The Canberra Film Diary: 6 – 12 February 2014.


Hello all and 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.

An interesting week ahead here in the Territory, with another early glimpse at an Oscar front runner, some sneaky Stallone and a whole bunch of new releases to wrap your eyeballs around.  So without further ado, here are the weeks highlights:


Dallas Buyers Club – Fri – Sun, Dendy, Palace Electric & GRU

The McConaissance continues with Matthew McConaughey starring as Ron Woodroof who fights against the system to provide his fellow AIDS sufferers with medicine at affordable prices. Both McConaughey and Jared Leto are up for shiny gold statues, as is the film itself.

Bullet To The Head  – Friday 7.30pm, Arc

Part of Arc’s ‘Blink and You Miss it’ schedule which showcases films which never made it to Australian screens, Sly Stallone stars as a world-weary New Orleans hitman who teams up with a younger DC detective to hunt down the man who killed both their partners. Bullet to the Head has been referred to as an underrated retro-styled action film and is showing just the once, so be quick.

The Blue Lagoon – Sunday, 3pm, Palace Electric (Vintage)

Brooke Shields stars in this 1980’s classic and with temperatures as hot as they are, then an air-conditioned cinema watching the tale of two you teenagers shipwrecked on a tropical island sounds like a good escape plan to me.

Major Releases

Five major releases hit the ACT screen this week:

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom – Idris Elba stars in the biopic of this great man.  Screening everywhere

Labor Day – Jason Reitman is one of my favourite young directors, so I am looking forward to his latest offering, though the trailer didn’t fill me with joy.  Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin star in this tale of an escaped convict looking for shelter and perhaps more.  Screening everywhere.

The Past – Fresh from CIFF, Ashgar Farhadi the director of A Separation, continues this theme with a tale of divorce, children and a clash of cultures in this powerful and enthralling French language drama. Screening at Palace. ★★★★

Robocop – There are some films that should never been remade and I would put Robocop into this category.  I will however reserve judgement till I see it, which you can everywhere.

Last Vegas – Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline travel to Las Vegas for a bachelor party to celebrate the marriage of Michael Douglas to a lass half his age.  Is this a true story I hear you ask? Screening everywhere.

Other Notable Screenings

Grease (Sing along) – Monday 10am & 6pm, Dendy

Have a good week and let me know what you fancy seeing in the comments.

The Canberra Film Diary: 14 – 20 November 2013


It’s been a while I know, for which my apologies.

During my rather long hiatus I have been discovering the various cinematic gems contained within the ACT. One thing I discovered during this process is that there was a lot more going on in the ACT than I had realised and I had been missing out on some real fun.  Therefore in order to make sure I was up to date on all available options I put together a list, which I named ‘The Canberra Film Diary’.   I used this diary to highlight all notable cinematic events across the Territory and I thought it might be nice to share this on a weekly basis with all you fine folks out there.

Therefore welcome to the first edition of ‘The Canberra Film Diary’, which will be posted each Wednesday and will cover the following (Thurs-Weds) cinematic week.  It will contain news on latest releases, festivals, special screenings and the occasional hidden gem.  I personally have found it very useful and I hope you do to, though I suspect it will only be of relevance to Canberra-based cinephiles. I will cover all cinemas within Canberra and please see here for their full details.

So off we go.  There are two major cinematic events kicking off this week, plus three major releases:

Firstly it is time to welcome back to Canberra the simply delightful Sunset Cinema, which is back in the capital for its second year. Screening from 15 November – 21 December, Sunset Cinema provides the opportunity to relax in the outdoor setting of the gorgeous National Botanic Gardens and watch a wide variety of recent releases, as well as a smattering of modern-day classics.   Full details of the programme can be found here.  My personal highlight: Top Gun, you can’t beat a bit of Maverick outdoors.

Secondly, Palace Electric will be hosting the British Film Festival, which will screen from 19 November – 1 December.  The festival kicks off with One Chance, and closes with the highly acclaimed Philomena.  Sandwiched in-between is a cracking selection of British fayre including screenings of the BFI Top 5 and a Q&A session of Closed Circuit with Eric Bana.  Full details of the extensive programme can be found here and a preview of the festival will be up later on in the week.

Major Releases

Three major releases hit the capital’s screens this week:

Enough Said – James Gandolfini’s penultimate performance, and by all accounts one of his best.  Currently receiving rave reviews, this has been called a sharp and insightful comedy that humorously explores middle-aged romance.  Screening at Palace and Dendy.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – Another Jackass character spin-off.  Never seen the original show, see no reason to start now. Screening at Dendy, both Hoyts and Limelight. 

The Fifth Estate – Is this the real story behind Wikileaks?  From the reviews I have read so far, the answer seems to be a resounding no. Screening at Palace and Greater Union Manuka. 

Other Notable Screenings

15 Nov – Sunset Cinema – Diana

15 Nov – ANU – R.I.P.D.

15 Nov – ANU – Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

16 Nov – Sunset Cinema – About Time

16 Nov – ANU – Turbo

16 Nov – ANU – Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters

16 Nov – Palace Electric – Stephen Sonheim’s Merrily We Roll Along

17 Nov – ARC – Decalogue Seven, Eight

17 Nov – ARC – La Maison de la Radio

17 Nov – Palace Electric – Vintage screening of Oklahoma!

17 Nov – Palace Electric  – Mary Meets Mohammad (Special one-off screening)

17 Nov – Palace Electric – Stephen Sonheim’s Merrily We Roll Along

18 Nov – Dendy Cult Classic – Barbarella

19 Nov – Palace Electric – One Chance (opening night of the British Film Festival)

20 Nov – Sunset Cinema – Gravity (Gravity outdoors in the dark sounds superb)

20 Nov – Palace Electric  – BFF – Jump

20 Nov – Palace Electric – BFF – Blood

20 Nov – GU Manuka – Merrily We Roll Along

So that’s it, hope everyone has a good week and let me know what you fancy seeing in the comments below.