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December 2022

Last Week of Screenings for 2022 + Win Tickets to THE FABELMANS

8th December, 2022

This is it: we’ve arrived at the last week of screenings for 2022. From next week onwards, we’ll be taking a brief break for the holiday period, before returning on January 13, 2023 to finish out the remainder of our Summer 2022/23 season.

And we’ve assembled a smorgasbord of stars to bid farewell to the year: from Anthony Hopkins and Anne Hathaway in ARMAGEDDON TIME, to Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan in SEE HOW THEY RUN and a who’s who of Hollywood led by Christian Bale and Margot Robbie in AMSTERDAM. You’re welcome!


In 1980s New York, a 12-year-old boy is separated from his African-American best friend and sent to a privileged – and prejudiced – private prep school where he concocts a risky scheme to escape his life and run away to Florida.

• FRI 9 DEC @ 7:30 PM: TALL TALES (112 MINS)

In 1945, a con man is forced to flee Budapest after taking advantage of the families of soldiers who died during WWII. He is taken in by a woman, and soon finds himself in a passionate love affair, but all is not as it seems in this Hungarian crime-thriller.

Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Hungary


In the West End of 1950s London, plans for a film adaptation of a hit play come to a halt after the film's Hollywood director is murdered – and it's up to a world-weary inspector (Sam Rockwell) and a rookie constable (Saoirse Ronan) to solve the case.


In the 1930s, three friends – a doctor (Christian Bale), a nurse (Margot Robbie) and an attorney (John David Washington) – become prime suspects in a murder and set out to uncover the outrageous truth behind the crime in this star-studded mystery.


In case a week of great films to end the year wasn’t enough, we’ve also got your chance to win tickets to see Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed latest, THE FABELMANS, when it arrives in cinema next year.

A deeply personal portrait of a 20th century American childhood, Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical new film is a cinematic memory of the family that shaped the filmmaker’s life and career. A universal coming-of-age story about an isolated young man’s pursuit of his dreams, it is an exploration of love, artistic ambition, sacrifice and the moments of discovery that allow us to see the truth about ourselves.

Thanks to our friends at StudioCanal, we’ve got five in-season double passes to give away to the film, which will arrive only in cinemas on January 5.

For your chance to win, all you have to do is come along to this Saturday’s 5 PM screening of SEE HOW THEY RUN. The passes will be distributed to randomly selected members in attendance upon entry, so if you’d like to be in the running, make sure you’re there for our final night of the year!

What’s On This Week: WOMAN KING, THE QUIET GIRL, MURINA and more

1st December, 2022

It’s officially December! For the first week of the month – and the penultimate week of ANUFG screenings for the year – we’ve got a bountiful selection of acclaimed and award-winning films that will take you on a cinematic journey to the sunny Croatian coast, Africa in the 1800s, rural Ireland and a New York apartment during Thanksgiving.

• THU 1 DEC @ 7:30 PM: MURINA (M, 96 MINS)

Tensions rise between a restless teenage girl and her strict father when a wealthy family friend arrives for a weekend visit, with an eye to turning their island home into a holiday resort, in this award-winning Croatian coming-of-age drama.

Presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia

• FRI 2 DEC @ 7:30 PM: THE WOMAN KING (M, 135 MINS)

In 1823, as a group of all-female warriors protect the African kingdom of Dahomey with skills unlike anything the world has seen, General Nanisca (Viola Davis) trains the next generation to battle an enemy determined to destroy their way of life.

• SAT 3 DEC @ **5 PM**: THE QUIET GIRL (M, 95 MINS)

In rural Ireland, a neglected nine-year-old girl is sent away from her impoverished family to live with distant relatives on a farm for the summer. She blossoms in their care and enjoys her new way of life, but soon discovers a devastating secret.

• SAT 3 DEC @ 7:30 PM: THE HUMANS (M, 107 MINS)

Three generations of the dysfunctional Blake family gather to celebrate Thanksgiving at a New York apartment, but it doesn't take long for simmering secrets to be revealed, in this psychological drama based on the award-winning play.

November 2022

What’s On This Week + December Highlights

24th November, 2022

Only three weeks left of screenings for 2022! This week, we have a feel-good British fashion comedy (MRS. HARRIS GOES TO PARIS), a Danish chef drama (A TASTE OF HUNGER), a sizzling French romance (BOTH SIDES OF THE BLADE), and a landmark gay rom-com (BROS) for your viewing pleasure.

• THU 24 NOV @ 7:30 PM: A TASTE OF HUNGER (M, 104 MINS)

Two married Danish chefs have it all: a loving family, wonderful children and a successful gourmet restaurant in Copenhagen. But they remain hungry for a coveted Michelin Star and will risk everything in their relentless pursuit for perfection.


A couple – Sara (Juliette Binoche) and Jean (Vincent Lindon) – have been in an affectionate relationship for almost a decade, but that all changes after a chance encounter with a man from her past, in this powerful French romantic drama.


In the 1950s, a London cleaning lady (Lesley Manville) falls in love with an haute couture Christian Dior dress and, deciding she must have one of her own, gambles everything on an adventure to Paris that forever changes her outlook on life.

• SAT 26 NOV @ 7:30 PM: BROS (MA, 115 MINS)

A witty podcaster (Billy Eichner) who prides himself on being cynical about love finds himself unexpectedly falling for a handsome lawyer, which upturns his life, in the first rom-com from a major film studio featuring an almost-entirely LGBTQ+ cast.


December is a short month for us as we will be taking a brief break over the holiday period until we return on January 13, 2023. But that’s not to say there aren’t still plenty of great films to catch!

• MURINA – this award-winning Croatian drama is a darkly sensual coming-of-age tale set on the stunning Adriatic coast (Thu 1 Dec, 7:30 pm)

• THE WOMAN KING – Viola Davis stars in this fact-based action epic about a group of all-female African warriors in the 1800s (Fri 2 Dec, 7:30 pm)

• THE QUIET GIRL – a uniquely Irish film entirely in Gaelic which follows a young girl sent to live with a dysfunctional family over the summer (Sat 3 Dec, 5 pm)

• ARMAGEDDON TIME – Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong and Anthony Hopkins star is this poignant coming-of-age tale set in 1980s New York (Thu 8 Dec, 7:30 pm)

• SEE HOW THEY RUN – Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan star as detectives tasked with solving the murder of a Hollywood director in 1950s London (Sat 10 Dec, 5 pm)

• AMSTERDAM – Christian Bale and Margot Robbie lead an impossibly starry cast in a murder mystery that blends fact with fiction for our final screening of 2022! (Sat 10 Dec, 7:30 pm)

What’s On This Week: BLACK ADAM, CLEAN, THE RIFLEMAN and more

16th November, 2022

We’re halfway through November, which is as good a time as any to remind all members that we’ll be taking a brief break for the holiday period in just under a month. Our last screening for the year will be on Saturday 10 December (a double dose of murder mysteries with SEE HOW THEY RUN and AMSTERDAM!) until we return in the new year on Friday 13 January, 2023.

But there are still plenty of great films to see before the break, including this week’s offerings: Dwayne Johnson’s superhero blockbuster (BLACK ADAM), a Latvian war drama (THE RIFLEMAN) and a pair of acclaimed Aussie films (CLEAN, BOSCH & ROCKIT). Plus, celebrate the Week of the Italian Cuisine in the World with a glass of prosecco before our screening of THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS on Thursday, thanks to the Embassy of Italy.

• WED 16 NOV @ 7:30 PM: THE RIFLEMAN (MA, 104 MINS)

After losing his mother and home to invading German troops, a 16-year-old Latvian finds consolation in joining the army as WWI breaks out. But war is nothing like he imagined, and he is forced to start anew as he returns to his newly-proclaimed country.

Presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia


In Northern Italy, a dwindling group of old men and their expertly-trained dogs search for the world’s most expensive ingredient using secret techniques passed down through the generations. Screening as part of the Week of the Italian Cuisine in the World.

Enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco available on arrival from 7 PM.

• FRI 18 NOV @ 7:30 PM: BLACK ADAM (M, 125 MINS – NO GUESTS)

Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the Egyptian gods – and imprisoned just as quickly – Black Adam (Dwayne Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the world.

• SAT 19 NOV @ **5 PM**: CLEAN (MA, 92 MINS)

A fly-on-the-wall look into the world of trauma cleaning through the journey of business owner Sandra Pankhurst and her team, whose job is to scrub crime scenes, suicide sites and clear out hoarder homes, all while dealing with their own demons.

• SAT 19 NOV @ 7:30 PM: BOSCH & ROCKIT (MA, 107 MINS)

In the 1990s, a teenage boy embarks on a summer holiday along the Australian coast with his father (Luke Hemsworth), only to discover that they're actually on the run from the law. Turning to surfing, he embraces the ocean as a means of escape.

October 2022

What's On This Week + Lebanese Film Festival Coming Soon

24th October, 2022

It’s our final week of screenings for the month of October and we’ve got some thrills and chills in store, along with two daring documentaries and a Iranian road trip movie. What more could you want?


Forty years after its people were promised freedom by departing Spanish rulers, Western Sahara remains Africa's last colony. This documentary chronicles the oppression experienced by Sahrawis living under Moroccan occupation, and will be followed by a panel discussion examining developments since the film was made. Panellists will include:
• Kamal Fadel, Western Sahara Representative to Australia and roving Ambassador to the South Pacific.
• Professor Matt Qvortrup, an expert on referendums, secessionist movements and the creation of states.
• Associate Professor Ntina Tvouvala, whose work focuses on political economy, history and theory of international law.

Presented in partnership with the Australia Western Sahara Association, ANU Latin American Students Association and ANU Law Reform & Social Justice.

• THU 27 OCT @ 7:30 PM: HIT THE ROAD (PG, 94 MINS)

A family of four embark on a road trip across the Iranian countryside. Over the course of their chaotic journey, they bond over memories of the past, grapple with fears of the unknown, and fuss over their sick dog. But where are they headed, and why?

• FRI 28 OCT @ 7:30 PM: FALL (M, 107 MINS)

After two thrill-seeking best friends climb 600 metres up a remote, abandoned radio tower, they accidentally find themselves stranded at the top and must put their survival skills to the ultimate test as they attempt to find a way back down.

• SAT 29 OCT @ *5 PM**: FIRE OF LOVE (PG, 94 MINS)

For two decades, intrepid French scientists Katia and Maurice Krafft devoted their lives to each other as well as unravelling the mystery of volcanoes, with pioneering research in the 1970s and 80s that helped save lives, but ultimately ended their own.


In a future where the human body has evolved beyond pain, a performance artist (Viggo Mortensen) famed for showcasing the removal of his organs is recruited by the government for a special mission, in David Cronenberg’s dark return to the sci-fi/horror genre.


This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Lebanese Film Festival and it returns to the ANU Film Group for three FREE screenings taking place next weekend. No registration or membership required, so don’t miss out on this celebration of Lebanese arts and culture through film!

• FRI 4 NOV @ 7:30 PM: MEMORY BOX – When she receives a mysterious box of keepsakes, a teenager learns about her mother’s tumultuous upbringing in the 1980s during the Lebanese Civil War.

• SAT 5 NOV @ 7:30 PM: C SECTION – Mayhem ensues in this comedy of errors when two pregnant couples from opposing ends of the social spectrum are forced to share a room at a hospital.

• SUN 6 NOV @ **4 PM**: COSTA BRAVA, LEBANON – A family leave Beirut for the serenity of the country mountains, but their idyllic existence is shattered when a shadowy corporation begins building a landfill next door.

For more information, please visit the festival website at

Masks No Longer Mandatory + What’s On This Week

19th October, 2022

The ANU has advised that, starting from this week, the wearing of masks is no longer mandatory while on campus or during ANU Film Group screenings.

We wish to thank all of you for your patience and co-operation over the past eight months while the mask mandate has been in place. COVID-19 is far from gone, however, and the medical advice remains that the wearing of masks is strongly encouraged in situations where social distancing isn’t possible.

There are also many in the community who are vulnerable or who will choose to continue wearing a mask, and we ask that you be respectful of their choice.

If you wish to keep wearing a mask, please ensure you bring your own with you. We will continue to have disposable masks available for anyone who wants one, but this will likely only last until our current supply runs out.


Swedish cuisine, French fashion, murdered millennials and a British love story all feature at the ANU Film Group in the second week of our new Summer season. Plus, a very special 100th anniversary screening of one of Hollywood’s earliest blockbusters – 1922's ROBIN HOOD starring Douglas Fairbanks – fully restored with a new score and introduced by the ANU’s foremost Robin Hood expert!

• WED 19 OCT @ 7:30 PM: TUESDAY CLUB (M, 102 MINS)

After separating from her husband of 40 years, Karin is forced to re-evaluate her life. Persuaded by a friend to join a cooking class led by a renowned chef, she begins a journey of food, friendship and second chances in this feel-good Swedish romantic drama.

Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden

• THU 20 OCT @ 7:30 PM: HAUTE COUTURE (M, 101 MINS)

When Dior’s head seamstress has her handbag stolen by a 20-year-old woman, she decides against calling the police and instead sees an opportunity to pass on her skills by teaching the craft of dressmaking to the down-on-her-luck thief in this French comedy-drama.


In the midst of a hurricane, a group of rich 20-somethings take shelter in a remote mansion where they decide to play a party game in which one of them is secretly a killer. Things take a turn for the worse when people start getting killed off for real.

• SAT 22 OCT @ *5 PM**: ALI & AVA (M, 94 MINS)

Sparks fly after Ali and Ava meet. As the pair begin to form a deep connection, they must find a way to keep their newfound passion from being overshadowed by the turmoil of their separate lives and past relationships in this heartfelt British drama.

• SAT 22 OCT @ 7:30 PM: ROBIN HOOD (122 MINS)

When treacherous Prince John attempts to usurp the throne, a nobleman (Douglas Fairbanks) adopts the mantle of Robin Hood and gathers a band of vigilantes to fight back, in this 100th anniversary screening of the milestone 1922 silent film.

Presented in a fully restored version with a new score by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, and a special extended introduction by William Hoff, ANU researcher, historian and expert on all things Robin Hood.

Latest Updates to COVID-19 Safety Rules

17th October, 2022

The ANU Film Group has been granted approval by the ANU to resume screenings in 2022, but this is conditional on all members and guests abiding by certain COVID-19 safety rules.

Any failure by the ANU Film Group or any of its members to abide by these rules could result in the ANU immediately cancelling a screening or revoking our permission to hold future screenings. Representatives of the ANU will be conducting audits to ensure compliance at any given time, so we all need to be on our best behaviour!

Any members found to be in breach of the COVID-19 rules or who refuse to follow instructions from representatives of the ANUFG may have their memberships suspended or revoked.

At the time of writing on Monday 17 October, 2022, these rules are as follows:

Masks no longer need to be worn while on the ANU campus, but the wearing of masks is still strongly encouraged where social distancing isn't possible. We still have a limited supply of free disposable masks available at the door, but recommend that you bring your own if you wish to continue wearing one. For more information on face masks and how to use them, visit ACT Health's information page HERE.

• Where possible, attendees should try to maintain appropriate social distancing by leaving 1.5 metres (or 1-2 seats) between them and the nearest person/party while seated inside the cinema, as well as when queuing up outside. The use of the full capacity (305 seats) of the Kambri cinema is presently permitted, so we acknowledge that social distancing may not always be possible.

• Attendees are strongly encouraged to use hand sanitiser stations around the Cultural Centre building, as well as use provided disinfectant wipes to clean their seat area before/after use.

• Any attendees exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms may be prohibited from entering the venue. If you have recently been in a COVID-19 affected area or are a close contact of a confirmed case, we strongly encourage you to stay home until you are certain you are not symptomatic.

• The use of the ACT Health Check In CBR app is no longer mandatory.

• As required by the ANU, there will be a COVID Safety Officer present at all screenings for the duration of the film to monitor the event and ensure compliance.

Please note that rules may be subject to change at any time as ACT Health and/or ANU restrictions are updated, so please keep an eye out here for any changes should this happen.

September 2022

New Summer 2022/23 Programme – Screenings Begin October 11

30th September, 2022

We’re thrilled to finally be able to share with you our first full Summer season in three years! Between the various shutdowns and lockdowns, we haven’t actually screened over the summer since 2019, so we look forward to seeing you this year as the weather heats up.

Our full Summer 2022/23 season programme is now available. You can check it out either:
1. On our website with full synopses and posters by CLICKING HERE
2. In a printer-friendly PDF flyer format by CLICKING HERE
3. Imported directly into your phone or computer’s calendar by CLICKING HERE
4. Or you can pick up one of our new programme flyers at screenings when they arrive next week.

Memberships for our new season are already available for purchase either in person at any screening or online at All Summer memberships purchased this week or next will also include entry into the remaining screenings of our current programme up to October 8.

With 53 films screening between October 11 and February 11, 2023, there’s bound to be plenty to get excited about. Here are a couple of highlights worth looking out for:

• FREE SCREENINGS: Ticket to Paradise (Oct 14), DC League of Super-Pets (Oct 15) – brought to you by the ANU in celebration of World Mental Health Day

• DARING DRAMAS: Don’t Worry Darling (Nov 3), The Quiet Girl (Dec 3), She Said (Feb 4)

• STARRY CASTS: Armageddon Time (Dec 8), See How They Run (Dec 10), Amsterdam (Dec 10)

• ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS: Robin Hood – 100th anniversary (Oct 22), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – 40th anniversary (Nov 12)

• AUSTRALIAN CINEMA: Everybody’s Oma (Nov 5), The Stranger (Nov 11), Blueback (Jan 21)

• ACTION PACKED: Black Adam (Nov 18), The Woman King (Dec 1), Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Jan 28)

• THRILLS AND CHILLS: Bodies Bodies Bodies (Oct 21), Crimes of the Future (Oct 29), The Menu (Feb 10)

• PANEL DISCUSSION EVENTS: The Castle (Oct 11), Life is Waiting (Oct 25)

• FOREIGN FAVOURITES: Full Time (Oct 13), Hit the Road (Oct 27), Decision to Leave (Jan 13)

• LEBANESE FILM FESTIVAL: a 10th anniversary edition of the festival is coming to Canberra with three FREE film screenings from November 4 to 6

• DAZZLING DOCUMENTARIES: Fire of Love (Oct 29), Moonage Daydream (Nov 12), Clean (Nov 19)

• FILMS FOR ALL AGES: Strange World (Jan 28), Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (Feb 4), Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (Feb 11)

What’s On This Week + Summer Season Sneak Peek

27th September, 2022

It’s the penultimate week of our Spring season, which sees the return of the God of Thunder (THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER), Idris Elba versus a lion (BEAST), an Aussie sex comedy (HOW TO PLEASE A WOMAN) and not one, but two terrific películas españolas (aka Spanish films, THE GOOD BOSS and OFFICIAL COMPETITION).

• TUE 27 SEP @ 7:30 PM: THE GOOD BOSS (M, 120 MINS)

The charismatic and seemingly benevolent owner (Javier Bardem) of a factory in provincial Spain attempts to resolve all of his employees' grievances before an inspection by a committee that could give his company an award for excellence. Presented in partnership with Embassy of Spain.

• THU 29 SEP @ 7:30 PM: BEAST (MA, 93 MINS)

A recently widowed doctor (Idris Elba) and his two teenage daughters travel to a South African game reserve, but their journey of healing soon turns into a fight for survival when a ferocious and massive lion – a survivor of poachers – begins stalking them.


When Thor's (Chris Hemsworth) quest for inner peace is interrupted by a killer seeking the extinction of the gods, he must return to action and embark on a cosmic adventure with the help of old allies, including ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman).


Stuck in a passionless marriage and soon to be unemployed, a woman decides to take control of her own life and turns her all-male housecleaning business into a service that helps women experience pleasure, in this feel-good (pun fully intended) Aussie comedy.


When an ageing billionaire impulsively decides to add a prestigious work of cinema to his legacy, he recruits a renowned filmmaker (Penélope Cruz) and a self-absorbed actor (Antonio Banderas) to adapt an award-winning novel into his masterpiece.


With our current programme coming to an end, it’s time to look ahead to our upcoming Summer season, which will run from October 11 all the way through to February 11, 2023.

We can’t wait to share the full line-up with you later this week, but for now, here’s a sneak peek at our first week of screenings, which includes TWO free screenings in celebration of World Mental Health Day that will be open to anyone and everyone in need of some cinematic stress relief.

• TUE 11 OCT @ 7:30 PM: THE CASTLE – 25th anniversary screening with an ANU Law Reform & Social Reform discussion into the legal aspects of this beloved Aussie comedy.

• THU 13 OCT @ 7:30 PM: FULL TIME – a single mother races against the clock to attend a crucial job interview in this award-winning French thriller.

• FRI 14 OCT @ 7:30 PM: TICKET TO PARADISE (FREE SCREENING) – Julia Roberts and George Clooney play a divorced couple who team up to stop their daughter’s Bali wedding.

• SAT 15 OCT @ **5 PM**: DC LEAGUE OF SUPER-PETS (FREE SCREENING) – Krypto the Super-Dog and a group of shelter animals jump into action when the Justice League are kidnapped in this animated comedy.

• SAT 15 OCT @ 7:30 PM: THE OUTFIT – Mark Rylance plays an English tailor to the mob in 1950s Chicago who gets caught up in a deadly mole hunt.

Plus, many, many more films coming up throughout the season, including AMSTERDAM, DON’T WORRY DARLING, BLACK ADAM, SEE HOW THEY RUN, THE QUIET GIRL, BLUEBACK, BLACK PANTHER 2, DECISION TO LEAVE, THE WOMAN KING and a special 100th anniversary screening of 1922’s ROBIN HOOD starring Douglas Fairbanks.

What’s On This Week: BULLET TRAIN, CRAWDADS, LUNANA and more

20th September, 2022

This week at the ANU Film Group, you can take an action-packed trip with Brad Pitt to Japan (BULLET TRAIN), head to a school in the Himalayan mountains (LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM), travel back to 1950s North Carolina (WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING), discover the life of a music legend (HALLELUJAH) and explore India’s storied history through the eyes of an extraordinary man (LAAL SINGH CHADDHA). The choice is yours!


A young teacher who aspires to move to Australia and become a singer is reprimanded for shirking his duties and reassigned to a poorly equipped school in the remote Himalayan mountains, in this heartfelt, Oscar-nominated drama from Bhutan.

Presented in partnership with the Royal Bhutanese Embassy.


Abandoned by her family in the 1950s, a resourceful young girl (Daisy Edgar-Jones) raises herself in the marshlands of North Carolina. When her former boyfriend is found dead, she is engulfed in a murder trial and branded by the locals as a prime suspect.

(NOTE: Thursday 22 September has been declared a public holiday, but our screening will still be proceeding as originally scheduled.)


Defining events in India's storied history unfold through the perspective of Laal Singh Chaddha (Aamir Khan), a simple but kind-hearted man who embarks on extraordinary journey, in this official Hindi-language remake of 1994’s Oscar-winning FORREST GUMP.


A charming documentary which offers a definitive exploration of the life of late singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his renowned and enduring hymn, "Hallelujah," weaving together a wealth of never-before-seen archival materials.


An unlucky assassin (Brad Pitt) is ordered to collect a briefcase on a fast-moving bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto but his mission puts him a collision course with lethal adversaries from around the world – all with connecting, yet conflicting, objectives.