Dendy Cult Classics

Cult Classics 2016 EPH

Its time to celebrate Mondays again with the return of the Cult Classics series at Dendy Canberra.

Each Monday in March through to May, at 10am and 6.30pm Dendy Canberra will be showing a selections of films which have inspired dedicated followings and are rarely able to be seen on the big screen.  This series has been going for a few years now and always bring a cineliterate crowd, a cracking atmosphere and the chance to see some classics films up where they belong.

Highlights for me this year are Pulp Fiction, Jaws, Goodfellas, Blade Runner and the opportunity to take my two girls to see The Princess Bride in its full glory.

The full program is listed below, tickets are only $12, so what better way to bring Mondays back.

Here is the full program, or for more details check out on the Dendy Canberra site.


7th – Pulp Fiction

14 – Goodfellas

21 – A Clockwork Orange

28 – The Shining


4 – Reservoir Dogs

11 – The Dead Zone

18 – Enter The Dragon


2 – The Princess Bride

9 – Jaws

16 – Blade Runner

23 – Fight Club

30 – The Rocky Horror Picture Show



  • Director – John Crowley
  • Starring – Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent
  • Writer – Colm Toibin (novel) Nick Hornby (screenplay)
  • Year – 2015
  • Running Time – 112 mins


Home is where the heart is.

Over the last 15 years, I have had the immense good fortune of living in six different countries. At the start of this journey I was a young single man, and now as I look around at what seems to be our most permanent of recent destinations, I find myself married, mortgaged and with a young family. This journey has taught me many valuable lessons, though perhaps one more important than most, that home is where the heart is.

Throughout the early years of this journey, the distance came quite easily to me. Seized by the sense of adventure, I shamefully admit that thoughts rarely turned to home. I was grateful for the professional structures around me, which gave me a constant connection back to the UK, but also the reassuring knowledge that I was never more than three years away from a potentially permanent return. This travel lark was fun, but you know, it wasn’t forever.

As the years passed and locations changed, marriage and children brought me emotionally, though not physically, closer to the UK. Trips home were more regular as was the hosting of family visitors, who were finally happy that we were living in a country they actually wanted to visit.

However, after over a decade of living three years at a time, as a family, we felt the need for some permanence and an urge to put down some roots. We had a straight choice between the UK and Australia, though, in reality, it was a foregone conclusion. So we said a permanent goodbye to Blighty and boarded our latest and probably last long-haul flight for a while, and headed down under.

In my head, I had imagined the moment of arriving in Australia many times. I assumed it would be similar to all previous touchdowns in far-flung locations, a mixture of excitement and apprehension; however, this time was different. As the wheels squeaked into the Sydney sunshine, my first thought was ‘I’m a long way from home.’


2016: My Blogging Aims

Looking Ahead

The end of the year is always a listactial time, so here are my blogging aims for the year ahead.  These aren’t resolutions as such, more like general themes which will hopefully get me back, and keep me on, the right blogging track.

For me, 2016 is all about consistency. Too often, especially at this time of year, promises are made only to be broken come February. This is often true with reviewing. A quick look back through my posting schedule would highlight this – a rush of enthusiasm in January, before nothing but a barren wasteland, with an occasional oasis, until years end. 2016, I hope, will be different.


Galore (2014)

  • Director – Rhys Graham
  • Starring – Ashleigh Cummings, Toby Wallace, Lily Sullivan, Maya Stange, Aliki Matangi
  • Writer – Rhys Graham
  • Year – 2014
  • Running Time – 103 minutes

Galore Pic 

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire

If you live in London, Los Angles or New York you probably get used to seeing your home city up in front of you when you sit down in the dark, but if you live in Canberra, Australia, this doesn’t happen too often. That is until Galore, an impressive teenage drama set here in the nation’s capital. I still haven’t quite got over seeing our local branch of Crust Pizza up on the big screen; our weekly pizza night feels slightly more Hollywood now.

Galore is ambitious, confident and bursts from the screen with the intensity of it’s subject matter. Played out in the preceding days before the tragic bush fires that swept through Canberra in 2003, writer director Rhys Graham beautifully captures the overpowering nature of adolescent emotions, their all-consuming nature and dangerous potential to burn out of control. (more…)

The Canberra Film Diary: 27 Feb – 5 March 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.

Things are getting busy in the Capital at the moment with the annual Open Air Cinema in full swing in Acton Park as well as the ANU Film Club kicking off its Semester One programme.  For details on both then please click on the links.  For once, we actually seem to be quite spoilt for choice, which is something you don’t get to say all the time here in Canberra.  Therefore, please make sure you check out the listings at the bottom of the page, as there are some real gems to choose from.

As there is quite a lot to pack in, lets crack on with this week’s highlights.


Priscilla 20th Anniversary Extravaganza, Friday 5.30pm, ARC

ARC is celebrating the 20th anniversary of this classic Australian film with a special night of sequins and champagne.  The evening will include Tim Chappel, the award-winning costume designer discussing and showing off some of the costumes from the film, followed by something called ‘Tranny Bingo’ and then a special under the stars screening.  This will sell out, so you will need to act quickly.

The Princess Bride, Monday 10am & 6pm, Dendy

Hello.  My name is Inigo Montoya.  You killed my father.  Prepare to die.  Do I need to say any more?

Tracks, Fri – Sun, Dendy, Limelight  & GRU  

Starring Canberra’s own Mia Wasikowska, Tracks is based on the inspirational and iconic true story of Robyn Davidson.  Join Robyn, her loyal dog and four unpredictable camels as they trek from Alice Springs to Uluru and then onto the Indian Ocean; a total of 2700km of spectacular yet unforgiving Australian desert.

Point Break, Wednesday 7pm, Open Air Cinema

Ignore all the recent announcements of another ill-conceived reboot and drink in the glory of this 100% pure adrenaline 90s classic.

Major Releases

Four new releases hit Canberra screens this week:

Gloria – Another CIFF 2013 alumni gets a wider release.  A story set in Santiago and centered on Gloria, a free-spirited older woman and the realities of her whirlwind relationship with a former naval officer whom she meets in the clubs.  Screening exclusively at Palace.

Utopia – John Pilger’s latest documentary, which takes viewers on a personal journey around the vast region of our country known as Utopia.  Screening exclusively at Palace.

Non-Stop – Liam Nielson stars as air marshal who springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.  ‘Taken Off’ anyone…..also is it just me or do the airline stewardesses look like extras from Star Trek?  Screening almost everywhere.

3 Days To Kill – Kevin Costner stars as a dying Secret Service Agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment. Screening almost everywhere.

Other Notable Screenings


Thor: The Dark World – 7.30pm, ANU

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – 7pm, Open Air Cinema


The Gate Keepers – 2pm, ARC

American Hustle – 7pm, Open Air Cinema

Tracks – 10am & 12.40pm, Dendy

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – 7.30pm, ANU

Enough Said – 9.15pm, ANU


Annie – 10.30am, Palace

Tracks – 10am & 12.40pm, Dendy

Frozen – 7pm, ANU

Frozen – 7pm, Open Air Cinema

Delivery Man – 9pm, ANU


Annie -10.30am, Palace

Tracks – 10am & 12.40pm, Dendy

All About Eve – Sunday 3pm, Palace

Grease Sing a long – Sunday, 7pm, Open Air Cinema


The Princess Bride – 10am & 6pm, Dendy


12 Years A Slave – Tuesday 7pm, Open Air Cinema


Point Break – Wednesday 7pm, Open Air Cinema


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