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15 Feb 2017 - 12:41 PM  UPDATED 21 Feb 2017 - 12:05 PM

Monday 20 February

Head On

9:25pm, SBS VICELAND
Watch now at SBS On Demand

MA15+
Australia, 1998
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ana Kokkinos
Starring: Alex Dimitriades, Tony Nikolakopoulos, Paul Capsis
What's it about?
A 19-year-old Greek Australian youth struggles with his sexual identity and has one clumsy heterosexual and several homosexual encounters.

Head On review: Shocking, confronting and dazzling
SBS VICELAND: Mardi Gras movie season

54: The Director's Cut

11:20pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1998
Genre: History, Drama
Language: English
Director: Christopher Mark
Starring: Mike Myers, Neve Campbell, Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek
What's it about?
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 VICELAND: Mardi Gras movie season

 

Tuesday 21 February

Room in Rome

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

MA15+
Spain, 2010
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Italian, Russian, Spanish
Director: Julio Medem
Starring: Elena Anaya, Natasha Yarovenko, Enrico Lo Verso
What's it about?
When Alba seduces Natasha in a bar, the two women agree to limit their passionate affair to a one-night encounter. However, as they begin to slowly reveal their true selves to each other, their lust is met with deeper emotions that open the door for what evolves into a poignant character study. Nominated for four Spanish Goya Awards in 2011.

SBS On Demand: Movies for your long, hot summer nights

 

Wednesday 22 February

Flash Gordon

9:25pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 1980

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Mike Hodges
Starring: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max Von Sydow
What's it about?
A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth. 

SBS VICELAND: '80s movie season

Heavy Metal

11:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Canada, 1981
Genre: Animation, Science Fiction
Language: English, Hungarian
Director: Gerald Potterton
Starring: Rodger Bumpass, Jackie Burroughs, Joe Flaherty
What's it about?
A glowing orb terrorises a young girl with a collection of stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.

SBS VICELAND: '80s movie season

 

Thursday 23 February

Harlem Nights

9:30pm, NITV

MA15+
USA, 1989
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Thriller, Crime, Action
Language: Russian, English
Director: Eddie Murphy
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx
What's it about?
"Sugar" Ray is the owner of an illegal casino, who contend with the pressures of vicious gangster and corrupt policemen who want to see him go out of business. In the world of organized crime and police corruption in the 1920s, any dastardly trick is fair.

Gameplay

9:50pm, SBS VICELAND
Watch now at SBS on Demand

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Richard Goldgewicht
Starring: Nolan Bushnell, David Crane, Todd Howard, Eric Lindstrom
What's it about?
From Super Mario Karts to Lara Croft: Tomb Raider to Grand Auto Theft, video games have come a long way since their humble beginning in the early 1970s. In an industry which is worth nearly 100 billion dollars, what is it about video games which have been so captivating and consuming? This feature documentary explores the history of videogames; from its technology origins, to the birth of the arcade games - from Pong to Pac Man to Doom - this feature documentary chronicles the remarkable story of the fastest evolving new media of all time.

 

Friday 24 February

A Waltz Through the Hills

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

PG
Australia, 1988
Genre: TV Movie, Adventure, Drama, Family
Language: English
Director: Frank Arnold
Starring: Dan O'Herlihy, Ernie Dingo, Andre Jansen
What's it about?
A touching bush tale of sibling dedication and childhood adventure, two Australian orphans facing an uncertain future set off alone with the hope of reaching a ship to take them to surviving family in England.

American Beauty

8:40pm, SBS

MA15+
USA, 1999
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sam Mendes
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari
What's it about?
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

American Beauty review: Intelligent, witty and beautifully shot
SBS: The Oscar Race Movie Season 

 

Saturday 25 February

True Grit

8:30pm, SBS

M
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama, Western
Language: English
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin, Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges
What's it about?
A powerful story of vengeance and valour set in an unforgiving and unpredictable frontier where justice is simple and mercy is rare. Mattie Ross, is determined to avenge her father's blood by capturing Tom Chaney, the man who shot and killed him for two pieces of gold. Just fourteen, she enlists the help of Rooster Cogburn, a one-eyed, trigger-happy U.S. Marshall with an affinity for drinking and hardened Texas Ranger LaBoeuf to track the fleeing Chaney.

True Grit review: Coen Bros shoot straight and true

Jackie Brown

8:30pm, SBS VICELAND
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

MA15+
USA, 1997
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro
What's it about?
When flight attendant Jackie Brown is busted smuggling money for her arms dealer boss, Ordell Robbie, agent Ray Nicolette and detective Mark Dargus want her help to bring down Robbie. Facing jail time for her silence or death for her cooperation, Brown decides instead to double-cross both parties and make off with the smuggled money. Meanwhile, she enlists the help of bondsman Max Cherry, a man who loves her.

Jackie Brown Review
SBS VICELAND: The Tarantino Movie Season

Rollerball

11:20pm, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 1975
Genre: Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Norman Jewison
Starring: James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck
What's it about?
James Caan stars as a rollerball champ in this fast-hitting, action-packed glimpse of a future where a brutal, no-holds-barred sport takes the place of war, and murder is just part of the game. 

Rollerball Review

 

Sunday 26 February

12 Years a Slave

9:30pm, NITV
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender
What's it about?
In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup, a free Black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner, he also finds unexpected kindess from another, as he struggles to survive and maintain some of his dignity. In the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon's life forever.

12 Years a Slave: Interview
12 Years A Slave Review

Where To Invade Next

9:40pm, SBS
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Michael Moore
Starring: Michael Moore
What's it about?
Academy Award-winning director Michael Moore returns with what may be his most provocative, subversive and hilarious documentary yet. In this riveting documentary, Moore plays the role of the 'invader', visiting a host of nations including Italy, France, Germany and Tunisia to commandeer policies and ideas that will improve prospects in America. What he finds is that the solutions to America's most entrenched problems already exist in the world - they're just waiting to be captured.

Watch Michael Moore talk new doco 'Where to Invade Next' in Periscope post
Michael Moore on 'Where to Invade Next' censorship row: 'I will make no cuts'

 

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