50th Anniversary Events 1966 - 2016

This year we celebrate 50 years of the ANU Film Group. From early beginnings in the Physics Lecture Theatre screening films on a borrowed 16mm projector – all the way to what you see today. To do so, we have put together a series of special events throughout the year that will take a look back at some of the films, events and key moments in the past five decades of Film Group.

We invite you all to join us in becoming a part of our history and to celebrate this very special milestone with us by enjoying and participating in the fantastic events we have planned.

Dr Strangelove Poster

Let’s raise a glass to the biggest and best film society in Australia! To mark the date of our very first recorded screening 50 years ago, we’re bringing back Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove – our most frequently screened film and the second film ever screened from that first programme in 1966.

Keep an eye out for the invitation to join us for a special birthday gathering before the film too.

Oscars Poster

Hollywood has given the Film Group so many of our most loved, as well as some of our most loathed, films over the last 50 years. So what better way to tip our hat to Tinseltown than to share in the (virtual) glitz and glamour of their night of nights, the Oscars?

There will be tears and laughter, as well as fun and games both on and off screen – so be sure to join us for our special big screen presentation of the 88th Annual Academy Awards!

Oscars Week March 2nd to 5th

Whether they win or lose, the fims we are screening this week are definitely worth a watch. With a combined total of 18 Oscar nominations between them, films like these are why the Film Group has existed for so long – so come and experience some of the best cinematic achievements of the year.

Look of Silence Poster

The Look of Silence Wednesday 2nd March, 7:30 PM

Nominated for: Best Documentary - Feature

Creed Poster

Creed Thursday 3rd March, 7:30 PM

Nominated for: Best Supporting Actor - Sylvester Stallone

The Revenant Poster

The Revenant Friday 4th March, 7:30 PM

Nominated for:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director - Alejandro G. Iñárritu
  • Best Actor - Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Best Supporting Actor - Tom Hardy
  • Best Sound Editing - Martin Hernández and Lon Bender
  • Best Sound Mixing - Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom, and Chris Duesterdiek
  • Best Production Design - Jack Fisk and Hamish Purdy
  • Best Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling - Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman, and Robert Pandini
  • Best Costume Design - Jacqueline West
  • Best Film Editing - Stephen Mirrione
  • Best Visual Effects - Richard McBride, Matt Shumway, Jason Smith, and Cameron Waldbauer

Room Poster

Room Saturday 5th March, 7:00 PM

Nominated for:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director - Lenny Abrahamson
  • Best Actress - Brie Larson
  • Best Adapted Screenplay - Emma Donoghue

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Poster

Films wouldn’t be much without the amazing costumes that help bring the stories to life.

In a tribute to some of the most iconic costumes ever made, we encourage you to dress up to get into the spirit of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There may or may not be prizes. But there will definitely be photographs taken – and a lot of kudos and glory for all who participate.

Themed Screening Nights

One of the most loved things about past Film Group programmes have been our film pairings. Some are purely economic, but others are truly genius and create what we love about the Film Group experience: either the opportunity to watch a second lm that you may not have otherwise seen, or the chance to enjoy two films back-to-back that compliment each other effortlessly.

This year, we are re-introducing the concept of Themed Nights and bring you the following selection:

The Walk Poster
The Night Before Poster

Carol Poster
The Truth Poster

Hail, Caesar! Poster
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Poster

Back to the Film Group – Anniversary Screenings

Of all the events suggested by members for our 50th anniversary, none were as frequently received as requests for us to showcase some of the best films from ANU Film Group history. Despite over 7,000 films screened over the past 50 years, we decided to pick just one iconic film from each of the past five decades that, like us, is also celebrating a special anniversary this year.

This semester we are bringing you screen gems from the years 1966, 1976 and 1986, with more to come from later decades next semester. We hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane! And there’s more coming with films from 1996 and 2006 in Semester Two.

Batman: The Movie Poster

Rocky Poster

Crocodile Dundee Poster

Filmmaker Q&A Screenings

While the ANU Film Group is primarily about giving you the opportunity to enjoy great films, we also encourage you to think about them, talk about them, and be inspired or changed by them.

In celebrating our 50th year, we’re bringing you some very special Q&A screenings to do just that.

Me and My Mates vs. The Zombie Apocalypse Poster

Me and My Mates vs. The Zombie Apocalypse Saturday 16th April, 7:00 PM

Followed by Post-Screening Q&A with Writer/Director Declan Shrubb and guests

Sherpa Poster

Sherpa Saturday 21st May, 7:00 PM

Followed by Post-Screening Q&A with Director Jennifer Peedom