The Canberra Film Diary: 12 – 18 December 2013


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.


Christmas comes early this week in the ACT with a bumper crop of advanced previews to get you in the festive mood as well as freeing up your Boxing Day schedule.

Here are this week’s highlights:

Nebraska – Friday 6.30pm, Palace Electric

There was an awfully long wait between Sideways and The Descendants, but thankfully Alexander Payne only made us wait two years this time.  Now he is back with a tale about a father and son trip across Nebraska, which is already receiving Oscar buzz and five star reviews.  This is a must see, especially as it won’t be out until February next year.

Frozen – Sunday 10.30 am, GRU Manuka.

What says Christmas better than a Disney film? In the latest offering, fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.  Sounds perfect family fun.

Saving Mr Banks – Monday 7.00pm, GRU Manuka

Continuing the Disney theme, Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson star in this tale of how Mary Poppins came to delight us on our screens.  Another Oscar front-runner and not out till 9 January next year.

Honourable Mentions

The Railway Man  – Monday 6.30pm, Palace Electric

Director Jonathan Teplizky will be in attendance for a special Q&A after this advanced screening of his latest drama, a true story set in WWII starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, which is not scheduled for release until Boxing Day.

Major Releases

Three major releases hit the ACT this week:

American Hustle – Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence lead an all-star case in the latest offering from David O Russell.  Screening everywhere

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 exclusively at Palace.

Battle Of The Year: The Dream Team – Ever wondered if Sawyer from Lost could coach a dance troop to glory?  Well here is you chance to find out. Playing Hoyts and Limelight.

Other Notable Screenings

12 Dec – ARC – Fallout

13 Dec – Palace – Nebraska

13 Dec – Sunset Cinema – Dirty Dancing

14 Dec – Sunset Cinema – Blue Jasmine

14 Dec –ARC  – Wolf Children

14 Dec – ARC – Fallout

14 Dec – ARC – The Patience Stone

14 Dec – Palace GFF – A.C.A.B. All Cats Are Brilliant

14 Dec – Palace GFF – Capital

15 Dec – ARC – The Pevert’s Guide to Ideology

15 Dec – Palace Vintage – Anchorman

16 Dec – Palace – The Railway Man Q&A

18 Dec – Sunset Cinema – The Counsellor

So that’s it, another bumper week of cinematic goodness.  Let me in the comments what you plan on seeing. Have a good week.