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April 2013

COMPETITION: Win tickets to IRON MAN 3 midnight screening + THE AVENGERS at 9 PM!

8th April, 2013

Be one of the first in the world to see IRON MAN 3 at Dendy Cinemas’ special event celebrating the release of Marvel Studios’ latest. The night kicks off with an encore screening of THE AVENGERS in 3D on Tuesday April 23 at 9 PM followed by a midnight screening of IRON MAN 3 in 3D at 12:01 AM.

In the film, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) finds his world torn apart by a formidable terrorist known as The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), and embarks on a globetrotting quest of retribution, all as the line between man and machine becomes increasingly blurred.

Tickets are on sale now for traditional 3D and 2D sessions, as well as Premium Lounge sessions, and thanks to Dendy we’ve got a double pass to the AVENGERS + IRON MAN 3 double feature up for grabs for one lucky winner.

For your chance to win, simply send an email to with ‘IRON MAN 3’ in the subject line along with your name, membership number (located underneath the barcode on your card) and the answer to the following question: IRON MAN 3 is the second time director Shane Black and star Robert Downey Jr. have worked together on a film. What was the title of their first collaboration?’

The winner will be drawn on Thursday April 18 at 5 PM, and contacted via email. Tickets to be collected from the Dendy box office on the night.

March 2013

Pre-Order Entertainment Books + What’s On This Week

21st March, 2013


Entertainment Books are packed with hundreds of offers for the best restaurants, cafés, attractions, travel and more. For only $60, you can receive over $15,000 worth of offers for venues such as Hog’s Breath Café, Hoyts, Coles, Big W, Wagamama, Debacle and Grill’d. All offers can be viewed in the online sample book by clicking HERE.

The new books for 2013/2014 will be released in early April, but if you pre-order yours now, you’ll receive over $180 in additional bonus offers to be used immediately at venues including Crust Pizza, Cream and Mad Mex.

Plus, to top it all off, a portion of the profits from each book purchased through us goes towards ANUFG fundraising, enabling us to bring you bigger and better programmes, events and membership perks in the future. So what are you waiting for?

Pre-order yours online by clicking HERE now.

Once released, books will be available for collection at any ANUFG screenings, by arrangement at the ANU during weekday business hours, or can also be sent directly to you for an additional postage fee.


More Oscar winners and nominees (LES MISERABLES, THE IMPOSSIBLE, PARANORMAN), Tom Cruise back in action in JACK REACHER and a gritty take on the classic WUTHERING HEIGHTS hits the screen at the Film Group this week.

• Thu 21 Mar @ 8 PM: THE IMPOSSIBLE

Naomi Watts (in her Oscar-nominated role) and Ewan McGregor star in the astonishing true story of a family torn apart by the mayhem of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

• Fri 22 Mar @ 8 PM: JACK REACHER followed by WUTHERING HEIGHTS

Tom Cruise stars as an ex-military investigator tasked with clearing the name of a sniper in JACK REACHER, the first film based on the hit novels by Lee Child. Then, check out an unconventionally gritty take on Emily Brontë’s classic novel in WUTHERING HEIGHTS.

• Sat 23 Mar @ **7 PM**: PARANORMAN followed by LES MISERABLES

The Oscar-nominated stop-motion animated PARANORMAN kicks off the night at 7 PM with the tale of a misunderstood young boy who can speak to the dead. Then, Hugh Jackman leads an all-star cast as a convict deciding to start a new life in 19th-century revolutionary France in the triple Oscar-winning musical LES MISERABLES at 8:45 PM.

Get 20% off Openair Cinema tickets + Win passes!

14th March, 2013

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas are coming to Canberra for the first time for a limited season from March 17 to 27.

Located in Acton Park overlooking Lake Burley Griffin, their season programme offers up an eclectic mix of new release films and old favourites like THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and TOP GUN. Throw in some live music, food and free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream at all Sunday sessions, and you’ve got yourself a great way to celebrate the end of summer.

As a special treat for ANU Film Group members, Openair Cinemas have kindly offered us 20% off tickets to all films on their programme (with the exception of opening night). To claim the discount, simply enter MATESRATES in the Promo Code box when purchasing your tickets online through THEIR WEBSITE (discount applied at checkout).

And if that’s not enough, we also have five double passes to give away to any film of your choice (excluding opening night again).

To go in the running to win, all you have to do is ‘Like’ our Facebook page (WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ANUFG) and then leave a comment on the competition post telling us which film you’d like to check out at Openair Cinemas, and why. Click HERE to go directly to the post.

Be creative and be quick – winners will be picked by 12 noon tomorrow (Friday 15 March).

Oscar Week at the Film Group

11th March, 2013

With four of this year's Best Picture nominees in a row, we can't think of a better time to join up if you haven't already done so!

Most of this week's films are 'No Guests' screenings too, so if you have friends who wish to come along, don't forget that we also have Weekly Memberships for sale. They cost only $15 and provides entry into all films a week from the date of purchase. Fantastic value for a fantastic week of films!

Without further ado, here's the line-up for Oscar week at the Film Group:

• Wed 13 Mar @ 8 PM: ARGO

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. Winner of 3 Academy Awards in 2013, including Best Picture.


Winner of 4 Academy Awards, including Best Director (Ang Lee), LIFE OF PI follows a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. Then, in THE SESSIONS, a paralysed man (John Hawkes) who wishes to lose his virginity seeks out a professional sex surrogate (Helen Hunt in her Oscar-nominated role) for help.

• Sat 16 Mar @ **7 PM**: BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD followed by ON THE ROAD

In the Oscar-nominated BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, a six-year-old girl sets out from her magical community to find her long-lost mother. Then, in the star-studded film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's ON THE ROAD, three friends travel across the country and encounter people who impact their journey indelibly.

ARGO Re-screening on Wednesday 13 March

6th March, 2013

As its original screening was a full house screening, ARGO will be re-screened next week on Wednesday 13 March at 8 PM.

This makes for a very exciting week that will feature four of this year's Oscar nominees for Best Picture in a row! Eventual winner ARGO kicks the week off on Wednesday, with fellow nominees SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, LIFE OF PI and BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD following on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Please also note that, as was the case with its original screening, our re-screening of ARGO will also be a ‘No Guests’ screening.

Door Opening Times + What's On This Week

5th March, 2013

From this week onwards, doors will only open for entry into screenings 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the film (7:30 PM, or 6:30 PM for Saturday screenings). You’re welcome to come along earlier if you wish, but please be aware that you may not be allowed entry into the theatre until half an hour before the film.

As for what's on at the Film Group this week, there’s a little something for everyone, from action films (END OF WATCH, GANGSTER SQUAD) and comedies (PITCH PERFECT, THIS IS 40) to an Oscar-winning classic (BONNIE AND CLYDE) and the latest film from director Paul Thomas Anderson (THE MASTER).

• Tue 5 Mar @ 8 PM: END OF WATCH

The daily grind of two young police officers in L.A. (Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña) in interrupted when they stumble upon a cache of cash and firearms.

• Thu 7 Mar @ 8 PM: THE MASTER

A Naval veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) arrives home from WWII unsettled and uncertain of his future, until he is tantalised by a cult and its charismatic leader (Phillip Seymour Hoffman). Nominated for 3 Academy Awards in 2013, including Best Actor (Phoenix).

• Fri 8 Mar @ 8 PM: GANGSTER SQUAD followed by BONNIE AND CLYDE

In GANGSTER SQUAD, two detectives (Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling) lead a secret crew of L.A. police officers in an effort to take down the ruthless mob king who runs the city (Sean Penn). Then, in the classic BONNIE AND CLYDE, a bank robber and a bored small-town girl embark on an escalating crime-spree of robbery and murder.

• Sat 9 Mar @ **7 PM**: PITCH PERFECT followed by THIS IS 40

In PITCH PERFECT, a university freshman who is cajoled into joining her school's all-girls singing group, as they take on their male rivals in a competition. Then, a married couple (Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann) find themselves both turning 40 and are not happy about it in THIS IS 40, the semi-sequel to KNOCKED UP.

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.