News Archive

July 2019

ANU Moon Week: July 17 – July 21

5th July, 2019


50 years ago, the world took a giant leap when the Apollo 11 mission landed a man on the Moon on July 20, 1969. To celebrate the milestone anniversary of this historic occasion, the ANU and ACT Government will be hosting a five-day programme of events and activities ranging from stargazing to public lectures, tours, exhibitions and space school.

Of course, no celebration of the Moon landing would be complete without films and the ANU Film Group is proud to be co-hosting a number of FREE screenings of space-themed films for all to attend, including FIRST MAN, WALL-E and THE DISH.

For the full listing of free Moon Week film screenings, go to THIS LINK. Entry to these films is free for all to attend (no ANUFG membership required) but registration at the Eventbrite links for each screening is encouraged.

And don’t forget to check out the complete line-up of Moon Week events by CLICKING HERE.

June 2019

New Programme Coming Soon + What's On This Week

28th June, 2019

We’re putting the final touches on our next programme for our Spring (July to September) season now and can’t wait to share it with you next week, so stay tuned for news on that!

Plus, in partnership with the ANU, we will be hosting a number of free screenings as part of Moon Week, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing in 1969. These will take place between Thursday 18 July and Saturday 20 July, with the full line-up to be announced next week too.

This week, however, be sure to check out Sweden’s weird and wonderful Oscar entry as part of our Best Foreign Language Film Festival, as well as an action-packed double featuring the return of master assassin John Wick followed by a blast from the past (or is it?) in the original TOTAL RECALL.

• FRI 28 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: BORDER (MA, 110 mins)

A border guard thrives on her ability to identify smugglers with her unique sense of smell, but is soon forced to confront a terrifying reality when she uncovers her true nature in this Oscar-nominated Swedish fantasy film.

• SAT 29 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 (MA, 131 mins) + TOTAL RECALL (MA, 113 mins)

Legendary hit man John Wick (Keanu Reeves) must fight his way out of New York City after a $14 million contract is placed on his head, making him a marked man and the target of the world's most ruthless assassins.

Then, in the 1990 sci-fi classic TOTAL RECALL, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a man living in the year 2084 who recalls memories of a different life on Mars but can't determine if the experiences are real or planted.


What's On This Week + Support ANUFG at the Southern Cross Club

21st June, 2019

Our Best Foreign Language Film festival continues this week with Japan’s Oscar entry and winner of the top prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Plus, step right up to Tim Burton’s star-studded DUMBO remake and check out Jonah Hill’s acclaimed directorial debut.

• FRI 21 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: SHOPLIFTERS (M, 121 mins)

A ragtag family of shoplifters decides to take in a neglected young girl, testing the fragile bonds that unite them, in this Oscar-nominated Japanese drama that also was awarded the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Japan**

• SAT 22 JUNE @ 5 PM: DUMBO (PG, 112 mins)

Tim Burton directs Disney's live-action remake of their classic 1941 animated film, in which a young elephant with oversized ears enabling him to fly becomes the new star attraction for a struggling circus. Starring Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito and Eva Green.

• SAT 22 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: MID90S (MA, 86 mins)

Jonah Hill makes his directorial debut with this coming-of-age comedy-drama set in 1990s Los Angeles, in which a 13-year-old boy spends his summer navigating between a troubled home life and the new friends he meets at a local skate shop.



We're very grateful to once again have been selected by the Canberra Southern Cross Club (CSCC) for their Community Rewards program for 2019/2020.

This means that if CSCC members choose to nominate the ANU Film Group as their community group of choice, the CSCC will donate to us 7.5% of what that member spends on food and drink at any of their venues. So you get to have a good meal and support ANUFG fundraising too!

If you’re already a CSCC member, nominating us is easy – all you have to do is fill out a short online form AVAILABLE HERE.

Alternatively, you can email us at with your full name and CSCC membership number, or speak to reception at any CSCC venue. And if you’re not a member, you can find out more about the great benefits that a CSCC membership offers and more about its Community Rewards program at

Thanks in advance for your support!


13th June, 2019

If you haven’t already submitted your suggestions for films you’d like to see at the ANU Film Group next season, be sure to do so at before suggestions close on Saturday 15 June!

This week, celebrate the 80th anniversary of a cinematic classic, experience a Lebanese film that has been hailed by many as one of the year’s best, and explore the shocking origins of a black metal band.

• THU 13 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: LORDS OF CHAOS (R, 117 mins)

In the early 1990s, a teenager becomes fixated on Norwegian black metal, mounting increasingly shocking publicity stunts to make his band's name known – whatever the cost – in this semi-fictionalised account of the origins of black metal band Mayhem.

• FRI 14 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: CAPHARNAÜM (M, 126 mins)

Our Best Foreign Language Film Festival continues with this highly acclaimed Lebanese drama in which a streetwise 12-year-old boy is sentenced to prison for a crime and decides to sue his negligent parents for the 'crime' of giving him life.

** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Lebanon **

• SAT 15 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: GONE WITH THE WIND (PG, 238 mins w/ intermission)

Celebrate the 80th anniversary of one of the most beloved films of all time! In the American South during the Civil War, a strong-willed woman (Vivien Leigh) finds herself falling for a charming scoundrel (Clark Gable) in this 1939 epic romance that won 8 Oscars, including Best Picture.

The film will be presented in two parts, with a brief intermission after the first two hours.

What’s On This Week + Best Foreign Language Film Festival Begins!

6th June, 2019

This week, you can catch the latest film from Oscar-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, explore the dangers of ambition with two American indies, and join us for the start of our 2019 Best Foreign Language Film Festival.

Over the next five Fridays, we will be screening five very different films that were the official submissions to this year’s Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Hailing from countries as diverse as Belgium, Lebanon, Japan, Sweden and Iceland – and spanning genres from personal drama to black comedy to surreal fantasy – don’t miss your chance to catch these little-seen international gems on the big screen at the ANU Film Group!

• THU 6 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: EVERYBODY KNOWS (M, 133 mins)

Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem star in the first Spanish-language film from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A SEPARATION, THE SALESMAN), in which a woman (Cruz) returns home to Spain to attend a wedding, but the reunion turns tragic when her older daughter suddenly disappears.

** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Spain **

• FRI 7 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: GIRL (M, 106 mins)

Our 2019 Best Foreign Language Film Festival commences with this Belgian drama, in which a 15-year-old girl – born in the body of a boy – dreams of one day becoming a professional ballerina and does whatever is necessary to make this a reality.

** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium **

• SAT 8 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT (M, 111 mins) + VOX LUX (MA, 114 mins)

In THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT, a pair of high-frequency traders go up against their former employer in an effort to make a fortune by building a fibre-optic cable line across the United States. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård and Salma Hayek.

Then, in VOX LUX (at approx. 9:30 PM), having risen to fame after surviving a school shooting as a teenager, a troubled and outspoken pop star (Natalie Portman) finds herself struggling to cope with the pitfalls of celebrity as an adult.

May 2019

Suggest Films for Next Season + Win Tickets to RED JOAN

29th May, 2019

The end of May is nigh – and we’re closing out the month with Marvel’s first female-led superhero flick, an acclaimed Danish thriller, Lars von Trier’s latest controversial film, a romantic comedy with a political twist, and a look at the early years of 1920s screen star Louise Brooks.

And while there’s still eight weeks to go for our current Winter season, we’re already beginning work on our next programme for Spring 2019!

Have you got a film you’d like to see on our next programme? If so, make sure you fill out an online suggestion form at We welcome suggestions for new releases, up-and-coming attractions, classics you’d like to see back on the big screen, themed nights and everything in between!

• WED 29 MAY @ 7:30 PM: THE GUILTY (M, 88 min)

In this acclaimed Danish real-time thriller, an emergency dispatcher answers a call from a kidnapped woman and enters a race against time to rescue her – and redeem himself from past sins.

** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Denmark **

• THU 30 MAY @ 7:30 PM: CAPTAIN MARVEL (M, 124 min)

Crash landing on Earth in the 1990s, an intergalactic warrior (Brie Larson) discovers that there’s more to her past than she is able to remember, and sets out to unravel the truth with the help of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in this Marvel blockbuster.

• FRI 31 MAY @ 7:30 PM: THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT (R, 152 min)

A failed architect (Matt Dillon) recounts the events – and the elaborately orchestrated murders – that led to him becoming a vicious serial killer in the latest film from controversial Danish director Lars von Trier.

• SAT 1 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: LONG SHOT (M, 125 min) + THE CHAPERONE (PG, 108 min)

In LONG SHOT, a journalist (Seth Rogen) unexpectedly runs into his childhood crush (Charlize Theron), rekindling sparks when she hires him to be a speechwriter in her campaign to run for President.

Then, in THE CHAPERONE (at approx. 9:45 PM), 15-year-old Louise Brooks gets the chance to study with a leading New York dance troupe in the 1920s – as long as she is accompanied by a watchful chaperone.



Thanks to Transmission Films, we have tickets to give away to RED JOAN, a new British spy thriller starring Judi Dench.

In the present day, Joan Stanley (Dench) finds her tranquil retirement suddenly disrupted when she is arrested by MI5 and accused of being a spy. Flashing back to the 1930s, young Joan (Sophie Cookson) falls in love with a Russian saboteur while at Cambridge University – and finds herself confronted with an impossible choice.

The film is in cinemas from June 6, and you can view its trailer by CLICKING HERE.

To go into the running to win an in-season double pass to see the film in cinemas, all you have to do is email us at with (1) your name, (2) your membership number, and (3) the title of one other film in which Judi Dench played a spy.

Entries will close on Wednesday 5 June at 11:59 PM, with winners to be notified via email and prizes to be collected at ANUFG screenings.

What's On This Week + Special Member Offer from Broger

21st May, 2019

There’s a little something for everyone this week at the Film Group. From a WWII love triangle to a Hindi love letter to action flicks, a new take on a Stephen King tale, an 80s horror-comedy, Laika’s latest stop-motion animated masterpiece and Mads Mikkelsen stranded in the snow. What more could you ask for?

Plus, don’t forget that hand-crafted popcorn from Cracking Corn is now available for purchase at each screening. Available in Salty Sweety and Salted flavours, bags are $5 each with a portion of proceeds going towards the Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak’s charitable efforts.

• TUE 21 MAY @ 7:30 PM: THE AFTERMATH (M, 108 mins)

A British couple relocate to Hamburg after WWII to assist with the city’s reconstruction, but tensions arise when they discover they must share a house with a German widower.

• THU 23 MAY @ 7:30 PM: THE MAN WHO FEELS NO PAIN (M, 134 min)

Born with a condition that allows him to feel no pain, a nerd obsessed with vintage action movies embarks on an epic quest to fulfil his destiny as a hero in this Hindi action-comedy.

• FRI 24 MAY @ 7:30 PM: PET SEMATARY (MA, 101 mins) + THE MONSTER SQUAD (M, 82 mins)

When his family’s pet cat is tragically killed, a father buries it in the pet cemetery near their new home, setting off a perilous chain of events that unleashes a horrific evil in this new take on Stephen King’s iconic tale.

Then, in THE MONSTER SQUAD (at approx. 9:15 PM), five kids face off against a legendary group of monsters – including Dracula, the Mummy and the Wolfman – when they descend upon their small town in this 1987 cult horror-comedy.

• SAT 25 MAY @ **5 PM**: MISSING LINK (PG, 94 mins)

Tired of living a solitary life, a mythical creature recruits an explorer to help him locate his long-lost relatives on the other side of the world, in Laika’s latest stop-motion animated film. Featuring the voices of Hugh Jackman, Zach Galifianakis and Zoe Saldana.

• SAT 25 MAY @ 7:30 PM: ARCTIC (M, 97 mins)

Stranded after a plane crash, a solitary man (Mads Mikkelsen) must decide whether to await rescue from the relative safety of his makeshift camp or embark on a deadly trek through the Arctic to freedom.



Offer alert: our neighbours at Broger have extended a terrific deal to all ANU Film Group members!

Simply present your ANUFG membership card when ordering to receive one of the following offers:
• 15% off all main meals
• $5 for any beer of your choice
• 40% off milkshakes with the purchase of a burger or a hot dog

Located right outside the main entrance to the Cultural Centre in the ANU’s Kambri Precinct, Broger serves up fast and fresh food in the form of burgers, hot dogs, loaded fries and more – all made to order. Open 7 days a week from morning til late.

What's On This Week + Win Tickets to a Preview Screening of 2040

14th May, 2019

This week at the ANU Film Group, you can find love in 1950s Poland, climb the El Capitan rock wall, battle demons – some real, some imaginary – and check out two terrific performances from Nicole Kidman and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

• WED 15 MAY @ 7:30 PM: COLD WAR (M, 88 mins)

In the ruins of post-WWII Poland, a man and a woman meet and fall in love despite their vastly different backgrounds and temperaments. Nominated for 3 Oscars, including Best Director.

** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland **

• THU 16 MAY @ 7:30 PM: HELLBOY (R, 121 mins)

Reluctant hero Hellboy finds himself caught between two worlds as he battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge, in this reboot of the fantasy series based on the popular graphic novel.

• FRI 17 MAY @ 7:30 PM: FREE SOLO (M, 100 mins) + THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER (M, 97 mins)

In this year’s Oscar winner for Best Documentary Feature, Alex Honnold attempts to climb Yosemite’s 3,000-foot high El Capitan rock wall without ropes or safety harnesses.

Then, in THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER (at approx. 9:15 PM), a devoted teacher (Maggie Gyllenhaal) discovers that one of her students may be a child prodigy and risks everything to nurture his talent.

• SAT 18 MAY @ 7:30 PM: DESTROYER (MA, 121 mins) + CLIMAX (MA, 97 mins)

In DESTROYER, a troubled LAPD detective (Nicole Kidman) is forced to face her demons when new information arises about an undercover assignment from early in her career.

Then, in director Gaspar Noé’s CLIMAX (at approx. 9:30 PM), a group of dancers find themselves trapped in a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn that their drinks have been laced with LSD.


Thanks to Madman Films, we have tickets to give away to a special preview screening of 2040, the latest documentary from award-winning filmmaker Damon Gameau (THAT SUGAR FILM).

2040 draws on the best minds from around the world to map out a pathway for change, exploring what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we embraced the solutions currently available to improve our planet. You can view the film’s trailer by CLICKING HERE.

The film is in cinemas from May 23, but we’ve got tickets for you to see it first at a preview screening next Monday at Dendy Canberra.

Date: Monday 20 May, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM film start
Venue: Dendy Cinemas Canberra, Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda Street

To go into the running to win a double pass to attend this preview screening, all you have to do is email us at with (1) your name, (2) your membership number, and (3) tell us what movie sequel you’d like to see in the year 2040.

Be creative and be quick – entries will close this Friday 17 May at 12 PM (noon). Winners will be notified via email with names to be placed on a door list at Dendy Canberra on the night.

Popcorn Now Available at Screenings!

9th May, 2019

You’ve asked for it and here it is – popcorn is now available at ANU Film Group screenings starting from tonight!

Going to the movies isn’t quite the same without popcorn, which is why we’ve been investigating ways to make this right over the past few months. And we’re now thrilled to announce a new partnership with the wonderful folks at Cracking Corn to bring popcorn to our new cinema at Kambri.

Cracking Corn is a local, family-run business that specialises in hand crafting popcorn in a variety of delicious flavours. Since launching in 2016, they have earned a reputation as the best producers of popcorn in the Canberra region, and have become a regular presence at most markets, sports games and shows around town.

We will be selling two of Cracking Corn’s most popular flavours – Salted and Salty Sweety – with each bag of popcorn popped by hand and then heat sealed for freshness before being delivered to us for sale. The bags are also resealable so you can take what’s left home with you at the end of the night.

Bags will sell for $5 each – with 50% of profits being donated to the Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak, continuing our long-standing relationship with them, and in recognition of their many years of service running the ANU Film Group canteen.

Sale of popcorn at the ANU Film Group will be strictly on a trial basis to begin with, during which we will assess its ongoing viability based on feedback, sales and other factors. So if you like Cracking Corn popcorn and want to see it continue being sold at Film Group, be sure to stop by the front desk and pick up a bag at your next screening!

SHAZAM!, US, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS and More This Week + Win Tickets to PETERLOO

6th May, 2019

Doppelgängers, superheroes, rival queens, toxic relationships, time loops, Ian McKellen and tap-dancing prisoners of war – we’ve got it all in this bumper second week of the ANU Film Group’s new Winter season!

• MON 6 MAY @ 7:30 PM: MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART (M, 91 mins)

A unique journey through the life of actor Ian McKellen, from his childhood to an acclaimed screen, stage and film career spanning nearly 60 years.

• WED 8 MAY @ 7:30 PM: SWING KIDS (MA, 133 mins)

During the Korean War in the 1950s, soldiers and prisoners at a POW camp work together to put on a tap dancing show to distract themselves from the atrocities around them.

** Presented in partnership with the ANU Korean Pop Culture Club **

• THU 9 MAY @ 7:30 PM: SHAZAM! (M, 132 mins)

A 14-year-old boy is granted the ability to magically transform into an adult superhero (Zachary Levi) by simply shouting out his name, but is soon forced to put his newfound powers to the test.

• FRI 10 MAY @ 7:30 PM: US (MA, 116 mins) + HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U (M, 100 mins)

In US, a family's vacation at their beachfront home turns into a deadly fight for survival when their exact doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorise them. Directed by Jordan Peele (GET OUT).

Then, in HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U (at approx. 9:30 PM), a young woman stuck in a time loop in a parallel universe discovers that she must die over and over (again) to save her friends from a masked killer.

• SAT 11 MAY @ 7:30 PM: MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (MA, 124 mins) + GRETA (MA, 99 mins)

In MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) returns to Scotland to reclaim her throne, threatening the sovereignty of her rival and cousin, Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie).

Then, in GRETA (at approx. 9:45 PM), a young woman (Chloë Grace Moretz) returns a lost purse to a lonely widow (Isabelle Huppert), inadvertently beginning a friendship that soon becomes dangerous.



Thanks to Transmission Films, we have tickets to give away to the latest film from acclaimed British director Mike Leigh (SECRETS & LIES, HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, MR. TURNER).

PETERLOO is an epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history.

The film is in cinemas from May 16, and you can view its trailer by CLICKING HERE.

To go into the running to win an in-season double pass to see the film in cinemas, all you have to do is email us at with (1) your name, (2) your membership number, and (3) what year the Peterloo Massacre took place.

Entries will close on Tuesday 14 May at 11:59 PM, with winners to be notified via email and prizes to be collected at ANUFG screenings.