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30 Jun 2016 - 4:28 PM  UPDATED 30 Jun 2016 - 4:28 PM

Monday 4 July

Midnight Express

9:25pm, SBS 2

United States, 1978

Genre: Drama
Language: English, Maltese, Turkish
Director: Alan Parker
Starring: Brad Davis, Randy Quaid, John Hurt
What's it about?
In 1970, while boarding an international flight out of Istanbul, American Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle two kilograms of hashish out of the country, the drugs strapped to his body. He's told he'll be released if he cooperates with authorities to identify the person who sold him the hashish. Billy's troubles really begin when he makes a run for it and is recaptured, sentenced to thirty years in Turkish prison. 

Cell 211

11:40pm, SBS 2

Spain, 2010

Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Daniel Monzon
Starring: Antonio Resines, Alberto Ammann, Luis Tosar
What's it about?
A new prison guard (Alberto Ammann) gets a baptism of fire on his first day, when the inmates riot and take over the prison. Abandoned by his colleagues, he is forced to swap sides and pose as a new prisoner in order to survive, but the situation deteriorates when the escalating violence turns political.
Cell 211 Review


Wednesday 6 July

Escape from New York

8:30pm, SBS 2

United States, 1981

Genre: Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Adrienne Barbeau, Lee Van Cleef
What's it about?
In a dystopian 1997, Manhattan has been transformed into the New York Maximum Security Penitentiary, where criminals are sent in life sentences. Grabbing a bargaining chip right out of the air, convicts bring down the President's plane in bad old Gotham. Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell), a one-eyed lone warrior new to prison life, is coerced into bringing the President and his cargo out of this land of undesirables.

Snake in the Eagle's Shadow

10:20pm, SBS 2

Hong Kong, 1978

Genre: Action, Comedy
Language: Cantonese
Director: Yuen Woo-Ping
Starring: Jackie Chan
What's it about?
Everyone abuses and humiliates a downtrodden orphan (Jackie Chan) until he befriends an old man, who turns out to be the last master of the "snake fist" fighting style. Jackie becomes the old man's student and finds himself in battle with the master of the "eagle's claw" style, who has vowed to destroy the snake fist clan.

Thursday 7 July

Foxy Brown

9:30pm, NITV

United States, 1974

Genre: Action
Language: English
Director: Jack Hill
Starring: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown
What's it about?
A voluptuous black woman takes a job as a high-class prostitute in order to get revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend.

Friday 8 July

Empire of Silver

10:15pm, SBS2

Hong Kong, 2009

Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: Mandarin
Director: Christina Yao
Starring: Tie Lin Zhang, Zhicheng Ding, Lantian Chang
What's it about?
When Lord Kang hands over his banking empire to his unreliable young son at a time of great political turmoil, the boy must quickly become a man in this engaging Qing Dynasty period drama. 
Empire of Silver Review

If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle

12:20am, SBS 2

Romania, 2010

Genre: Drama
Language: Romanian
Director: Florin Serban
Starring: Marian Bratu, Mihai Constantin, Ada Condeescu
What's it about?
Silviu has only five days left before his release from the juvenile detention centre. But five days becomes an eternity when his mother returns from a long absence to take his younger brother away. A brother he raised like a son. Moreover, he has fallen in love with a beautiful social worker. With time running out and his emotions boiling over, Silviu closes his eyes... Freedom, the wind, the road, his first kiss. Anything can happen to him now.
If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle Review

Saturday 9 July 

The Cat Returns

5:35pm, SBS 2

Japan, 2002

Genre: Animation, Family
Language: Japanese
Director: Hiroyuki Morita
Starring: Chizuru Ikewaki, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Aki Maeda
What's it about?
Haru, a schoolgirl bored by her ordinary routine, saves the life of an unusual cat and suddenly her world is transformed beyond anything she ever imagined. The Cat King rewards her good deed with a flurry of presents, including a very shocking proposal of marriage to his son! Haru embarks on an unexpected journey to the Kingdom of Cats where her eyes are opened to a whole other world.

Romper Stomper

11:35pm, SBS2

Australia, 1992

Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Geoffrey Wright
Starring: Russell Crowe, Jacqueline McKenzie, Daniel Pollock
What's it about?
A group of neo-Nazi skinheads in the Melbourne suburbs become alarmed at the way their neighborhood is changing. When they find their local pub has been sold to a Vietnamese businessman, they savagely beat up the new owner's sons. Winner of three AFI Awards in 1992, including Best Actor (Russell Crowe).
Romper Stomper review: The movie David Stratton famously refused to rate


Sunday 10 July


Australia, 1998

Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Rachel Perkins
Starring: Deborah Mailman, Rachel Maza, Trisha Morton Evans
What's it about?
Three sisters reunite after some years apart, for their mother’s funeral. Cressy (Rachael Maza), the eldest of the three, is a diva - an opera singer who is reluctant to visit the past and definitely doesn’t want to share it with her sisters. Mae (Trisha Morton-Thomas), has stayed behind looking after mum, and believes that Cressy hasn’t shared enough. Nona (Deborah Mailman), the youngest and the party girl, just wants them to all be one happy family.
Radiance Review


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