Screen Time: January 2016


Welcome to the first edition of Screen Time for 2016, which is a round-up of the films and television shows I have seen on all types of screens over the preceding month split down into the following areas:

  • Highlights:  What has stood out for me this month.
  • Lowlights:  What has stood out for all the wrong reasons.
  • Cinema Screenings:  First time watches I have seen in the cinema.
  • Couch Screenings:  First time watches at home.
  • Rewatches:  Any rewatches, either in the cinema, at home or on the move.
  • TV Shows:  Any TV shows I’m currently bingeing on.
  • Score Sheet:  The tallies for the year, so far.

So without further ado, here is how January shook down.


Screen Time: June 2014


I used to post a weekly update on my viewing habits, which I called ‘The Week That Was’. However, as a busy father to two young children this weekly tempo was proving a little too ambitious, therefore I have taken the lead from some other fellow bloggers and reverted to a monthly schedule instead.

I have decided to call this section ‘Screen Time’ and it will follow the same basic structure as the previous weekly edition, covering my viewing habits for the preceding month split down into the following areas:

Highlights:                            What has stood out for me this month.

Cinema Screenings:            First time watches I have seen in the cinema.

Couch Screenings:                First time watches at home.

Rewatches:                            Any rewatches, either in the cinema, at home or on the move.

TV Shows:                              Any TV Shows I am currently deep into.

Score Sheet:                          The tallies for the year, so far.

So without further ado, here is how June shook down. (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.