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When it comes to movies, there's something for everybody on SBS ONE, SBS 2, NITV and On Demand. Find out what's screening where and when.
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2 Mar 2015 - 6:08 PM  UPDATED 16 Mar 2015 - 9:25 AM

Monday, 9 March

Beasts of the Southern Wild

8:30pm, SBS 2
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M
USA, 2012
Director: Benh Zeitlin
Starring: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly
What's it about?
Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in the Bathtub, a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack, temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With Wink's health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.

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Mulan

9:00pm, NITV
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M
China/USA, 2009
Directors: Jingle Ma, Wei Dong
Starring: Wei Zhao, Jaycee Chan, Rongguang Yu
What's it about? 
The epic story of the Chinese girl-warrior, Mulan. In 450 A.D., the ruling Chinese dynasty is under constant threat from the Rouran tribes. When the Chinese army conducts a nation wide draft, a retired soldier named Hua Hu insists on enlisting again to serve his country. His young and intelligent daughter, who skilled in martial arts, but who as a woman cannot enlist, disguises herself as a boy and enters the Wei army in her father's place.

Winter's Bone

10:15pm, SBS 2
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MA+15
USA, 2010
Director: Debra Granik
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt
What's it about? 
Ree Dolly, an unflinching Ozark teenager, hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact and save their home from being repossessed. Nominated for four Oscars at the 2011 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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An Earthly Paradise for the Eyes

12:00am, SBS ONE
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M
Czech Republic, 2009
Director: Irena Pavlaskova
Starring: Vilma Cibulková, Tereza Vorísková, Dana Markova
What's it about?
Director Irena Pavlaskova finds humour in the dark depths of the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in this lively black comedy. The year is 1968 and Marta is trying to raise her two teenage daughters - Majda and Gábina - as the Soviet tanks roll in. However, living with a constantly changing cast of their mother’s boyfriends, proves as challenging for the adolescents as surviving under the oppressive communist regime.

Ring

2:00am, SBS 2
MA+15
Japan, 1998
Director: Hideo Nakaka
Starring: Nanako Matsushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Miki Nakatani
What's it about?
Television journalist Reiko Asakawa is covering a story about a mysterious video that kills whomever views it, unless that viewer can solve its mystery. The story becomes real to Reiko when she locates the videotape and accidently watches it, so bringing herself under the curse.

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Tuesday, 10 March

Precious

9:00pm, NITV
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MA+15
USA, 2009
Director: Lee Daniels
Starring: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton
What's it about?
In New York City's Harlem in 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate 16-year-old who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enrol in an alternative school in the hope that her life can head in a new direction. Winner of two Academy Awards in 2010, and nominated for four others, including Best Picture.

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Secrets of State

11:40pm, SBS ONE
M
France, 2008
Director: Philippe Haim
Starring: Gerard Lanvin, Vahina Giocante, Nicolas Duvauchelle
What's it about?
Diane, a student, is recruited to the French Secret Service and trained to infiltrate a terrorist network. At the same time, Pierre, a troubled youth, is attracted to Islamist circles where he becomes involved in a plot to attack Paris. Both are drawn into a chain of events from which they seem incapable of escaping.

Inside Ring

1:30am, SBS ONE 
M
France, 2009
Director: Laurent Tuel
Starring: Jean Reno, Gaspard Ulliel, Vahina Giocante
What's it about?
The Malakian clan, a family of ruthless gangsters, controls the underworld of Southern France. At its head, the violent godfather Milo Malakian rules his world with an iron fist. His son and heir, Anton, dreams of breaking free and making his own choices. But to escape, not only does Anton have to counter his own destiny, but also the man who has sworn to bring his father down.

Ring: The Spiral

2:00am, SBS 2
M
Japan, 1998
Director: Joji Iida
Starring: Koishi Sato, Miki Nakatani, Hiroyuki Sanada
What's it about?
A young pathologist seeks answers to the mysterious death of a friend and soon comes into contact with the same malevolent videotape that caused the death of the friend's wife and son, which is haunted by the curse of Sadako, a relentless spirit.

 

Wednesday, 11 March

Goal of the Dead

8:30pm, SBS 2
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MA+15
France, 2013
Directors: Thierry Poiraud, Benjamin Rocher
Starring: Alban Lenoir, Charlie Bruneau, Tiphaine Daviot
What's it about?
Returning to his hometown for the first time since his big-money move to a major football club, Sam Lorit expects a joyful homecoming and a routine victory before the end of the professional season. But when one of the players is injected with contaminated steroids, it transforms him into a crazed, murderous monster. As the unknown rabies-like infection spreads like wildfire and turns the small town’s inhabitants into ultra-violent and highly contagious zombies, bitter rivalries are inflamed, and the players, their entourage, and a ragtag band of local misfits are dragged into a brutal game for their lives.

Mosquita Y Mari

9:00pm, NITV
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M
USA, 2012
Director: Aurora Guerrero
Starring: Venecia Troncoso, Fenessa Pineda, Joaquín Garrido
What's it about?
Mosquita y Mari is a coming of age story that focuses on a tender friendship between two young Chicanas. Yolanda and Mari are growing up in Huntington Park, Los Angeles and have only known loyalty to one thing: family. As their friendship grows, a yearning to explore their strange yet beautiful connection surfaces. Mounting pressures at home collide with their new-found connection, forcing them to choose between their obligations to others and staying true to themselves.

The Time That Remains

11:55pm, SBS ONE
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M
UK/Italy/Belgium/France, 2009
Director: Elia Suleiman
Starring: Elia Suleiman, Saleh Bakri, Shafika Bajjali
What's it about?
Based on his father's old diaries, a man explores the life of his Palestinian family from 1948 to the present day, examining the injustice of those forced to live as strangers in their own land. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2009.

White As Snow

1:50am, SBS ONE
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MA+15
France, 2010
Director: Christophe Blanc
Starring: François Cluzet, Olivier Gourmet, Louise Bourgoin
What's it about?
Director Christophe Blanc delivers a fast-past thriller set to a background of Finland's stunning landscape. High-end car dealership owner Maxime is pursued by Finnish gangsters over unsatisfactory cars his dead partner sold them.

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Ring 2

2:00am, SBS 2
M
Japan, 1999
Director: Hideo Nakata
Starring: Miki Nakatani, Naako Matsushima, Katsumi Murmatsu
What's it about?
Director Hideo Nakata's follow-up to his own highly acclaimed film, Ring, is an atmospheric and disturbing tale which combines elements of the supernatural and the technological to chilling effect. After losing her boyfriend to the deadly virus - which took hold in the first film - journalist Mai Takano decides to conduct her own investigation into the powers of the lethal videotape.

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Thursday, 12 March

Radiance

9:00pm, NITV
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M
Australia, 1998
Director: Rachel Perkins
Starring: Deborah Mailman, Rachel Maza, Patricia Morton-Thomas
What's it about?
Three sisters reunite after some years apart, for their mother's funeral. Cressy, the eldest of the three, is an opera singer who is reluctant to visit the past and definitely doesn’t want to share it with her sisters. Mae has stayed behind looking after mum, and believes that Cressy hasn’t shared enough. Nona, the youngest and the party girl, just wants them to all be one happy family. Deep and dark family secrets and personal conflicts start to unravel, but not all is gloom.

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Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky

12:00am, SBS ONE
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MA+15
France, 2009
Director: Jan Kounen
Starring: Anna Mouglalis, Mads Mikkelsen, Elena Morozova
What's it about?
The love affair between two 20th century icons is dramatised in this period drama. In Paris in 1920, Coco Chanel offers to take the homeless and broke composer Igor Stravinsky into her home, beginning a passionate affair of the heart. Nominated for a 2010 César Award for Best Costume Design. 

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Ring 0: The Birthday

2:00am, SBS 2
M
Japan, 2000
Director: Norio Tsuruta
Starring: Yukie Nakama, Yoshiko Tanaka, Seiichi Tanabe
What's it about?
In this prequel to the horror film Ring, a young Sadako becomes an actress in hopes of escaping her troubled past. But strange visions and terrifying powers begin to manifest themselves in and around the shy, withdrawn university student.

Love Aaj Kal

2:05am, SBS ONE
M
India, 2009
Director: Imtiaz Ali
Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Rishi Kapoor
What's it about?
Jai and Meera are in love, but when their careers take them in different directions they break up. Over time they realise their feelings have endured despite their separation. Running parallel is the older love story of Veer Singh, recounted to Jai to convince him that although people change, love does not.

 

Friday, 13 March

Lan Kwai Fong 3

11:30pm, SBS ONE
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MA+15
Hong Kong, 2012
Director: Wilson Chin
Starring: Ava Yu, Jason Chan, Alex Lam
What's it about?
Wilson Chin takes another trip back to Hong Kong’s hottest nightlife district with this third installment, completing extremely popular trilogy about the lives and lusts of good looking young party goers.

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Cloud 9

1:15am, SBS ONE
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M
Germany, 2008
Director: Andreas Driesen
Starring: Ursula Werner, Horst Rehberg, Horst Westphal
What's it about?
Inge, a woman in her sixties, is torn between a passionate affair with an older man who has revived her spirit, and a safe but predictable 30-year marriage. Winner of Un Certain Regard at the 2008 Cannes International Film Festival.

 

Saturday, 14 March

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

8:30pm, SBS ONE
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M
USA, 2012
Director: Mira Nair
Starring: Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Hudson
What's it about?
Based on the novel by Mohsin Hamid, this film follows a young Pakistani man who is chasing corporate success on Wall Street, but soon finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland.

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Red State

10:50pm, SBS ONE
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MA+15
USA, 2011
Director: Kevin Smith
Starring: Michael Parks, John Goodman, Melissa Leo
What's it about?
In Middle America, three horny teenagers travel to isolated Cooper’s Dell after responding to an online invitation for sex. However, their schoolboy fantasies turn sinister as Christian extremists led by the twisted but charismatic preacher Abin Cooper hold them captive in his compound known as the Five Points Church.

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St John's Wort

12:00am, SBS 2
MA+15
Japan, 2001
Director: Ten Shimoyama
Starring: Megumi Okina, Yoichiro Saito, Koji Okura
What's it about?
Nami has been creating artwork for a new video game based on images she’s been seeing in her dreams. With one of the game producers, she travels out to an abandoned house that seems to match her visions. As they explore the old mansion, Nami begins to have more visions of a forgotten childhood. While they go from room to room, an unseen person seems to be watching them from a hidden space.

El Greco

12:25am, SBS ONE
PG
Greece/Spain/Hungary, 2007
Director: Yannis Smaragdis
Starring: Nick Ashdon, Juan Diego Botto, Laia Marull
What's it about?
An epic tale of an uncompromising artist and fighter for freedom, Domenicos Theotokopoulos, known to the world as 'El Greco'. Set in the 16th century, El Greco's search for freedom and love ranges from the courts of Crete and Venice to Toledo in Spain. Here he is confronted by his greatest adversary: the Holy Inquisition. Winner of ten awards at the 2007 Thessaloniki Film Festival, including Best Film.

 

Sunday, 15 March

Girlfight

 
M
USA, 2001
Director: Karyn Kusama
Starring: Michelle Rodriguez, Santiago Douglas, Jaime Tirelli
What's it about?
A troubled teen from Brooklyn finds solace in the boxing ring, despite the scepticism of her abusive father and the cast of chauvinist trainers who dominate the sport.

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War On Drugs: The House I Live In

10:35pm, SBS ONE 
M
USA, 2012
Director: Eugene Jarecki
Starring: Eugene Jarecki, Nannie Jeter, Betty Chism
What's it about?
For 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and damaged poor communities. Despite this, drugs are more available today than ever before. Filmed across the US, this documentary shines a light on all levels of America's drug war – from the dealers to narcotics officers and inmates to federal judges. These stories pose urgent questions such as what caused the war, what perpetuates it, and how can it be stopped?

Travellers and Magicians

1:15am, SBS 2
PG
Australia/Bhutan/UK, 2003
Director: Khyenste Norbu
Starring: Tshewang Dendup, Sonam Kinga, Sonam Lhamo
What's it about?
A sweet, unhurried tale about one man’s ambition to escape his mundane rural life. Dondup, a young government officer, is bored with his life in a rural Bhutanese village and dreams of starting afresh in America. Nominated for the International Jury Award at the 2003 Sao Paulo International Film Festival.

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