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Monday 22 February

54: The Director's Cut

9:20pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

USA, 1998
Director: Christopher Mark
Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Mike Myers, Neve Campbell
What's it about?
Ryan Philippe stars as Shane O'Shea, a working-class teenager from New Jersey who takes a job at legendary New York nightclub Studio 54, the epicentre of the disco explosion in the '70s. Here his fantasies of glamour come to life - and he even finds a surrogate family. This restored Director’s Cut is the film Mark Christopher tried to release before the studio cut the 1998 original, and contains 45 minutes of never before seen footage.

54 Bombed in 1998. Now It's Been Resurrected as a Cult Gay Classic
SBS 2: Mardi Gras season

Appropriate Behavior

11:20pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

UK, 2014
Director: Desiree Akhavan
Starring: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Scott Adsit
What's it about?
Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, a politically correct bisexual and a hip young Brooklynite - but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.

Desiree Akhavan on ‘Appropriate Behaviour’ in sex scenes (interview)
Appropriate Behaviour review
SBS 2: Mardi Gras season


Tuesday 23 February

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Part 2)

10:30pm, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

Sweden, 2009
Director: Daniel Alfredson
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Peter Andersson, Michael Nyqvist
What's it about?
This Swedish Emmy Award-winning television drama is based on the film adaptations of Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium series. As computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomqvist investigate a sex-trafficking ring, Lisbeth is accused of a triple murder, causing her to go on the run while Mikael works to clear her name. During his search for Lisbeth, Mikael discovers details about her past - a terrible story of abuse and trauma growing up in the Swedish care system.

The Girl Who Played with Fire: Daniel Alfredson
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Wednesday 24 February

Gideon's Army

8:00pm, NITV
Watch now at SBS On Demand

USA, 2013
Director: Dawn Porter
What's it about?
Gideon’s Army follows three young, committed Public Defenders who are dedicated to working for the people society would rather forget. Long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads are so common that even the most committed often give up.  

Eight Legged Freaks

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

USA, 2002
Director: Ellory Elkayem
Starring: David Arquette, Kari Wuhrer, Scott Tera, Scarlett Johansson
What's it about?
The residents of a rural mining town discover that an unfortunate chemical spill has caused hundreds of little spiders to mutate overnight to the size of trucks. It's up to mining engineer Chris McCormack and Sheriff Sam Parker to mobilise the townspeople into battle against the bloodthirsty eight-legged creatures.

Eight Legged Freaks Review
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10:15pm, NITV
Watch now at SBS On Demand

Australia, 1993
Director: James Ricketson
Starring: John Moore, David Ngoombujarra, Jaylene Riley, Ernie Dingo
What's it about?
Nyoongar Doug Dooligan (John Moore) has just got out of prison. He wants to remain law-abiding, but the pull of his old family and friends - who are deeply embroiled in a life of crime-  is very strong. When Doug is asked to help a friend (David Ngoombujarra) pull off a robbery, he knows it's a bad idea but he goes along anyway, with tragic results.

Big Ass Spider!

10:20pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

USA, 2013
Director: Mike Mendez
Starring: Greg Grunberg, Lin Shaye, Ruben Pla
What's it about?
A giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and goes on a rampage through the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, it is up to a duo of unlikely heroes - a clever exterminator and a hospital security guard - to kill the creature before the city is destroyed.

SBS 2: Monster Movie Mayhem


11:55pm, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

Denmark, 2010
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Starring: Gustav Fischer Kjærulff, Sebastian Bull Sarning, Mads Broe Andersen
What's it about?
As children, Nick and his little brother take care of their baby brother while their mother drinks herself senseless. When the baby dies, both brothers blame themselves, and their lives spiral out of control. Years later, the duo meet up again at their mother's funeral after a long time apart and discover that neither of them has ever really recovered from their tragic childhood. Nominated for the Golden Bear at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival. 


Thursday 25 February

Wrong Side of the Road

10:30pm, NITV
Watch now at SBS On Demand

Australia, 1980
Director: Ned Lander
Starring: Ronnie Ansell, Peter Butler, Franco Carli
What's it about?
This award winning road movie follows two days in the lives of the now legendary Aboriginal Reggae band No fixed Address and the heavy metal band Us Mob as they travel from Port Adelaide to Point Pearce in a trip involving cars, cops, cattle stations, rock and reggae.

Cesar Chavez

12:05am, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

Mexico/USA, 2014
Director: Diego Luna
Starring: Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson
What's it about?
Chronicling the birth of a modern American labour movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labour organiser torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Passionate but soft-spoken, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to working people.


Friday 26 February

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

9:30pm, SBS

China, 2000
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen
What's it about?
When a politician's daughter steals a legendary warrior's precious sword, a sequence of events is triggered to recover the sword, which leads to a deadly encounter with the thief's witch-like minder. From renowned director Ang Lee, the film received four Academy Awards in 2001, including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Review

Rurouni Kenshin

10:00pm, SBS 2
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

Japan, 2012
Director: Keishi Ohtomo
Starring: Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei, Tatsuya Fujiwara
What's it about?
Kenshin Himura goes up against the evil Makoto Shishio and his warriors who are attempting to overthrow the Meiji government. The fate of the country hangs in the balance as Kenshin Himura takes up the sword that he vowed never to draw again.


Saturday 27 February


5:35pm, SBS 2

Japan, 2000
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson
What's it about?
This animated adventure, from acclaimed anime master Hayao Miyazaki, centres on five-year-old Sosuke and his friendship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess who longs to become human. When a powerful magic threatens to destroy the world, the two friends embark on the adventure of a lifetime to save the planet. Nominated for the Golden Lion at the 2008 Venice Film Festival.

Ponyo Review
SBS 2: All-Ages Adventures season


8:30pm, SBS

USA, 2007
Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman
What's it about?
One of the brightest and funniest comedies of its time, this is a coming-of-age story with a 21st century twist. Juno may seem wise beyond her years, but after sleeping with one of her classmates, the pregnant teen quickly realises how little she really knows about life. Winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Juno Review
SBS: The Oscar Race season

Black And White

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

UK/Australia, 2002
Director: Craig Lahiff
Starring: David Ngoombujarra, Kerry Fox, Ben Mendelsohn, Charles Dance, Robert Carlyle
What's it about?
Based on a real event in the late '50s in South Australia, when young aboriginal man Max Stuart was convicted of murder of nine year old Mary Hattam, after confessing under duress. International News Media Baron, Rupert Murdoch, then publisher of the Adelaide "News," became the driving force behind securing a re-trial for Stuart.   

Black and White review: One man's conviction divided a nation.

The Sorcerer and the White Snake

10:50pm, SBS 2
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

China, 2011
Director: Siu-tung Ching
Starring: Jet Li, Shengyi Huang, Raymond Lam
What's it about?
Action director Ching Siu-Tung helms this fantasy film based on an old Chinese legend about an herbalist who falls in love with a thousand-year-old snake demon disguised as a woman. Jet Li stars as a monk who discovers her true identity and battles to save the man's soul. Nominated for Best Action Choreography at the 2012 Hong Kong Film Awards.

The Sorcerer and the White Snake Review


Sunday 28 February

Gayby Baby

8:35pm, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

Australia, 2015
Director: Maya Newell
What's it about?
A portrait of four kids whose parents all happen to be gay: Gus wants to be a WWE wrestler; Matt questions the teachings of his church; Graham struggles with living in ultra-conservative Fiji; Ebony dreams of stardom. As they each wrestle with the challenges of oncoming adolescence, the outside world wrestles with the issue of marriage equality, and whether or not kids like them are at risk.

The kids are alright: 'Gayby Baby' survives its growing pains
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Harlem Nights

9:30pm, NITV

USA, 1989
Director: Eddie Murphy
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx
What's it about?
During the 1920s, a New York illegal gambling house owner and his associates must deal with strong competition, gangsters and corrupt cops in order to stay in business.

The Meaning of Life

9:40pm, SBS
Watch now SBS On Demand

UK, 1983
Director: Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam
Starring: Terry Gilliam, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
What's it about?
This observational documentary reveals the humour, chaos and passion that went into bringing the Flying Circus to the stage, while offering unique insights into each of the stars.

Till Faith Do Us Part

12:35am, SBS

Germany, 2010
Director: Nikolaus Stein von Kamienski
Starring: Silke Bodenbender, Nina Kunzendorf, Felix Klare
What's it about?
Based on a true story. Frank and his wealthy wife Gine join Scientology. Frank gradually becomes disillusioned with the organisation but Gine becomes more and more in its thrall. When they separate, Frank fights for sole custody of their young daughter.


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