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19 Jun 2017 - 12:25 PM  UPDATED 30 Jun 2017 - 3:52 PM

Monday 26 June

Mid-August Lunch


Italy, 2008
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Gianni Di Gregorio
Starring: Valeria De Franciscis, Marina Cacciotti, Maria Calì, Gianni Di Gregorio
What's it about?
Gianni is a middle-aged man living in Rome with his imposing and demanding elderly mother. His only outlet from her and the increasing debt into which they are sinking, are the increasingly frequent quiet sessions at the local tavern. As an Oriental saying goes, 'Moments of crisis are moments of opportunities,' and these appear during the celebration of the holiday of Ferragosto on 15 August.


1:00PM, NITV

Australia, 1988
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Steve Jodrell
Starring: Ernie Dingo, Peter Fisher, Jedda Cole
What's it about?
Ernie Dingo delivers an outstanding portrayal of Robert Tudawali, the first Aboriginal film star, whose lead role in Jedda is iconic in Australian cinema.  



United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, 2012
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography
Language: Norwegian
Director: Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg
Starring: Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen, Gustaf Skarsgard, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Odd Magnus Williamson
What's it about?
In 1947, the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific ocean in a balsa wood raft, together with five men, to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

Kon-Tiki: Joachim Rønning interview
Kon-Tiki Review

The Big Blue


France, 1988
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French, Italian
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Jean Reno, Jean-Marc Barr, Rosanna Arquette, Griffin Dunne
What's it about?
The Big Blue charts the competition and friendship between Jacques (Jean-Marc Barr) and Enzo (Jean Reno) first in their youth, and then when they meet again at the World Free Diving Championships in Sicily years later. A dreamy adolescent, Jacques has grown into a solitary man, caught between the solidity of the real world and the spiritual beckoning of 'the big blue'—and in particular the dolphins swimming below.

The Big Blue review and interview

Tuesday 27 June

The Butterfly


France, 2002
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: French
Director: Philippe Muyl
Starring: Nade Dieu, Claire Bouanich, Michel Serrault
What's it about?
Eight year-old Elsa (Claire Bouanich) moves into a new building in Paris with her single mother, Isabelle (Nade Dieu). Cantankerous older neighbour and ardent butterfly collector, Julien (Michel Serrault), grudgingly takes Elsa in when her mother isn't around. Elsa’s need for parental attention and her growing attachment to Julien becomes evident when she joins Julien on his week-long field trip to the mountains in search of an extremely rare and beautiful butterfly.

A Hijacking

11:30PM, SBS

Denmark, 2012
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: Danish, Swedish
Director: Tobias Lindholm
Starring: Pilou Asbæk, Amalie Ihle Alstrup, Abdihakin Asgar, Gary Skjoldmose Porter, Søren Malling, Dar Salim, Roland Møller
What's it about?
The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbor when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the men on board are the ship's cook Mikkel (Pilou Asbæk) and the engineer Jan (Roland Møller), who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company and the Somali pirates.

A Hijacking Review
Interview with Pilou Asbæk
SBS On Demand: Pilou Asbæk double bill 

Sword of Desperation

1:20AM, SBS

Japan, 2010
Genre: Action, History
Language: Japanese
Director: Hideyuki Hirayama
Starring: Kôji Kikkawa, Chizuru Ikewaki, Etsushi Toyokawa
What's it about?
Japan is under oppression. For the sake of the nation, Sanzaemon murders Lady Renko to end her evil reign. But the consequences are oddly lenient; he has been given a second chance to serve under Ukyo Dayuu whose life is threatened by a rival clan. The day of the anticipated showdown is here. 

Sword of Desperation Review

Only God Forgives

3:25AM, SBS

Denmark, Sweden, Thailand, United States, France, 2013
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Burke
What's it about?
A violent tale of vice and retribution from Nicolas Winding Refn. In the criminal underworld of Bangkok, ex-pat Julian (Ryan Gosling) runs a heroin ring with his brother (Tom Burke). When his brother kills a teen prostitute and is then murdered by her father, Julian faces the grim choice of avenging his brother's death, or facing his mother's (Kristen Scott Thomas) scorn.

Only God Forgives: Nicolas Winding Refn interview
Only God Forgives review: Story of deadbeat parents packs a punch

Wednesday 28 June

Bang-Bang Wedding!


Greece, 2008
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: Greek, English
Director: Christine Crokos
Starring: Alex Dimitriades, Faye Xila, Giorgos Karamihos, Betty Maggira, Hristos Biros
What's it about?
Ilias (Alex Dimitriades) and Marina (Faye Xila) arrive in Crete to get married. A small, yet significant typo on the wedding invitation relating to the reception, however, will send the guests in different directions on a crazy course into the unknown.

Shoot Em Up


Unites States of America, 2007
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Michael Davis
Starring: Julian Richings, Clive Owen, Monica Bellucci
What's it about?
Clive Owen stars as Mr. Smith, a mysterious loner who teams up with an unlikely ally (Monica Belluci) to protect a newborn baby from a determined criminal (Paul Giamatti) who hunts them throughout the bowels of the city.

Shoot Em Up Review

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

10:00PM, NITV

Sweden, 2011
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Göran Olsson
Starring: Harry Belafonte, Erykah Badu, Stokely Carmichael, Kathleen Cleaver
What's it about?
With fresh and candid archival footage, The Black Power Mixtape looks at the people, society, culture, and style that fueled an era of convulsive change.

A Million


South Korea, 2009
Genre: Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Park Hee-soon, Shin Min-ah, Cho Min-Ho
Starring: Hae-il Park
What's it about?
Eight strangers are led to believe that they have been selected for a Survivor-style television reality show in the Australian Outback to compete for a million-dollar prize. However, as eliminated contestants start turning up dead, they realise the game has life-or-death consequences.


11:10pm, SBS

United States of America, 1996
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
What's it about?
Jerry (William H. Macy) is a small-town Minnesota car salesman bursting at the seams with debt, and hires two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. When things take a fatal turn, Police Chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) is put on the case - a coffee-drinking, parka-wearing and extremely pregnant investigator who'll stop at nothing to get her man.

From Fargo to Fink: The adaptability of Coen Bros movies
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Fargo Review

Thursday 29 June

Forever Enthralled


Hong Kong, 2008
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Language: Mandarin
Director: Kaige Chen
Starring: Leon Lai, Ziyi Zhang, Honglei Sun, Hong Chen
What's it about?
Mei Lanfang (Leon Lai) was a a national icon in China, and the biggest Peking opera star of modern times, most famous for playing female roles. The film traces the key moments in Mei’s life: from the duel on stage between a youthful Mei and his once-legendary master, his extra-marital affair with fellow opera singer Meng Xiaodong (Zhang Ziyi), his success on his 1930 US tour, to his decision to stop performing following the Japanese occupation of Beijing in 1937.


9:30PM, NITV

United States of America, 1997
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: John Singleton
Starring: Ving Rhames, Jon Voight, Don Cheadle, Bruce McGill, Loren Dean, Elise Neal, Michael Rooker, Robert Patrick
What's it about?
A dramatization of a 1923 horrific racist lynch mob attack on an African American community, in which vigilantes - spurred by a white woman's lie - destroy a black Florida town and slay its inhabitants.

Searching for Sugarman

1:25AM, SBS 

United Kingdom, Sweden, 2012
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Malik Bendjelloul
Starring: Malik Bendjelloul, Clarence Avant, Dennis Coffey, Eva Rodriguez, Regan Rodriguez, Sandra Rodriguez-Kennedy, Steve Rowland, Mike Theodore, Rodriguez
What's it about?
Rodriguez was the greatest '70s US rock icon who never was. Momentarily hailed as the finest recording artist of his generation, he disappeared into oblivion – rising again from the ashes in a completely different context a continent away.

Friday 30 June

A Distant Neighbourhood


Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, France, 2010
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Language: French
Director: Sam Garbarski
Starring: Pascal Greggory, Jonathan Zaccaï, Alexandra Maria Lara
What's it about?
By chance, fifty-year-old Thomas finds himself back in the little town of his childhood. While visiting his mother’s grave he faints, after being overwhelmed by the memories of her and the father that abandoned him. He soon realises he has awoken in the past, in the body of his 14 year-old self. With all the foresight of his fifty years, Thomas revisits high school, meets with the girl with whom he was secretly in love, and tries to find the real reasons for his father’s departure. Based on the popular Japanese manga Harukana Machi-e.


7:45PM, NITV

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 blamed for the drought and leaves his herd in search of his missing stripes. He is joined on his quest by an overprotective wildebeest and a flamboyant ostrich; they defeat the tyrannical leopard and save his herd.

The Commitments

10:05PM, SBS

Ireland, United Kingdom, United States, 1991
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English, Italian
Director: Alan Parker
Starring: Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy
What's it about?
Jimmy Rabbitte, just a tick out of school, gets a brilliant idea: to put a soul band together in Barrytown, his slum home in north Dublin. First he needs musicians and singers: things slowly start to click when he finds three fine-voiced females virtually in his back yard, a lead singer (Deco) at a wedding, and, responding to his ad, an aging trumpet player, Joey "The Lips" Fagan.

The Commitments review: A near-perfect film



Hong Kong, China, 2011
Genre: Action, Drama
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese
Director: Benny Chan
Starring: Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse, Jackie Chan, Fan Bingbing 
What's it about?
China is plunged into strife as feuding warlords try to expand their power by warring over neighbouring lands. Fuelled by his success on the battlefield, young and arrogant Hao Jie sneers at Shaolin’s masters when he beats one of them in a duel. When his family is wiped out by a rival warlord, Hao is forced to take refuge with the monks. As the civil unrest spreads and the people suffer, Hao and the Shaolin masters are forced to take a fiery stand against the evil warlords and they launch a daring plan of rescue and escape.

Shaolin: Growth through discipline


Saturday 1 July



United States of America, 2011
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anna Kendrick, Anjelica Huston
What's it about?
A 27-year-old writer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) of radio programs is diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer. With the help of his best friend, his mother, and a young therapist at the cancer center, Adam learns what and who the most important things in his life are.

Why the non-toxic male relationships of '50/50' matter
50/50 Review

Everything Must Go


United States, 2010
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Dan Rush
Starring: Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Christopher Jordan Wallace
What's it about?
The story of Nick Halsey (Will Ferrell), a career salesman whose days of being on top are long gone. The same day Nick gets fired, for falling off the wagon one last time, he returns home to discover his wife has left him, changed the locks on their suburban home and dumped all of his possessions on the front lawn. Faced with his life imploding, Nick puts it all on the line—or more properly, on the lawn—reluctantly holding a garage sale that becomes a unique strategy for survival.

Why You Should Watch: Everything Must Go

Sunday 2 July


2:00AM, SBS

Poland, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: Polish
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Starring: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Joanna Kulig, Dawid Ogrodnik
What's it about?
In 1960s Poland, a novitiate (Agata Trzebuchowska) brought up by nuns in a convent, is set to take her vows, but discovers that she is actually Jewish. She discovers an aunt she never knew existed (Agata Kulesza) and together they discover a dark family secret dating back to the Nazi occupation. Winner: Best Foreign Language Film, 2015 Academy Awards.

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