The first and only contemporary movie appreciation course run
through Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education, Movies
Now is inspired by Movies 101 at New York University, which has
been running for over 30 years. The premise is to screen films
unannounced in advance, followed by an informed discussion led by
Urban and including special guests.
Guests have included directors Bruce Beresford and Phillip Noyce,
Raymond Longford awarded producer Al Clark, script specialist
Duncan Thompson, AFTRS screen studies lecturers Dr Karen Pearlman
and Mike Jones, actor/writer/director Lewis Fitz-Gerald and founder
of digital wizkiddery Fuel VFX, Paul Butterworth.
Movies that have ‘premiered’ at Movies Now recently in addition to
Life of Pi include Anna Karenina, Robot & Frank, The Master and in
previous courses participants were the first to see The Artist, My
Week With Marilyn, Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy, Oranges and
Sunshine and the Oscar winning Winter’s Bone.