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Andrew L. Urban will present the 12th season of Movies Now for 6 Wednesdays from October 14 – November 18 (6.30pm – 9pm), screening films before their theatrical release, followed by a discussion and Q&A at Sydney’s Chauvel Cinema in Paddington.

Usually the first chance to see a new film in Sydney, Movies Now also gives participants the opportunity to discuss the films after the screening, often with a special guest, in a relaxed but informed environment. Movies Now is an initiative of Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education and is open to anyone over 18, without any eligibility requirements. “It’s an entertaining and informative way to see some of the more interesting films before everyone else,” says Andrew.

"The element of surprise...is part of the enjoyment"

The films are not announced in advance, to ensure that participants view the films with an open mind and a fresh attitude. “The element of surprise, usually pleasant, is part of the enjoyment of the series,” says Andrew.

Previous participants have come from all walks of life and films screened have ranged across genres and languages. When possible, Andrew is joined by special guests, either the filmmakers or someone relevant to the film. Past guest have included Australian directors Gillian Armstrong, Phil Noyce, Bruce Beresford, Ray Lawrence, American producer Frank Marshall, Australian producer Al Clark, Suburban Mayhem star Emily Barclay and many more.

"Modelled on the long-running New York University course, Movies 101"

Modelled on the long-running New York University course, Movies 101, presented by Professor Richard Brown, Movies Now was launched in July 2005, with the first Sydney screening of the iconic Sin City, based on the graphic novel. Australian films screened in previous courses (before their release) include Look Both Ways, Little Fish, Rabbit Proof Fence, The Proposition, Suburban Mayhem, Home Song Stories, Ten Canoes and Lucky Miles.

Published August 20, 2009

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