• The Fifth Element (1997), showing 8:30PM, Wed 25 July on SBS Viceland (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
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18 Jul 2018 - 9:16 PM  UPDATED 18 Jul 2018 - 9:16 PM

MONDAY 23 JULY

Life, Animated
3:00PM, SBS

PG
France, USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Roger Ross Williams
Starring: Ron Suskind, Gilbert Gottfried
What's it about?
Owen Suskind is an autistic young man who could not speak for years as a child and yet slowly emerged from his isolation by immersing himself in Disney animated movies. The subject of his father Ron Suskind’s New York Times bestseller, Owen used these films as a roadmap to reconnect with his loving family and the wider world. This Oscar-nominated documentary tells the remarkable story of how Owen found in Disney animation a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world.

Life, Animated review: a warm testament to a family's love and resilience

Excalibur
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, USA, 1981
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: John Boorman
Starring: Helen Mirren, Nicol Williamson, Nigel Terry, Liam Neeson, Cherie Lunghi
What's it about?
The myth of King Arthur brought to the screen. Uthur Pendragon is given the mystical sword Excalibur by Merlyn. At his death Uthur buries the sword into a stone, and the next man that can pull it out will be King of England. Years later Arthur, Uthur's bastard son draws Excalibur and becomes king. Arthur's evil half-sister Morgana sires a son with him, who may prove his downfall. From director John Boorman (Deliverance, Hope and Glory).

Big Wednesday
11:10PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 1978
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: John Milius
Starring: Gary Busey, Jan-Michael Vincent, William Katt
What's it about?
Three friends who share a passion and talent for surfing are separated by military service in Viet Nam but return to the same beach ten years after the summer they ruled the waves. Now, with their innocence lost to the deeds they committed on a jungle battlefield, the three grown men rediscover their shared love of the ocean in this coming-of-age story.

WEDNESDAY 25 JULY

The Fifth Element
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
France, 1997
Genre: Romance, Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi
Language: English 
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Ian Holm, Gary Oldman, Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich
What's it about?
For ex-Marine Korben Dallas, life has become tediously repetitive: he drives a flying cab for a living, and eats take away from the same Chinese restaurant, which delivers directly to his window, every day. But little does Korben know, a great extra-terrestrial Evil has teamed up with Zorg, and threatens to destroy the Earth. A 90s cult-classic sci-fi from director Luc Besson (Leon: The Professional, Nikita).

My Favourite Film: The Fifth Element

Flash Gordon
10:55PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1980
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Mike Hodges
Starring: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max Von Sydow
What's it about?
In this '80s all-star camp classic, a bored alien king - Ming the Merciless keeps the blues at bay by conjuring up a series of disasters on Earth. He doesn't count on coming up against the star footballer and everyday hero Flash Gordon, who leads the charge to save the earth from certain destruction. Retro-tastic special effects and a soundtrack by Queen make this required viewing for any self-respecting B-movie buff.

Matthew Vaughn Eyes 'Flash Gordon' as Next Project

THURSDAY 26 JULY

Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric
9:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Katie Couric
Starring: Katie Couric, Hari Nef, Gavin Grimm, Sarah McBride
What's it about?
Katie Couric sets out across America to meet with leading scientists, physicians and experts to answer questions about gender and gender identity. She speaks with everyday people who find their lives and bodies on the front-line of a changing world. This film examines the role of science, society and culture on gender; shedding light on stories of struggle, understanding, ignorance, and love. 

First Sunday
9:30PM, NITV

PG
USA, 2008
Genre: Comedy, Action
Language: English
Director: David E. Talbert
Starring: Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan, Katt Williams
What's it about?
Durell and LeeJohn are best friends and bumbling petty criminals. When told they have one week to pay a $17,000 debt or Durell will lose his son, they come up with a desperate scheme to rob their neighborhood church. Instead, they end up spending the night in the presence of the Lord and are forced to deal with much more than they bargained for.

Air Sex: The Movie
10:40PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Evans
Starring: David Arquette, Colt Cobana, David Liebe Hart 
What's it about?
Entering its seventh year as a nationally touring roadshow, The Air Sex Championships combine the pageantry and prestige of sports with the excitement of underwear-based sex-positive combat. Think Air Guitar, but instead of pretending to play boring old musical instruments, Air Sex participants have jaw-dropping sexual encounters with an imaginary partner (or partners) via the creative arts of pelvic storytelling, rhythmic pantomiming, and lingual improvisation. 

FRIDAY 27 JULY

Shorts
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 11:00AM, Sat 28 July)

PG
USA, 2009
Genre: Family
Language: English
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Jimmy Bennett, Kat Dennings, James Spader, William H. Macy
What's it about?
11-year-old Toe Thompson is the designated punching bag for the teenaged bullies of the suburban community of Black Falls, where his and everyone else's parents work for Black Box Industries, makers of the do-it-all gadget that's sweeping the nation. But during a freak storm, a mysterious Rainbow Rock, which grants wishes to anyone who finds it, falls from the sky. Suddenly, the neighborhood is after Toe's magic rock so they can wish for world domination. Toe must risk it all so he can stop the grown ups from taking the stone and carrying out world domination with the help of some kids and a cigar smoking baby names Ted.

Shorts Review

SATURDAY 28 JULY

Bird
7:35PM, NITV (repeats 12:15AM)

M
USA, 1988
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Keith David
What's it about?
Director Clint Eastwood, a noted jazz aficionado, directs this heartfelt study of pioneering bop saxophonist Charlie Parker (Forest Whitaker). Moving forward and backward through Parker's brief life before his death of a heroin overdose at age 34, the film foregrounds the saxophonist's difficult relationship with his wife, Chan Parker (Diane Venora), but also features lengthy scenes of Parker improvising on stage, lit with the neon and cigarette smoke of vintage jazz clubs.

Christine
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Antonio Campos
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Maria Dizzia, Tracy Letts, J. Smith-Cameron
What's it about?
Christine is an ambitious 29-year-old news reporter, in Sarasota, FL, circa 1974. Relentlessly motivated to succeed, she knows she has talent, but being a driven career woman in the 1970s comes with its own challenges, especially when competition for a promotion, unrequited love for a coworker and a tumultuous home life lead to a dissolution of self. With ratings in the cellar, the station manager issues a mandate to deliver juicier and more exploitative stories, a story firmly at odds with Christine’s serious brand of issue-based journalism. To accomplish her goals, she must overcome her self-doubt and give the people what they want.

The Riot Club
10:45PM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Lone Scherfig
Starring: Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth, Tom Hollander, Natalie Dormer
What's it about?
At Oxford University the hottest invitation is to The Riot Club, a privileged and exclusive club the members of which hold the keys to future success and power. First years Miles and Alistair are both dazzlingly clever and offspring of pillars of the Establishment, though politically and socially polar opposites. Alistair, pressured by a family legacy of social success, is ruthlessly determined to succeed. Miles, however, has been seduced by the social kudos of the invitation, but his heart isn’t in it. Nonetheless, both young men are invited by the club's leaders to a debauched night out to see if they’ve got what it takes to belong. 

SUNDAY 29 JULY

Biggie and Tupac
8:30PM, NITV

MA15+
UK, 2002
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Nick Broomfield
Starring: Tupac Amaru Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Nick Broomfield, Russell Poole
What's it about?
In 1997, rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G.) were gunned down in separate incidents, the apparent victims of hip hop's infamous east-west rivalry. Nick Broomfield's (Kurt & Courtney) film introduces Russell Poole, an ex-cop with damning evidence that suggests the LAPD deliberately fumbled the case to conceal connections between the police, LA gangs and Death Row Records, the label run by feared rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight.

Kiki
10:30PM, NITV

MA15+
Sweden, USA, 2016
Genre: documentary
Language: English
Director: Sara Jordenö
What's it about?
25 years after Paris is Burning, we dive back into the fierce world of voguing battles in the Kiki scene of New York City, where competition between Houses demands leadership, painstaking practice, and performances on point. A film collaboration between Kiki gatekeeper, Twiggy Pucci Garçon, and Swedish filmmaker Sara Jordenö, we’re granted exclusive access into this high stakes world, where tough competitions act as a gateway into the daily lives of LGBTQ youth of color in NYC. The new generation of ballroom youth use the motto, “Not About us Without Us”. Twiggy and Sara’s insider-outsider approach to their stories breathes fresh life into the representation of a marginalized community who demand visibility and real political power.

Why You Should Watch: Kiki