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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25 Sep 2015 - 11:15 AM  UPDATED 6 Oct 2015 - 9:26 AM

Monday, 28 September

Garden State

8:30pm, SBS 2
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M
USA, 2004
Director: Zach Braff
Starring: Zach Braff, Peter Sarsgaard, Natalie Portman
What's it about?
After being estranged from his family for ten years, Andrew Largeman, a mid-range TV actor, returns to his New 'Garden State' Jersey home for the funeral of his mother. His psychiatrist father always blamed him for the accident that put his mother in a wheelchair, and since then, Andrew has been heavily medicated. At a party at one of his old highschool friends, he meets Sam, whose offbeat personality and natural warmth give Andrew a new look at the joyous pains of life.

Read 4-star review
Watch original The Movie Show review
Why 'manic pixie dream girl' won't go away
SBS 2 Movies for Mondays: Hipster Season

Upstream Color

10:20pm, SBS 2
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M
USA, 2013
Director: Shane Carruth
Starring: Amy Seimetz, Frank Mosley, Shane Carruth
What's it about?
A young woman, Kris, is drugged by a thief and relieved of her possessions, but is also unknowingly drawn into the life cycle of an organism that appears to have overpowered her identity. She meets and becomes involved with Jeff, who appears to have gone through a similar experience. Together they try to assemble the loose fragments of their lives, and find a place of safety.

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Read interview with writer/director Shane Carruth
SBS 2 Movies for Mondays: Hipster Season

 

The Red Riding Trilogy – 1983

12:00pm, SBS

MA+15
UK, 2009
Director: Anand Tucker
Starring: David Morrissey, Lisa Howard, Mark Addy
What's it about?
The final film in the trilogy once again sees an investigation going off on a tangent to reveal terrible corruption in the West Yorkshire police force. And the true evil mastermind behind the child abductions and murders of the last 14 years strikes again. Against them all, an incompetent lawyer and one remorseful policeman.

 

Tuesday, 29 September

The Tour: The Blunder Down Under

7:30pm, NITV
Watch now at SBS On Demand

PG
Australia, 2015
Director: Corey Hague
Starring: Gene Snitsky, Chris Masters, Carlito, Rob 'The Ironman' Conway
What's it about?
A mockumentary about a hopeless wrestling promotor who gambles it all on one tour with a dream team of professional wrestlers from the United States.

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Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

10:30pm, SBS
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MA15+
USA, 2015
Director: Alex Gibney
What's it about?
scar award winning Director Alex Gibney chronicles the musical ascension of the “hardest working man in show business” who forever changed the face of American music. The documentary was made with the unique cooperation of the Brown Estate, featuring rare and never-before seen archival footage and photographs along with current interviews.

Watch the Alex Gibney collection at SBS On Demand

The Story of Film (Part 10/15)

12:25am, SBS 2
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MA+15
UK, 2011
Director: Mark Cousins
What's it about?
(1969-1979) Radical Directors in the 70s. This series covers the film landscape from silent cinema to the modern day digital era. National cinemas produced extraordinary talents, including Germany's Wim Wenders, the Australian New Wave filmmakers and audacious new offerings from South America. The 1970s also introduced Bruce Lee and the new American cinema. In the late 1980s, brave filmmakers around the world challenged and protested social and political norms by speaking the truth through film.

Pomegranates and Myrrh

12:50am, SBS
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PG
Palestine, 2009
Director: Najwa Nimri
Starring: Yasmine Al Masri, Hiam Abbass, Walid Abdul Salam
What's it about?
A reconstruction of life within the Palestinian diaspora through the eyes of a newlywed couple torn apart by political turmoil. Kamar and Zaid’s honeymoon is short-lived when Zaid is arrested by Israeli forces for refusing to give up land in the occupied territories.

 

Wednesday, 30 September

Jacob's Ladder

8:30pm, SBS 2
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MA15+
USA, 1990
Director: Adrian Lyne
Starring: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello
What's it about?
For years, Jacob Singer has been haunted by flashbacks of his war time experiences in Vietnam. But now, years later, something much more frightening is occuring. Hallucinatory demonic images have invaded his life. Jacob fearing for his sanity, seeks out his old psychiatrist, only to discover than he has been killed in a car explosion. Later, an old war buddy confronts him with a tale of terror. He tells Jacob that he is experiencing the same nightmarish visions that are haunting Jacob. Jacob is stunned. But their bond is short lived. Soon afterward, Jacob's friend is killed in another car explosion.

SBS 2: Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll Season

Sid and Nancy

10:35pm, SBS 2
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MA15+
UK, 1986
Director: Alex Cox
Starring: Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman
What's it about?
The definitive biopic of Sid Vicious, bass player of the Sex Pistols, and his American girlfriend Nancy Spungen. The pair embraced the sex, drug and rock 'n roll lifestyle to the full, until both died when they were barely out of their teens, at New York's infamous Chelsea Hotel. Seven years later, an emaciated Gary Oldman gives a more-than-convincing performance as Sid, while Chloe Webb won critical acclaim for her unflinching portrayal of "Nauseating Nancy".

SBS 2: Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll Season

Kandahar

11:50pm, SBS
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PG
Iran, 2001
Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Starring: Nelofer Pazira, Hassan Tantai, Ike Ogut
What's it about?
A visually magnificent, but emotionally horrifying view of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. An Afghani-born Canadian resident goes to Afghanistan in the midst of war in search of her suicidal sister. Winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes in 2001, and nominated for the Palme d’Or.

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Watch original The Movie Show 4½-star review

The Story of Film (Part 11/15)

1:10am, SBS 2
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M
UK, 2011
Director: Mark Cousins
What's it about? 
(1970s and Onwards) Innovation in Popular Culture. This series covers the film landscape from silent cinema to the modern day digital era. National cinemas produced extraordinary talents, including Germany's Wim Wenders, the Australian New Wave filmmakers and audacious new offerings from South America. The 1970s also introduced Bruce Lee and the new American cinema. In the late 1980s, brave filmmakers around the world challenged and protested social and political norms by speaking the truth through film.

Read interview with director Mark Cousins

Fighter

1:20am, SBS
Watch it now at SBS On Demand

M
Denmark, 2007
Director: Natasha Arthy
Starring: Semra Turan, Nima Nabipour, Cyron Bjørn Melville
What's it about?
Aicha, a high school student, is a passionate kung fu fighter. Her Turkish parents expect her to get good grades so she can get into medical school, like her brother Ali. But school doesn't inspire her. Defying her family, Aicha starts secretly training at a professional, co-ed kung fu club. Nominated for three 2008 Bodil Awards, including Best Film.

Explore SBS On Demand collection: Fighters

 

Thursday, 1 October

TT: Closer to the Edge

9:30pm, SBS 2
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M
UK, 2010
Director: Richard De Aragues
What's it about?
Narrated by Jared Leto, this documentary follows the journey of outspoken lorry mechanic-cum-pro biker, Guy Martin, and his bid to win the 2010 event. And it illustrates with punishing clarity just what a victory in the world's most dangerous road race requires.

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Headhunter

11:50pm, SBS
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M
Denmark, 2000
Director: Rumle Hammerich
Starring: Lars Mikkelsen, Henning Moritzen, Charlotte Munck
What's it about?
Headhunter Martin Vinge finds himself thrown into a world of corporate intrigue and dirty tricks when he is employed by an elderly billionaire wanting to overthrow his untrustworthy heir. Nominated for four 2010 Bodil Awards, including Best Film.

The Story of Film (Part 12/15)

12:55am, SBS 2
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M
UK, 2011
Director: Mark Cousins
What's it about? 
(1980s) Moviemaking and Protest. This series covers the film landscape from silent cinema to the modern day digital era. National cinemas produced extraordinary talents, including Germany's Wim Wenders, the Australian New Wave filmmakers and audacious new offerings from South America. The 1970s also introduced Bruce Lee and the new American cinema. In the late 1980s, brave filmmakers around the world challenged and protested social and political norms by speaking the truth through film.

Read interview with director Mark Cousins

 

Friday, 2 October

Animal Kingdom

8:35pm, SBS
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MA15+
Australia, 2010
Director: David Michôd
Starring: Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton, Jacki Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn
What's it about?
Set amidst the explosive world of a family addicted to crime, this powerful psychological drama tells the story of a tense battle between a dangerous criminal family and the police, as experienced through the eyes of a naïve 17-year-old youth who enters their lair. It’s the Wild West, where criminals and police wage their war on the city’s streets, while the innocent suffer the consequences.

Read 4½-star review
SBS: Life of Crime season

The Thieves

8:35pm, SBS 2
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MA15+
South Korea, 2012
Director: Dong-Hoon Choi
Starring: Yun-seok Kim, Jung-Jae Lee, Hae-suk Kim
What's it about?
A band of five infamous Korean thieves receive an irresistible offer from Macao Park, a former partner: steal 'Tear of the Sun', a 318-carat diamond worth twenty million dollars, hidden in a Macao casino.

Read 4-star review

Australian Rules

9:30pm, NITV

M
Australia, 2000
Director: Paul Goldman
Starring: Nathan Phillips, Luke Carroll, Lisa Flanagan
What's it about?
In Prospect Bay, a remote outpost on the South Australian coast, two communities, the Goonyas (whites) and the Nungas (blacks), come together on the one field they have in common, the football field.

Watch original The Movie Show review
Watch interview with director Paul Goldman
Read: Finals flicks: The long history of Aussie Rules on screen

Kiss Me

11:05pm, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
Sweden, 2011
Director: Alexandra-Therese Keining
Starring: Ruth Vega Fernandez, Liv Mjönes, Krister Henriksson
What's it about?
Love comes along at the most unexpected times, in the most unexpected ways. A kiss, a touch, can change everything. When Mia meets Frida she is about to announce her engagement to Tim. Unlike Frida, who is openly gay, Mia has led a straight life – so when Frida captures her attention it is quite a shock. To make matters more complicated, through their parents’ engagement, Mia and Frida are about to become stepsisters. But sometimes love is unavoidable. And never easy. In order to be with each other, Mia and Frida are set to struggle through heartbreaking challenges.

 

Saturday, 3 October

20 Once Again

8:30pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

PG
China, 2015
Director: Leste Chen
Starring: Zishan Yang, Ya-Lei Kuei, Bo-lin Chen
What's it about?
MengJun is a cranky granny who falls into depression when she finds out that her family has decided to send her to a senior home. After she had her photo taken for her eventual funeral, she is startled to see that her face has changed into that of a stunning young woman. Embracing her newfound youth, MengJun changes her name and starts singing in her grandson's band where she attracts the attention of a record producer. 20 Once Again is a Chinese remake of the Korean smash hit comedy Miss Granny.

Hotel Rwanda

8:35pm, SBS
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M
USA, 2004
Director: Terry George
Starring: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo , Joaquin Phoenix
What's it about?
Ten years ago, as the country of Rwanda descended into madness, one man made a promise to protect the family he loved, and ended up finding the courage to save over 1200 people. Real-life hero Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), a hotel manager in Rwanda, used his courage and cunning to shelter over a thousand refugees from certain death. While the rest of the world closed its eyes, Paul opened his heart and proved that one good man can make a difference.

Watch original The Movie Show 4-star review
SBS: True Stories Season

Once Were Warriors

9:30pm, NITV
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MA15+
New Zealand, 1994
Director: Lee Tamahori
Starring: Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Cliff Curtis
What's it about?
Eighteen years after Jake and Beth married, it's easy to see why she found him so irresistible. Jake is muscular and handsome, he exudes an explosive sexual energy, even now, after 5 children, he can still arouse her with one look, but Jake too often proves his masculinity with his fists. He regularly explodes into violence that threatens to destroy Beth and their family – til it's almost too late.

Watch original The Movie Show 4½-star review
Watch interviews with cast & crew

Half of a Yellow Sun

10:50pm, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
UK, 2013
Director: Binyi Bandele
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose
What's it about?
Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, they put aside their differences to join the fight to establish an independent republic.

Read interview with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton
Read review

 

Sunday, 4 October

Love

8:30pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
Taiwan, 2012
Director: Doze Niu
Starring: Shu Qi, Vicki Zhao,Qi Shu, Mark Chao, Wei Zhao
What's it about?
Following in the footsteps of Love Actually comes Love, a Taiwanese rom-com featuring a star-studded cast including Shu Qi and Vicki Zhao. The movie takes the form of three interlocking stories of romance: three university friends findind their friendship tested when one of them falls pregnant; a successful and commitment-phobe entrepreneur, whose first meeting a single mother and real estate agent goes horribly awry; a stammering waiter rescuing a glamorous socialite from a row with the rich CEO on whom she depends.

Read 4-star review

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted

9:30pm, NITV

MA15+
New Zealand, 1999
Director: Ian Mune
Starring: Rudolph Alford, Temuera Morrison, Julian Arahanga
What's it about?
The raw and powerful sequel to Once Were Warriors, set six years later and looks at a different aspect of Maori life - gang warfare. Maori man Jake Heke and his wife, Beth have separated, largely due to his excessive drinking. When their older son, Nig, is killed in a gang fight, his brother Sonny becomes determined to avenge his death. Attempting to change his life for the better, Jake tries to help Sonny avoid Nig's tragic fate.

Watch original The Movie Show 4-star review