News Archive

February 2021

What's On This Week: PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, CROODS 2 and more

22nd February, 2021

And we’re off! For our second week of our new programme, we are screening acclaimed revenge thriller PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN, the return of everyone’s favourite (maybe second favourite) prehistoric family in THE CROODS: A NEW AGE, a French romantic fantasy in LA BELLE ÉPOQUE and a celebration of the 60th anniversary of rom-com classic BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S.

As always, please do remember to register to attend screenings, as per ANU safety regulations. Registration links for this week’s screenings, as well as the upcoming fortnight’s are copied in below for your convenience. You’ve all been doing a terrific job of this so far, so keep it up!

Another pertinent reminder is to please ensure you maintain appropriate social distancing at all times while attending screenings. This means leaving at least one seat between you and the next person/party, as well as keeping 1.5 metres apart when queueing up outside. If you have trouble finding a socially distanced seat upon arrival, an ANUFG volunteer will be stationed inside the cinema prior to every screening and who would be happy to assist.

• TUE 23 FEB @ 7:30 PM: LA BELLE ÉPOQUE (M, 108 mins)

Disillusioned Victor is experiencing trouble in his marriage when he meets an entrepreneur who offers him the opportunity to relive a moment in time by staging re-enactments of the past – in this case, the moment Victor first met his wife.

Presented in partnership with Alliance Française Canberra in celebration of the 2021 French Film Festival which runs from March 4 to 31. Find out more at www.affrenchfilmfestival.org

• THU 25 FEB @ 7:30 PM: PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (MA, 113 mins – No Guests)

After being traumatised by a tragic event, a young woman (Carey Mulligan) now leads a secret double life at night: seeking out vengeance against any men who dare cross her path and righting the wrongs of the past. Nominated for 4 Golden Globe awards.

• FRI 26 FEB @ 7:30 PM: BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (PG, 115 mins)

60th anniversary screening of this rom-com classic, in which a struggling writer moves into a New York apartment building and is immediately intrigued by his eccentric neighbour, Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) – but their pasts threaten to get in the way.

• SAT 27 FEB @ **5 PM**: THE CROODS: A NEW AGE (PG, 95 mins – No Guests)

In need of a safer place to live, the prehistoric Crood family set off into the dangerous outside world in search of a new home. They soon discover an idyllic paradise with just one problem: another family already lives there.

Screenings Begin Tonight + Reminder About COVID-19 Safety

18th February, 2021

More than 11 months after our screenings were shut down on March 14 last year, the ANU Film Group is finally back this week with our first full programme for 2021!

It’s all kicking off tonight – and although we’re at risk of sounding like a broken record, please remember to register for any film you intend to come along to, as this is a mandatory condition of the ANU allowing us to resume screenings. We will have to turn you away at the door if you're not on the list – no exceptions!

• THU 18 FEB @ 7:30 PM: JOJO RABBIT (M, 108 mins)

During WWII, a German boy – whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler – has his world turned upside down when he discovers that his mother has been hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Oscar winner for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2020.

• FRI 19 FEB @ 7:30 PM: WONDER WOMAN 1984 (M, 151 mins)

Against the backdrop of the Cold War and an era of excess, Diana (Gal Gadot) must
deal with the ramifications of an ancient artefact that grants wishes when it falls into the hands of a greedy businessman, triggering worldwide chaos and instability.

• SAT 20 FEB @ **5 PM**: THE DRY (MA, 117 mins)

Federal agent Aaron Falk (Eric Bana) returns after an absence of 20 years to his drought-stricken Australian hometown to attend a tragic funeral. But his return opens up a decades-old wound: the unsolved death of a teenage girl.

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REMINDER ABOUT COVID-19 SAFETY RULES
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With screenings re-commencing this week, we take this timely opportunity to issue a reminder to all members and invited guests about our COVID-19 safety rules. These haven’t changed since our trial screenings over the summer, but if you need a refresher you can find them again here:

• The capacity of the Kambri cinema is capped at 65% or 195 people.
• All attendees must pre-register to attend screenings. No walk-ins will be permitted.
• Attendees are asked to check-in using the ACT Health Check In CBR app. If you are unable to use the app, a written check-in sheet will be
made available too.
• All attendees should maintain appropriate social distancing by leaving 1.5 metres (or 1-2 seats) between them and the nearest person/party inside the cinema, as well as when queuing up outside. Groups of attendees from the same household are permitted to sit together.
• Any attendees exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be prohibiting from entering the venue.
• Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear face masks while attending screenings, and these will be made available free of charge on entry.
• 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.
• All contact tracing information will only be retained for 28 days. This information will not be used for any other purpose, and will be destroyed after this time.
• Representatives of the ANU will be conducting audits to ensure compliance at any given time, and
breaches may result in screenings being immediately cancelled or our permission to hold future screenings revoked.
• Any members found to be in breach of the COVID-19 rules or who refuse to follow instructions from representatives of the ANUFG may be asked to leave and/or have their memberships suspended or revoked.

These are posted on our website at www.anufg.org.au/covid and will be updated there if/when any changes are required. A more detailed FAQ about the rules can also be found on our website by CLICKING HERE

New Autumn 2021 Programme + Registration is Essential

10th February, 2021

The ANU Film Group is proud to present our new programme for Autumn 2021! Our first full programme for the new year features the usual, eclectic mix of films that you know and love – from blockbusters and new releases to the best of Australian, independent and foreign films – over 10 weeks from February 18 to April 24.

Plus, we’re even bringing some cinematic classics – such as RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S – back to the big screen where they belong, with a Flashback Friday series on the last Friday of each month.

And while no one is likely to want to revisit 2020 anytime soon, you’ll also notice that we’ve revived a handful of films from our Autumn 2020 programme, which was cut short after just four weeks back in March last year.

So, without further ado, CLICK HERE to check out the programme in full now. You can also view it in a printer-friendly PDF format by CLICKING HERE or download the full calendar of screenings straight to your phone or computer by CLICKING HERE.

Not yet a member? Memberships are available for purchase or renewal online now at www.anufg.org.au/join. If you were a member at the time of the shutdown last year, your membership’s validity period will have been automatically extended by one year, so there’s no need to renew yours. Not sure if this applies to you? Don’t hesitate to drop us a line at info@anufg.org.au and we’d be more than happy to check for you.

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IMPORTANT: PRE-REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL
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As per the ANU’s protocols around events in light of COVID-19, all attendees – whether you are an existing member, a guest or a new member – must pre-register prior to attending a screening. This is to help us manage audience numbers ahead of time, and also allow for contact tracing to be carried out if required.

Under the rules, no walk-ins can be permitted under any circumstances. In other words, if you haven’t registered, we will regretfully have to turn you away at the door – so please ensure you register before coming along to avoid disappointment!

We realise this is an extra step for all of you to complete, but it is unfortunately a mandatory condition of us being permitted to resume screenings by the ANU and we run the risk of being shut down again if we don’t comply.

We have done our best to make the registration process as simple as possible:
• If there is a film you’d like to see, simply head to our website and click on the film’s listing to find the Eventbrite registration link.
• Then, fill out the registration form with your details (including your ANUFG membership number, located at the back of your card and beginning with ‘FG’, e.g. FG1234).
• Please also ensure that you have registered for any guests and/or children you wish to bring along.
• There’s no need to print anything out – we will have your details at the door and all you have to bring along is your membership card for entry.

In the interests of fairness, registration for each screening will only open two weeks prior to its screening date, and will remain open until 12 PM on the day of the screening itself. For your convenience, we will also include registration links in our weekly mailout and in posts on our Facebook page.

You can find direct registration links for our first two weeks of screenings below:

• THU 18 FEB @ 7:30 PM – JOJO RABBIT
• FRI 19 FEB @ 7:30 PM – WONDER WOMAN 1984
• SAT 20 FEB @ 5 PM – THE DRY
• TUE 23 FEB @ 7:30 PM – LA BELLE EPOQUE
• THU 25 FEB @ 7:30 PM – PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
• FRI 26 FEB @ 7:30 PM – BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S
• SAT 27 FEB @ 5 PM – THE CROODS: A NEW AGE

If you have registered for a screening and can no longer attend, it would be greatly appreciated if you could either cancel your ticket via Eventbrite or email us at info@anufg.org.au to let us know. Seating is limited, especially with the capacity restrictions, so doing this will allow us to get as many members along as possible to screenings.

Further information about our COVID-19 safety rules can be found on our website by CLICKING HERE.

Finally, if you are unable to abide by our COVID-19 safety rules (including the pre-registration requirement), are not comfortable attending screenings, have moved away, or experience any other impediment to using your membership this year, we will continue to offer pro-rata refunds on any membership fees paid in 2020 – up until screenings resume on February 18. Please reach out to us at info@anufg.org.au if you feel you’d like to take up this option.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation!

New Programme Begins February 18 + Memberships Available for Purchase Now

5th February, 2021

Time flies when you’re having fun and all of us here at the ANU Film Group have been very busy getting back into the swing of things with preparations for our first season of the new year.

So we’re very excited to announce that our brand-new programme for our Autumn 2021 season will be released early next week, with screenings kicking off on Thursday 18 February. We’ve been teasing some highlights over on our Facebook page, so if you haven’t already checked those out, be sure to head over to www.facebook.com/ANUFG to see what’s coming up!

And that’s not all – we’re also pleased to let you all know that ANU Film Group memberships are once again available for purchase. Whether you’re joining up for the first time or renewing, you can do it all on our website at www.anufg.org.au/join right now.

Don’t forget that anyone who was a valid member at the time of the COVID-19 shutdown in March 2020 will have had their memberships automatically extended by one year at no
charge. If this applies to you, there’s nothing further you need to do.

Not sure if your membership is still valid? Simply email us at info@anufg.org.au with your membership number (located at the back of your membership card) and we’ll be glad to check for you.

Stay tuned for the full programme reveal next week…

December 2020

Kambri Film Fest from Jan 21 to Feb 7

23rd December, 2020

On behalf of everyone at the ANU Film Group, we would like to thank all of our members for their incredible show of support over the past 12 months. We know it hasn’t been easy – and the fact that we were shut down for over eight months surely didn’t help – but we’re very grateful for everyone that has stuck with us this entire time, as well as those that came back over the past few weeks to welcome us back.

As a bit of a Christmas treat, we’re excited to announce new batch of screenings coming up soon in the new year that will be presented as part of the second annual Kambri Film Festival. The festival will run this year from January 21 to February 7, with screenings every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, featuring a mix of family-friendly screenings at 3 PM and evening sessions for adults at 7 PM.

Best of all, entry into these screenings is absolutely FREE and open to anyone and everyone, so here’s your chance to bring family, friends and guests along. Registration is still essential, but memberships are not required, which means that sessions could potentially book out – so be sure to register to secure your seats sooner rather than later!

The entire line-up for the festival – along with registration links – can be found now at https://kambri.com.au/event/kambri-film-fest-2021/ so make sure you check out all that’s on offer. The specific screenings that are being presented by the ANU Film Group are listed below for your convenience:

• FRI 22 JAN @ 7 PM: RADIOACTIVE (M, 110 mins)

After the death of her husband, pioneering scientist Marie Curie (Rosamund Pike) continues their transformative work into radioactive elements, which she soon discovers has the capacity to save lives – or destroy them. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

• SAT 23 JAN @ 7 PM: TENET (M, 150 mins)

In director Christopher Nolan’s latest, a CIA agent is inducted into a secret time-bending organisation and dispatched on a dangerous mission to stop an international arms dealer from starting World War III. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

• FRI 29 JAN @ 7 PM: MISBEHAVIOUR (M, 107 mins)

In 1970, members of the Women's Liberation Movement devise a plan in order to disrupt the live London broadcast of the Miss World beauty pageant, but the end result is even more revolutionary that they could have imagined. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

• SAT 30 JAN @ 7 PM: RAMS (PG, 119 mins)

In remote Western Australia, two brothers (Sam Neill, Michael Caton) engaged in a decades-long feud must put aside their grievances to save their family's prized sheep from disease. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

• FRI 5 FEB @ 7 PM: HAPPIEST SEASON (M, 102 mins)

A young woman's (Kristen Stewart) plans to propose to her girlfriend while at her family's annual holiday party are upended when she discovers that her partner hasn't yet come out to her conservative parents. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

• SAT 6 FEB @ 7 PM: THE COMEBACK TRAIL (M, 103 mins)

An indebted movie producer (Robert De Niro) attempts to kill an ageing actor (Tommy Lee Jones) in a stunt on his new movie as part of a life insurance scam. But when he survives, they are forced to up the stakes. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

More Comeback Screenings Announced

4th December, 2020

What a week it has been!

Thank you to everyone who has registered to attend the first of our comeback screenings – BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC – this Saturday at 7 PM. If you haven’t secured your seat yet, make sure to do so before registration closes at 7 PM tonight (24 hours prior to the screening). You can register by CLICKING HERE

Remember that entry into these comeback screenings is for current ANU Film Group members ONLY. Due to capacity restrictions, no guests will be permitted and no new memberships are being sold for now, but members can still bring up to two children under the age of 16 along to screenings at no charge.

Not sure if you’re a member? Feel free to drop us a line at info@anufg.org.au with your membership number and we’d be happy to check for you.

Generally speaking, anyone who was a member at the time of the shutdown in March this year will have their membership rolled over to next year. For example, if you bought an Annual membership in February 2020 – it will now restart when our full season programming resumes in February 2021 and remain valid until February 2022. In other words, we’re treating 2020 as if it didn’t happen!

Find out more about the new COVID-19 rules and our comeback screenings in the detailed FAQ on our website by CLICKING HERE

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ADDITIONAL COMEBACK SCREENINGS
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Even though your membership won’t officially restart until February 2021, we will still be running a number of free comeback screenings over the summer period as a ‘thank you’ to all existing members who stuck with us over the past eight months.

The first of these – BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC – takes place this Saturday and we can now announce these additional screenings too:

• SAT 12 DEC, 2020 @ 7 PM: UNHINGED (MA, 90 mins)

A young mother and her son find themselves terrorised in increasingly dangerous ways by a mysterious and unstable stranger (Russell Crowe) following a road rage incident.

• SAT 19 DEC, 2020 @ 7 PM: WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE (M, 109 mins)

When a loving mother (Cate Blanchett) suddenly vanishes, her concerned family sets off on the adventure of a lifetime to bring her home, in director Richard Linklater’s latest.

• SAT 9 JAN, 2021 @ 7 PM: THE NEW MUTANTS (M, 94 mins)

Five teenage mutants are sent to a medical facility that will supposedly cure them of their extraordinary yet unwanted powers – but they are soon forced to face their past sins.

• SAT 16 JAN, 2021 @ 7 PM: THE TRANSLATORS (M, 105 mins)

Nine language experts are hired to translate the eagerly-awaited final book in a trilogy – but they become prime suspects when pages of the top-secret manuscript are leaked online.

Registration links and more information about each of these films can be found now on our website at www.anufg.org.au/programme. Please note that registration for some of these films may only open closer to the screening date (i.e. 4 weeks prior).

And that’s not all – there are even more screenings being confirmed that we hope to be able to announce next week. And for anyone wondering… yes, this will include TENET.

ANUFG Comeback Screenings Begin This Saturday with BILL & TED!

1st December, 2020

This is the news you’ve been waiting for: we finally received approval from the ANU yesterday to start running screenings again for the first time since March!

Programming a whole new season will take a bit of time, however, and we have our sights set on a full re-launch in February 2021 to coincide with the start of the new university year. But don’t worry, we aren’t going to make you wait that long to get back to Film Group…

In fact, we’re not wasting any time and will be kicking things off as soon as THIS SATURDAY (yes, you read that right!) with the most excellent BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC at 7 PM!

This will be the first in a series of comeback screenings over the summer period between December 2020 and February 2021. These will be an opportunity to catch-up on some films you might have missed while we’ve been out of action, but are also intended as a ‘thank you’ to those of you who have patiently stuck with us over the past eight months. As such, entry into these screenings will be completely FREE for existing members only (i.e. your membership will not resume ticking over until February 2021).

As a condition of the ANU allowing us to resume our activities, however, there will be some changes to the way screenings are run:
• The capacity of the cinema is capped at 50% or 150 people
• All attendees must pre-register to attend screenings using the provided links. No walk-ins will be permitted under any circumstances.
• Attendees will also be required to check-in using the ACT Health Check In CBR app.
• Attendees must maintain appropriate social distancing by leaving 1.5 metres (or 1-2 seats) between them and the nearest person/group inside the cinema. Groups from the same household may sit together.
• Any attendees exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be prohibiting from entering the venue.
• Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear face masks while attending screenings.
• 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.

We have posted a detailed FAQ with more information about the new COVID-19 rules and our comeback screenings, while you can find on our website by CLICKING HERE

Registration for the first of these screenings – BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC this Saturday 5 December at 7 PM – is live now, so you can secure your seats by CLICKING HERE!

More films are being confirmed and will be listed shortly. A follow-up message will be sent out later this week as soon as more sessions are available for booking.

July 2020

Screenings Postponed Until November 2020

29th July, 2020

It’s been a while since our last message. Saying that a lot has happened in the world since then would certainly be an understatement.

Although most cinemas around Canberra have already re-opened in some capacity, the ANU Film Group unfortunately isn’t quite like our commercial counterparts. While that’s often a great thing (lower costs, no ads, not for profit), we also operate on the ANU’s campus and are therefore beholden to their rules and regulations.

In this case, the ANU has made the decision to continue restricting all non-essential activities involving external visitors until the end of Semester Two in order to mitigate the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak on campus. Regretfully, this means that we are now unable to resume screenings until November 2020.

While this news is no doubt disappointing for our members, it is equally disappointing to all of us involved in the running of the ANUFG. We volunteer our time freely to program films, manage screenings and keep the Group going all year round, for no material benefit to ourselves, but purely to foster a love and appreciation of film. Not being able to do this at a time when we could all use an escape to the movies is an additional blow. But this is just an intermission – not a curtain call – and we sorely look forward to resuming our activities as soon as we are allowed to.

In light of the ongoing restrictions, we will continue automatically extending all current Annual or Season memberships until screenings resume. The exact length of the extension will be determined by when restrictions lift, but rest assured that you will not be out of pocket if you decide to continue supporting us.

If you don't anticipate being able to attend screenings once they resume later this year, or your financial circumstances require it, we are still able to offer pro-rata membership fee refunds. If you require a refund, please send an email to info@anufg.org.au with your name and membership number and we'll be in touch.

Thank you to all of you for your continued understanding and support over the past few months. We will continue to keep our ANUFG@Home recommendations going at www.anufg.org.au/athome as well as on our Facebook page so please keep in touch and continue watching movies. In the immortal words of The Terminator, we’ll be back... not right now, but soon!

April 2020

Introducing ANUFG @ Home

9th April, 2020

While there’s nothing quite like seeing a movie together at the ANU Film Group, we've started ANUFG @ Home to keep our members entertained and connected from the safety of your own homes. Each Thursday, we'll be putting out a list of five film recommendations comprising old favourites, new releases, hidden gems, double features, themed weeks – you name it!

The majority of our featured films will be from FREE (and legal) streaming platforms where possible, but there may some that are only available to rent/purchase for a fee or via a paid subscription service.

The first of our weekly recommendations is an Easter-themed* edition with a spotlight on Kiwi writer-director Taika Waititi. From 2019's JOJO RABBIT to his 2004 Oscar-nominated short, there's no shortage of offbeat laughs and irreverent humour to be found in his films – something we could all do with a bit of these days!

So head on over to www.anufg.org.au/athome to check out this week's recommendations, along with little blurbs and links on where to find each film. We'll also be highlighting our picks on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ANUFG) throughout the week.

And if you have any suggestions you’d like to share, please feel free to send them through to info@anufg.org.au along with some details on why you think the film should be selected. Happy viewing, and be sure to stay home, stay safe and stay connected over Easter!

* Yes, we admit that it's only Easter-themed as far as one of his films having RABBIT in the title.

March 2020

All Current Memberships Extended by Two Seasons

20th March, 2020

It’s hard to believe that it’s been only a week since our screenings got cancelled by the ANU’s COVID-19 preventative measures. A lot has happened since that makes the decision seem sensible in hindsight: with cinema chains closing, others reducing their capacity and sessions, film festivals being postponed and distributors pulling most of their films from release, it is simply not a great time to be a moviegoer.

And while going to the movies pales in comparison to everything that’s going on right now, we are sorry that we can’t be there to give you an escape from reality. There’s nothing quite like sitting in a dark room with strangers laughing, crying, screaming – and getting lost in what's on screen – together. It may be a while until we are able to do this again, but the ANU Film Group *will* be back.

And when we do return, we want to ensure that our members aren’t out of pocket from this 14-week intermission, so we will be automatically extending all currently valid Annual or Season memberships by two full seasons (approximately 20 weeks) at no extra charge.

This means that if you have a current Autumn season membership, your membership will now expire in early October 2020. And if you have an Annual membership purchased this year, it will be valid until late July 2021. Annual memberships purchased during our Winter, Spring or Summer 2019 seasons will also be similarly extended.

Should the ANU’s ban on events continue beyond June 20th, we will continue to be flexible and advise members of any further changes or extensions.

We understand there may be some members who do not see themselves attending screenings into this extended period, or who would prefer their money back as a result of personal hardship. While our preference is to extend memberships, we are also prepared to offer pro-rata refunds if circumstances require it. If you would like a refund on your membership, please send an email containing your full name and membership number to info@anufg.org.au and we will be in touch.

Thank you once again for your understanding and support in these difficult times. We look forward to being back to doing what we – and you – love before too long. In the meantime, please keep safe, stay healthy and look after each other!