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2 Sep 2015 - 2:11 PM  UPDATED 14 Sep 2015 - 9:17 AM

Monday, 7 September

Short Term 12

8:30pm, SBS 2
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M
USA, 2013
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Starring: Brie Larson, Frantz Turner, John Gallagher Jr.
What's it about?
Based on director Destin Daniel Cretton's own experience of working with at-risk teenagers, this film depicts the struggles of a twenty-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility, who navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.

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SBS 2 Movies for Mondays: Hipster Season

Tiny Furniture

10:20pm, SBS 2
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MA15+
USA, 2010
Director: Lena Dunham
Starring: Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Grace Dunham
What's it about?
Lena Dunham plays a college graduate, 22-year-old Aura, who returns home to her artist mother’s NYC loft with a useless film theory degree, a boyfriend who’s left her to find himself and her tail between her legs. Luckily, her childhood best friend never left home, the restaurant down the block is hiring, and ill-advised romantic possibilities abound.

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SBS 2 Movies for Mondays: Hipster Season

The Floating Lives

1:30am, SBS 2

M
Vietnam, 2010
Director: Phan Quang Binh Nguyen
Starring: Do Thi Hai Yen, Tang Thanh Ha, Ninh Duong Lan Ngoc, Dustin Nguyen
What's it about?
This film draws us into the colourful daily life of the seemingly unsophisticated peasants of the mysterious Mekong Delta, in Vietnam. It offers a rare glimpse into a family life separated from the mainstream of modern society, yet shows the similarities in emotions experienced by people everywhere. Adapted from Nguyen Thi Ngoc Tu’s award-winning short story, Boundless Rice Field.

 

Tuesday, 8 September

The Story of Film (Part 1/15)

12:20am, SBS 2
Watch it now at SBS On Demand

M
UK, 2011
Director: Mark Cousins
What's it about? 
(1895-1918) The World Discovers a New Art Form. Six years in the making, this 15-part series covers the film landscape from silent cinema to the modern day digital era. The new art form of cinema gave rise to a myriad of inventive individuals who each imposed their own unique stamp. Stars were born and by the 1920's the new medium became a fully-fledged art that delighted audiences and entranced its makers such as the D.W. Griffith, Alfred Hitchcock and Sergei Eisenstein.

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The Life Coach

1:30am, SBS 2
Watch it now at SBS On Demand

PG
France, 2009
Director: Olivier Doran
Starring: Jean-Paul Rouve, Richard Berry, Anne Maravin
What's it about?
Max Chêne is a 'life coach' who helps to motivate everybody from professional athletes to government ministers to business executives. After his gambling debts get out of control and his wife throws him out, he is approached to take on a unique client. Patrick Marmignon is an ineffectual manager at a company who is about to make a very important presentation to a potential Chinese investor. The CEO hires Max to coach Patrick but tells him he must not let him know that he’s being coached.

Tabloid

2:15am, SBS

M
USA, 2010
Director: Errol Morris
What's it about?
Award-winning director Errol Morris follows the story of a former beauty queen who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon missionary. The film dissects the obsessions of ex-model Joyce McKinney, who thought she had found the man of her dreams in a devout Mormon back in the 1970s. When the young man broke off their engagement to go to England to do missionary work, McKinney followed him, kidnapped him, and attempted to get him under her power by forcing him to have sex with her. Morris revisits the story, in all its oddity and humour, through interviews with McKinney and others.

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Watch: The Thin Blue Line

 

Wednesday, 7 September

Don Jon

8:30pm, SBS 2
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MA+15
USA, 2013
Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore
What's it about?
In this stylish comedy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Jon, a man who, although dedicated to his friends, family, church and girlfriend, played by Scarlett Johansson, suffers from intimacy issues due to his addiction to pornography. When he meets Esther through adult education, he begins to recognise his issues.

SBS 2: Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll Season

My Awkward Sexual Adventure

10:15pm, SBS 2
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MA+15
Canada, 2012
Director: Sean Garrity
Starring: Jonas Chernick, Emily Hampshire, Sarah Manninen
What's it about?
To win back his ex-girlfriend, a conservative accountant enlists the help of an exotic dancer to guide him on a quest of sexual experience, leading him into a world of strip clubs, sensual massage parlours, cross-dressing and S&M.

SBS 2: Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll Season

The Story of Film (Part 2/15)

12:35am, SBS 2
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M
UK, 2011
Director: Mark Cousins
What's it about? 
(1918-1928) The Triumph of American Film. This series covers the film landscape from silent cinema to the modern day digital era. The new art form of cinema gave rise to a myriad of inventive individuals who each imposed their own unique stamp. Stars were born and by the 1920's the new medium became a fully-fledged art that delighted audiences and entranced its makers such as the D.W. Griffith, Alfred Hitchcock and Sergei Eisenstein.

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On The Path

1:50am, SBS 2

M
Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2010
Director: Jasmila Zbanic
Starring: Zrinka Cvitesic, Leon Lucev, Ermin Bravo
What's it about?
Director Jasmila Zbanic explores the complex influences of Islam in contemporary Bosnia-Herzegovina. Luna and Amar are deeply in love, yet rifts in their relationship appear when Amar lands a teaching job at a fundamentalist Islamic camp and is attracted to its extremist dogma. Nominated for the Golden Bear at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival.

 

Thursday, 10 September

The Story of Film (Part 3/15)

12:50am, SBS 2
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M
UK, 2011
Director: Mark Cousins
What's it about? 
(1918-1932) The Great Rebel Filmmakers. This series covers the film landscape from silent cinema to the modern day digital era. The new art form of cinema gave rise to a myriad of inventive individuals who each imposed their own unique stamp. Stars were born and by the 1920's the new medium became a fully-fledged art that delighted audiences and entranced its makers such as the D.W. Griffith, Alfred Hitchcock and Sergei Eisenstein.

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The Matchmaker

2:00am, SBS 2
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M
Israel, 2010
Director: Avi Nesher
Starring: Tuval Shafir, Maya Dagan, Adir Miller
What's it about?
During the summer of 1968, young Arik Burstein goes to work for a matchmaker who has survived the Holocaust. As Arik begins to learn the personal stories of his new clients, he comes to appreciate the restorative power of love. Nominated for the Gold Hugo for Best Feature at the 2010 Chicago International Film Festival.

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Saturday, 12 September

A Beautiful Mind

8:30pm, SBS

M
USA, 2002
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris
What's it about?
From the highest of regard to the depths of despair, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery once he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Winner of four Academy Awards in 2002, including Best Picture.

Brian Grazer pays tribute to 'A Beautiful Mind' subject John Nash
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SBS: Secrets and Spies Season

Like Water

9:30pm, NITV
Watch it now at SBS On Demand

M
USA, 2011
Director: Pablo Croce
Starring: Anderson Silva, Jose Aldo, Penny Buffington
What's it about?
In the most brutal and often most misunderstood sport in the world, becoming a champion takes more than just blood, sweat, and tears. Like Water follows middleweight Ultimate Fighter Anderson Silva.

Micmacs

1:25am, SBS 2
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M
France, 2009
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Dany Boon, Dominique Pinon, Yolande Moreau
What's it about?
This whimsical fantasy comedy, from acclaimed director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, takes on the arms dealers of the world. While standing in the doorway of the video shop where he works, Bazil has been inadvertently shot in the head. Now homeless and jobless, he is taken in by a troupe of misfits who live in a giant mound of trash. There Bazil begins his quest for revenge against the people who produced the gun that shot him. Nominated for three César Awards in 2010.

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The Gatekeepers

2:00am, SBS
Watch it now at SBS On Demand

M
Israel/France, 2012
Director: Dror Moreh
Starring: Ami Ayalon, Avraham Shalom, Avi Dichter
What's it about?
Charged with overseeing Israel's war on terror, the head of the Shin Bet, Israel's internal security service, is present at the crossroads of every decision made. For the first time ever, six former heads of the agency agree to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions in key events in their nation's often turbulent history, including controversial measures taken during the Six Day War in 1967. Nominated for Best Documentary at the 2013 Academy Awards

The Gatekeepers: Dror Moreh interview
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Sunday, 13 September

Chaotic Ana

1:30am, SBS 2
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MA15+
Spain, 2007
Director: Julio Medem
Starring: Manuela Vellés, Nicolas Cazalé, Charlotte Rampling
What's it about?
Ana, an aspiring 18-year-old painter, leaves her hippie life in Ibiza for an artist's commune in Madrid, and later travels to New York. As her journey progresses she is confronted with memories and images of young women meeting violent deaths throughout history.