season which will run from May to July, beginning on Wednesday 1 May with acclaimed Laurel and Hardy biopic, STAN & OLLIE. So keep an eye on your inbox for full details of our new programme to be released later this week!

• TUE 16 APR @ 7:30 PM: THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD (MA, 99 mins)

Filmmaker Peter Jackson uses restored and colourised original footage to bring to vivid life the first-hand experiences of soldiers during World War I. Presented in partnership with the Veterans Film Festival in commemoration of ANZAC Day.


Thanks to Madman Films, we have tickets to give away to THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT, a new high-tech thriller starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård and Salma Hayek.

In this tale of humanity versus corporate greed, two New York cousins (Eisenberg and Skarsgård) are players in the cut-throat world of high frequency share trading, using complex computer algorithms to process high volumes of transactions in a fraction of a second. Their dream? To build a fibre-optic cable in a straight line between Kansas and New Jersey, giving them the bleeding edge over their competitors.

THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT is in cinemas from April 25, and you can view the film’s trailer by CLICKING HERE.

To go into the running to win an in-season double pass to see the film, all you have to do is email us at with (1) your name, (2) your membership number, and (3) the title of the first film of our Winter 2019 season (hint: the answer is above).

Entries will close on Wednesday 24 April at 11:59 PM, with winners to be notified via email and prizes to be collected at ANUFG screenings.


8th April, 2019

Hollywood stars like Hugh Jackman, Steve Carell and Keira Knightley mingle with acclaimed foreign films from Lebanon and Turkey at the ANU Film Group this week. Plus, we’re in the process of putting the finishing touches on our new programme for Winter 2019 – so stay tuned for more exciting details on that next week!

• MON 8 APR: BEAUTIFUL BOY (MA, 120 mins)

A desperate father (Steve Carell) does all that he can to help his teenage son (Timothée Chalamet) combat his damaging addiction to methamphetamines and keep their family from falling apart. Based on a true story.

• WED 10 APR: THE INSULT (M, 113 mins)

A Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee are forced to reconsider their differences after a minor incident turns into an explosive court case in one of 2018’s Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film.

** Presented in partnership with Australians for Justice and Peace in Palestine **

• THU 11 APR: COLETTE (M, 112 mins)

In the early 20th century, an author (Keira Knightley) agrees to ghost write a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband, but its success inspires her to fight for creative ownership that challenges the social norms of the time.

• FRI 12 APR: THE WILD PEAR TREE (M, 188 mins)

A young aspiring writer returns to his native village, where his estranged father's gambling debts quickly catch up with him, in this Turkish coming-of-age drama from acclaimed director Nuri Bilge Ceylan (WINTER SLEEP).

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

• SAT 13 APR: THE FRONT RUNNER (M, 113 mins) + SEARCHING (M, 102 mins)

In THE FRONT RUNNER, a U.S. Senator (Hugh Jackman) finds his 1988 presidential campaign derailed when the media begins reporting on his extramarital affair. Directed by Jason Reitman.

Then, in SEARCHING (at approx. 9:30 PM) after his teenage daughter goes missing and the police investigation proves futile, a father (John Cho) decides to search her laptop for clues.


Entertainment Books for 2019/2020 Now Available

1st April, 2019


For the past 25 years, Entertainment Books have been packed with thousands of deals for the best local restaurants, cafés, shopping, attractions, travel, accommodation and more – and this year is no different. For just $60, you can receive over $20,000 worth of offers for all of your favourite venues around Canberra.

Not only are they great value all year round, but to top it all off, 20% of the cost of each book purchased through us goes towards ANU Film Group fundraising, so you can get yourself a good deal while supporting us too!

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.

To order yours, simply go to now. Digital Memberships are ready to use straight away, while we expect our stock of printed books to arrive sometime this week.

You can also preview all of the offers available in 2019/20 by CLICKING HERE


Cyberpunk sci-fi, a powerful YA story, Michael Moore’s latest, an American indie heist flick, an Irish tale of revenge and a psychological thriller starring Joaquin Phoenix all feature at the ANU Film Group this week as we kick off the month of April. No fools here!

• TUE 2 APR @ 7:30 PM: BLACK ’47 (MA, 100 mins)

In 1847, during the Great Famine, an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British abroad decides to abandon his post to reunite with his family back home in Ireland. Starring James Frecheville and Hugo Weaving.

** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Ireland, and followed by a Q&A discussion with Ambassador HE Breandán Ó Caollaí and historian Dr Perry McIntyre about the Great Famine – one of the darkest periods in Irish history **

• THU 4 APR @ 7:30 PM: YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (M, 90 mins)

A traumatised war veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) makes a living tracking down and rescuing kidnapped girls, but his brutal methods soon take a toll on him in this psychological thriller from director Lynne Ramsay (WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN).

• FRI 5 APR @ 7:30 PM: FAHRENHEIT 11/9 (M, 128 mins) + AMERICAN ANIMALS (MA, 117 mins)

In FAHRENHEIT 11/9, controversial filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, the presidency of Donald Trump, and the power of grassroots democracy in his latest hard-hitting documentary.

Then, in AMERICAN ANIMALS (at approx. 9:45 PM), four bored students plot to steal a number of rare books from their university's library in what becomes one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history.

• SAT 6 APR @ 7:30 PM: ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL (M, 122 mins) + THE HATE U GIVE (M, 133 mins)

A cyborg (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory in a post-apocalyptic world, where she is rescued by a scientist and must attempt to uncover her mysterious past in this sci-fi action film. Also starring Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly and Mahershala Ali.

Then, in THE HATE U GIVE (approx. 9:45 PM) an African-American teenager faces pressure to stand up for her community after witnessing the fatal shooting of her best friend by a police officer. Based on the best-selling young adult novel by Angie Thomas.


March 2019

Cinema Updates + Entry Arrangements for Friday's Screening

28th March, 2019

We’re very happy to report that, as of yesterday afternoon, the covers on the cinema’s exit lights have finally been replaced and are no longer glaringly bright! This includes one along the right wall near the bins that had previously been covered by a curtain up until last week.

Thanks to everyone for their patience with this. We flagged the issue with the builders more than six weeks ago (well before screenings began), but there was a delay in getting the replacements in as the supplier had run out of stock of that particular type of cover (i.e. ones intended for cinema use). Fortunately, it’s all sorted now and we can finally tick that off the list.

The builders have also laid down more glow-in-the-dark anti-slip tread in the areas towards the front of the cinema that we had previously identified as trip hazards. We will be monitoring the effectiveness of this solution over the coming weeks.

We’re now working on trying to get the temperature in the cinema a bit more regulated – as we’re well aware it has been freezing on some nights – and hope to have that fixed up soon too!


We have been informed that a private ANU event will be taking place in the foyer of the Kambri Cultural Centre from 6-7 PM tomorrow night (Friday 29 March). As a result, entry into the foyer will be restricted until 7 PM or shortly after.

We recommend that our members consider arriving no earlier than 7 PM for our screening of SUSPIRIA tomorrow, and to expect possible delays getting into the area. We also recommend using the doors nearest to the cinema to enter the building, as it is likely that the doors facing Tangney Road will be locked.

We will still aim to start the film on schedule at 7:30 PM where possible. Thank you for your cooperation.

What's On This Week + THE CHILDREN ACT Panel Discussion Details

25th March, 2019

Close out the month of March at the ANU Film Group by witnessing the return of Mary Poppins, venturing into World Wide Web with Wreck-It Ralph, uncovering witches in 1970s Berlin, going on a road trip through Palestine and trafficking drugs with Clint Eastwood.

Plus, on Wednesday, be sure to stick around for a special panel discussion following our screening of THE CHILDREN ACT. The film explores a family’s right to refuse medical treatment on grounds of religious belief, and the discussion – presented by ANU Law Reform and Social Justice – will feature experts in the field including:

- Professor Tom Faunce, ANU College of Law and ANU College of Medicine, Biology and the Environment
- The Hon John Faulks, Australian Law Reform Commissioner and former judge of the Family Court
- The Hon Mary Finn, former judge of the Family Court and renowned law reformist, particularly in relation to the Family Law Act


A father and his estranged son embark on an unorthodox road trip to hand deliver his daughter's wedding invitations to each guest, as per local custom, in this award-winning Palestinian drama.

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

• WED 27 MAR @ 7:30 PM: THE CHILDREN ACT (M, 105 min)

A judge (Emma Thompson) must decide a case involving a teenage boy who is refusing a blood transfusion because it conflicts with his views as a Jehovah’s Witness.

** Followed by panel discussion with ANU Law Reform and Social Justice. **

• THU 28 MAR @ 7:30 PM: THE MULE (M, 116 min)

A down-on-his-luck 90-year-old war veteran (Clint Eastwood) takes a job as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel for easy money, but soon attracts the attention of the authorities. Also starring Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne and Michael Peña.

• FRI 29 MAR @ 7:30 PM: SUSPIRIA (MA, 153 min)

In 1977, an American dancer (Dakota Johnson) enrols at a prestigious dance academy in Berlin, but soon discovers that it is home to a coven of witches. Luca Guadagnino (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME) directs this remake of the 1970s cult horror film of the same name.

• SAT 30 MAR @ **5 PM**: RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET (PG, 112 min)

After Wreck-It Ralph inadvertently damages Vanellope's racing game, the two friends embark into the brave new world of the Internet on a quest to find a replacement part – a journey which tests the bonds of their friendship in unexpected ways.

• SAT 30 MAR @ 7:30 PM: MARY POPPINS RETURNS (G, 130 min)

In Depression-era London, the now-grown Banks children are once against visited by magical nanny Mary Poppins (now played by Emily Blunt) to help them rediscover the joy missing in their lives in this sequel to the magical 1964 film.