News Archive

February 2014

Semester One 2014 Starts Tonight!

17th February, 2014

We’re back -- screenings for 2014 kick off tonight with our free screening of THOR: THE DARK WORLD at 7:30 PM!

Come along and invite everyone you know to check out Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster on us at Australia’s largest film society. Or if you’re already in on Canberra’s (unintentionally) best-kept secret, then join up tonight or collect your pre-purchased membership. Our brand new posters and booklets will be available for collection too.

We can't wait to begin what is looking to be a fantastic year in film, and we've got an amazing line-up of films to kick it all off in our first week, so read on to find out what’s on!

** REMINDER: All screenings begin at 7:30 PM, with the exception of Saturday screenings which begin at 7:00 PM **

• Mon 17 Feb @ 7:30 PM: THOR: THE DARK WORLD

When an enemy from ancient times threatens the universe and the safety of his mortal love (Natalie Portman), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must make sacrifices to protect all that he cares for.

• Thu 20 Feb @ 7:30 PM: THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) becomes a target of the Capitol after her unprecedented victory in the 74th Hunger Games begins to spark a rebellion in the oppressed state of Panem.

• Fri 21 Feb @ 7:30 PM: BLUE JASMINE followed by THE BUTLER

In BLUE JASMINE, Cate Blanchett plays a troubled New York socialite who arrives in San Francisco for a new start, but finds herself struggling to cope with reality. Directed by Woody Allen and nominated for 3 Oscars, including Best Actress.

Then, in THE BUTLER (at approx. 9:15 PM), Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, bearing witness to some of the most significant events in American history.

• Sat 22 Feb @ **7 PM**: CAPTAIN PHILLIPS followed by 2 GUNS

Tom Hanks stars as CAPTAIN PHILLIPS in this harrowing true story of the 2009 hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates, the first such hijacking in over two hundred years. Nominated for 6 Oscars, including Best Picture.

Then, in 2 GUNS (at approx. 9:15 PM), Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg star as two undercover agents who are forced on the run after a botched attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel.

Have You Pre-Purchased Your Membership Yet?

7th February, 2014

If you haven’t joined up for 2014 yet, what are you waiting for?

Save time, avoid the need to bring cash and jump the queue by simply picking up your pre-printed, pre-laminated membership card on the way in to your first screening of the year.

To join online right now, go to www.anufg.org.au/join

As a not-for-profit organisation, the Film Group relies heavily on word of mouth and support from our members to keep running. We’ve done so successfully for 48 years and counting, and to ensure that we keep screening for many more years to come, we’d really appreciate it if you could spread the word. Believe it or not, we're (unintentionally) one of Canberra's best kept secrets, so let's get the word out!

You can like our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/anufg) and share a post. Or forward this email onto friends, family or people at work. Or why not send around our fantastic programme (www.anufg.org.au/programme) too?

Don’t forget to also invite everyone you know to our free kick-off screening of THOR THE DARK WORLD on Monday 17 February at 7:30 PM. Entry is absolutely free and open to everyone. The more the merrier!

Only 10 days to go…

January 2014

Semester One 2014 Programme + New Start Times

20th January, 2014

The moment you’ve all been waiting for is here…

Without further ado, here is the ANU Film Group’s programme for Semester One 2014 in PDF format HERE (274 Kb).

Screenings kick off on Monday 17 February with a FREE screening of THOR: THE DARK WORLD so spread the word, invite everyone you know and come along to kick off the year with some thunder.

From recent Oscar nominees to Hollywood blockbusters, foreign films, indie hits, beloved classics and more, there’s bound to be something for everyone on our new programme. We hope you’re all as excited about it as we were putting it together, and we can’t wait to see you when screenings begin in just four weeks’ time!

And don’t forget – if you want to beat the queues and save time, you can pre-purchase your membership online now. Just go to www.anufg.org.au/joining to find out how.

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NEW START TIMES FOR 2014
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In light of feedback received from our recent member survey and start time poll, all weekday (Monday to Friday) screenings in 2014 will now begin at the new time of 7:30 PM.

Saturday screenings will remain at the earlier start time of 7:00 PM.

Signage and regular reminders will be circulated in the first few weeks of screenings to ensure that the transition to the earlier weekday start time is as smooth as possible.

Start times had remained unchanged for decades, so this was not a decision we made lightly, but we hope that both new and existing members will find screenings more accessible with the earlier start. Once again, we thank you all for your feedback in assisting us in coming to a final decision.

New Programme on Monday + Win Tickets to 12 YEARS A SLAVE

17th January, 2014

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SEMESTER ONE 2014 PROGRAMME TO BE RELEASED ON MONDAY!
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Save the date: we’re very pleased to announce that our highly anticipated (we hope) Semester One 2014 programme will be released next Monday on January 20!

Screenings for 2014 will commence in exactly one month’s time on MONDAY 17 FEBRUARY so mark your calendars, spread the word, invite your friends, and get ready to kick off the year with some thunder at our free-for-all screening of Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster THOR: THE DARK WORLD.

Also on the line up will be many of the just-announced Oscar nominees -- including AMERICAN HUSTLE, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB and more -- as well as a plethora of blockbusters, independent and foreign films, and even some exclusive Canberra premieres that you won’t find on the big screen anywhere else!

Want to have a sneak peak at our programme before Monday? Make sure you check out our Facebook (www.facebook.com/anufg) page or our Twitter feed (www.twitter.com/anufg) where we’ll be slowly dropping some hints over the next few days.

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WIN TICKETS TO DENDY’S GALA SCREENING OF ’12 YEARS A SLAVE’
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Just nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and having won Best Motion Picture (Drama) at the Golden Globes a few days ago, 12 YEARS A SLAVE seems to be the film to beat at this year’s Oscars!

Now thanks to our friends at Dendy Cinemas, we’ve got your chance to catch the film early at a special gala event on WEDNESDAY 29 JANUARY. The exclusive event will kick off with drinks and canapes at 6 PM, followed by the film at 6:30 PM.

12 YEARS A SLAVE is the incredible true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a born-free African-American man who was abducted and sold into slavery against his will in 1841. The film follows Northup’s unwavering quest to return home to his family, and his struggle to maintain his dignity in the face of both extreme cruelty and unexpected kindness.

For your chance to win one of five double passes to the event, simply reply to this message -- or email us at info@anufg.org.au -- with your name, contact number and the answer to the following question: ‘On what date is 12 YEARS A SLAVE screening as part of the ANU Film Group's Semester One 2014 programme?’

Want to know the answer? Here’s a hint: have a look on our Facebook (www.facebook.com/anufg) or Twitter page (www.twitter.com/anufg) right now for clues!

Entries close on Friday 24 January at 12 pm (noon), with winners to be selected at random from all entries received. Good luck!

December 2013

Merry Christmas from the ANU Film Group!

24th December, 2013

On behalf of everyone at the ANU Film Group, we’d like to wish all of our members and guests a merry Christmas as well as an eventful and wonderful New Year ahead. We’ll be back in 2014 with some very exciting announcements we can’t wait to share -- including, of course, our brand new programme -- so stay safe and keep in touch!

And for those of you still on the lookout for a Christmas gift, we just have to get one last plug in: ANUFG memberships are now available for pre-purchase! It's the perfect gift for film lovers, friends and family -- especially those who you've been asking to come to the Film Group with you for ages (you know who we're talking about).

Memberships for 2014 start at $40 and can be purchased online immediately to be delivered via email and redeemed once screenings begin in February. For more info, visit www.anufg.org.au/joining

Pre-Purchase Your 2014 Memberships Now

16th December, 2013

With only two months to go until Semester One 2014 kicks off in February, and after the fantastic response we received earlier this year, we’re now accepting pre-purchases for 2014.

Annual or Semester One 2014 memberships can be purchased online via credit card, PayPal, or direct bank deposit. Once payment has been cleared and your membership processed (which may take up to 5 working days), you will be emailed a certificate to redeem your membership at your very first screening.

• Skip the busy start-of-year queues with our express pick-ups

• Just present your certificate, sign your name, collect your card and go!

• Receive a pre-printed, pre-laminated card

• Join up for yourself or on behalf of friends and family

• The perfect Christmas gift for film lovers… or for all those people you’ve been asking to join up for ages!

So what are you waiting for? Pre-purchase your membership now by heading to www.anufg.org.au/join

Vote for ANUFG Start Times for 2014

4th December, 2013

At the beginning of this year, we introduced 7 PM start times for our Saturday double feature screenings. Based on feedback received, we decided to undertake a review of start times for all screening days, and to gauge the opinions of our members via a survey.

Unfortunately, despite many of you responding, the survey results for Monday to Thursday weekday start times preferences were inconclusive. As a result, we are now also considering a 7:30 PM option.

To assist us in making a decision, please take the time to consider the following THREE options and REPLY to this message or email info@anufg.org.au with your vote by no later than SUNDAY 15 DECEMBER at 11:59 PM.

OPTIONS FOR MONDAY TO THURSDAY START TIMES FOR 2014:

A: 7:00 PM

OR

B: 7:30 PM

OR

C: 8:00 PM

We would also be interested in any reasons for your preference should you wish to provide them. All responses will be fully considered in making our final decision. Thank you in advance for your input.

November 2013

Thank You + Win Tickets to Dendy's Gala Screening of ENDER'S GAME!

25th November, 2013

On behalf of everyone here at the ANU Film Group, we’d like to thank all of our members and their guests for your continued support during 2013. Two full house screenings, a fantastic increase in membership sales and yet another best-attended fundraising Trivia Night are just the tip of the iceberg in what has been a challenging-but-exciting year for us.

Particular thanks must go to the many of you who responded to our member survey, offering your thoughts on the Film Group experience. We can’t thank you enough for your comments and will be working hard to ensure that we take as many of them into consideration as possible in our planning for 2014. We also plan on providing responses to some of the more frequent comments, so keep an eye out in the near future for that.

We’re already hard at work preparing for Semester One 2014 too, so be on the lookout for more information in the coming weeks on our new programme, how to pre-purchase your memberships and perhaps even some giveaways from time to time via our mailing list and our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/anufg).

Enjoy the screening break (as much as you can without the Film Group), have a great holiday period and we’ll see you all in 2014!

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WIN TICKETS TO DENDY’S GALA SCREENING OF ‘ENDER’S GAME’!
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After a hostile alien race attacks Earth and threatens to return, the military begins recruiting and training young children to prepare the next generation for battle. Ender Wiggin (HUGO’s Asa Butterfield) is a brilliant but outcast boy, who is pulled out of his school to join an elite training squad, under the supervision of the esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford). Seen as the military’s next great hope, Ender quickly rises through the ranks in a race against time that will determine the future of the human race.

Based on the best-selling, award-winning novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card, ENDER’S GAME is an epic sci-fi adventure that also stars Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin.

Thanks to our friends at Dendy Canberra, we have ten double passes to give away to their exclusive red carpet gala screening on Wednesday 4 December. The event kicks off at 6:00 PM with pre-screening drinks and canapés, with the film itself beginning at 6:30 PM.

To go into the running to win a double pass, all you have to do is email us at info@anufg.org.au with your name, membership number (located underneath the barcode on your card) and the answer to the following question: ‘Harrison Ford is no stranger to science fiction. Name ONE other sci-fi film that he has starred in.’

Entries close on Sunday 1 December at 5 PM. Only winners will be contacted via email, with names to be put on a door list for the event.

Last Chance: Complete our Member Survey + Suggest Films for 2014!

22nd November, 2013

Just in case you haven't already done so, this is a friendly reminder to let you know that tomorrow is your last opportunity to suggest films for next semester, and to let us know what you think about the Film Group by completing our member survey.

To suggest films, head over to www.anufg.org.au/suggestions and let us know what films you’d like to see on our Semester One 2014 programme.

To complete our member survey and have your say on things like screening start times in order to help us improve the ANU Film Group experience, go to www.anufg.org.au/survey and let us know what you think. It takes no more than 5-10 minutes to complete, all responses are anonymous, and you can even enter a draw to win one of two ANUFG memberships for Semester One 2014.

Film suggestions and the member survey will close on Saturday 23 November (tomorrow) at 11:59 PM, so be sure to get your entries in before then!

Final Week of Screenings

18th November, 2013

The ANU Film Group’s screening year for 2013 is sadly wrapping up this week, as we’ll soon be going on our annual screening hiatus until February 10 next year. So please join us in closing out the year with a bang as we screen the critically-acclaimed space thriller GRAVITY, this year’s other White House invasion action flick WHITE HOUSE DOWN, and then end the year with beloved comedy GROUNDHOG DAY before returning to do it all over again next year!

Saturday 23 November is also the last day to get in your film suggestions (www.anufg.org.au/suggestions), and to respond to our member survey for your chance to win a Semester One 2014 membership (www.anufg.org.au/survey) -- so make sure to submit yours before it’s too late!

And last, but certainly not least, we also have competitions to win tickets to the Canberra International Film Festival’s inaugural Body of Work celebration, which is bringing Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein to Canberra. Read on for your chance to win, but first, here’s what’s on for our last week of screenings!

• Fri 22 Nov @ 8 PM: GRAVITY followed by RIDDICK

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in critically acclaimed thriller GRAVITY as two astronauts who must work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón (CHILDREN OF MEN), the film is already picking up major Oscar buzz and is an absolute must-see on the big screen!

Then, in RIDDICK (at approx. 9:45 PM), a soldier-turned-fugitive (Vin Diesel) is left for dead on a sun-scorched planet and finds himself fighting for survival against both alien predators and mercenaries determined to wipe him out.

• Sat 23 Nov @ **7 PM**: WHITE HOUSE DOWN followed by GROUNDHOG DAY

In WHITE HOUSE DOWN, when the White House is attacked by paramilitary invaders, it’s up to an aspiring Secret Service agent (Channing Tatum) to protect the President (Jamie Foxx), rescue his daughter and save the country. Not to be confused with this year’s other White House invasion flick, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, starring Gerard Butler.

Getting a sense of déjà vu? What better way to close out the screening year than with a 20th anniversary screening of the beloved GROUNDHOG DAY (at approx. 9:15 PM) in which a jaded weatherman (Bill Murray) finds himself living the same day over and over again.

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WIN TICKETS TO BODY OF WORK!
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The Canberra International Film Festival's inaugural Body of Work celebration of Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein kicks off this weekend right here in Canberra. Comprising a series of intimate conversations, master classes, screenings, Q&As and, of course, a glitzy ball and even an Australian premiere, Body of Work will run from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 November.

The ANU Film Group is very fortunate to have been given tickets to give away to a number of these special events, so here’s your chance to score one of many prizes in this triple competition!

All three competitions close on WEDNESDAY 20 NOVEMBER at 11:59 PM so be quick if you want to be in the running to win! All winners will be contacted via email within 24 hours of closing, with prizes to be collected from the venues.

Tickets for all events are still available for purchase, and more information can be found on Body of Work’s website HERE as well as their Facebook page HERE.

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COMPETITION: WIN TICKETS TO BODY OF WORK’S SCREENING OF ‘THE SAPPHIRES’
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First up is your chance to attend Body of Work’s screening of the alternate US cut of the feel-good Australian hit THE SAPPHIRES at the National Film and Sound Archive’s Arc Cinema on Sunday 24 November starting at 10 AM.

Director Wayne Blair and producer Rosemary Blight will be on hand for an introduction as well as a post-screening Q&A to discuss the process of re-imagining the highest grossing Australian film of 2012 for an American audience. To enter, click HERE!

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COMPETITION: WIN TICKETS TO BODY OF WORK’S SCREENING OF ‘THE PIANO’
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Next, we also have tickets to Body of Work’s 20th anniversary screening of the Oscar-winning New Zealand drama THE PIANO at the NFSA’s Arc Cinema on Sunday 24 November at 1:30 PM.

Actor Sam Neill, producer Jan Chapman and At The Movies host Margaret Pomeranz will in attendance for an introduction and a post-screening Q&A to discuss the film and Harvey Weinstein's efforts to push the film for international awards recognition. To enter, click HERE!

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COMPETITION: WIN TICKETS TO THE AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OF ‘MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM’
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Finally, we have tickets to Body of Work’s closing event, the Australian premiere of MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM at Palace Electric Cinemas on Sunday 24 November at 4:45 PM!

The highly anticipated biopic of Nelson Mandela was handpicked by Harvey Weinstein to be Body of Work’s closing event and is already picking up Oscar buzz in advance of its local release in February 2014. At the Movies host Margaret Pomeranz and South African High Commissioner HE Koleka A Mqulwana will introduce the screening, which will be followed by an after party to close out the inaugural Body of Work celebration. To enter, click HERE!