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When it comes to movies, there's something for everybody on SBS, SBS 2, NITV and On Demand. Find out what's screening where and when.
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4 Aug 2015 - 9:21 AM  UPDATED 17 Aug 2015 - 10:24 AM

Monday, 10 August

Ill Manors

8:30pm, SBS 2
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MA+15
UK, 2012
Director: Ben Drew
Starring: Riz Ahmed, Ed Skrein, Lee Allen
What's it about?
Set on the unforgiving streets of London, this unique crime thriller follows six disparate lives, all struggling to survive the circles of violence that engulf them. There is ex-dealer Kirby, who has just been released from prison, thug Ed who will stop at nothing to find his missing phone, troubled Michelle who is just looking for her next hit, young Jake who finds himself drawn to the local gang, Chris, who seeks revenge, Katya, who is desperately trying to escape this foreign land, and Aaron, our main protagonist who is just trying to do the right thing.

SBS 2 Movies for Mondays: In the Hood

Gangster No. 1

10:45pm, SBS 2

MA+15
UK, 2000
Director: Paul McGuigan
Starring: Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis, Paul Bettany
What's it about?
A veteran gangster looks back on his life of crime in 1960s London: his rise to prominence under the watchful eye of a ruthless gang boss, and the woman who ultimately came between them.

SBS 2 Movies for Mondays: In the Hood

 

Tuesday, 11 August

Bride Flight

2:05am, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

MA+15
Netherlands, 2008
Director:
 Ben Sombogaart
Starring: Karina Smulders, Anna Drijver, Elise Schaap
What's it about?
In 1953, four young people, three women and one man, form a life-long bond when they meet on the 'bride flight' from London to Christchurch, so-called because many of the passengers are Dutch women travelling to meet their fiancés in New Zealand. Nominated for Best Film at the 2009 Rembrandt Awards, Netherlands.

  

Wednesday, 12 August

Fist of Fury

8:30pm, SBS 2
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M
Hong Kong, 1972
Director: Wei Lo
Starring: Bruce Lee, Nora Miao, James Tien
What's it about?
Martial arts legend Bruce Lee stars as Kung Fu pupil Chen Zhen, who returns to Shanghai for the funeral of his former teacher. When he discovers that his mentor was in fact murdered, Chen sets out to avenge his death.

SBS 2 Movie Mayhem: Bruce Lee vs. the World

Legend of the Fist: Return of Chen Zhen

10:35pm, SBS 2
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MA+15
Hong Kong, 2010
Director: Andrew Lau
Starring: Donnie Yen, Alex Ahlstrom, Qi Shu
What's it about?
Set in 1920s Shanghai, ex-soldier Chen Zhen is posing as a rich playboy to infiltrate the local mafia, who have formed an alliance with the invading Japanese. By night, Chen masquerades as a caped crusader, determined to reclaim the city, one flying kick at a time.

SBS 2 Movie Mayhem: Bruce Lee vs. the World

An Honest Liar

11:05pm, SBS
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PG
USA, 2014
Directors: Tyler Measom, Justin Weinstein
Starring: James Randi, Deyvi Peña, Penn Jillette
What's it about?
This documentary is about the world-famous magician and escape artist James Randi, and brings to life his intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con-artists with quasi-religious fervor. A master deceiver who came out of the closet at the age of 81, Randi created fictional characters, fake psychics, and even turned his partner of 25 years, the artist Jose Alvarez, into a sham guru named Carlos. But when a shocking revelation in Randi's personal life is discovered, it isn't clear whether Randi is still the deceiver - or the deceived.

 

Thursday, 13 August

In the Loop

11:55pm, SBS 2

MA+15
UK, 2009
Director: Armando Iannucci
Starring: Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini
What's it about?
Simon Foster is a hapless junior minister whose access to the halls of power in Downing Street is marginal, and whose opinion has never really mattered. Until now. Following a series of ill-advised comments regarding the likelihood of an English/American alliance going to war in the Middle East, Foster inadvertently sets off a chain of events that may just skew an impending UN vote on the issue. Nominated for an Oscar in 2010 for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay.

Read 4-star review

The House of Branching Love

12:20am, SBS

MA+15
Finland, 2009
Director: Mika Kaurismäki
Starring: Elina Knihtilä, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Antti Reini
What's it about?
This Finnish battle-of-the-sexes romantic comedy follows the breakup of a thirty-something couple. Hilarity ensues as they date other people and attempt to ruin each other's reputation. Nominated for three Finnish Jussi Awards in 2010, including Best Actor and Best Actress.

 

Friday, 14 August

The Skin I Live In

11:00pm, SBS
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MA+15
Spain, 2011
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes
What's it about?
This Golden Globe nominated, BAFTA winning Spanish psychological thriller film, written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, follows a brilliant plastic surgeon who, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.

Watch trailer & Read review
Blog: Why You Should Watch The Skin I Live in
Read: The Skin I Live In: Elena Anaya interview

The Lost Bladesman

1:10am, SBS

M
Hong Kong, 2011
Director: Felix Chong, Alan Mak
Starring: Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Betty Sun
What's it about?
With an all-star cast including Donnie Yen, this historical epic tells the story of the greatest warrior in the land - Guan Yu. Set around 200 AD, a tyrant forces Guan Yu to battle his best friend by holding the woman they both love hostage. Winner of Best Actor (Wen Jiang) at the 2011 Shanghai Film Critics Awards.

Read review

A Happy Event

3:05am, SBS
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MA+15
France, 2011
Director: Rémi Bezançon
Starring: Louise Bourgoin, Pio Marmaï, Josiane Balasko
What's it about?
Barbara, a beautiful student, and Nicolas, a charming store clerk, meet and quickly begin a passionate romance that grows into relationship bliss. Their honeymoon period seems to have no end, from extravagant dinners to meeting friends and making a home together. They are shocked to discover that Barbara is pregnant one day, and with cautious enthusiasm they await their first child together. But what begins as a life step quickly puts unexpected strains on their relationship, as the young lovers' lives are turned upside down by raising a baby.

Watch trailer & Read review
Watch interview with director Rémi Bezançon

 

Saturday, 15 August

Cafe de Flore

9:00pm, SBS
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MA+15
Canada/France, 2011
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent, Hélène Florent
What's it about?
A love story about people separated by time and place but connected in profound and mysterious ways. Atmospheric, fantastical, tragic and hopeful, the film chronicles the parallel fates of Jacqueline, a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris, and Antoine, a recently divorced, successful DJ in present day Montreal. What binds the two stories together is love - euphoric, obsessive, tragic, youthful, timeless love.

Watch trailer & Read review
Read interview with director Jean-Marc Vallée
SBS: A Month in France Season

Rabbit-Proof Fence

9:30pm, NITV
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PG
Australia, 2002
Director: Phillip Noyce
Starring: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Kenneth Branagh
What's it about?
Based on the true story of three young Aboriginal girls, Molly and Daisy and their cousin, Gracie, who in 1931, were forcibly removed from their mothers and their home in Jigalong and moved over fifteen thousand miles away, as a part of official 'White Australia' Government policy. Molly leads her younger sister and cousin on a brave escape and in a bid to find their way home, following, on foot, the rabbit-proof fence that cuts across the Gibson Desert and towards Jigalong.

Watch trailer & Read review
Watch original The Movie Show review
Watch interviews with crew
Read blog: Retracing the Rabbit Proof Fence
Rabbit-Proof Fence: Cheat Sheet

Gainsbourg

11:10pm, SBS
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M
France, 2010
Director: Joann Sfar
Starring: Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta
What's it about?
This biopic of French musician Serge Gainsbourg opens during World War II as a young Gainsbourg - the child of Russian Jewish parents - negotiates the terrors of Nazi-occupied Paris. Gainsbourg develops into a rising young star and unlikely womaniser who charms a married Brigitte Bardot and eventually weds Jane Birkin and fathers actress Charlotte Gainsbourg. Winner of three César Awards in 2011, including Best Actor and Best First Film.

Read review

My Year Without Sex

1:20am, SBS 2

M
Australia, 2009
Director: Sarah Watt
Starring: Sacha Horler, Matt Day, Jonathan Segat
What's it about?
Loving couple Natalie and Ross find their lives turned upside down when Natalie suffers an aneurysm that will prevent them from having sex for an entire year. Coping with spirited children, a tight family budget and job insecurity are common challenges for your typical parent, but for Natalie and Ross, things are about to get a little more complicated. Nominated for two AFI Awards in 2009.

Watch trailer & Read review
Watch interview with director Sarah Watt
Blog: My Year Without Sex: Life as it really is

 

Sunday, 16 August

Boy

9:30pm, NITV
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M
New Zealand, 2010
Directors: Taika Waititi
Starring: James Rolleston, Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititi
What's it about?
It's 1984, and 11-year-old Boy lives on a New Zealand farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother. Shortly after Gran leaves for a week, Boy's father appears out of the blue. Having imagined a heroic version of his father during his absence, Boy comes face to face with the real version - an incompetent hoodlum who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years before. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2010 Sydney Film Festival.

Watch trailer & scene clip
Watch Taika Waititi & James Rolleston interview
Read review

White Night Wedding

12:20am, SBS

M
Iceland, 2008
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Starring: Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir, Laufey Elíasdóttir
What's it about?
As middle-aged professor Jon prepares to tie the knot with a student half his age, events conspire against him. His future mother-in-law is vehemently opposed to the marriage, his first wife won’t get off his back, and his best man is never sober for long. Jon begins to question whether love is enough. Winner of seven Icelandic Edda Awards in 2008, including Best Film.

Zion and His Brother

1:40am, SBS 2
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M
Israel, 2009
Director: Eran Merav
Starring: Reuven Badalov, Ronit Elkabetz, Ofer Hayun
What's it about?
Set in a working-class suburb of Haifa, a tragic turn of events drives a wedge between a pair of inseparable brothers as the youngest re-examines his loyalty towards the older brother he once looked up to. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

 

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