Centre for Continuing Education

Movies Now Course: Your Movie Club

Film. Focus on cinema.

Appreciate and learn about film the smart way with Film courses at the University of Sydney.


This unique and popular movie appreciation course is like having your own private movie club. In its 11th year, Movies Now offers participants ‘private movie premieres’ prior to their commercial release with each featured movie specially selected by the presenter and popular film critic, Andrew L Urban. The featured movies and their titles remain a secret until their screening to ensure that participants approach each film on its own merits, uncompromised by outside opinions.

Following each movie screening, a special guest will join the group for a discussion designed to help explore the background of each film whilst analysing the themes and cinematic elements. Where possible, the special guests will include the filmmakers themselves.


At the end of the course, students will be able to appreciate and discuss films with a broader cinematic vocabulary and to recognise the importance of the many elements that make up a film, from the screenplay (story, subtext, context) to casting and performances, the direction, cinematography, design and music.


Participants will experience a range of cinematic styles and genres, exploring the whole spectrum of the human condition as conveyed on screen. The movies are chosen to engage and challenge, to stimulate discussion and explore how different filmmakers tell their stories.

A past featured movie

A Perfect Day, directed by Fernando Leon de Arona (Australian release, June 9, 2016). Multi award winning film starring Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, Melanie Thierry. Somewhere in the Balkans in 1995, a group of aid workers tries to remove a cadaver from a well in an armed conflict zone. The body was thrown into the well to contaminate the water and cut the water supply to the local population. But circumstances soon turn a simple task into an impossible mission. The workers cross the frenzied war landscape like guinea pigs in a maze, and there might be no way out. A war inside another war, in which the only enemy could be irrationality. The crisis they’re trying to solve is humanitarian, but they’re only human. “A haunting, darkly funny work full of surprises and bristling with tension – and superb performances.”

Intended Audience

Participants must be 18 years or over.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • Outstanding organisation! Great to see movies before they are released. The discussions following the movie are very beneficial.

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