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28 Mar 2017 - 4:25 PM  UPDATED 10 Apr 2017 - 11:10 AM

Monday 3 April

The Jerk


USA, 1979
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Carl Reiner
Starring: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams
What's it about?
Navin believes he was born a poor Black child in Mississippi. He is, however, actually white. Upon figuring this out, he heads north to St Louis to find himself. After landing a job at a gas station, Navin is excited to discover his name printed in the new phone book. This ratification of his existence leads him from one misadventure to another as he invents gadgets, dodges bullets, joins the carnival and seeks love in the arms of beautiful Marie.

Slap Shot


USA, 1977
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: George Roy Hill
Starring: Paul Newman, Strother Martin, Michael Ontkean
What's it about?
This irreverent and hilarious look into the world of professional sports has Paul Newman as the coach of the Chiefs, a struggling minor-league hockey team. To build up attendance at their games, management signs up the Hanson Brothers, three hard-charging players whose job is to demolish the opposition.


Tuesday 4 April

Machete Maidens Unleashed!

Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

Australia, 2010
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mark Hartley
Starring: John Landis, Joe Dante, Brian Trenchard-Smith, Roger Corman
What's it about?
From karate-kickin’ midgets to busty babes with blades, Filipino genre films of the '70s and '80s had it all. Boasting cheap labour, exotic scenery and non-existent health and safety regulations, the Philippines was a dreamland for exploitation filmmakers whose renegade productions were soon engulfing drive-in screens around the globe like a tidal schlock-wave.

Machete Maidens Unleashed!

A Prophet


Italy, France, 2009
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Language: French, Arabic
Director: Jacques Audiard
Starring: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif
What's it about?
A vulnerable young Arabic man gets thrust into a hellish prison, and ironically discovers greater opportunities for success than he ever possessed on the outside. When Malik, a petty criminal, is incarcerated for six years, he is soon co-opted by a brutal Corsican gang to join their criminal activities. He quickly finds he has no other choice than to cooperate. Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2010.

A Prophet Review


Wednesday 5 April


Watch now at SBS On Demand

France, 2009
Genre: Drama, War
Language: French
Director: Martin Provost
Starring: Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent
What's it about?
An impoverished, middle-aged French housekeeper’s secret talent for painting is noticed by a respected German art critic, who promises her worldwide success. Based on the life of one of France’s most famous female artists, Séraphine de Senlis (1864-1942). Winner of seven César Awards in 2009, including Best Film and Best Actress.

The Thing


USA, 1982
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T. K. Carter
What's it about?
U.S. Outpost #31, Antarctica, 1982 – Twelve men commissioned to gather physical and natural science data are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. 



USA, 1999
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Drama
Language: English
Director: Joel Schumacher
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini
What's it about?
A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, Welles follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town private eye.  

Only God Forgives

12:35am, SBS
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

Denmark, 2013
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Burke
What's it about?
In Thailand, a drug trafficker's icy mother sends him on a mission to avenge his older brother, who was killed for beating an underage prostitute to death. 

Only God Forgives: Nicolas Winding Refn interview
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Thursday 6 April

The Orator

Watch now at SBS On Demand

New Zealand, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Samoan
Director: Tusi Tamasese
Starring: Fa'afiaula Sagote, Tausili Pushparaj, Salamasina Mataia
What's it about?
Marginalised at the outskirts of the village on the Samoan island of Upolu, Saili lives quietly with his wife Vaaiga and her teenage daughter Litia, until her brother Poto arrives unexpectedly and demands she return to her family, ending seventeen years of banishment. With his neighbours encroaching on his land and his family threatened, Saili is forced to defy expectations and discover the depth and strength of his love for his wife and family.

The Orator: Tusi Tamasese interview
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Roots (Part 4 of 4)

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

USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Bruce Beresford
Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Herman Netzhammer, Lane Garrison
What's it about?
In this final episode, Chicken George returns to the Lea farm after 20 years. Tom nurses a grudge against his father; George and Cyrus join the Memphis Colored Battery; Tom returns home after the war to embark on a new life with his family.


Friday 7 April

Son of Babylon

Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

Irak, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic, Kurdish
Director: Mohamed Al-Daradji
Starring: Bashir Al Majid, Yasser Talib, Shazada Hussein
What's it about?
This award-winning film tells the story of one woman’s search for her son, Ahmed, who has been missing since he was conscripted into the Iraqi army ten years earlier. Travelling with her grandson through the towns and cities of Iraq, she will do anything to uncover the truth. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema - Dramatic) at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Son of Babylon Review

Schindler's List

8:40pm, SBS

USA, 1993
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English, German
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.

Schindler's List review: A mighty, soul-searing film
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Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler in 'Schindler's List'.

Ip Man 2

Watch now at SBS On Demand

China, Hong Kong, 2010
Genre: Action, History, Drama
Language: English
Director: Wilson Yip
Starring: Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Simon Yam, Lynn Hung
What's it about?
Having defeated the best fighters of the Imperial Japanese army in occupied Shanghai, Ip Man and his family settle in post-war Hong Kong. Struggling to make a living, Master Ip opens a kung fu school to bring his celebrated art of Wing Chun to the troubled youth of Hong Kong. His growing reputation soon brings challenges from powerful enemies, including pre-eminent Hung Gar master, Hung Quan (Sammo Hung).


Saturday 8 April

The Legend of Sarila

1:00pm, NITV
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

Canada, 2013
Genre: Animation
Language: English
Director: Nancy Florence Savard
Starring: Christopher Plummer, Rachelle Lefevre, Dustin Milligan
What's it about?
In 1910 Far North, the sudden disappearance of local animals leaves an Inuit community on the brink of famine. In defiance of the clan shaman Kilik (voiced by Christopher Plummer), three young Inuits and their adorable lemming sidekick set off in search of Sarila, a promised land said to be rich in fish, game and fruit, in order to save their clan from starvation.

Starred Up

Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

UK, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: David Mackenzie
Starring: Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend
What's it about?
Teen criminal Eric seems street-smart enough to navigate the corruption of the British prison system. But after his violent streak sends him to an adult prison, he comes face to face with his long-lost father.

Starred Up Review
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UK, 1980
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Tom Clegg
Starring: Roger Daltrey, Adam Faith, Cheryl Campbell
What's it about?
John McVicar was a London Bad Boy, who graduated to armed bank robbery and was Britain's "Public Enemy No. 1". He was captured and put into a high security prison. Will even the highest security prison be able to hold him? This is the true story of his life, his criminal exploits and his eventual rehabilitation.


Sunday 9 April

Pootie Tang

10:05pm, NITV

USA, 2001
Genre: Comedy, Action
Language: English
Director: Louis C.K.
Starring: Lance Crouther, Wanda Sykes, Chris Rock
What's it about?
Pootie Tang, the musician/actor/folk hero of the ghetto, is chronicled from his early childhood to his battles against the evil Corporate America, who try to steal his magic belt and make him sell out by endorsing addictive products to his people. Pootie must learn to find himself and defeat the evil corporation for all the young black children of America, supatime.


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