News Archive

March 2013

Annual General Meeting - Monday 4 March @ 6:30 PM

1st March, 2013

Want to know how the Film Group is doing? Have questions you’ve always wanted to ask about how it’s run? Interested in running for a position on the committee?

If your answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’ (or even ‘no’ – we’re not picky) our upcoming Annual General Meeting is the place to be.

This is where we let all of our members know what’s been happening behind the scenes, what we’ve been working on, and what our exciting new plans are for the future of the Group. So come along and join us this coming MONDAY 4 MARCH at 6:30 PM in the Coombs Theatre. All members are welcome.

For more information, simply contact us at Hope to see you there!

February 2013

ARGO Full House Screening

28th February, 2013

Tonight's screening of ARGO was declared a full house at approximately 7:55 PM.

In accordance with our re-screening policy, if all the seats in the theatre fill up before 8 PM, the film will be re-screened. As this was the case tonight, ARGO will be re-screened at a later date and time to be advised.

Please keep an eye on your email inbox and/or our website for all the details as soon as they are available.

And the Oscar goes to...

26th February, 2013

ARGO and LIFE OF PI were the big winners at yesterday’s 85th Annual Academy Awards, but the real winners are all of you, who get to check out the films that took home gold at the ANU Film Group in the coming weeks!

    • ARGO – Thu 28 Feb @ 8 PM
     Winner for Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Editing

    • SKYFALL – Sat 2 Mar @ **7 PM**
     Winner for Best Original Song, Sound Editing

     Winner for Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence)

    • LIFE OF PI – Fri 15 Mar @ 8 PM
     Winner for Best Director, Cinematography, Original Score, Visual Effects

    • LES MISERABLES – Sat 23 Mar @ **Approx. 8:45 PM**
     Winner for Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway), Makeup and Hairstyling, Sound Mixing

    • LINCOLN – Sat 13 Apr @ **Approx. 8:45 PM**
     Winner for Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Production Design

    • DJANGO UNCHAINED – Fri 19 Apr @ 8 PM
     Winner for Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz), Original Screenplay

    • ZERO DARK THIRTY – Sat 20 Apr @ **7 PM**
     Winner for Best Sound Editing

    • ANNA KARENINA – Sat 4 May @ **7 PM**
     Winner for Best Costume Design

    • AMOUR – Sat 8 Jun @ **7 PM**
     Winner for Best Foreign Language Film

There are also many more of the year’s nominees on the programme -- including THE MASTER (March 7), BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (March 16), THE IMPOSSIBLE (March 21), HITCHCOCK (April 13) and FLIGHT (April 27) -- so be sure to mark your calendars and come check them out!

Finally, here’s what’s on the programme this week:


An enforcer (Brad Pitt) is hired to restore order after three guys rob a mob-protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.

• Thu 28 Feb @ 8 PM: ARGO

In this year’s winner for Best Picture, a CIA specialist (Ben Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to extract American hostages from Iran: by posing as a film crew for a fake sci-fi movie.

• Fri 1 Mar @ 8 PM: TO ROME WITH LOVE followed by 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK

TO ROME WITH LOVE, Woody Allen’s latest film, follows the lives and loves of visitors and residents of Rome. Then, Julie Delpy and Chris Rock star as a married couple in the absurd cultural comedy 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK.

• Sat 2 Mar @ **7 PM**: SKYFALL followed by ROBOT AND FRANK

Encore screening of the billion-dollar blockbuster (and freshly minted double Oscar winner) SKYFALL: the 23rd film in the James Bond franchise sees 007’s loyalty to M tested when MI6 comes under attack. Then, in the quirky sci-fi comedy ROBOT AND FRANK, an aging thief uses his robot butler to return to a life of crime.


19th February, 2013

Our second week of screenings begins with an exclusive Canberra premiere screening of Clint Eastwood’s latest film: TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE screening this Tuesday at 8 PM.

Despite getting a theatrical release around the country, Canberra missed out on this baseball drama -- dubbed by some as the anti-MONEYBALL -- when it was first released, so here’s your chance to be among the first in town to check it out!

Here’s what’s on at the Film Group for the week:


An ailing baseball scout (Clint Eastwood) takes his daughter (Amy Adams) along for one last recruiting trip in an effort to prove his worth. Also starring Justin Timberlake and John Goodman.


The heart-warming, true story of a quadriplegic French aristocrat who hires an underprivileged and unqualified young man to be his caretaker.


A young Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) embarks on a quest with Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and a group of Dwarves to reclaim their mountain home from a dragon.

• Sat 23 Feb @ **7 PM**: WRECK-IT RALPH followed by 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU

In the Oscar-nominated WRECK-IT RALPH, a video game villain desperately dreams of one day becoming a hero. Then, revisit the beloved high school comedy 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, starring Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.


18th February, 2013

Thanks to Hoyts Distribution, we have five double passes to give away to the upcoming crime thriller BROKEN CITY, starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

In the film, an ex-cop turned private detective (Wahlberg) is hired by the Mayor of New York (Crowe) to tail his wife (Zeta-Jones). But when he finds himself double-crossed and framed in a city-wide conspiracy, he sets out to seek redemption and revenge.

BROKEN CITY is released by Hoyts Distribution / STUDIOCANAL in cinemas on March 7. To find out more about the film, or check out its trailer, click HERE.

For your chance to win, simply reply to this email -- or send a message to -- with your name, membership number (located underneath the barcode on your card), contact number and your answer to the following question: ‘Russell Crowe appears in three films on our Semester One 2013 programme. What are their titles?’

Entries close on Friday 1 March, with winners to be drawn from all correct entries receives and prizes to be collected at ANUFG screenings.

ANU O-Week Programme Error

12th February, 2013

We have been advised that there is a printing error in the ANU’s Orientation Week brochure, and that additional sessions of the ANU Film Group’s screening of SKYFALL are being advertised on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week.

Unfortunately, we are only holding one free screening of SKYFALL, and that was on Monday 11 February. We will not be screening the film again during O-Week.

We will still be screening THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER on Thursday 14 February at 8 PM as advertised. This screening is FREE for all ANU students, so please come along and try out the ANU Film Group then!

Semester One kicks off on Monday with free SKYFALL!

9th February, 2013

In case you’ve been living under a rock (or just not receiving our emails), Semester One 2013 of the ANU Film Group’s 47th year kicks off on Monday with a screening of the latest James Bond film, SKYFALL, at 8 PM.

It’s an absolutely free screening that’s open to anyone and everyone, so bring along all of your family and friends -- particularly those who have always been curious about the Film Group, but have never actually been to a screening! Not to be overly narcissistic, but we think what we do is pretty awesome, and we hope that you do too. So why not share the ANUFG experience with as many people as possible?

Semester One booklets and posters have just arrived too, so be sure to come along and grab one -- or a few -- on your way into any screening. Put one up at work, at home, or even in the toilet (some people do)... Why not?!

One thing in particular to note about our new programme is that ALL SATURDAY SCREENINGS now being at the earlier starting time of 7 PM, in response to feedback we’ve received over the past few semesters. These will be regular double features, with the second film of the night following the first after a 15-minute intermission. Our new website has also been updated with full programme details, and will now give you the approximate start time of the second film of a double feature should you only wish to see that.

Last but not least, we’ve got a great semester of screenings planned for the next six months and couldn’t be more excited about our new programme. To get you similarly excited, here’s a brief rundown of the line-up for the first week:

• Mon 11 Feb @ 8 PM: SKYFALL (Free Screening)

Kick off the screening year with Bond… James Bond as he finds his loyalty to M tested when a threat from her past comes back to haunt her in this critically acclaimed, record breaking 23rd entry in the series.


A troubled, introvert 15-year-old is shown a new way of life by two seniors he meets at his high school. Based on the critically acclaimed novel.


It's a double feature of two different kinds of psychos! Kirsten Dunst leads a group of three spiteful bridesmaids in a night-long quest to fix a wedding they’ve unintentionally ruined in BACHELORETTE, and in SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, an all-star cast of madmen find themselves in hot water after the beloved Shih Tzu of an infamous gangster is kidnapped.


A Tim Burton stop-motion animation extravaganza! The night begins with his latest film, the Oscar-nominated FRANKENWEENIE, which tells the story of a boy who decides to bring his deceased dog back to life. Then celebrate the 20th anniversary of the classic THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, in which Jack Skellington, king of Halloween town, discovers Christmas for the first time. Note the 7 PM start time!

January 2013

Semester One 2013 Programme

24th January, 2013

It’s finally here! We’re very proud to present to you our brand new Semester One 2013 programme, which will be kicking off on February 11 with a FREE screening of SKYFALL.

Our line-up for the first half of 2013 includes all of the nine films nominated for Best Picture at the upcoming Academy Awards, as well as a carefully selected assortment of the biggest blockbusters, new releases, cherished classics and indie favourites.

You can view the full programme in PDF format HERE (324 Kb).

Finally, if you haven’t already done so, be sure to pre-purchase your membership online now by clicking HERE. This will allow you to jump the queue once screenings start by simply picking up your ready-made card on your way in. Plus, as an added incentive, if you sign up ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 31, you’ll even receive $5 off our Annual memberships, so what are you waiting for?


24th January, 2013

Thanks to Hoyts Distribution, we have tickets to see THE IMPOSSIBLE, the powerful new drama starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor.

Based on a true story, THE IMPOSSIBLE is the astonishing account of a family torn apart by the mayhem of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. As they embark on a journey to reunite with one another, the family experience remarkable compassion, courage and kindness during the darkest hours of their lives.

THE IMPOSSIBLE is in cinemas today (January 24). Check out the film’s trailer HERE.

To be in the running for one of five in-season double passes, simply email us at with your name and mailing address, along with the answer to the following question: ‘On what date is THE IMPOSSIBLE screening at the ANU Film Group?’

Entries close on Monday 28 January at 5 PM, with winners to be drawn from all correct entries received and prizes to be sent out by mail.

Happy New Year + New Website!

1st January, 2013

Everyone at the ANU Film Group would like to extend their sincere thanks to all of our valued members for their support throughout the past year. It's been a big year with a lot going on: from competitions galore to our biggest Trivia Night ever, a number of Canberra premieres, the Diversity Week Film Festival and, to top it all off, a pretty fantastic year in film too.

That said, 2013 is shaping up to be even bigger and better and we're kicking things off by launching a brand new ANUFG website today!

With online joining, programme listings, a handy FAQ, and a new, simplified design, we hope you'll find the new revamped site easy to use and navigate. Be sure to head over to to check it out as we begin to reveal our exciting new Semester One 2013 programme in the lead up to the start of screenings on February 11.

Along with the new site, we've also moved our newsletter host over to a new server. To ensure that you are able to receive all of the latest news about screening changes, events and competitions, please ensure that you re-subscribe to our new mailing list by either clicking on the link in our latest message, or re-subscribing on the front page.

Once again, thank you for your continued support and here's to a great 2013. Happy new year!