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16 Mar 2016 - 3:52 PM  UPDATED 29 Mar 2016 - 1:10 PM

Monday 21 March

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

9:50pm, SBS 2

MA15+
USA, 2011
Directors: Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Bibb, Tyler Labine
What's it about?
Jason Sudeikis is Eric, a thirty-something party animal famous among his close circle of friends for his lavish summer theme parties at his father's swanky Hamptons pad. But when members of the crew start settling down, and Eric's dad announces plans to sell the beach house, Eric decides it's time for one last bash to go out with a proverbial bang - a good old-fashioned orgy.

Gainsbourg

11:40pm, SBS 2

M
France, 2010
Director: Joann Sfar
Starring: Eric Elmosnino, Laetitia Casta, Lucy Gordon 
What's it about?
Eric Elmosnino delivers a memorable performance as French musician Serge Gainsbourg in this inspiring biopic by debut director Joann Sfar. The film opens during WWII 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.

Gainsbourg Review


Tuesday 22 March

Lionel

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

M
Australia, 2008
Genre: Documentary
Director: Eddie Martin
Starring: Lionel Rose
What's it about?
In 1968, a young aboriginal boxer with a charming smile punched his way to history when he stopped Fighting Harada in Japan over fifteen rounds. His name was Lionel Rose and he became the undisputed world bantamweight champion. Two hundred and fifty thousand people hit the streets of Melbourne to welcome him back and he went on to become a symbolic figure in the interracial politics of the times. Combining a remarkable selection of archival and present day observational footage and interviews, the film explores how Lionel became a mythic sporting figure and his struggle with the dimensions of that myth in his every day life.

Kabuli Kid

12:45am, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
Afghanistan, 2008
Director: Barmak Akram
Starring: Hadji Gul, Valéry Schatz, Amerlie Glenn
What's it about?
After a burqa-clad woman abandons her baby in the back seat of Khaled's cab in Kabul, he embarks on a quest to find the child's faceless mother, identifiable only by a beauty spot on her ankle. An eventful, chaotic, and often highly comic journey through a city which is itself simply trying to survive.

 

Wednesday 23 March

Weird Science

8:30pm, SBS 2

M
USA, 1985
Director: John Hughes
Starring: Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrock, Ilan Mitchell-Smith
What's it about?
In this classic 1980 film, two unpopular teenagers, Gary and Wyatt, attempt to "create" a woman with their computer. Their living and breathing creation is a gorgeous woman, Lisa, whose purpose is to boost their confidence level by putting them into situations which require Gary and Wyatt to act like men.

SBS 2: Retro Movie Mayhem

Fletch

10:15pm, SBS 2

PG
USA, 1985
Director: Michael Ritchie
Starring: Chevy Chase, Joe Don Baker, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
What's it about?
Chevy Chase plays Fletch, an investigative reporter, who while working undercover on a drug dealing ring in Venice Beach, is approached by wealthy cancer victim with an odd request: he wants Fletch's help to murder him, so that his family can get his life insurance money. But Fletch smells a rat, and starts digging further into the story.

SBS 2: Retro Movie Mayhem

I've Loved You So Long

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

M
France, 2008
Director: Philippe Claudel
Starring: Elsa Zylberstein, Kristin Scott Thomas
What's it about?
Juliette Fontaine is a frail, haunted woman, an ex-doctor who's a shell of her former self. Having served 15 years in prison for an unspeakable crime, she's back on the 'outside'. With nowhere else to go, she comes to live with her loving but estranged sister Lea. Together the sisters embark on a painful but redemptive journey back from life's darkest edge in this gripping drama of struggle, salvation and forgiveness.

 

Thursday 24 March

Jesus Town, USA

9:30pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

G
USA, 2014
Director: Julian T. Pinder, Billie Mintz
What's it about?
For 88 years, a small town has pantomimed Christ’s passion story in The Holy City, a bizarre reproduction of Jerusalem built into a cow pasture in Oklahoma. Jesus Town is a light-hearted documentary chronicling a 300-strong amateur cast, 46 horses, and Zack – a Buddhist paperboy playing Jesus.

Beneath Clouds

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

M
Australia, 2002
Director: Ivan Sen
Starring: Dannielle Hall, Damian Pitt
What's it about?
Winner of the 2002 AFI and IF Award for Best Director and Best Cinematography, this film tells the story of Lena, the daughter of an Aboriginal mother and an Irish father; and Vaughn, a Murri boy doing time in a minimum security prison in North West NSW. Dramatic events throw the pair together and with no money or transport, they find themselves relying on each other in order to achieve their personal journeys.

The Movie Show ★★★★ ½ review: A superb Australian film

Billy the Kid

10:55pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
USA, 2007
Director: Jennifer Venditti
Starring: Billy P., Penny Baker, Heather Pelletier
What's it about?
Jennifer Venditti's provocative coming-of-age film follows 15-year-old Billy as he bicycles through the quiet streets of small town Maine, traversing the frustrating gap between imagination and reality, grappling with isolation and first-time young love. By turns exhilarating and disturbing, we see the world from the intimate view of an expressive and seemingly fearless outsider.

 

Friday 25 March

The Fifth Element

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

PG
France, 1997
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman
What's it about?
For ex-Marine Korben Dallas, life has become tediously repetitive: he drives a flying cab for a living, and eats take away from the same Chinese restaurant, which delivers directly to his window, every day. But little does Korben know, a great extra-terrestrial Evil has teamed up with Zorg, and threatens to destroy the Earth.

My Favourite Film: The Fifth Element
SBS: Luc Besson season

Little Big Soldier

10:00pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
Hong Kong/China, 2010
Director: Sheng Ding
Starring: Jackie Chan, Leehom Wang, Sung-jun Yoo
What's it about?
Set during the Chinese wars of the third century BC, Jackie Chan plays an old foot soldier who manages to capture an injured enemy general during a battle. In the hopes of getting a reward, the soldier decides to kidnap the general and bring him back to his own state. But it's not long before they have to work together against the bandits who lurk in the mountains. An official selection at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival.

Hostage of an Illusion

11:50pm, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
Argentina, 2012
Director: Eliseo Subiela
Starring: Daniel Fanego, Romina Ricci
What's it about?
Pablo, an over-the-hill novelist, is haunted by the characters from his books, who are angry that he won’t continue to write their lives. When a former student, Laura, turns up on his doorstep soon after, the two fall into a passionate love affair. But when Laura starts showing signs of paranoia, Pablo questions whether she may in fact be one of his literary creations.

King of Hollywood: Inventing David Geffen

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

M
USA, 2012
Director: Susan Lacy
Starring: David Geffen, Nora Ephron, Tom Hanks
What's it about?
Notoriously press and camera-shy, David Geffen reveals himself for the first time in this unflinching portrait of a complex and compelling man. His far-reaching influence - as an agent and manager, record industry mogul, Hollywood and Broadway producer, and billionaire philanthropist - has helped shape American popular culture for the past four decades. This documentary offers a rare insight into the world of the man responsible for launching the early successes of Joni Mitchell, Tom Cruise, and Guns N’ Roses.

 

Saturday 26 March

Kirikou and the Sorceress

6:05pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

G
France, 1998
Director: Michel Ocelot
Starring: Doudou Gueye Thiaw, Maimouna N'Diaye, Awa Sene Sarr
What's it about?
The tiny Kirikou is born into an African village upon which a sorceress called Karaba has cast a terrible spell - the spring has dried up, the villagers are being blackmailed, the men of the village have either been kidnapped or have mysteriously disappeared. Kirikou wants to rid the village of Karaba's curse, so goes on an adventurous voyage to reveal Karaba's secrets.

Schindler's List

8:40pm, SBS

M
USA, 1993 
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley
What's it about?
The incredible true story of the enigmatic and opportunistic businessman Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust. This emotional film chronicles the trials and triumphs of one man who made a difference and the tribulations of those who survived one of the darkest chapters in human history because of his actions.

The Movie Show ★★★★★ review: A mighty, soul-searing film
SBS: The World's Greatest War Movies season

Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler in 'Schindler's List'.
 

Sunday 27 March

The Passion of the Christ

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

MA15+
USA, 2004
Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern
What's it about?
One of cinema's most intensely powerful movie-going experiences, The Passion of The Christ has become a critically acclaimed, global box-office phenomenon. Now, this history-making film has inspired millions to learn more about its origins. From Academy Award-Winning director Mel Gibson comes a profound story of courage and sacrifice, depicting the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus Christ.

Why You Should Watch: The Passion of the Christ
The Passion Of The Christ Review

Like Water

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

PG
USA, 2011
Director: Pablo Croce
Starring: Anderson Silva, Jose Aldo, Junior dos Santos
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. Anderson Silva is the deadliest man on the planet - the longest-reigning UFC Champion, and the most feared fighter in mixed martial arts. Like Water offers a unique perspective of the living legend as he trains in preparation for his career defining title defense against challenger Chael Sonnen.

 

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