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Movies Now gives film lovers a chance to see and discuss movies prior to their commercial release, in sessions led by film writer and critic, Andrew L. Urban, under the auspices of the University of Sydney’s Centre for Continuing Education, in the comfort and technical excellence of the Dendy Cinema in Newtown. Winter season begins Wednesday, July 5, 2006, 6.30pm.

Andrew L. Urban selects a film to screen, prior to its commercial release, which is followed by a lively, informed discussion. Where possible the evening will include a special guest either associated with the film or otherwise relevant to it. The sessions explore the background of the film, gain additional insider information and generally dissect the contents. Participants get a chance to preview movies without preconceptions generated by reviewers or ‘experts’ – hence the film is not announced in advance.

"a cross section of independent, mainstream and foreign language films"

The films chosen are a cross section of independent, mainstream and foreign language films and are chosen from the release schedule by Andrew. Accompanying material include production notes and selected articles. Note: participants must be over 18.

Launched in the 2005 Winter semester, Movies Now is a six week course in which Urban screens films prior to their commercial release, followed by a discussion, usually with a guest from the film or relevant to it. Films screened over the past year include the first Sydney screenings of Australian films like Look Both Ways, The Proposition, Little Fish, as well as foreign films like Me and My Sister, Sin City, Red Dust, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Paradise Now, Fateless, Capote, Transamerica, Eight Below, Manual of Love and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.

With 20 years experience writing about filmmaking and filmmakers for Australian and international media, Andrew has accumulated an extensive mental library of filmic references and practices. He has covered Australian filmmaking in depth for international film industry publications, as well as film festivals around the world, including Cannes (2005 was his 18th); he has interviewed hundreds of actors, directors, producers and writers, from classic superstars such as Gregory Peck and Anthony Hopkins, to newcomers such Ivan Sen and Abbie Cornish. 

Winter season begins Wednesday, July 5, 2006, 6.30pm; 6 meetings, $200 (incl movie admission).
Wednesdays, 6.30pm – 9.15pm (approx)
Dendy Newtown, Sydney
Telephone enquiries: 02 9036 4789
Join Andrew and CCE executives at the conclusion of the last meeting for complimentary 'wrap drinks' at the Dendy Foyer Bar. ENROL

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