It seems filmmakers can’t get enough of true stories, and that’s certainly reflected in this week’s line-up with no less than three films based on real events: the inspirational romance BREATHE, the racially charged drama DETROIT, and the beautifully hand drawn Japanese animated film IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD. Plus, Disney’s latest fantasy adventure (not based on a true story) thrown in for good measure!
• THU 24 MAY @ 7:30 PM: BREATHE (M, 118 min)
Struck down by polio at the age of 28 and given only a few months to live, Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) – supported by his adventurous wife (Claire Foy) – refuses to give up in the face of adversity and dares to live life to the fullest. Directed by Andy Serkis.
• FRI 25 MAY @ 7:30 PM: DETROIT (MA, 143 min)
In July of 1967, civil unrest is tearing apart the city of Detroit. In the midst of the riots, a group of rogue police officers respond to a fateful complaint at the Algiers Motel with more than justice on their minds in the latest film from director Kathryn Bigelow (ZERO DARK THIRTY, THE HURT LOCKER).
** Presented in partnership with ANU Learning Communities – History **
• SAT 26 MAY @ ** 5 PM**: A WRINKLE IN TIME (PG, 109 min)
After their scientist father mysteriously disappears, a young girl and her brother seek help from three magical beings to guide them on a journey through time and space to rescue him from a terrible evil. Starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine.
• SAT 26 MAY @ ** 7 PM**: IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD (M, 130 min)
In 1940s Hiroshima, a young woman is married off to a man she barely knows and must learn to support and fend for her new family as World War II breaks out in this critically-acclaimed, award-winning hand drawn animated film. In Japanese with English subtitles.
** 'NO GUESTS' SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: A WRINKLE IN TIME **
WANTED: REVIEW WRITERS FOR SEMESTER TWO 2018
As we ramp up preparations for our next programme, we’re on the lookout for volunteers to help write reviews for the films we’ll be screening in Semester Two 2018.
Reviews will need to be brief at between 150 and 200 words in length, and must be completed over a period of approximately two weeks in early June. Please keep this timeframe in mind when volunteering to ensure you have sufficient spare time around then.
Volunteers that express an interest will be then sent a list of films from which they can nominate the ones they’d like to write reviews for. You’re welcome to write just one review or as many as you’d like, but please note that:
1. We do not provide reviewers with payment or a copy of films.
2. Some of the films may not have not been released yet, and some creativity/research may be required in writing your review/preview of it.
3. Unsolicited reviews will not be accepted.
So if you love movies, enjoy writing, and would like something you can do indoors as the days get shorter and colder, please let us know by dropping us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you can. Thanks!
This week at the ANU Film Group, we have two very different depictions of war (THE KING’S CHOICE, 12 STRONG), Wes Anderson’s return to animation (ISLE OF DOGS), a modern take on the high school rom-com (LOVE, SIMON) and an edge-of-your-seat thriller double feature (THE COMMUTER, WINCHESTER). Plus, read on for details on two bonus screenings we are hosting this month!
• WED 16 MAY @ 7:30 PM: THE KING’S CHOICE (M, 130 min)
In April 1940, King Haakon VII of Norway is presented with an unimaginable ultimatum from the German armed forces: surrender his country and his people, or face certain death from the Nazi war machine. Based on a true story.
** Presented in partnership with the Royal Embassy of Norway **
• THU 17 MAY @ 7:30 PM: 12 STRONG (MA, 130 min)
Weeks after the 9/11 attacks, a US Special Forces team is deployed to Afghanistan to commence a retaliatory attack. Outgunned and outnumbered, the team forms an uneasy alliance with an Afghan warlord to take down the enemy. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon and Michael Peña.
• FRI 18 MAY @ 7:30 PM: THE COMMUTER (M, 105 min) + WINCHESTER (M, 99 mins)
Liam Neeson is back in action in THE COMMUTER, in which he plays an insurance salesman on his daily commute home, who is contacted by a mysterious stranger and embroiled in a criminal conspiracy that puts the lives of everyone on the train at stake.
Then, in WINCHESTER (at approx. 9:15 PM), eccentric firearm heiress Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren) believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by weapons made by her late husband’s company, and builds a sprawling mansion in an attempt to contain the vengeful spirits.
• SAT 19 MAY @ ** 7 PM**: ISLE OF DOGS (PG, 101 min) + LOVE, SIMON (M, 110 min)
In director Wes Anderson’s latest, a Japanese boy sets off on an epic journey in search of his dog, who has been exiled to Trash Island along with all of the country’s dogs after an outbreak of canine flu. Featuring an all-star voice cast, including Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum.
Then, in LOVE, SIMON (at approx. 8:45 PM), 17-year-old Simon (Nick Robinson) hasn’t told any of his family or friends that he’s gay. But his life is made even more complicated when he falls for an anonymous classmate online, and another student threatens to reveal his secret.
** 'NO GUESTS' SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: ISLE OF DOGS **
UPCOMING BONUS SCREENINGS IN MAY
This May, we are hosting two bonus screenings in collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland and the ANU, respectively. Both are free and open to all members of the public to attend.
First up is a celebration of World Bee Day on SUNDAY 20 MAY. World Bee Day was declared by the United Nations last year to raise awareness of the importance of bees and apicultural products, and will be celebrated for the first time in Canberra through a series of events. You can view the full listing of events for the day by CLICKING HERE.
One of the events is a screening of Swiss filmmaker Markus Imhoof’s award-winning documentary MORE THAN HONEY, hosted by the ANUFG and the Embassy of Switzerland, starting at 5 PM. The film explores the global threat to food production that is posed by the disappearance of up to 90% of bees worldwide. It will followed by a brief panel discussion on honey bee health issues and a reception with drinks and Swiss honey-flavoured biscuits. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Then, to commemorate National Reconciliation Week and in celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history, the ANUFG and ANU are hosting a screening of THE SAPPHIRES on WEDNESDAY 30 MAY at 7:30 PM. The hit 2012 film tells the true story of four young, talented Aboriginal girls who learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group travels to Vietnam to entertain the US troops in 1968. Starring Jessica Mauboy, Chris O'Dowd and Deborah Mailman.
To RSVP for this screening, please going to THIS LINK.
Doors will open for entry from 7 PM. Our canteen will also be opening prior to the screening and serving their usual assortment of popcorn, snacks and drinks, with all proceeds going to charity.
This week we bring you not one, or two, but three very different true stories exploring the life of a Canadian folk artist, three American heroes thwarting a terrorist attack, and the unbelievable tale of an Olympic-skier-turned-poker-queen. Plus, a hearty double feature dose of monsters thrown in for good measure!
Plus, as an extra special treat for art lovers – or lovers of film about artists – tonight’s screening of MAUDIE will also feature two original paintings by Maud Lewis (the subject of tonight's film) on display at the Coombs Theatre. The paintings are courtesy of Canada’s Deputy High Commissioner, Charles Reeves, who will also give a brief introduction prior to the film on his personal family connection to Maud Lewis.
Following the screening, audience members are encouraged to stick around for another chance to look at the paintings as Charles engages in a conversation about Maud Lewis with Dr. Gino Moliterno (ANU Senior Lecturer in Film) and Ruth Waller (Head of Painting at the ANU School of Art & Design).
• MON 7 MAY @ 7:30 PM: MAUDIE (PG, 116 min)
Suffering from arthritis, Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins) finds work as a housekeeper for a local fisherman (Ethan Hawke) while honing her painting skills, eventually becoming one of Canada’s most celebrated folk artists.
** Presented in partnership with the High Commission of Canada, followed by a conversation with Charles Reeves (Canadian Deputy High Commissioner), Gino Moliterno (ANU Senior Lecturer in Film) and Ruth Waller (Head of Painting at the ANU School of Art & Design) **
• THU 10 MAY @ 7:30 PM: THE 15:17 TO PARIS (M, 94 min)
Director Clint Eastwood’s latest film tells the real-life story of three life-long friends travelling through Europe, who are faced with a deadly threat when a gunman opens fire on board a high-speed train to Paris on August 21, 2015.
• FRI 11 MAY @ 7:30 PM: MOLLY’S GAME (M, 140 min)
Former competitive skier Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) moves to Los Angeles in search of a fresh start, and finds a career running high-stakes poker games for celebrity high rollers. As she becomes wildly successful, her temptation to cross the line into illegality grows.
• SAT 12 MAY @ ** 7 PM**: PACIFIC RIM UPRISING (M, 111 min) + CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (PG, 78 min)
In PACIFIC RIM UPRISING, ten years after humanity defeated the monstrous Kaiju, Earth is faced with an even deadlier threat – and the fate of the world rests in the hands of a ragtag group of trainee Jaeger pilots, led by the washed-up son of a war hero. Starring John Boyega and Scott Eastwood.
Then, in the 1954 classic monster film CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (at approx. 9 PM), a scientific expedition discovers a prehistoric creature in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. They attempt to capture it for study, but it escapes and kidnaps one of their own instead.
WIN TICKETS TO ‘MIDNIGHT OIL 1984’ OR ‘ON BODY AND SOUL’
Who’s up for another double giveaway of tickets? This week, thanks to Madman Entertainment, we have 10 in-season double passes to give away to MIDNIGHT OIL 1984, an up-close-and-personal look at the iconic Australian rock band as they embark on a tour around the nation.
A rare, behind-the-scenes look at the band on the big screen, MIDNIGHT OIL 1984 is in cinemas for a limited time from May 10. For more information on the film, CLICK HERE.
And we also have 5 in-season double passes to see the Oscar-nominated Hungarian film ON BODY AND SOUL, a spectacular and unconventional love story between two co-workers who discover that they have been having exactly the same dreams each night.
For more information on this film, which is also in cinemas on May 10 from Potential Films and Daricheh Cinema, CLICK HERE/
To go into the running to win a double pass to either one of these films, all you have to do is email us at email@example.com with your name, your membership number (located under the barcode on your card) and tell us whether you’d prefer to see MIDNIGHT OIL 1984 or ON BODY AND SOUL. The choice is yours!
Entry will close on Monday 14 May at 5 PM, with only winners to be notified via email and prizes to be collected at ANUFG screenings.
We’re kicking off the month of May by opening up film suggestions for our Semester Two 2018 programme!
Do you have a film that you think we should show between mid July and late November this year? Whether it’s a new release, an up-and-comer, or a classic favourite, let us know by completing a suggestion form at www.anufg.org.au/suggestions
We encourage you to submit your suggestions online, but if you wish to fill out a printed form, these can also be made available on request at the front desk at any screening.
Next semester could very well be the last programme in our current digs, so be sure to make your suggestions count!
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
Get ready for week of epic journeys, fights for survival and secret pasts at the ANU Film Group. And we haven’t even gotten to the films that we’re showing yet…!
• WED 2 MAY @ 7:30 PM: THE SECRET SCRIPTURE (M, 108 min)
An elderly woman residing in a mental institution in Ireland is visited by a psychologist who finds himself intrigued by her. As he delves deeper into her mysterious past, he uncovers a life filled with romance, turmoil and injustice. Starring Rooney Mara, Vanessa Redgrave and Eric Bana.
** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Ireland **
• THU 3 MAY @ 7:30 PM: TOMB RAIDER (M, 118 min)
Young Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) is determined to solve the puzzle of her adventurer father’s mysterious disappearance seven years ago. Leaving everything she knows behind, she embarks on a search for his last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island near Japan.
• FRI 4 MAY @ 7:30 PM: JUNGLE (M, 111 min) + THE BELKO EXPERIMENT (MA, 88 min)
Captivated by stories of lost tribes and treasure, a backpacker (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends accompany a mysterious guide on an expedition into the Bolivian jungle. Before long, their journey turns into a terrifying ordeal as the darkest elements of the jungle – and human nature – force them to fight for survival.
Then, in THE BELKO EXPERIMENT (at approx. 9:30 PM), an ordinary day at the office becomes a horrific quest for survival when more than 80 employees are trapped in their office building and ordered by a mysterious voice on the intercom system to participate in a deadly game: to kill or be killed.
• SAT 5 MAY @ **5 PM**: EARLY MAN (PG, 89 min)
In Aardman’s latest stop-motion animated adventure, a caveman must unite the rest of his tribe in an epic quest to defeat a power-hungry tyrant who wishes to take their land and transform it into a mine for precious metals. Featuring the voices of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Timothy Spall and Maisie Williams.
• SAT 5 MAY @ **7 PM**: THE MERCY (M, 102 min)
In 1968, an amateur sailor (Colin Firth) sets out to become the first person in history to single-handedly sail around the globe. Soon realising that he is out of his depth, but refusing to admit defeat, he makes a brutal and difficult choice. Also starring Rachel Weisz and David Thewlis. Based on a true story.
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IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT INCLUSIVENESS
Membership of the ANU Film Group is open to everyone. We don’t discriminate against who is allowed to be a member, and we expect our members to do the same in making the ANU Film Group an inclusive and welcoming environment where everyone – regardless of race, sex, sexuality or gender identity – can enjoy films free from discrimination or harassment.
As such, we take this opportunity to remind our members and their invited guests that we have a zero tolerance policy for discrimination or harassment of any sort, and on any basis. As per our Constitution, we also reserve the right to suspend the membership of any person that is found to have engaged in conduct or action that is contrary to the interests of the Group, or harmful to our reputation or activities.
So please be nice to each other and help us maintain a culture that is inclusive, respectful and enjoyable for all. Thank you!
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
We've got all the coloured animals at the ANU Film Group this week – from Marvel’s ground-breaking blockbuster BLACK PANTHER to Jennifer Lawrence’s sultry spy thriller RED SPARROW.
Plus, a very special double feature of not just one, but two, of this year's Oscar winners, presented in collaboration with the ANU Ally Network for LGBTIQ* inclusion – with some yummy treats courtesy of the Embassy of Chile!
• THU 26 APR @ 7:30 PM: RED SPARROW (MA, 140 min)
When a ballerina (Jennifer Lawrence) suffers an injury that ends her career, she is recruited by a Russian intelligence service and trained to use her body as a weapon. As she comes to terms with her new skills, she is tasked with seducing a CIA agent (Joel Edgerton) to uncover a mole.
• FRI 27 APR @ 7:30 PM: BLACK PANTHER (M, 134 min)
After the death of his father, T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) takes his place as King of the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda. But his claim to sovereignty is challenged by a vengeful outsider (Michael B. Jordan) who conspires to overthrow the throne.
• SAT 28 APR @ **7 PM**: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (M, 132 min) + A FANTASTIC WOMAN (M, 104 min)
In CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, a precocious 17-year-old (Timothée Chalamet) spends his summer vacation at his family’s summer villa in northern Italy, where he forms an unexpected bond with his father’s older research assistant (Armie Hammer). Oscar winner for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Then, in A FANTASTIC WOMAN (at approx. 9:30 PM), a transgender woman (Daniela Vega) finds her world thrown into disarray when her older boyfriend suddenly dies and the unconventional nature of their relationship is called into question. Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film (Chile).
** Presented in partnership with the ANU Ally Network. Plus, in celebration of Chile’s first-ever Oscar win, the Embassy of Chile will be serving complimentary empanadas in the intermission between the two films (while stocks last). **
** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: BLACK PANTHER, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME **
If you attended our Annual General Meeting last month, you would have received some exciting news about the future of the ANU Film Group. If you didn't attend our AGM, shame on you, but we figured it was about time to let you in on the news too…
The ANU Film Group will be moving to a new theatre in early 2019!
The ANU is in the process of building us a new home – a purpose-built cinema with all-new cinema-style seating and projection equipment – that will be located in the heart of the Kambri precinct, the redeveloped area formerly known as Union Court.
In addition to our new theatre, the Kambri precinct will also be home to new teaching and learning spaces, student accommodation, health and recreational facilities, a swimming pool, a concert and performing arts auditorium, restaurants, fast food outlets, a book store, a supermarket, and underground car parking – with the ANU Film Group in the middle of it all!
The current plan is for us to move into the new theatre in time for the start of screenings in Semester One 2019. We’ll be sure to keep our members updated on the progress of the construction, as well as any significant new developments, going forward.
With that in mind, we anticipate that many of you will have a lot of questions about the new theatre, so we have prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) that will hopefully address most of your initial enquiries. You can find this at www.anufg.org.au/newtheatre
If you have any questions that weren’t answered in the FAQ, please feel free to get in touch – email us, call us, message us on Facebook – and we’ll do our best to address them, bearing in mind that we may not have all the answers at this early stage either.
Needless to say, the next few months will be an exciting time for us and we look forward to taking all of you along on this journey!
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 **
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 **
FLASH GIVEAWAY: WIN TICKETS TO ‘CHAPPAQUIDDICK’ AND ‘NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD’!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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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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 **
BONUS SCREENING: ‘X+Y’ ON THURSDAY 29 MARCH @ 7 PM
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.
EVENT CHANGE: ‘MOUNTAIN’ ON FRIDAY 6 APRIL
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.