The Canberra Film Diary: 28 November – 4 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.


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.

Advanced Screenings

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. ★★★★★

Honourable Mention


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. ★★★★★

Major Releases

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.

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.