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SBS Movies

28 Sep 2017 - 4:01 PM  UPDATED 6 Oct 2017 - 2:16 PM

Monday 2 October

Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

Japan, 1979
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy
Language: Japanese
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Yasuo Yamada, Eiko Masuyama, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Gorō Naya, Sumi Shimamoto, Taro Ishida, Akio Nojima, Eken Mine, Ichirō Nagai, Junkichi Yarita, Kinpei Azusa,
What's it about?
After a successful robbery leaves famed thief Lupin III and his partner Jigen with nothing but a large amount of fake money, the so called "Goat Bills", he decides to track down the counterfeiter responsible - and steal any other treasures he may find in the Castle of Cagliostro, including the 'damsel in distress' he finds imprisoned there.


United States of America, 1982  
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Tobe Hooper
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Beatrice Straight, Heather O'Rourke, Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins, Zelda Rubinstein, Martin Casella, James Karen, Robert Broyles, Richard Lawson, Sonny Landham, Michael McManus, Virginia Kiser, Lou Perryman, Noel Conlon
What's it about?
Steve Freeling lives with his wife, Diane, and their three children, Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne, in Southern California where he sells houses for the company that built the neighborhood. It starts with just a few odd occurrences, such as broken dishes and furniture moving around by itself. However, when he realises that something truly evil haunts his home, Steve calls in a team of parapsychologists led by Dr. Lesh to help before it's too late.

Poltergeist review

Night of the Creeps

MA 15+
United States of America, 1986
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Fred Dekker
Starring: Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow, Tom Atkins, Wally Taylor, Allan Kayser, Bruce Solomon, Vic Polizos, Dick Miller, Ken Heron, Alice Cadogan, June Harris, David Paymer, David Oliver, Evelyne Smith, Leslie Ryan, Suzanne Snyder, Elizabeth Cox, John J. York, Robert Kerman, Earl Ellis, Robert Kurtzman, Howard Berger
What's it about?
In 1959, an alien experiment crashes to earth and infects a fraternity member. They freeze the body, but in the modern day, two geeks pledging a fraternity accidentally thaw the corpse, which proceeds to infect the campus with parasites that transform their hosts into killer zombies.


Tuesday 3 October


India, 2011
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Language: Hindi
Director: Imtiaz Ali
Starring: Shikha Jain Shikha Jain, Nargis Fakhri, Shammi Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor
What's it about?
Janardhan (Ranbir Kapoor), a college-bound social nobody, realises that his musical heroes have all had tragic lives, whereas he's had it all too easy. In an impulsive attempt to mimic their success, he pursues the hottest girl on campus in the hope that his heart will eventually be crushed, giving him the life experience he needs to write songs with depth.

Rockstar: Ranbir Kapoor interview

Eat Sleep Die
SBS, 12.15am

Sweden, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Gabriela Pichler
Starring: Nermina Lukač, Milan Dragisic, Jonathan Lampinen, Peter Fält, Ruzica Pichler
What's it about?
A young Eastern European immigrant working in Sweden is faced with a painful choice when she's laid off from her factory in the name of "efficiencies."

Wednesday 4 October 


Norway, 2013
Genre: Action, Adventure
Language: Norwegian, Swedish
Director: Mikkel Brænne Sandemose
Starring: Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Sundquist
What's it about?
Archaeologist Sigurd Svendsen discovers that the Oseberg ship hides a secret from the Viking Age. Along with his two children put Sigurd out on a quest to find the truth. The mystery leads them into "No Man's Land" between Norway and Russia where no man traveling in modern times. Old runes take on new meaning when the secret they uncover is more frightening than anyone could have imagined.

It Follows

United States, 2000
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: David Robert Mitchell
Starring: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi
What's it about?
In this psychosexual thriller from David Robert Mitchell (The Myth of the American Sleepover), a teenage girl, Jay (Maika Monroe) finds herself cursed after the boy she liked passed it on to her during a strange sexual encounter in his car. She is now haunted by nightmarish visions and the sense that she is followed by an unknown, terrifying force. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must find a way to escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.

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It Follows review

Let the Right One In

Sweden, 2008
Genre: Horror
Language: Swedish
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Lina Leandersson, Kare Hedebrant, Per Ragnar
What's it about?
Oskar is bullied at school and at home tends to retreat into his own violent fantasies. Oskar’s life changes when he makes friends with the mysterious and unkempt twelve-year-old Eli. However, when locals start falling victim to a series of gruesome murders, many drained of their blood, Oskar starts to put two and two together and realises Eli might just be exactly what she seems.

Let the Right One In review: A masterful story of outsiders and urges

Meet Tomas Alfredson: the best director you've never heard of

SBS, 11.55pm

Croatia, 2016
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: Croatian
Director: Nevio Marasović
Starring: Franjo Dijak, Nataša Janjić, Goran Bogdan, Janko Popović Volarić, Bojan Navojec, Milan Štrljić, Filip Križan, Iva Krajnc
What's it about?
Goran just wants to drive his taxi and take care of his blind wife Lina. But people close to him have their own agendas and dreams which threaten his carefree existence. In the idyllic surroundings of snow-covered Gorski Kotar, the fiery personalities of the highlanders surface and collide.

Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll
SBS, 1.30am

MA 15+
UK, 2010
Genre: Biography
Language: English
Director: Mat Whitecross
Starring: Andy Serkis, Tom Hughes, Clifford Samuel
What's it about?
This is the true story of Ian Dury, who was diagnosed with polio at a young age and defied all expectations by becoming one of the founding members of the punk-rock scene in Britain in the 1970s.


Thursday 5 October

Le Havre

France, Germany, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Finnish, French
Director: Aki Kaurismaki
Starring: André Wilms, Blondin Miguel, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin
What's it about?
Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a former author and a well-known Bohemian, has retreated into a voluntary exile in the port city of Le Havre, when fate suddenly throws in his path an underage immigrant refugee from the darkest Africa. Confronted by a dragnet of the police closing around the refugee boy, it's time for Marcel to polish his shoes and reveal his teeth.

Le Havre: Aki Kaurismaki interview
Le Havre review: The resistance gets a dose of deadpan humour

Heart of a Lion
NITV, 9.30pm

Finland, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: Finnish
Director: Dome Karukoski
Starring: Peter Franzén, Laura Birn, Pamela Tola, Jasper Pääkkönen, Jussi Vatanen
What's it about?
Fresh out of prison, Teppo is looking to start a new life. But as the leader of a Neo-Nazi group, his options are limited. Meeting Sari, a beautiful waitress, leads to unforeseen complications.

SBS, 12.10am

MA 15+
Belgium, 2011
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: Dutch, French
Director: Michael R. Roskam
Starring: Jeanne Dandoy, Jeroen Perceval, Barbara Sarafian, Matthias Schoenaerts
What's it about?
Domineering cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts), constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, initiates a shady deal with a notorious mafioso meat trader. When an investigating federal agent is assassinated and a woman from his traumatic past resurfaces, Jacky must confront his demons and face the far-reaching consequences of his decisions.

Why You Should Watch: Bullhead



Friday 6 October

The Assassin 

Taiwan, 2015
Genre: Martial Arts
Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Starring: Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Satoshi Tsumabuki
What's it about?
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.

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'The Assassin' leads APSA nominations
The Assassination of Richard Nixon Review
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Review
Our Lady of the Assassins Review
The Assassin review: Fleeting battles make way for exquisitely beautiful, lingering shots

SBS, 8.40pm

United States, 2008
Genre: Drama, Romance, Western
Language: English
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Brandon Walters, Ray Barrett, Hugh Jackman, Jack Thompson, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman
What's it about?
Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch, reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin by Japanese forces firsthand.

Review: 'Australia' is a crib note to history, for international audiences
Australia movie review

Lan Kwai Fong 3
SBS, 12.15am

MA 15+
Hong Kong, 2013
Genre: Romance
Language: Cantonese
Director: Wilson Chin
Starring: Jeana Ho, Pak-yu Chan, Alex Lam, Jason Chan, Ava Yu
What's it about?
Director Wilson Chin returns to Hong Kong's famed nightclub district to follow the lives of numerous twenty-somethings as they navigate love, friendship and the future.

Lan Kwai Fong 3 Review


Saturday 7 October

What We Do in the Shadows 

New Zealand, 2000
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi 
Starring: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer
What's it about?
Three flatmates, Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), are all vampires, hundreds of years old. The trio are finding modern society is not agreeing with them particularly well and it's creating conflict in the house they share together.  

'What We Do in the Shadows': Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement interview

Cockneys vs Zombies

United Kingdom, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: Polish, English
Director: Matthias Hoene
Starring: Michelle Ryan, Georgia King, Alan Ford, Harry Treadaway
What's it about?
A gang of bank robbers team up with the residents of an old people's home to try to survive a zombie outbreak.

SBS, 11.45pm

France, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Nicolas Marié, Dany Boon, Yolande Moreau, André Dussollier, Jean-Pierre Marielle
What's it about?
A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers.

Micmacs Review

SBS, 1.40am

France, 2011
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: François Ozon
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Karin Viard, Fabrice Luchini, Sergi López, Judith Godreche
What's it about?
North of France, Sainte-Gudule, 1977. Suzanne (Catherine Deneuve) is the submissive, housebound wife of wealthy industrialist Robert Pujol (Fabrice Luchini), who oversees his umbrella factory with an iron fist and is equally tyrannical with his children and 'trophy housewife’. When the workers go on strike and take Robert hostage, Suzanne steps in to manage the factory. To everyone’s surprise, she proves herself a competent and assertive woman of action. But when Robert returns from a restful cruise in top form, things get complicated...

Potiche Review


Sunday 8 October

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
NITV, 10pm

Sweden, 2011
Genre: Documentary
Language: Swedish
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.

Sword of Desperation

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