The Canberra Film Diary: 9 – 16 January 2014


Happy New Year to one and 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.


A triple treat awaits all Oscar lovers this week with a chance to catch three films tipped for Oscar glory plus one outstanding classic outdoors. Therefore without further ado, here are this week’s highlights:

12 Years A Slave – Wednesday 6.30pm, Dendy (Members Screening)

By all accounts Steve McQueen’s tale of slavery in the pre-civil war US is the one to beat in this years Oscar race. Catch it this weekend before the Oscar announcements next week.

Inside Llewyn Davies – Friday – Sunday, Palace Electric and GRU Manuka

The latest offering from the Coen brothers and a tale of a week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961. Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake.

Dr Strangelove – Saturday 7pm (for a sunset start), ARC 

ARC continue their Saturday night outdoor screening programme with Stanley Kubrick’s classic Dr Strangelove, a story of an insane General who attempts to start a nuclear war.

Major Releases

Two major releases hit the ACT screen this week:

Saving Mr Banks – Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson star in this tale of how Mary Poppins came to delight us on our screens. Screening everywhere.

The Book Thief – Geoffrey Rush and Sophie Nelisse star in this WWII drama about a couple sheltering a Jewish refugee who finds an escape from the horrors of war by stealing and sharing books. Screening everywhere.

Other Notable Screenings

The Piano – Friday 2pm, ARC

The Wicker Man – Friday 7.30pm + Sunday 2pm, ARC

From Up On Poppy Hill – Saturday 2pm, ARC

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

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