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12 Apr 2018 - 3:51 PM  UPDATED 12 Apr 2018 - 6:52 PM


Bee Nation
10:30PM, NITV (repeats 9:20pm tonight, and 12:00PM on Tues 17th)

Canada, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Lana Slezic
What's it about?
This inspirational documentary follows the stories of six students in the first-ever First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee in Canada as they strive to make it to the National Championships in Toronto. 

The Castle of Cagliostro

Japan, 1979
Genre: Adventure, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Yasuo Yamada, Eiko Masuyama, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Gorō Naya, Sumi Shimamoto
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. The first feature of the legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke).

Breaking a Monster
12:55PM, NITV

USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Luke Meyer
What's it about?
Breaking a Monster begins as the band members of Unlocking The Truth are all in 7th grade, spending their weekends playing metal music in Times Square - often to substantial crowds. They take on a 70-year-old industry veteran manager. With his guidance they are soon on their way to a $1.8M record deal with Sony Music. Anything feels possible, and the eyes of the world are upon them. The boys are coming of age, not only as they become professional musicians, but also as they transcend childhood and step into adulthood. The sudden breakout of any band, let alone one of pre-teens, is an extremely narrow and specific period in time - Breaking a Monster is the story of this rapid transformation.

American Pie

USA, 1999
Genre: Comedy 
Language: English
Director: Paul Weitz
Starring: Jason Biggs, Eugene Levy, Chris Klein, Tara Reid, Sean William Scott, Shannon Elizabeth
What's it about?
Follows four high school friends through their sexually frustrated senior year as they strive for the most eagerly anticipated rite of adulthood: losing one's virginity. This 90's comedy hit is an affectionate look at a time in our lives when we try to hold onto our dignity - and end up failing miserably.

American Pie Review

After Hours

USA, 1985
Genre: Comedy, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Catherine O'Hara, Teri Garr, Linda Fiorentino
What's it about?
When an uptown New Yorker innocently meets a downtown girl, he's uncontrollably drawn into a vortex of wild, malevolent and paranoid adventures. Paul Hackett's (Dunne) terrible night happens in the SoHo area of downtown Manhattan when he goes on a date with Marcy (Arquette). Nothing in his humdrum life as a word processor has prepared him for his surreal encounters soon to occur. A rare comedy from legendary director Martin Scorsese, which has grown in reputation despite its initial box office failure.

Martin Scorsese's 1985 dark comedy After Hours airs 12:00PM midday this Friday, 10th May.


Howl's Moving Castle

Japan, 2004
Genre: Fantasy, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring (voice cast): Emily Mortimer, Jena Malone, Lauren Bacall, Christian Bale, Billy Crystal
What's it about?
Sophie, a teenage girl working in her family's hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when a handsome-but-mysterious wizard named Howl sweeps her off her feet. This innocent encounter enrages the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste, who transforms Sophie into a 90-year-old woman. Sophie's efforts to break the curse bring her to Howl's magical moving castle, where she befriends Markl, Howl's apprentice, and the hot-headed fire demon Calcifer.

1:15AM, SBS

Hong Kong, 2009
Genre: Thriller, Action
Language: Cantonese
Director: Soi Cheang
Starring: Louis Koo, Richie Jen, Stanley Sui-Fan Fung
What's it about?
"The Brain" is renowned for being a hitman who can pull off a murder by making it look like an accident. During one of his highly organised accidents, a bus loses control and nearly kills him. Convinced that his near-death experience was actually an orchestrated attempt to kill him, he begins to investigate his clients to find the would-be culprit.



Astérix and Obélix in Britain

France, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Family, Adventure
Language: French
Director: Laurent Tirard
Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Edouard Baer, Catherine Deneuve, Fabrice Luchini, Jean Rochefort
What's it about?
Edouard Baer and Gerard Depardieu star as comic book duo Asterix and Obelix in this zany adventure, which sees Asterix cross the channel to help his second-cousin Anticlimax face Caesar and the invading Romans. 

12:05AM, SBS

France, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English, French
Director: Christian Duguay
Starring: Guillaume Canet, Daniel Auteuil, Marina Hands, Tcheky Karyo
What's it about?
A true sports story that utterly defies the odds, Duguay’s film captures the wild ups and downs of the Olympics-bound career of legendary equine star Jappeloup and his troubled rider, locked in a tense relationship with his horseman father and forever uncertain of his own skills as an equestrian.


The Wind in the Willows

UK, 1996
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Family
Language: English, French
Director: Terry Jones
Starring: Terry Jones, Steve Coogan, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Stephen Fry
What's it about?
Jailed for his reckless driving, rambunctious Mr. Toad has to escape from prison when his beloved Toad Hall comes under threat from the wily weasels, who plan to build a dog food factory on the very meadow sold to them by Toad himself. This fantastic adventure was both written and directed by Terry Jones, who also plays the central role of Mr. Toad. Alongside three former Pythons are a gallery of well-known faces all bringing wit and wonder to a feast of colourful characters.

Daria: Is It Fall Yet?

USA, 2000
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Karen Disher, Guy Moore
Starring (voice cast): Rachel Anton, Brett Barsky, Corey Block, Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes
What's it about?
This movie-length TV special continues the series' running plot from where it left off at the end of season four. In the final episode of season four ("Dye! Dye, My Darling!"), Daria Morgendorffer kisses Tom Sloane, the boyfriend of Daria's best friend, Jane Lane. The episode ends with the two friends' future uncertain and Tom and Daria's relationship shaky.

For the Good of Others
12:10AM, SBS

Spain, 2010
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Language: Spanish
Director: Oskar Santos
Starring: Eduardo Noriega, Belén Rueda, Angie Cepeda
What's it about?
Diego is an emergency room doctor whose work has forced him to become shut off from his family and friends. When he gets into a fight with a patient’s lover, the man pulls a gun and brutally shoots Diego. However when doctors rush to save his life, there is no bullet wound and Diego has inexplicably healed. He soon finds that this second chance at life has left him with supernatural healing powers, and patients in the hospital that he treats miraculously recover from comas and injuries.


8:30PM, SBS

USA, 2005
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English, Urdu, Arabic, Persian-Farsi, French, Mandarin
Director: Stephen Gaghan
Starring: Matt Damon, George Clooney, Jeffrey Wright, Christopher Plummer, Chris Cooper, Amanda Peet
What's it about?
Starring George Clooney in an Oscar-winning performance, this acclaimed political thriller from the screenwriter of Traffic takes a penetrating look at the efforts of the U.S. intelligence-gathering community in the Middle East, weaving together several storylines ranging from American foreign policy and the CIA's role in it to the oil industry and terrorism. Welcome to Syriana.

Syriana Review

A Dangerous Method
12:25AM, SBS

UK, 2012
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: English
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley, Vincent Cassel, Sarah Gadon
What's it about?
Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein as his patient in this psychological drama from acclaimed director David Cronenberg (Dead Ringers, A History of Violence). Jung's weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud, but soon both men fall under Sabina's spell.

A Dangerous Method: David Cronenberg interview
Why You Should Watch: A Dangerous Method


Frog Dreaming
10:30PM, NITV

Australia, 1986
Genre: Family, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Starring: Henry Thomas, Tony Barry, Rachel Friend
What's it about?
American boy Cody lives in Australia with his guardian, Gaza. Cody is very imaginative, inventive, and inquisitive. He comes accross some strange events happening in Devil's Knob national park associated with an aboriginal myth about "frog dreamings", and decides to investigate. This Aussie family classic was initially released under the titles The Quest and The Go Kids in the US and UK, respectively.

Why You Should Watch: Frog Dreaming

Margin Call

USA, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: J.C. Chandor
Starring: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Simon Baker, Demi Moore
What's it about?
Set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry, Margin Call involves the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster. Academy Award-nominated for Best Original Screenplay in 2012.

Why You Should Watch: Margin Call

Black And White
8:45PM, NITV

UK, Australia, 2002
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Craig Lahiff
Starring: Robert Carlyle, Charles Dance, Ben Mendelsohn, Kerry Fox, David Ngoombujarra
What's it about?
Based on a real event in the late 50s in South Australia: when a 9-year-old girl is found raped and murdered in a cave at Ceduna beach not far from Adelaide, police arrest Aboriginal Max Stuart (Ngoombujarra), who signs a confession under duress, after claiming to be innocent of the crime. Local Irish migrant lawyer David O’Sullivan (Carlyle) and partner Helen Devaney (Fox) are assigned to the hopeless case as legal aid defence lawyers.

Black and White review: One man's conviction divided a nation.


UK, USA, 1983
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Nicolas Roeg
Starring: Gene Hackman, Theresa Russell, Rutger Hauer, Mickey Rourke, Joe Pesci
What's it about?
An Alaskan gold prospector (Gene Hackman) moves to a Caribbean island following a gold strike in the Canadian wilderness. Initially living in luxury with his criminal family, he soon finds his lifestyle taken over by misery, paranoia and pursuit by killers. From legendary British director Nicolas Roeg (WalkaboutDon't Look NowThe Man Who Fell To Earth).


The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce
8:30PM, NITV

USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Baron Davis, Chad Gordon
Starring: Kevin Durant, DeMar DeRozan, Brandon Jennings, Baron Davis
What's it about?
The incredible story of the unlikely rise of The Drew League from humble beginnings in the crime and gang infested streets of South Central Los Angeles to the nation's foremost pro-am basketball league. Crossing racial, cultural and socioeconomic barriers, The Drew celebrates the value of basketball, persistence, loyalty and above all, community.

Where To Invade Next
9:40PM, SBS

USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Michael Moore
Starring: Michael Moore
What's it about?
Academy Award-winning director Michael Moore returns with another provocative, subversive and hilarious documentary. Here, 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.

Michael Moore on 'Where to Invade Next' censorship row: 'I will make no cuts'

Kumu Hina
10:00PM, NITV

Fiji, US, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Joe Wilson, Dean Hamer
Starring: Leo Anderson Akana, Haemaccelo Kalu, Ho'Onani Kamai
What's it about?
A transgender Native Hawaiian teacher inspires a young girl to fulfill her destiny of leading the school's male hula troupe, even as she struggles to find love and a committed relationship in her own life. Winner of numerous jury and audience awards at film festivals including Frameline San Francisco, Rhode Island International Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival as well as the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary.

Key House Mirror
2:10AM, SBS

Denmark, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Danish
Director: Michael Noer
Starring: Ghita Nørby, Sven Wollter, Trine Pallesen, Jens Brenaa
What's it about?
Lily (76) is sure there’s nothing wrong with her. The only reason she lives in a care home is because of her husband Max's illness: a series of strokes has reduced him to a vegetable. The fact that Lily isn’t exactly the way she used to be becomes slowly clear in this Danish drama (the title refers to a memory test.) It’s not easy for Lily to leave her old habits behind her and fit in with the rules of the home. Her life blossoms when she meets an 80-year-old Swedish neighbour, a charming man who gives her the attention she has long missed. Lily’s daughter, however, is not so happy with the budding romance.