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19 Apr 2018 - 6:42 PM  UPDATED 19 Apr 2018 - 6:42 PM


The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce
10:30AM, NITV (repeats 12:00PM, Tues 24th April)

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.

Kumu Hina
12:00AM, 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.

Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods

France, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Language: French
Director: Louis Clichy, Alexandre Astier
Starring (voice cast): Roger Carel, Alain Chabat, Laurent Lafitte
What's it about?
Diminutive comic-book hero Asterix and his oversized pal Obelix attempt to protect their Gaulish village from Roman invasion, doing anything necessary to thwart Caesar's plans in this animated adventure.

Burn After Reading

USA, 2008
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, George Clooney, Brad Pitt
What's it about?
When a computer disk belonging to recently resigned and embittered CIA agent Osborne Cox (Malkovich) is found in the ladies toilet at a Hardbodies gym in Washington, co-workers Linda (McDormand) and Chad (Pitt) believe they have a rare chance to make big money selling it back to him. As Linda and the hapless airhead Chad try to flog off the disc to anyone who'll buy it, they stumble about causing endless trouble for everyone, not least themselves.

The screwball paranoia of 'Burn After Reading'

Safety Not Guaranteed

USA, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Starring: Mark Duplass, Aubrey Plaza, Jake M. Johnson, Karan Soni
What's it about?
When an unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees (Plaza, Soni and Johnson) to look for the story behind it, they discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth (Duplass), a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes he’s solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon. Together, they embark on a hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you.

Safety Not Guaranteed: Colin Trevorrow interview
Safety Not Guaranteed Review


Spirited Away

Japan, 2001
Genre: Family, Adventure, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring (voice cast): Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino
What's it about?
Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new house in the suburbs, but on their way, they stumble upon a tunnel that leads them into a fantasy world full of ghosts and strange creatures. An Oscar-winning and universally-beloved animation directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke).

Spirited Away: An extremely accomplished animation

Image from Spirited Away (showing 12:00PM, Thurs 19th July)


Moomins on the Riviera

France, Finland, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Family, Animation
Language: Finnish
Director: Xavier Picard, Hanna Hemilä
Starring (voice cast): Tracy-Ann Oberman, Nathaniel Parker, Maria Sid, Mats Långbacka, Kristoffer Gummerus
What's it about?
The Moomins set sail for the Riviera in search for adventure. Following a journey frought with storms and desert island dangers, Snorkmaiden is dazzled by the attentions of a playboy. Moominpappa befriends an aristocrat and adopts the name 'de Moomin'. Exasperated by their behaviour, Moominmamma retires to the relative calm of their trusty boat in the hope that her family will come to their senses. Could the Moomins' unity be threatened for the first time?

The World According to Garp

USA, 1982
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: George Roy Hill
Starring: John Lithgow, Robin Williams, Glenn Close, Mary Beth Hurt, Jessica Tandy
What's it about?
When Jenny Fields decides to become a mother, she has no intention of finding a husband or of having marital sex. She avails herself of an unconscioius, mortally wounded soldier's libido. And so begins Garp's life, destined to be anything except what Garp desires most: normal. From director George Roy Hill (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidThe Sting) this film based on John Irving's best-selling novel earned Academy Award nominations for Glenn Close and John Lithgow in their supporting roles.

11:55PM, SBS

France, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: French, Italian
Director: Gilles Bourdos
Starring: Gilles Bourdos, Vincent Rottiers, Christa Theret, Romane Bohringer, Michel Bouquet
What's it about?
In 1915, the celebrated impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Bouquet) is mourning the loss of his wife, the pains of arthritis and the news that his son, Jean (Rottiers) has been wounded in battle. But a new radiantly beautiful model, Andrée (Theret) miraculously rejuvenates and inspires Pierre-Auguste. When Jean Renoir returns to his father’s property to recover, he too falls under Andrée’s spell and despite his father’s strong opposition, he falls in love with her wild spirit. Unexpectedly, battle-weary Jean is also inspired creatively by Andrée’s desire to be an actress and his career as a filmmaker begins.  

Renoir Review


United States, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Spike Jonze
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara, Chris Pratt
What's it about?
In future Los Angeles, Theodore (Phoenix) is a lonely man who has had his heart broken. He makes money composing intimate letters for other people. He uses his savings to invest in a personalised computer operating system called Samantha (Johansson), who is designed to meet his every requirement. Theodore and Samantha have a fulfilling life together, serving each others needs but over time, their relationship develops and deepens, becoming more complicated that anyone could have predicted. Winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Her: review
Her: Spike Jonze interview
The broad cultural footprint of icon Spike Jonze

2:00AM, SBS

UK, USA, 1986
Genre: Drama, War, Action
Language: English, Vietnamese
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Depp
What's it about?
Oliver Stone's Academy Award winning film about the psyche of young soldiers who fought in Vietnam; their camaraderie, their struggle for survival amid terrifying violence and madness of combat. Dealing with the day-to-day existence of an infantry rifle platoon of thirty guys from all walks of life, Platoon examines the fight between good and evil in the outfit and what it was really like to be a foot soldier in Vietnam. 

Platoon (1986)


Daria: Is It College Yet?

USA, 2002
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Karen Disher
Starring: Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes
What's it about?
All vile things must come to an end, and for Daria Morgendorffer that means it's time to look beyond high school to college. Our little girl has grown up so fast. It's time for higher learning, lowered expectations, and a heavy dose of sarcasm in this special movie presentation. Follow Daria as she visits a college campus, councils her friend Jane, sets things straight with her boyfriend Tom, and comforts her sister Quinn in a college controversy of her own.

Bald Mountain
12:20AM, SBS

Brazil, 2013
Genre: Drama, Western
Language: Portuguese
Director: Heitor Dhalia
Starring: Wagner Moura, Matheus Nachtergaele, Sophie Charlotte, Juliano Cazarré, Júlio Andrade
What's it about?
In 1980 friends Juliano and Joaquim leave São Paulo to chase their gold dreams. Both of them arrive at the mining region of Floresta Amazônica just like thousands of other people, full of hopes and dreams of the future. But soon their obsession for wealth and power changes everything. Juliano becomes caught up in the gang world, meanwhile Joaquim leaves all his values behind. Eventually their pursuit for money destroys them - and their friendship.


The Fox and the Child
8:00PM, NITV

France, 2009
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Family
Language: French
Director: Luc Jacquet
Starring: Isabelle Carré
What's it about?
Recounts the story of a magical, life-changing encounter between a wild fox and a young girl, portraying the story of their impossible friendship played out against a breath-taking mountainside wilderness. Springing from his own formative childhood encounters with a fox and drawing on years of wildlife documentary experience seen almost exclusively from the animal's perspective, this film offers viewers an unprecedented journey into the magical, secret world of this most elusive and enigmatic creature.

The Fox and the Child Review

Beneath Hill 60
8:30PM, SBS

Australia, 2010
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English
Director: Jeremy Sims
Starring: Aden Young, Brendan Cowell, Harrison Gilbertson
What's it about?
By 1916 the Great War in Europe has reached a stalemate. The two massive armies have fought themselves to a standstill. Millions of lives have already been lost. Mining engineer Oliver Woodward returns to Australia from Papua to join a secret Australian Tunneling Company. Ordinary miners from all over the country are given just two weeks military training before being sent to the Western Front. Their task is to undermine the German Lines.

Beneath Hill 60 Review

The Whistleblower
12:15AM, SBS

Germany, Canada, 2010
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Larysa Kondracki
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Monica Bellucci, Vanessa Redgrave, David Strathairn, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Benedict Cumberbatch
What's it about?
Kathryn Bolkovac (Weisz), a Nebraskan police officer, accepts a well-paying UN peacekeeping job in United Nations-regulated Bosnia. Working for a private contractor, the International Police Task Force is responsible for training local law enforcement bodies to restore order to the wartorn country. As she begins to get the lay of the land in her new environment, Kathryn starts to see signs of a shocking underground human sex trafficking industry, whose patrons are not only from within the corporation but from within the United Nations itself.

Why You Should Watch: The Whistleblower



USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Nicholas Jarecki
Starring: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, Tim Roth, Laetitia Casta, Chris Eigeman
What's it about?
On the eve of his 60th birthday, New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (Gere) is the portrait of success - at least on the surface. In reality, Miller is in over his head, trying desperately to sell his empire to a big bank before the authorities and his family uncover the depth of his fraud. Unexpectedly, a critical error forces Miller to juggle family, business and crime with the aid of a former associate, but a detective's suspicions mean it may already be too late.

Wall Street scams get personal in 'Arbitrage'

The Dead Lands
8:30PM, NITV

New Zealand, 2014
Genre: Action
Language: Italian, Maori
Director: Toa Fraser
Starring: James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka
What's it about?
After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, the teenage son of a slain Maori chieftain looks to avenge his father's murder and bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones. Starring James Rolleston, the lead of Taika Waititi's Boy (2010).

Easy Money

Sweden, 2010
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Language: German, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Matias Padin, Dragomir Mrsic, Lisa Henni, Mahmut Suvakci
What's it about?
Set within the seedy underworld of Stockholm, JW (Kinnaman) is a poor student who falls in love with a sexy young heiress (Henni). He turns to a life of crime to keep himself in the upper class, but soon winds up involved with the Serbian mafia. 

Easy Money Review

The Last Elvis
11:50PM, SBS

Argentina, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Armando Bo
Starring:  John McInerny, Griselda Siciliani, Margarita Lopez
What's it about?
In the unique world of the Buenos Aires celebrity-impersonator scene, “Elvis” Gutiérrez is a star. By day, though, he must contend with a dead-end factory job and an ex-wife who worries about how his obsessive behavior affects their young daughter, Lisa Marie. Feeling more connected to his persona as the King than to his own family, Gutiérrez retreats from reality until a tragic accident interrupts his plans and forces him to grapple with his real-world responsibilities.

The Past
1:25AM, SBS

France, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: French, Farsi
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Starring: Bérénice Bejo, Ali Mosaffa, Tahar Rahim
What's it about?
An Iranian man deserts his French wife and children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife Marie (Bejo, winner of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival prize for Best Actress) starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce, unveiling a secret from their past. From acclaimed writer-director Asghar Farhadi, whose films A Separation and The Salesman have won Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 and 2017 Academy Awards.

The Past review: Farhadi betters his Oscar-winning break-up tale
The Past: Asghar Farhadi interview


Hoop Dreams
8:30PM, NITV

USA, 1994
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Steve James
What's it about?
Follows two young African-American men through their high school years as they perfect their skills in basketball in the hopes of getting a college scholarship and eventually play in the NBA. Regularly cited as one of the greatest documentary films ever made, and selected by renowned American film critic Roger Ebert as the best film of the 1990's.

Hoop Dreams - Review

Capitalism: A Love Story
8:35PM, SBS

USA, 2009
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Michael Moore
Starring: Michael Moore
What's it about?
Examines the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans. Moore asks the question: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? He finds that families pay the price with their jobs, their homes and their savings. Michael goes into the homes of ordinary people whose lives have been turned upside down; and he goes looking for explanations in Washington and elsewhere. What he finds are the all-too-familiar symptoms of a love affair gone astray: lies, abuse, betrayal - and 14,000 jobs being lost every day.

Capitalism: A Love Story Review

1:20AM, SBS

Hong Kong, 2002
Genre: Action, Adventure, Martial Arts
Language: Mandarin
Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang
What's it about?
An epic tale of love, jealousy and betrayal from director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers), based on events in China in the third century BC. The ruthless King (Chen Daoming) of Qin is a marked man. He has survived many attempts on his life, but he enlists an orphaned warrior to defeat the three master assassins that have been dispatched by the King's rivals, and who represent the biggest threat yet: Broken Sword (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung) and Sky (Donnie Yen).

Vargas: A Dubious Place
3:10AM, SBS

France, 2010
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Language: French
Director: Josée Dayan
Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Corinne Masiero, Jean-Hugues Anglade
What's it about?
A gruesome discovery is made outside a London cemetery one night – 17 pairs of shoes with a severed foot inside each one. Meanwhile in Paris, Police Captain Adamsberg discovers a body chopped into so many pieces there is nothing left of it. Could there be a link between the two?