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February 2017


19th February, 2017

Missed out on our opening night screening of DOCTOR STRANGE? Tonight's your chance to see it again for FREE with our encore screening of Marvel's mind-bending blockbuster starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Entry is open to everyone – no membership required!

Doors open at 6:30 PM for a 7 PM start. Our canteen run by the Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak have also kindly agreed to open tonight, so you'll all be able get your fill of popcorn, snacks, drinks and more. Hope to see you there!


We're still on the lookout for one more doorperson to assist us this semester. Doorpeople are the smiling, friendly faces of the Group who greet you as you enter, and scan your membership card. So if you're a current member, punctual, have a sunny disposition, and are skilled in the fine art of button pressing, this may be for you!

Please note that this is an unpaid volunteer position, but all door people will receive a free membership for the following semester (Semester Two 2017) as a token of our thanks after completing a required number of sessions.

Interested? Want to find out more? Email us at now!

If you'd rather help out in other ways, you'll want to save the date for our Annual General Meeting on MONDAY 6 MARCH at 6 PM.

This is where we appoint our new committee of management that runs the Group, and we’re always keen to see some new faces. No experience necessary, just a willingness to commit a bit of time to help us continue being the awesome film society that you know and love. Please contact us if you're like to know more.


Thanks to everyone who helped get us off to a great start for 2017 – and we're still only just getting started. Our second week of screenings for the year takes us back to a galaxy far, far away with STAR WARS and HARRY POTTER prequels, the first batch of our 26 Oscar nominated films, and much more!

• Sun 19 Feb @ **7 PM**: DOCTOR STRANGE (Free Re-Screening)

After a car accident, an arrogant neurosurgeon (Benedict Cumberbatch) embarks on a journey of healing to find a cure for his damaged hands. Instead, he discovers a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Also starring Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

• Tue 21 Feb @ 7:30 PM: ELLE

A successful businesswoman (Isabelle Huppert, in her Oscar-nominated role) finds her life changed forever when she is attacked in her own home by an unknown assailant. Soon, she is embroiled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse as she tracks down her attacker.


A magizoologist wizard (Eddie Redmayne) from England visits New York in the 1920s with a expanding suitcase filled with magical creatures. But when the suitcase accidentally falls into the wrong hands, the fragile secrecy of the unseen world of wizards is threatened.


In THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, a divorced alcoholic (Emily Blunt) begins observing the lives of a couple whose house she passes each day on the train to work. But when the woman she’s been watching disappears, she sets out to uncover what happened.

Then, in CAPTAIN FANTASTIC (at approx. 9:30 PM), a father (Viggo Mortensen, in his Oscar-nominated performance) is devoted to raising his six kids in isolation from the outside world – until they are forced to leave paradise and rejoin society after a decade away.


In ROGUE ONE, the Rebel Alliance recruits Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) to join a team of spies on a crucial mission to steal the design schematics of the Empire’s newest superweapon – the Death Star – before it becomes operational.

Then, in A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING, a failed American salesman (Tom Hanks) looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his company’s product – a holographic teleconferencing system – to a wealthy monarch.


Doctor Strange Free Re-Screening on Sunday 19 February @ 7 PM + What's On This Week

13th February, 2017

Thank you to all 371 of you who came along to our opening night screening of DOCTOR STRANGE on Monday. And for those of you keeping count, yes, that was most definitely a full house!

Sadly, there were quite a few people who had to be turned away at the door before the film even started. So, as per our re-screening policy – but mostly because we don’t want anyone to miss out – we’re going to do it all over again this Sunday at 7 PM. And in case you were wondering, this screening will also be FREE for all to attend!

DATE: Sunday 19 February, 2017
TIME: 7 PM start; doors open for entry from 6:30 PM

Tickets not required. Entry is open to anyone and everyone, and on a first come, first served basis.

So whether you missed out or just want to see it again, come along and bring all of your friends to experience Marvel’s latest blockbuster on the BIG screen at the ANU Film Group.

Needless to say, we’re off to a great start for 2017. And that’s just the beginning. Here’s what’s on for the rest of the week, featuring big movies, big stars, and the first of this year’s Family Films at Five:

• Thu 16 Feb @ 7:30 PM: THE ACCOUNTANT

A mathematical genius (Ben Affleck) works as an accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organisations. But when the authorities begin to close in, he takes on a legitimate client – which proves to be more deadly than he thought.


In INFERNO, when Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with a neurologist (Felicity Jones) and together they must race across Europe to foil a madman’s deadly plot to unleash a virus on the world.

Then, in BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK (at approx. 9:45 PM), a young soldier returns home for a victory tour after a harrowing battle, and discovers that the realities of war differ greatly from the public’s perception. Directed by Ang Lee.

• Sat 18 Feb @ **5 PM**: SING

In a last-ditch attempt to save his failing theatre from closure, an optimistic koala sets out to host the world’s greatest singing competition – which quickly becomes even bigger than even he could have ever imagined. Featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, and Scarlett Johansson.

• Sat 18 Feb @ **7 PM**: AMERICAN HONEY

In this acclaimed coming-of-age indie drama, a teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law breaking and young love as she embarks on a life-changing road trip across the Midwest with the band of misfits.

• Sun 19 Feb @ **7 PM**: DOCTOR STRANGE (Free Re-Screening)

Missed out on our free opening night screening on Monday? Here’s your chance for you to come along and see it again for FREE!

In Marvel’s latest blockbuster, a talented neurosurgeon (Benedict Cumberbatch) embarks on a journey of healing after a car accident, and unexpectedly discovers a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions.


Three Days to Go + Important Note Regarding Pre-Purchased Memberships

10th February, 2017

You might normally hate Mondays, but February 13 is one Monday you won’t want to miss… because in just THREE short days, the ANU Film Group’s Semester One 2017 programme will be kicking off with our free screening of DOCTOR STRANGE!

And as an extra special treat for our opening night, we’ll also be giving away FREE popcorn to everyone in attendance, courtesy of our friends at Palace Electric Cinemas. If you haven't had any of Palace's award-winning olive oil popcorn, you're in for a real treat.

For drinks, lollies and other delicious treats, our trusty canteen run by the Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak will be open on Monday too. As always, all proceeds from the canteen go to charity.

It’s shaping up to be a great night, so spread the word and invite everyone you know – the more the merrier. But don’t be late, as seats are limited and only available on a first in, best dressed basis. Doors will be opening for entry from 7 PM for a 7:30 PM film start.

Not yet a member? It’s not too late to join up now to skip the queues and have your pre-made membership card ready to be picked up next week. Go to now!


Due to expected crowds at our opening night screening on Monday, pre-purchased cards will NOT be available for collection that night. Memberships will still be available for purchase on the night, but entry to our screening of DOCTOR STRANGE on Monday is free and open to all, regardless.

Pre-purchased cards will be made available for collection from our second screening – THE ACCOUNTANT on Thursday 16 February – onwards.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Have You Got Your Membership Yet? + Southern Cross Club Rewards

5th February, 2017

Just over a week to go until the start of screenings for 2017! Have you got your membership yet?

In case you were stuck on Mars with Matt Damon, you may have missed the news that our Semester One 2017 programme has been released. And it’s one of our biggest line-ups in years, featuring no less than 94 films between February and July.

The programme is now available in full on our website at You can even add every single screening to your computer or phone’s calendar so you won’t miss a screening ever again, by downloading the programme in iCal format by CLICKING HERE.

And if you haven’t realised that it’s already February, here’s a friendly reminder to get a move on and get your ANU Film Group membership ASAP. Memberships can take up to five business days to process, so you’ll want to allow sufficient time to ensure your pre-made cards are ready to collect in the first week back. Go to to join up now!


Are you a member of the Canberra Southern Cross Club? Did you know that, by nominating the ANU Film Group as your preferred community group, you can help us raise funds by just eating food?

The Canberra Southern Cross Club have generously committed to giving back to community groups like ours through their Community Rewards initiative by donating 10% of all food and beverage purchases made at any of their five locations to groups nominated by their members.

So if you’re a CSCC member, all you have to do is nominate the ANU Film Group as your preferred group either in person – or by filling out THIS ONLINE FORM – and the Club does the rest!

For more information about the CSCC’s Community Rewards program, go to

January 2017

Semester One 2017 Programme

25th January, 2017

The Oscar nominations were announced overnight and LA LA LAND is clearly the film to beat in this year’s award race after having been nominated for a record-matching 14 Oscars. But while the nominations are exciting, we'd like to think that we've got something a little more exciting to reveal: our Semester One 2017 programme!

Featuring no less than 94 films, our brand new programme has everything that our members have loved about the ANU Film Group for the past 50 years. From the latest Hollywood blockbusters to independent and foreign films, classics, special events and beyond, there's bound to be something for everyone. Here are some highlights:

• Oscars Galore: 26 of this year's nominated films, including all nine Best Picture nominees!
• Best Foreign Film Festival: a seven-week festival of this year's Best Foreign Film Oscar submissions from a range of countries – including Germany, Iran, South Korea and more – screening every Friday in June and July.
• Family Films at Five: more family-friendly films at family-friendly start times, including THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, MOANA and SING.
• JOE CINQUE'S CONSOLATION: Q&A screening with director Sotiris Dounoukos
• Cult Classics: the return of some unique films back on the big screen, including BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU.
• Plus much, much more!

So without further ado, we proudly present our programme for Semester One 2017: CLICK HERE (PDF, 229 KB)

We hope that you’ll all be as excited about the programme as we are. Semester One officially kicks off on Monday 13 February with a free screening of DOCTOR STRANGE, so make sure you save the date and invite everyone you know along to check out the best way to see movies in Canberra.

And if you were waiting on a programme before joining up, you now have no excuse. Go to to sign up now!

December 2016

Happy Holidays from the ANU Film Group!

23rd December, 2016

Thank you to everyone who came along and attended a screening or one of our many events throughout our 50th anniversary year. We certainly wouldn’t have hit 50 years without your ongoing support, and look forward to doing it all over again next year.

We’ll be back in touch in early 2017 with more news about our upcoming Semester One programme, which will kick off on Monday 13 February. So save the date and stay tuned…

Until then, on behalf of everyone here at the ANU Film Group, we hope that you all have a safe, relaxing, and film-filled holiday break!

Memberships for 2017 Now on Sale

10th December, 2016

Have you missed us?

Ever since screenings for our 50th anniversary year ended on November 19 with our closing night mystery screening of the incredible HACKSAW RIDGE, we’ve been squirreled away and working hard on preparations for Semester One 2017. And while our new programme is still far from completion, we’re pleased to announce that 2017 memberships are now available for pre-purchase!

Why not get a jump on 2017 by ticking one thing off of your to-do list for next year by securing your ANU Film Group membership? Christmas is coming up too, and just in case you weren’t aware, ANUFG memberships are quite literally a gift that will keep on giving with regular screenings between February and November 2017. Where else can you get a whole year’s worth of movies for just $70?

Sign up for yourself, your friends, your family and all of your loved ones right now by going to

Membership prices remain unchanged at $70 for an Annual and $40 for a Semester One membership. Payment can be made via direct deposit or credit card/PayPal ($2 surcharge per membership applies).

Upon successful receipt of payment, digital membership certificates will then be emailed to the nominated email address provided within 5–7 business days.

November 2016

David Stratton Event TONIGHT + What's On This Week and Next

11th November, 2016

Tonight we welcome the one and only DAVID STRATTON to the ANU Film Group for a special Q&A event at the earlier start time of 6:30 PM.

Doors will open from 6 PM for entry, but we do expect it to be a busy night, so make sure you get along early to avoid missing out! Our canteen will also be open from 6 PM for you to get your fill of hot dogs, popcorn, drinks and lollies – with all proceeds going to charity as always.

The night’s scheduled films – THE WAIT and LOOKING FOR GRACE – will then follow after the Q&A at approximately 7:30 PM.


In the penultimate week of our 50th year, we bring you David Stratton (in person) along with the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, Juliette Binoche, Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Radha Mitchell and Richard Roxburgh (sadly, only on the big screen). Then, next week, a Tom Cruise double feature and our very special closing event!


The legendary David Stratton – renowned film critic, TV personality and champion of film societies – will be making an exclusive appearance in person at the ANU Film Group to chat with members about all things film!

• Fri 11 Nov @ 7:30 PM: THE WAIT + LOOKING FOR GRACE

In French/Italian drama THE WAIT, a mother (Juliette Binoche) receives an unexpected visit at her villa in Sicily by her son’s fiancée, who has arrived to spend the holidays with him and his family. She invites his fiancée in to stay and gets to know her as they wait for him to arrive.

Then, in LOOKING FOR GRACE (at approx. 9:15 PM), a husband and wife (Richard Roxburgh, Radha Mitchell) set out to locate their rebellious 16-year-old daughter after she disappears. As their search leads them into the country, the couple must confront the realities of their changing relationship.


In DEEPWATER HORIZON, experience the harrowing true story of the ordinary men and women who were put to the ultimate test when an offshore drilling rig exploded on the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, creating the worst oil spill in history. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich and Kate Hudson.

Then, in WAR DOGS (at approx. 9 PM), two young men (Jonah Hill, Miles Teller) manage to secure a $300 million government contract to supply weapons for U.S. allies in Afghanistan – but they soon find themselves in over their heads when trouble arises both abroad and back home.



There are lots of things going on as our 50th year comes to a close, so here are some friendly reminders to ensure you don’t miss out on anything:

• FILM SUGGESTIONS – suggest films that you’d like to see on our programme for Semester One 2017 by filling in a form either at screenings or at Suggestions close on November 19.

• END OF YEAR RAFFLE – win one of many prizes, including accommodation at Corrigan’s Coast and dining and shopping vouchers. $2 for 1 ticket or $5 for 3 tickets. Winners drawn at Closing Night Event on November 19.

• CLOSING EVENT – join us on Saturday 19 November from 6:30 PM for light refreshments prior to a 7 PM screening of a mystery film that’s so new that we’re not allowed to announce it prior to the night.

End of Year Events + Closing Night on Saturday 19 November

10th November, 2016

In less than 10 days, the ANU Film Group’s 50th year will sadly be coming to a close. We hope you agree that it’s been a tremendous year with no shortage of special guests and events to celebrate us turning the big 5-0… but we’re not done yet!

In fact, coming up in the remaining days of our Semester Two programme are two of our most exciting events yet:


David Stratton – renowned film critic, TV personality and lifelong champion of film societies – will be making an exclusive appearance in person at the ANU Film Group on Friday 11 November to chat with Film Group members about all things film!

This Q&A event will commence at the earlier start time of 6:30 PM, with the night’s scheduled films – THE WAIT and LOOKING FOR GRACE – following at approximately 7:30 PM.


To end our 50th year with a bang, we’ve secured something extra special: a screening of a brand new blockbuster straight off its release into cinemas. But there’s a catch – because this film is so new, we’re not allowed to reveal what it is until the night itself!

What we are allowed say is that the film has received critical acclaim from reviewers all around the world, and features an all-star ensemble cast of top-notch international actors. And you definitely won’t be disappointed by it!

Plus, just in case that wasn’t enough to entice you to come along to close out 2016 with us, we will also be serving complimentary light refreshments to everyone in attendance prior to the film as well.

So come along and join us on Saturday 19 November to experience a very special first for the ANU Film Group with a film screening well in advance of when we would normally be allowed to screen it. Doors will open and refreshments will be served from 6:30 PM, with the film starting at approximately 7 PM. Please note that there will be no second feature on this night.

Two very exciting events, with only days to go until the end of our 50th year. Make sure you save both of these dates and don’t miss out!

In Conversation with David Stratton – Friday 11 November @ 6:30 PM

4th November, 2016

We’re incredibly excited to announce that next Friday, on November 11th, the one and only David Stratton will be making a very special visit to the ANU Film Group for an exclusive Q&A to chat about all things film as part of our ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations.

While most know David as a renowned film critic and TV personality, fewer people may know that he is an avid champion of film societies. In fact, he founded a film society himself at the age of 19 while growing up in England, and has been actively involved with the Australian film society movement since moving here in 1963.

He last paid a visit to the ANU Film Group in 2003 for our very own ‘David Stratton Night’ when we screened two films that were selected by David himself, and we couldn't be more pleased that he is able to join us again in celebrating our 50th year.

This bonus Q&A event will commence at the special, earlier start time of 6:30 PM, with doors opening from 6 PM for entry. The night's scheduled films – THE WAIT and LOOKING FOR GRACE – will then follow at the unchanged start time of 7:30 PM.

Mark your calendars – you really don't want to miss this. Five stars!