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November 2019

What's On This Week + Sunset Cinema Discount Code

22nd November, 2019

Our regular programming resumes this week and continues up until December 14 when we’ll be taking a short break for the holiday period, with screenings resuming on January 17, 2020. But there’s still plenty to see at the ANU Film Group between now and then!

This week, check out the acclaimed Adam Goodes documentary, a clever live-action take on Dora the Explorer and Will Smith facing off against Will Smith in director Ang Lee’s latest.

• FRI 22 NOV @ 7:30 PM: THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM (MA, 105 mins)

A provocative look at what it means to be Australian, as told through the prism of AFL legend Adam Goodes and his personal journey and fight against racism.

• SAT 23 NOV @ **5 PM**: DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD (PG, 102 mins)

When her parents are kidnapped, young Dora must lead a rag tag group of adventurers into the jungle to uncover the mystery behind a lost civilisation in this clever, live-action take on the hit Nickelodeon series.

• SAT 23 NOV @ 7:30 PM: GEMINI MAN (M, 117 mins)

An aging assassin (Will Smith) finds himself in the ultimate battle: fighting a clone of himself who is 25 years younger and at the peak of his abilities in director Ang Lee's sci-fi action thriller.



Sunset Cinema’s latest Canberra season kicks off this week with a wide selection of new releases and seasonal favourites screening at the Australian National Botanic Gardens until January 2020.

So sit back and enjoy Canberra’s summer nights with your friends and family and a great movie – with the added bonus of up to 25% off tickets with a special discount code just for ANUFG members.

Simply enter ANUFG20 on the online booking page to redeem this offer and get General Admission tickets for just $15!

Check out the Sunset Cinema programme and book your tickets online by CLICKING HERE. Offer is valid for all screenings except the INXS: LIVE BABY LIVE special event on November 29, 2019.

Afghan Film Festival Programme: November 15 – 21

13th November, 2019

The First Afghan Film Festival begins this Friday with 10 films screening over the course of one week between Friday 15 November and Thursday 21 November.

A celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and Australia, as well as the 100th anniversary of Afghanistan’s Reclamation of Independence, the Festival features films, shorts, documentaries, Q&As with special guests, panel discussions and more. Some of these films are even coming to us direct from their premieres at major international film festivals in Venice and Cannes!

All films will be screened with English subtitles and are FREE for all to attend (no membership or registration required). You can check out the full listing of screenings and events below, or head to for further information.

We hope you can join us over the next week for these special screenings and events, which are presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

** Please note the earlier start times for some of the screenings on Saturday and Sunday **

• FRI 15 NOV @ 7:30 PM: HAVA, MARYAM AND AYESHA (2019, 86 mins)

Three Afghan women from different backgrounds must each learn to fend for themselves as they face big challenges in their lives. Afghanistan’s entry for the Best International Feature Film category at the Academy Awards in 2020, coming to us direct from its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival just two months ago!

• SAT 16 NOV @ **4 PM**: BEGANA (1986, 40 mins)

This classic short film stars Salam Sangi, one of the Afghanistan’s greatest film stars, as a farmer working for a feudal landlord, who is dishonoured by the landlord’s son and sets out for revenge. Sangi himself will be in attendance to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A about the world of Afghan cinema.

• SAT 16 NOV @ **5 PM**: AFGHAN CAMELEERS IN AUSTRALIA (2014, 55 mins)

A documentary exploring the contributions of more than 3,000 men from Afghanistan and their camels who were crucial to development of the Australian Outback in the 1900s. Followed by a panel discussion with director Fahim Hashimy and Dr Mike Smith, academic and expert on Australia’s Afghan cameleers.

• SAT 16 NOV @ 7:30 PM: OSAMA (2004, 83 mins)

After the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the restriction of women in public life, a young girl is forced to masquerade as a boy named ‘Osama’ in order to find work to support her mother and grandmother. Inspired by a true story, this acclaimed film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2004.

• SUN 17 NOV @ **4 PM**: WHAT I SAW ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD (2019, 48 mins)

A rare glimpse at the people who live on the Pamir mountains, the farthest and most remote region of Afghanistan. Though sheltered from war and violence, its residents must fight to survive the extreme conditions and keep their culture alive. Followed by Q&A with director Parwiz Shamal.

• SUN 17 NOV @ **6 PM**: THE ORPHANAGE (2019, 90 mins)

In 1989, a 15-year-old ticket scalper living in Kabul is obsessed with Bollywood musicals but soon finds his life abruptly changed when he is arrested and sent to live in a Soviet state orphanage. This Danish-Afghan musical drama premiered in May at the prestigious Director’s Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival.

• MON 18 NOV @ 7:30 PM: A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT (2017, 83 mins)

When Soraya, a married mother of two and the head of the Kabul Crime Division, is sentenced to death after killing her husband in self-defence, she writes to the President of Afghanistan to plead her case. Written and directed by Roya Sadat, Afghanistan’s first female director since the fall of the Taliban.

• TUE 19 NOV @ 7:30 PM: THE PATIENCE STONE (2012, 102 mins)

In an unspecified war-ridden Middle Eastern country, a woman watches over her husband as he lies in a coma, and speaks frankly to him for the first time about her sacrifices and sorrows of the past decade. He becomes her ‘patience stone’, which, according to Persian mythology, shields its user from hardship.

• WED 20 NOV @ 7:30 PM: JIRGA (2018, 78 mins)

Mike Wheeler, a former Australian soldier, returns to Afghanistan to seek forgiveness from the family of a civilian man he accidentally killed during the war. In doing so he puts his life in the hands of the Jirga – the village justice system. Australia’s official Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film in 2019.

• THU 21 NOV @ 7:30 PM: ROCKABUL (2018, 90 mins)

This documentary by Australian journalist Travis Beard reveals a unique side of modern Afghan youth culture through the little-known story of District Unknown, Afghanistan's first heavy metal band, which formed in response to the war and political turmoil around them.

JOKER, ABOMINABLE and more this week + Celebrate Yes-vember at the CSCC!

8th November, 2019

Critical and box office hit JOKER arrives at the ANU Film Group this week – but be warned, it’s not for kids! Plus, the latest animated adventure from Dreamworks (definitely for kids), a coming-of-age sex comedy (also not for kids) and the return of John Rambo (ditto), round up the rest of the week’s offerings.

• FRI 8 NOV @ 7:30 PM: JOKER (MA, 122 mins) + RAMBO: LAST BLOOD (R, 100 mins)

In JOKER, in 1980s Gotham City, a failed stand-up comedian (Joaquin Phoenix) shunned by society finds himself descending into madness as he turns to a life of crime and chaos.

Then, in RAMBO: LAST BLOOD (at approx. 9:45 PM), John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) embarks on one final mission of vengeance after a friend's daughter is kidnapped by a Mexican cartel.

• SAT 9 NOV @ **5 PM**: ABOMINABLE (G, 97 mins)

A teenage girl encounters a young Yeti and sets off on a journey from Shanghai to the Himalayas to reunite the magical creature with his family, in the latest Dreamworks animated adventure.

• SAT 9 NOV @ 7:30 PM: GOOD BOYS (MA, 90 mins)

Three young boys are caught up in a series of misadventures after they decide to skip school to attend a party hosted by their popular classmates in this raunchy coming-of-age comedy.



You may already be aware that the ANU Film Group is one of 106 community groups participating in the Canberra Southern Cross Club’s (CSCC) Community Rewards program.

Normally, this means that if CSCC members choose to nominate the 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. But for the month of November, the CSCC will be *doubling* Community Rewards by giving us 15% of every dollar you spend!

So be sure to stop by and pay them a visit this month for some great food and support our fundraising efforts too – it’s a win-win!

Are you a CSCC member but haven’t yet nominated us as your group of choice? All you have to do is speak to reception at any CSCC venue or fill out this form HERE

Thanks in advance for your support!

October 2019

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

31st October, 2019

This week at the ANU Film Group, return to Downton Abbey, explore the Far East in the 16th century and check out a double of French films featuring powerful performances from two of France’s best actresses, Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve.

• THU 31 OCT @ 7:30 PM: PILGRIMAGE (108 mins)

In the 16th century, Portuguese explorer Fernão Mendes Pinto sets sail for the Far East and embarks on an epic and surreal journey spanning 20 years. Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Portugal.

• FRI 1 NOV @ 7:30 PM: DOWNTON ABBEY (PG, 122 mins)

The Crawley family and their servants prepare for a Royal visit from the King and Queen of England to their countryside manor in this feature film continuation of the popular television series.

• SAT 2 NOV @ 7:30 PM: WHO YOU THINK I AM (MA, 102 mins) + CLAIRE DARLING (M, 93 mins)

In WHO YOU THINK I AM, a divorced lecturer (Juliette Binoche) creates a fake Facebook profile but finds herself in a difficult situation when a close friend falls for the fictional woman.

Then, in CLAIRE DARLING (at approx. 9:15 PM), an eccentric millionaire (Catherine Deneuve) impulsively decides to sell all of her possessions – but each item sold stirs memories of her flamboyant past.



Thanks to Transmission Films, we have tickets to give away to a special preview screening of new true-life thriller THE REPORT!

Based on actual events, the film follows an idealistic U.S. Senate staffer (Adam Driver) who is tasked by his boss (Annette Bening) with investigating the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program. His pursuit of the truth leads him to uncover just how far the nation’s top intelligence agency went to destroy evidence and hide the brutal truth from the world in the aftermath of 9/11.

THE REPORT is in cinemas for a limited run from November 14, and you can check out its trailer by CLICKING HERE

Better yet, you can be one of the first to see it a preview screening next week!

Date: Thursday 7 November, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Dendy Canberra, Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda St

To go into the running to win 1 of 10 double passes to this screening, email us at with (1) your name, (2) your membership number, and (3) tell us the title of another film starring Adam Driver screening as part of our current Summer season.

Entries will close on Tuesday 5 November at 11:59 PM, with winners to be notified via email and names to be placed on a door list on the night.


23rd October, 2019

Teenagers with magic powers, the return of a cult classic, an adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, and two special presentations of films from Cuba and Georgia – there’s plenty to see at the ANU Film Group this week!

• WED 23 OCT @ 7:30 PM: NAMME (91 mins)

In the Georgian mountains, an elderly village healer tries to convince his only daughter to follow in his footsteps in this lyrical coming-of-age fable. Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Georgia.

• THU 24 OCT @ 7:30 PM: A TRANSLATOR (107 mins)

A professor of Russian Literature (Rodrigo Santoro) is tasked with working as a translator for child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when they are sent to Cuba for medical treatment. Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Cuba.

• FRI 25 OCT @ 7:30 PM: THE GOLDFINCH (M, 149 mins)

After his mother is killed in a bombing at a New York art museum, a young boy is taken in by a wealthy family but soon finds himself drawn into a world of crime. Starring Ansel Elgort, Jeffrey Wright, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson and Nicole Kidman.

• SAT 26 OCT @ 7:30 PM: WEATHERING WITH YOU (PG, 112 mins) + DONNIE DARKO (M, 113 mins)

A teenage runaway meets an orphan girl with the unique ability to alter the weather in WEATHERING WITH YOU, a Japanese animated fantasy from the makers of YOUR NAME. Japan’s official submission to the Best International Feature Film category at the 2020 Oscars.

Then, in cult classic DONNIE DARKO (at approx. 9:30 PM), A troubled teenager (Jake Gyllenhaal) is plagued by visions of a man in a rabbit suit who convinces him to commit a series of crimes.

** Note: we will be screening the original 2001 theatrical version of DONNIE DARKO, not the 2004 director’s cut **

What's On This Week + Reminder About Phones and Lost Property

17th October, 2019

Evil clowns, singing dolls, footballers and parties – there’s all sorts of fun to be had at the ANU Film Group this week!

• THU 17 OCT @ 7:30 PM: ANIMALS (MA, 109 mins)

Two 30-something best friends living together in Dublin find their hedonistic lifestyle of partying, drinking and debauchery strained when one of them gets engaged in this acclaimed Australian-Irish look at female relationships.

• FRI 18 OCT @ 7:30 PM: IT: CHAPTER TWO (MA, 169 mins)

27 years after their first encounter with Pennywise, the now-adult members of the Losers Club return to their home town to defeat the evil clown once and for all. Starring James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Bill Skarsgård.

• SAT 19 OCT @ **5 PM**: UGLYDOLLS (G, 87 mins)

A misfit group of deformed, ugly toys rejected by their manufacturers must learn to embrace what it means to be different in this animated musical adventure. Featuring the voices of Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monae, Nick Jonas and Pitbull.

• SAT 19 OCT @ 7:30 PM: DIEGO MARADONA (M, 130 mins)

A look at the career of celebrated Argentinian soccer player Diego Armando Maradona, constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage by the award-winning makers behind acclaimed documentaries AMY and SENNA.



We take this opportunity to issue a friendly reminder for all members and their guests to silence or turn off their phones and mobile devices prior to the start of the film.

In particular, please avoid using them during screenings as the light emitted by these devices can be very distracting and inconsiderate to other audience members in your vicinity. If you must use your phone, we request that you do so outside the cinema.

On a related note, don’t forget to check your seat and take all belongings – including phones, wallets, keys, clothing, cushions, food/drink containers and children – with you when you leave.

ANUFG volunteers routinely check the cinema for lost property after the end of each night, and will place any found items in our lost property box. So if you have lost anything recently, send us an email or check with the Duty Manager at your next screening and we can let you know if we have it. If the item is something of value (e.g. a wallet or mobile phone), it will usually be handed over to ANU Security for safekeeping.

What's On This Week + Screening Change on January 31

10th October, 2019

It’s the second week of our new Summer programme and screenings are in full swing with Quentin Tarantino’s latest, Disney’s newest ‘live action’ remake, an Indonesian ‘Satay Western’ and a clever (and hugely successful) Argentinian rom-com. Plus, our new posters have finally arrived too!


After a young widow is attacked by gang members, she sets out on a journey of revenge and empowerment in this Indonesian neo-Western feminist thriller. Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Indonesia.

• FRI 11 OCT @ 7:30 PM: ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD (MA, 161 mins)

In the 9th film from Quentin Tarantino, a has-been television actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) seek fame and success in the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in the 1960s.

• SAT 12 OCT @ **5 PM**: THE LION KING (PG, 118 mins)

A young lion must embrace his role as the rightful king of his native land following the murder of his father in Disney's remake of their 1994 animated classic. Featuring the voices of Donald Glover, Beyonce, Seth Rogen and James Earl Jones.

• SAT 12 OCT @ 7:30 PM: AN UNEXPECTED LOVE (M, 129 mins)

A married couple decides to go their separate ways after 25 years together, but finds the reality of single life disappointing in this Argentinian romantic comedy. Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Argentina.



We regret to inform you that a film has already fallen off the programme, just one week into our new season!

Following a distributor release date change, MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN will no longer be screening on Friday 31 January as scheduled, as the film won’t be released in cinemas now until late February, 2020.

A replacement film will be selected and announced closer to the date. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

What's On This Week + Lebanese Film Festival

1st October, 2019

We kick off the month of October and our new Summer programme with a powerful class drama, a touching and acclaimed film about family and Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn in a hardboiled noir thriller. Plus, a three-day celebration of Lebanese cinema as the Lebanese Film Festival comes to the ANU Film Group!

• TUE 1 OCT @ 7:30 PM: THE PUBLIC (M, 119 mins)

During a winter storm, a group of homeless people seek shelter in a public library and refuse to leave, which soon turns into a standoff with the police.

• THU 3 OCT @ 7:30 PM: THE FAREWELL (PG, 100 mins)

A Chinese family decides to keep their grandmother in the dark about her terminal illness, but stages an impromptu wedding to gather before she dies.

• SAT 5 OCT @ 7:30 PM: DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE (R, 158 mins)

Two policemen (Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn) are suspended from their jobs after a violent incident, and must turn to the criminal underworld to survive.



Now in its 8th year, the St. George Bank Lebanese Film Festival comes to the ANU Film Group in 2019!

The Lebanese Film Festival puts the spotlight on films shot or based in Lebanon, or made by Lebanese filmmakers around the world. The Canberra leg of the festival features three films, including KAIROS, the Festival’s 2019 Film of the Year award winner. The film’s director, Paul Barakat, and star Chris Bunton will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions in a Q&A following the screening.

All screenings are FREE and open for all to attend (no membership is required). For more information about the Lebanese Film Festival, please visit their website at

• FRI 4 OCT @ 7:30 PM: KAIROS (2019, 89 mins)

A boxer with Down syndrome finds his dreams of stepping into the ring challenged, which forces him to question the very nature of his identity. Followed by Q&A with director Paul Barakat and star Chris Bunton.

• SAT 5 OCT @ **4 PM**: WANTED (2019, 90 mins)

Four elderly residents of a nursing home decide to break out and live life on their own terms in the name of love and solidarity.

• SUN 6 OCT @ **4 PM**: GOOD MORNING (2018, 85 mins)

Two war veterans meet each morning at a Beirut café to discuss the chaotic events of the region, as they attempt to preserve their minds and avoid succumbing to Alzheimer’s.

September 2019

New Summer 2019 Programme

30th September, 2019

Our first-ever Summer season begins tonight! With more than 50 films screening between October 2019 and February 2020, there's bound to be something for everyone: from JOKER to JUDY to DOWNTON ABBEY to DOCTOR SLEEP.

Check out the full listing now – with synopses, posters, cast listings and more – on our website at

Alternatively, you can download an A4-sized PDF flyer to print out and share by CLICKING HERE (107Kb). Or if you’d like to ensure you never miss another screening, import the full programme straight into your calendar of choice using the iCal file AVAILABLE HERE

Summer season memberships, along with Annual Memberships, are available for purchase at any ANUFG screening or online anytime at

What's On This Week: TOY STORY 4, HOBBS & SHAW, WEST SIDE STORY and more!

25th September, 2019

There’s been a slight delay in the uploading of our upcoming Summer programme to our website, but we hope to be able to share what we’ll be screening between October 2019 and February 2020 with you shortly. In the meantime, if you are attending screenings, you can peruse our programme the good old-fashioned way by picking up one of our new flyers!

For the final week of our Spring programme, don’t miss Pixar’s latest, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham teaming up to save the world, the disturbing new horror film from the director of HEREDITARY, a Palestinian political drama, and our special commemorative screening of WEST SIDE STORY.


The extramarital affair between a Palestinian man and an Israeli woman takes a dangerous political turn when they are caught together in public by authorities. Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Palestine.

• THU 26 SEP @ 7:30 PM: MIDSOMMAR (R, 147 mins)

A young American couple travel to Sweden to attend a festival, but their holiday takes a sinister turn when they become involved in extreme pagan rituals in the latest horror film from director Ari Aster (HEREDITARY).

• FRI 27 SEP @ 7:30 PM: FAST & FURIOUS: HOBBS & SHAW (M, 136 mins)

A federal agent (Dwayne Johnson) and a reformed mercenary (Jason Statham) are forced to team up to stop a genetically-enhanced terrorist (Idris Elba) in this spin-off of the FAST & FURIOUS action franchise.

• SAT 28 SEP @ **5 PM**: TOY STORY 4 (G, 100 mins)

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the gang embark on an unexpected adventure with new and old friends when they are separated during a road trip in the acclaimed fourth entry in Pixar’s beloved series.

• SAT 28 SEP @ 7:30 PM: WEST SIDE STORY (PG, 151 mins)

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy in this classic 1961 musical. Winner of 10 Academy Awards, including Best



This Saturday, the ANU Film Group will be screening the 1961 film adaptation of WEST SIDE STORY in commemoration of the Canberra Theatre Centre’s upcoming season of the original Broadway musical from October 10 to 27.

Tickets for the final shows of the season have just been released, so be sure to head to to get your tickets before they sell out!

Alternatively, if you’d like to try your luck, the Canberra Theatre Centre has been very generous in donating an A Reserve double pass (valued at $240) for us to give away as a lucky door prize at Saturday’s screening. All you have to do to go into the running is attend the screening and we’ll pick a
lucky winner from the attendees on the night. Don’t forget to bring your membership card!