6:00 PM, 28th February, 2016
Join us on this night – 50 years to the day of the ANU Film Group’s first recorded screening – to raise a glass to the biggest and best film society in Australia and to celebrate the amazing achievement of our milestone 50 years in operation!
Over the years we have screened thousands of films from the obscure to the biggest blockbusters, but to mark this special occasion, only one film fit the bill: Dr. Strangelove, our most frequently screened film over the past 50 years and the second film from our very first programme in 1966.
Keep an eye out for the invitation to join us at our 50th birthday party, as well as more information on the event, closer to the date.
7:00 PM, 28th February, 2016
Stanley Kubrick directs and co-writes, Peter Sellers plays three of the primary roles. Two of the greatest minds in the history of film, both with a reputation for being erratic, obsessive, headstrong perfectionists. Dr. Strangelove was destined to be a glorious triumph… or an unmitigated disaster. Luckily for audiences then, now and for many decades to come it is most certainly the former.
The plot is simple – an insane US General orders an attack on Russia, and no amount of pleading from a British military attaché (Sellers) can convince him to recall the bombers. The US President (Sellers) is also powerless to stop the attack, even when informed by his strategic advisor (Sellers) that the bombing will result in an automated retaliatory strike by the Russian Doomsday Machine, which also cannot be stopped. What can be done to avert the end of the world?
What follows is hilarious, farcical, memorable and bitingly satirical. The writing is supreme, the performances wonderfully overblown and the message unmistakable. A true classic of cinema – and the most screened film in the history of the ANU Film Group – Dr. Strangelove is a fitting celebration of 50 years, so come along and join in on the end of the world fun!