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18 Jan 2017 - 3:12 PM  UPDATED 27 Jan 2017 - 3:29 PM

Monday 23 January

The Assassin

Watch now at SBS On Demand

Taiwan, 2015
Genre: Martial Arts
Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Starring: Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Satoshi Tsumabuki
What's it about?
Hsiao-Hsien Hou won the Best Director award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for this exquisite epic, in which a female assassin during the Tang Dynasty begins to question her loyalties when she is ordered to kill the cousin she was once betrothed to.

The Assassin review: Fleeting battles make way for exquisitely beautiful, lingering shots
SBS VICELAND: "A" for Assassin movie season


Tuesday 24 January

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Watch now at SBS On Demand

USA, 2001
Genre: Comedy, Music, Musical
Language: English
Director: John Cameron
Starring: Theodore Liscinski, John Cameron Mitchell
What's it about?
Based on a hit stage play, John Cameron Mitchell's Hedwig is an energising ride. It tells the story of transsexual punk rocker Hedwig, who is left stranded in a Kansas trailer park following a botched gender reassignment (hence the 'angry inch'). Undeterred, she works to gain recognition as a rock singer and falls for another wannabe singer, who eyes his own shortcut to fame. 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch: An anatomically incorrect rock odyssey
Hedwig and the Angry Inch Review


Wednesday 25 January

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein


UK, Japan, USA, 1994
Genre: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction, Romance
Language: English
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh, Helena Bonham Carter
What's it about?
Victor Frankenstein, a promising young doctor devastated by the death of his mother during childbirth, becomes obsessed with bringing the dead back to life. His experiments lead to the creation of a monster, which Frankenstein has put together with the remains of corpses. It's not long before Frankenstein regrets his actions.

A Band Called Death

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

USA, 2013
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett
Starring: Henry Rollins, Bobby Hackney, Dannis Hackney, David Hackney
What's it about?
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early '70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now considered pioneers in their field. But it wasn’t until recently – when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby’s attic nearly 30 years after Death’s heyday – that anyone outside a small group of punk enthusiasts had even heard of them.


Thursday 26 January


2:30pm, NITV

Australia, 2007
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Peter Carstairs
Starring: Kieran Darcy-Smith, Xavier Samuel, Mia Wasikowska
What's it about?
Set in the Australian wheat-belt in 1968, September is about two 15 year-old boys – one black, one white – whose friendship begins to fall apart under the stress of a changing world. The boys try to hold their friendship together in spite of the pressures imposed upon them by a turbulent social and political climate. 

September Review


6:30pm, NITV
Watch now at SBS On Demand

Australia, 1955
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Language: English
Director: Charles Chauvel
Starring: Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Robert Tudawali, Betty Suttor, Paul Reynall
What's it about?
This iconic classic by film pioneer Charles Chauvel is the first Australian movie shot in colour starring Aboriginal actors in the lead roles. Jedda is an Aboriginal girl brought up by a white family in the Australian outback in the '50s, who finds herself caught between two cultures, confused about her heritage and her place in the world.

Beck Cole: Jedda is a lens into '50s white Australia
Australian film's first multihyphenate: Charles Chauvel

REC 3: Genesis

Watch now at SBS On Demand

Spain, 2012
Genre: Horror
Language: French, Catalan, Spanish
Director: Paco Plaza
Starring: Leticia Dolera, Javier Botet, Diego Martin, Ismael Martínez
What's it about?
Koldo and Clara are about to celebrate the happiest day of their lives - their wedding. Everything starts off beautifully, until their guests start to showing signs of a strange illness. Before they realise what’s happening, their dream day turns into a nightmare with their friends and family transformed into blood-thirsty monsters. Amidst the chaos Koldo and Clara become separated, and must both risk their lives to find each other again.

Beneath Clouds

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

Australia, 2002
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
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. To Lena, Vaughn represents the life she is running away from and Vaughn, believes Lena embodies the society that has rejected him.

Beneath Clouds: A superb Australian film

We Have a Pope

1:05am, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

Italy, France, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Italian, French, German
Director: Nanni Moretti
Starring: Renato Scarpa, Jerzy Stuhr, Nanni Moretti, Michel Piccoli
What's it about?
The newly elected Pope suffers a panic attack just as he is about to appear on St Peter’s balcony to greet the faithful who have gathered to see him. His advisors, unable to convince him he is the right man for the job, call on a renowned therapist who also happens to be an atheist. But his fear of the newfound responsibility suddenly thrust upon him is one he must face alone.


Friday 27 January


7:30pm, NITV
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

South Africa, 2013
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
Language: English
Director: Anthony Silverston
Starring: Jake T. Austin, Liam Neeson, Steve Buscemi
What's it about?
A half-striped zebra is born into a petty, isolated herd obsessed with stripes. Rumours that the odd foal is cursed spread and before long, he's blamed for the drought that sets into the Great Karoo.


8:40pm, SBS
Available after broadcast at SBS on Demand

UK, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Morgan Matthews
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins
What's it about?
Struggling to build relationships with others, a teenage math prodigy develops a budding friendship with a younger girl while competing at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

SBS: Genius movie season

Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame


China, 2010
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Language: Cantonese
Director: Hark Tsui
Starring: Tony Leung Ka Fai, Carina Lau, Chao Deng, Li Bingbing, Andy Lau
What's it about?
In the year 689, the first Empress of China is building a giant Buddha statue. When people connected to its construction start mysteriously bursting into flames, an investigation is ordered.

The Skin I Live In

11:15pm, SBS
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

Spain, 2000
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet
What's it about?
Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After 12 years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig.

The Skin I Live In: Elena Anaya interview
Why You Should Watch: The Skin I Live In
The Skin I Live In Review


Saturday 28 January


8:30pm, SBS

UK, 2007
Genre: Romance, Mystery, Fantasy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Joe Wright
Starring: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Saoirse Ronan
What's it about?
In the English summer of 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister Cecilia's lover, Robbie, a servant's son, of a crime he did not commit. The trauma follows them through World War II. Based on the British romance novel by Ian McEwan.

Atonement Review

Alien Resurrection


USA, 1997
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman, Dominique Pinon
What's it about?
An unholy combination of human and alien genetics is discovered, made possible by an uneasy alliance between a renegade band of smugglers and a zealous cadre of scientists and officials. Ripley is back, and all is not what it seems. She teams up with the smugglers, including an enigmatic mechanic named Annalee Call, who may be the instrument of Ripley's resurrection or the weapon of her destruction.

Alien Resurrection review: Surely the bloodiest, most gruesome of the lot
SBS VICELAND: Aliens movie season

Cat People


USA, 1982
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Paul Schrader
Starring: Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard
What's it about?
After years of separation, Irina and her minister brother, Paul, reunite in New Orleans in this erotic tale of the supernatural. When zoologists capture a wild panther, Irina is drawn to the cat - and the zoo curator is drawn to her. Soon, Irina's brother will have to reveal the family secret: that when sexually aroused, they turn into predatory jungle cats.


Sunday 29 January


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

Australia, 1993
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Tracey Moffatt
Starring: Lex Marinos, Tracey Moffatt, Riccardo Natoli
What's it about?
BeDevil is a trilogy of ghost stories that follows characters pestered by visions - real, remembered and imagined. These contemporary tales travel from the sparseness of the outback, through the murky, rotting swamps of the islands, to the Brisbane docks in a stylish vision from writer/director Tracey Moffatt.

Bedevilled Review
BeDevil review: A strange, exciting film


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