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April 2019

New Winter 2019 Programme

18th April, 2019

Our inaugural Autumn season comes to an end next week, but don’t miss us too much as our new Winter season begins just a few days later on May 1st!

And now, without further ado, you can find our full list of screenings for May to July in one of three ways:
• View it on our website by going to
• Download a PDF flyer that you can print out and share by CLICKING HERE (493 Kb)
• Import the entire programme straight into your calendar of choice using this iCAL LINK

Memberships are just $30 for the season or $90 for a full year – which if purchased now will take you up until the end of our Autumn 2020 season. Sign up now at!

(Please note: if you are a current Autumn member and wish to join up again for Winter, we are in the process of implementing a renew function that will be ready before the start of the next season, so stay tuned!)

Every single film on our programme is worth a look, but don’t miss these highlights:

• Hollywood Blockbusters: some of the biggest films of the year, from CAPTAIN MARVEL to SHAZAM! and the upcoming POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU

• Family Films: kids watch for free anytime, so don’t forget to bring your little ones to THE LEGO MOVIE 2 and DUMBO

• World Cinema: foreign films from countries as diverse as Poland, South Korea, Lebanon, Japan, Denmark, India and Sweden – including a mini-festival featuring the official Oscar submissions from five countries each Friday in June

• Indie Darlings: small but no less worthy independent films you might have missed in cinemas, like MID90S, THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER and THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT

• Classics on the Big Screen: see beloved films like GONE WITH THE WIND and TOTAL RECALL as they were meant to be seen

• Moon Landing Anniversary Celebrations: a series of special screenings and events from July 18 to July 20 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (more details to come)


There may not be many screenings due to the Easter and ANZAC Day holidays, but the need for blood doesn’t get a day off.

Did you know that donated blood platelets only have an extremely short life span of just five days? The Australian Red Cross is always on the lookout for blood donors, so we would like to encourage those of you who are eligible to donate blood to please consider doing so.

The ANU Film Group is registered with the Red Cross’s RED25 program, which unites communities around Australia in saving lives through blood donation. You can nominate us as your associated club to demonstrate our support of this worthy cause the next time you visit a donor centre or anytime by CLICKING HERE.

Call 13 14 95 to make an appointment or go to the Red Cross website – – to find locations and hours for your local donor centre.

What's On This Week + Win Tickets to THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT

16th April, 2019

Due to the upcoming Easter public holidays, we have only one screening this week. But fear not, because Winter is coming…

That is, our Winter 2019 season which will run from May to July, beginning on Wednesday 1 May with acclaimed Laurel and Hardy biopic, STAN & OLLIE. So keep an eye on your inbox for full details of our new programme to be released later this week!

• TUE 16 APR @ 7:30 PM: THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD (MA, 99 mins)

Filmmaker Peter Jackson uses restored and colourised original footage to bring to vivid life the first-hand experiences of soldiers during World War I. Presented in partnership with the Veterans Film Festival in commemoration of ANZAC Day.


Thanks to Madman Films, we have tickets to give away to THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT, a new high-tech thriller starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård and Salma Hayek.

In this tale of humanity versus corporate greed, two New York cousins (Eisenberg and Skarsgård) are players in the cut-throat world of high frequency share trading, using complex computer algorithms to process high volumes of transactions in a fraction of a second. Their dream? To build a fibre-optic cable in a straight line between Kansas and New Jersey, giving them the bleeding edge over their competitors.

THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT is in cinemas from April 25, and you can view the film’s trailer by CLICKING HERE.

To go into the running to win an in-season double pass to see the film, all you have to do is email us at with (1) your name, (2) your membership number, and (3) the title of the first film of our Winter 2019 season (hint: the answer is above).

Entries will close on Wednesday 24 April at 11:59 PM, with winners to be notified via email and prizes to be collected at ANUFG screenings.


8th April, 2019

Hollywood stars like Hugh Jackman, Steve Carell and Keira Knightley mingle with acclaimed foreign films from Lebanon and Turkey at the ANU Film Group this week. Plus, we’re in the process of putting the finishing touches on our new programme for Winter 2019 – so stay tuned for more exciting details on that next week!

• MON 8 APR: BEAUTIFUL BOY (MA, 120 mins)

A desperate father (Steve Carell) does all that he can to help his teenage son (Timothée Chalamet) combat his damaging addiction to methamphetamines and keep their family from falling apart. Based on a true story.

• WED 10 APR: THE INSULT (M, 113 mins)

A Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee are forced to reconsider their differences after a minor incident turns into an explosive court case in one of 2018’s Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film.

** Presented in partnership with Australians for Justice and Peace in Palestine **

• THU 11 APR: COLETTE (M, 112 mins)

In the early 20th century, an author (Keira Knightley) agrees to ghost write a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband, but its success inspires her to fight for creative ownership that challenges the social norms of the time.

• FRI 12 APR: THE WILD PEAR TREE (M, 188 mins)

A young aspiring writer returns to his native village, where his estranged father's gambling debts quickly catch up with him, in this Turkish coming-of-age drama from acclaimed director Nuri Bilge Ceylan (WINTER SLEEP).

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

• SAT 13 APR: THE FRONT RUNNER (M, 113 mins) + SEARCHING (M, 102 mins)

In THE FRONT RUNNER, a U.S. Senator (Hugh Jackman) finds his 1988 presidential campaign derailed when the media begins reporting on his extramarital affair. Directed by Jason Reitman.

Then, in SEARCHING (at approx. 9:30 PM) after his teenage daughter goes missing and the police investigation proves futile, a father (John Cho) decides to search her laptop for clues.


Entertainment Books for 2019/2020 Now Available

1st April, 2019


For the past 25 years, Entertainment Books have been packed with thousands of deals for the best local restaurants, cafés, shopping, attractions, travel, accommodation and more – and this year is no different. For just $60, you can receive over $20,000 worth of offers for all of your favourite venues around Canberra.

Not only are they great value all year round, but to top it all off, 20% of the cost of each book purchased through us goes towards ANU Film Group fundraising, so you can get yourself a good deal while supporting us too!

You can choose from the traditional Entertainment Book or the Entertainment Digital Membership, which is accessible through your iPhone or Android smartphone, so you have your offers with you wherever you go.

To order yours, simply go to now. Digital Memberships are ready to use straight away, while we expect our stock of printed books to arrive sometime this week.

You can also preview all of the offers available in 2019/20 by CLICKING HERE


Cyberpunk sci-fi, a powerful YA story, Michael Moore’s latest, an American indie heist flick, an Irish tale of revenge and a psychological thriller starring Joaquin Phoenix all feature at the ANU Film Group this week as we kick off the month of April. No fools here!

• TUE 2 APR @ 7:30 PM: BLACK ’47 (MA, 100 mins)

In 1847, during the Great Famine, an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British abroad decides to abandon his post to reunite with his family back home in Ireland. Starring James Frecheville and Hugo Weaving.

** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Ireland, and followed by a Q&A discussion with Ambassador HE Breandán Ó Caollaí and historian Dr Perry McIntyre about the Great Famine – one of the darkest periods in Irish history **

• THU 4 APR @ 7:30 PM: YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (M, 90 mins)

A traumatised war veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) makes a living tracking down and rescuing kidnapped girls, but his brutal methods soon take a toll on him in this psychological thriller from director Lynne Ramsay (WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN).

• FRI 5 APR @ 7:30 PM: FAHRENHEIT 11/9 (M, 128 mins) + AMERICAN ANIMALS (MA, 117 mins)

In FAHRENHEIT 11/9, controversial filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, the presidency of Donald Trump, and the power of grassroots democracy in his latest hard-hitting documentary.

Then, in AMERICAN ANIMALS (at approx. 9:45 PM), four bored students plot to steal a number of rare books from their university's library in what becomes one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history.

• SAT 6 APR @ 7:30 PM: ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL (M, 122 mins) + THE HATE U GIVE (M, 133 mins)

A cyborg (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory in a post-apocalyptic world, where she is rescued by a scientist and must attempt to uncover her mysterious past in this sci-fi action film. Also starring Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly and Mahershala Ali.

Then, in THE HATE U GIVE (approx. 9:45 PM) an African-American teenager faces pressure to stand up for her community after witnessing the fatal shooting of her best friend by a police officer. Based on the best-selling young adult novel by Angie Thomas.


March 2019

Cinema Updates + Entry Arrangements for Friday's Screening

28th March, 2019

We’re very happy to report that, as of yesterday afternoon, the covers on the cinema’s exit lights have finally been replaced and are no longer glaringly bright! This includes one along the right wall near the bins that had previously been covered by a curtain up until last week.

Thanks to everyone for their patience with this. We flagged the issue with the builders more than six weeks ago (well before screenings began), but there was a delay in getting the replacements in as the supplier had run out of stock of that particular type of cover (i.e. ones intended for cinema use). Fortunately, it’s all sorted now and we can finally tick that off the list.

The builders have also laid down more glow-in-the-dark anti-slip tread in the areas towards the front of the cinema that we had previously identified as trip hazards. We will be monitoring the effectiveness of this solution over the coming weeks.

We’re now working on trying to get the temperature in the cinema a bit more regulated – as we’re well aware it has been freezing on some nights – and hope to have that fixed up soon too!


We have been informed that a private ANU event will be taking place in the foyer of the Kambri Cultural Centre from 6-7 PM tomorrow night (Friday 29 March). As a result, entry into the foyer will be restricted until 7 PM or shortly after.

We recommend that our members consider arriving no earlier than 7 PM for our screening of SUSPIRIA tomorrow, and to expect possible delays getting into the area. We also recommend using the doors nearest to the cinema to enter the building, as it is likely that the doors facing Tangney Road will be locked.

We will still aim to start the film on schedule at 7:30 PM where possible. Thank you for your cooperation.

What's On This Week + THE CHILDREN ACT Panel Discussion Details

25th March, 2019

Close out the month of March at the ANU Film Group by witnessing the return of Mary Poppins, venturing into World Wide Web with Wreck-It Ralph, uncovering witches in 1970s Berlin, going on a road trip through Palestine and trafficking drugs with Clint Eastwood.

Plus, on Wednesday, be sure to stick around for a special panel discussion following our screening of THE CHILDREN ACT. The film explores a family’s right to refuse medical treatment on grounds of religious belief, and the discussion – presented by ANU Law Reform and Social Justice – will feature experts in the field including:

- Professor Tom Faunce, ANU College of Law and ANU College of Medicine, Biology and the Environment
- The Hon John Faulks, Australian Law Reform Commissioner and former judge of the Family Court
- The Hon Mary Finn, former judge of the Family Court and renowned law reformist, particularly in relation to the Family Law Act


A father and his estranged son embark on an unorthodox road trip to hand deliver his daughter's wedding invitations to each guest, as per local custom, in this award-winning Palestinian drama.

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

• WED 27 MAR @ 7:30 PM: THE CHILDREN ACT (M, 105 min)

A judge (Emma Thompson) must decide a case involving a teenage boy who is refusing a blood transfusion because it conflicts with his views as a Jehovah’s Witness.

** Followed by panel discussion with ANU Law Reform and Social Justice. **

• THU 28 MAR @ 7:30 PM: THE MULE (M, 116 min)

A down-on-his-luck 90-year-old war veteran (Clint Eastwood) takes a job as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel for easy money, but soon attracts the attention of the authorities. Also starring Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne and Michael Peña.

• FRI 29 MAR @ 7:30 PM: SUSPIRIA (MA, 153 min)

In 1977, an American dancer (Dakota Johnson) enrols at a prestigious dance academy in Berlin, but soon discovers that it is home to a coven of witches. Luca Guadagnino (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME) directs this remake of the 1970s cult horror film of the same name.

• SAT 30 MAR @ **5 PM**: RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET (PG, 112 min)

After Wreck-It Ralph inadvertently damages Vanellope's racing game, the two friends embark into the brave new world of the Internet on a quest to find a replacement part – a journey which tests the bonds of their friendship in unexpected ways.

• SAT 30 MAR @ 7:30 PM: MARY POPPINS RETURNS (G, 130 min)

In Depression-era London, the now-grown Banks children are once against visited by magical nanny Mary Poppins (now played by Emily Blunt) to help them rediscover the joy missing in their lives in this sequel to the magical 1964 film.


Reminder: AGM Tonight @ 6 PM + Suggest Films for Our Winter Season

18th March, 2019

Don’t forget that our Annual General Meeting takes place at 6 PM tonight in the Kambri cinema.

Come along and find out what goes on behind the scenes at the ANU Film Group, hear our plans for the future and ask questions to your heart’s content. If you’d like to contribute more towards the running of the Group, you can even run for a position on our new committee. We’re always keen to see some new faces and no experience is necessary – just a willingness to commit a bit of time to help us continue being Australia’s biggest and best film society.

We hope to see many of you tonight!


It’s Oscar Week: Part Two! We kick off with this year’s Oscar-winning performances for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, and then round off the week with some action-packed thrills and supernatural chills.

• TUE 19 MAR @ 7:30 PM: IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK (MA, 119 min)

When her fiancé is wrongly accused of a crime, a pregnant woman and her family must race against the clock to prove his innocence before the birth of their child. Directed by Barry Jenkins (MOONLIGHT) and this year’s Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress (Regina King).

• THU 21 MAR @ 7:30 PM: THE FAVOURITE (MA, 119 min)

In 18th century England, the close relationship between Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) and her court favourite (Rachel Weisz) is thrown into turmoil by the arrival of a new servant (Emma Stone). Winner of Oscar for Best Actress (Colman), and nominated for nine more, including Best Picture.

• FRI 22 MAR @ 7:30 PM: COLD PURSUIT (MA, 119 min) + PRINCE OF DARKNESS (MA, 98 min)

COLD PURSUIT follows a snowplow driver (Liam Neeson) as he seeks revenge against a drug cartel in his quiet mountain hometown after his son is murdered by the gang, in this English language remake of the 2014 Norwegian thriller IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE.

Then, in director John Carpenter’s 1987 cult horror classic PRINCE OF DARKNESS (at approx. 9:30 PM), a priest (Donald Pleasance) investigates a mysterious green liquid in an abandoned church, which is discovered to contain the essence of Satan.

• SAT 23 MAR @ 7:30 PM: GLASS (M, 129 min) + HOSTILES (MA, 113 min)

In GLASS – director M. Night Shyamalan's sequel to UNBREAKABLE and SPLIT – criminal mastermind Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) pits superpowered hero David Dunn (Bruce Willis) against a man with 24 personalities (James McAvoy).

Then, in HOSTILES (at approx. 9:45 PM), a U.S. Army cavalry officer (Christian Bale) in 1892 is tasked with escorting a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to their ancestral home, putting aside their differences in order to survive through dangerous territory.



We’re only four weeks into our current Autumn season, but work is already underway on our next programme. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to fill out an online suggestion form at to let us know what you’d like to see at the ANU Film Group between May and July this year. Feel free to suggest new releases, up-and-coming attractions, classics you’d like to see back on the big screen, themed nights – the sky’s the limit!

Film suggestions close on Saturday 30 March at 11:59 PM.


13th March, 2019

Just a reminder that our Annual General Meeting is coming up next Monday (March 18) in the Kambri cinema from 6 PM.

It’s been a very busy year with lots to report back on our work over the past 12 months, including changes to the Group and, of course, our new home. All members are encouraged to come along to find out how we’re doing and to ask questions to your heart’s content.

For those of you keen to contribute more, we will even be electing a new committee of 20 people to carry the ANUFG through the next 12 months, so here’s your chance to make your mark on Australia’s largest film society. Don’t miss out!


This week at the ANU Film Group, make a splash with Aquaman, continue the Rocky saga, discover an Oscar-nominated Japanese animated film, go on a rampage with Nic Cage, meet the new Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and check out the Razzie winner for Worst Film of 2018. And then catch this year’s Oscar winner for Best Picture at our GREEN BOOK re-screening on Sunday. You can’t say we don’t cater for all tastes!

• WED 13 MAR @ 7:30 PM: CREED II (M, 130 min)

Against the wishes of mentor Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), young boxer Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) decides to face off against Viktor Drago, son of Ivan Drago, the Russian boxer who killed his father 33 years ago.

• THU 14 MAR @ 7:30 PM: AQUAMAN (M, 143 min)

When Arthur Curry (Jason Mamoa) discovers that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, he must embrace his true destiny to stop his half-brother from waging an all-out war against the surface world in this DC superhero blockbuster.

• FRI 15 MAR @ 7:30 PM: HOLMES & WATSON (M, 90 min) + THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB (MA, 115 min)

In this year’s Razzie winner for Worst Picture, HOLMES & WATSON, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly reunite for a comedic take on Sherlock Holmes, in which the famed crime-solving duo investigate a deadly threat against the Queen of England. Also starring Rebecca Hall, Steve Coogan and Ralph Fiennes.

Then, in THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB (at approx. 9 PM), computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) must team up once again with journalist Mikael Blomkvist after a dangerous software program is stolen in this Hollywood reboot of the Swedish crime franchise.

• SAT 16 MAR @ 7:30 PM: MIRAI (PG, 98 min) + MANDY (MA, 121 min)

In MIRAI, a young boy struggling to cope with the arrival of a little sister discovers a magical garden enabling him to travel through time. This Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature Film will screen in its original Japanese language version with English subtitles.

Then, in MANDY (at approx. 9:15 PM), a lumberjack (Nicolas Cage) leading a peaceful existence in the serene woods is forced to embark on a brutal, bloody rampage of vengeance after his girlfriend is kidnapped by members of a crazed hippie cult kidnap.

• SUN 17 MAR @ 7:30 PM: GREEN BOOK (M, 130 min)

In the 1960s, a tough Italian-American bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) is hired as a driver for an African-American classical pianist (Mahershala Ali) on a concert tour throughout the American South. Winner of 3 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor (Ali).



This week, we have in-season double passes to give away to both DESTROYER and SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER – and all you have to do to win is just tell us which of the two films you want to see!

Crime drama DESTROYER stars Nicole Kidman in a transformative and acclaimed performance as an LAPD officer who is forced to face her demons when new information is brought to light about an old case. The Golden Globe-nominated film is in cinemas from Madman Films on March 21. You can view its trailer by CLICKING HERE

Bill Nighy stars in SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER as a father searching for his missing son, who stormed out one day over a game of Scrabble. With his family falling apart, he must solve the mystery of an online Scrabble player who he believes could be his missing son. The comedy-drama-mystery is in cinemas from March 14 from Transmission Films. Check out its trailer by CLICKING HERE

To go into the running to win a double pass to one of these films, all you have to do is email us at with your name, your membership number, and tell us whether you’d prefer to see DESTROYER or SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER. The choice is yours!

Entries will close on Wednesday 20 March at 11:59 PM, with winners to be notified via email and prizes to be collected at ANUFG screenings.

GREEN BOOK Re-Screening on March 17 + What's On This Week

5th March, 2019

As you may have heard, last Friday’s screening of Best Picture winner GREEN BOOK was a full house.

As all seats in the cinema were filled before the scheduled screening time, as per our re-screening policy, we will be screening the film once more on SUNDAY 17 MARCH at 7:30 PM. Doors will open for entry from 7 PM, and guests will be allowed.

So if you missed out last week, or simply wish to see it again, here’s your chance!


There’s bound to be something for everyone with wizards, dragons, cities on wheels, French weddings and a pair of acclaimed American indies hitting the screen at the ANU Film Group this week.

• TUE 5 MAR @ 7:30 PM: C’EST LA VIE (M, 116 min)

As an elaborate wedding party threatens to fall apart, the behind-the-scenes staff must step up and save the day in this French comedy from the directors of The Intouchables.

Presented in partnership with Alliance Française Canberra in celebration of the upcoming 2019 Alliance Française French Film Festival. For more information, go to


After dark wizard Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) escapes and begins amassing followers, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists former student Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to track him down in this continuation of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World prequel series.

• FRI 8 MAR @ 7:30 PM: EIGHTH GRADE (M, 94 min) + LEAVE NO TRACE (G, 109 min)

In acclaimed indie comedy-drama EIGHTH GRADE, an introverted 13-year-old student must find a way to survive just one final week of classes before she can start her life anew at high school.

Then, in LEAVE NO TRACE (at approx. 9:15 PM), a war veteran and his young daughter have been living off the grid for years – until a small mistake derails their idyllic existence and forces them on the run.


When their home is threatened by a tyrannical hunter, Hiccup and Toothless set out to seek refuge in a secret dragon utopia in this conclusion to the acclaimed animated trilogy.

• SAT 9 MAR @ 7:30 PM: MORTAL ENGINES (M, 128 min)

In a post-apocalyptic world where cities ride on wheels and consume each other to survive, a young woman emerges as the only person who can stop a deadly conspiracy.


February 2019

Trip Hazards in New Cinema

28th February, 2019

We are writing to inform members that a number of trip hazards have been identified over the past few weeks in the new Kambri cinema. Specifically, there are low steps located towards the front of the cinema that have been causing people to trip as they enter or exit the rows on the right hand side (when facing the screen).

We thank everyone who has brought these hazards to our attention, and apologise to anyone who has fallen over these steps in the last week. These are without a doubt design flaws, especially as cinemas are intended to operate predominantly in the dark, and work will need to be carried out to make the area safer.

We reported these trip hazards to the ANU when we first discovered them over two weeks ago and have since been following up on an almost daily basis for action to be taken. While the ANU Film Group may be one of the primary users of the new cinema, we were unfortunately not involved in its construction or design. Nor do we own the building, which limits what we are able to do to rectify the issues ourselves (as much as we’d like to!).

All we are able to do for now is to make as many people as possible aware of the hazards, which we hope we have done by laying down hazard tape in the affected areas last week and by bringing it to the attention of our members in this message. We will continue to follow this up with the ANU as a matter of urgency, but do anticipate it may take some time to rectify.

In the meantime, we ask that all members please keep an eye out for these trip hazards, and be particularly careful when entering the rows at the front of the cinema – especially if you are arriving after the film has already started.

On a related note, we would also like to issue a timely reminder to members to please treat our committee members with respect. We understand there are issues with the cinema, but that does not make it any more acceptable to behave in a rude or inappropriate manner towards us.

The ANU Film Group is run by volunteers who offer a service to members in their own free time. We absolutely share your frustrations, and have been working around the clock – alongside our own work, study and family commitments – to do all that we possibly can to get a number of issues resolved. All we ask is that you please bear with us and behave in a polite and courteous manner.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and cooperation!