Welcome to the latest edition of The Canberra Film Diary, your one stop shop for all notable cinematic screenings within the ACT. For details on specific cinemas, check out the Canberra Page.
After the disappointment of the unfortunate postponement of last weeks Body of Works, we have another new film festival, a crop of advanced screenings and a couple of real 80s classics to sink your teeth into this week.
Here are the highlights:
Delphi Bank 20th Greek Film Festival
The Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with a programme of the best contemporary cinema from Greece, screening at Palace Electric from 29 November – 14 December. I must admit I know very little about Greek cinema, but you can check out the full program here.
A cracking selection of advanced screenings will be on the Canberra screens this weekend, so catch them early before the rush. Here is what you have to choose from:
The Spectacular Now – Very intrigued to see this tale of high school romance from the director of Smashed and the writers of (500) Days Of Summer, two of the best films of the last few years. Screening at Palace, Fri – Sun.
The Gilded Cage – Family, food and friendships are all examined in this delightful and charming tale of the importance of remembering your roots. One of the highlights of CIFF for me. Screening at Palace, Fri – Sun. ★★★★
Closed Circuit – Straight from the recent British Film Festival, Eric Bana stars in a slightly stilted tale of legal ramifications in the aftermath of a terrorist attack in London. A promising premise, but ultimately unsatisfying. Screening at Palace, Fri – Sun. ★★
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 – The long awaited follow up to one of the most original and frankly bonkers animated films in years has finally arrived and it’s been worth the wait. Think Jurassic Park, but with food and you’ll get the picture. Screening on Sunday at Hoyts Woden & Belconnen. ★★★★
Sunset Cinema – Top Gun
The delectable Sunset Cinema brings Tony Scott’s 80s classic to the outdoor big screen in the National Botanic Gardens. Two Russian MiG 22’s couldn’t keep me away from this. Wednesday night. ★★★★★
Dendy’s Cult Classic series continues with the monstrously good Gremlins, screening on Monday at 10am and 6pm. See it once and you’ll never look at cuddly toys in the same way again. ★★★★★
Four new releases hit Canberra’s screens this week:
One Chance – Another film fresh from the British Film Festival, the true-life tale of Paul Potts, an amateur opera singer and the first winner of Britain’s Got Talent. Screening everywhere.
Carrie – Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore star in this remake of the 1976 horror classic about a young girl with a telekinetic powers and an aversion to Prom. Screening at Hoyts and Limelight.
On My Way – Facing a failed relationship and a struggling restaurant, a woman hits the road with her grandson. Screening exclusively at Palace.
How I Live Now – More British Film Festival goodness as Saoirse Ronan stars in this tale of love and survival in the aftermath of a nuclear attack on London. Screening exclusively at Palace.
Other Notable Screenings
28 Nov – Palace BFF – The Third Man
28 Nov – Palace BFF – Good Vibrations
28 Nov – Dendy – Uncharted Waters – Wayne Lynch
28 Nov – ARC – Patrick
28 Nov – Sunset Cinema – Rush
29 Nov – Sunset Cinema – Planes
29 Nov – Palace BFF – Jump
29 Nov – Palace BFF – Blood
29 Nov – Palace – The Spectacular Now
29 Nov – Palace – The Gilded Cage
29 Nov – Palace – Closed Circuit
29 Nov – Palace GFF – What If
30 Nov – Sunset Cinema – Thanks For Sharing
30 Nov – ARC – Absolutely Modern
30 Nov – ARC – My Winnipeg
30 Nov – ARC – Patrick
30 Nov – Palace BFF – Brief Encounter
30 Nov – Palace BFF – Great Expectations
30 Nov – Palace BFF – Still Life
30 Nov – Palace BFF – Le Weekend
30 Nov – GRU – The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child
30 Nov – Palace BFF – Romeo and Juliet
30 Nov – Palace – The Spectacular Now
30 Nov – Palace – The Gilded Cage
30 Nov – Palace – Closed Circuit
30 Nov – Palace GFF – Wild Duck
1 Dec – ARC – Tiny Furniture
1 Dec – ARC – Patrick
1 Dec – Palace Vintage: Scarface
1 Dec – Palace BFF – Lawerence of Arabia
1 Dec – Palace BFF – How I Live Now
1 Dec – Palace BFF – Philomena
1 Dec – Palace – The Spectacular Now
1 Dec – Palace – The Gilded Cage
1 Dec – Palace – Closed Circuit
1 Dec – GRU – The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child
2 Dec – Dendy Cult Classics – Gremlins
4 Dec – Sunset Cinema – Top Gun
4 Dec – Palace GFF – One Step Ahead
So that’s it, another bumper week of cinematic goodness. Let me in the comments what you plan on seeing. Have a good week.