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12 Oct 2018 - 3:33 PM  UPDATED 12 Oct 2018 - 3:33 PM


Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
10:30AM, NITV

USA, 2000
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Barak Goodman, Daniel Anker
What's it about?
This Academy Award-nominated documentary looks at the infamous "Scottsboro Boys" case that occurred in Alabama in 1931, in which nine young black men were arrested, tried and quickly convicted in the rape of two white women, despite overwhelming evidence that they were falsely accused.

After the Apology
12:00PM, NITV (repeats 9:35PM)

Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: Larissa Behrendt
Featuring: Debra Swan, Aunty Hazel Collins, Karen Fusi, Suellyn Tighe
What's it about?
The rate of Indigenous child removal has actually increased since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered the apology to the ‘stolen generations’ in 2008. This documentary follows four grandmothers find as they find each other and start a national movement to place extended families as a key solution to the rising number of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care.


1:10AM, SBS

Chile, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Sebastián Lelio
Starring: Paulina García, Sergio Hernández, Diego Fontecilla
What's it about?
Gloria (García) is a 58-year-old divorcée. Her children have all left home but she has no desire to spend her days and nights alone. Determined to defy old age and loneliness, she rushes headlong into a whirl of singles’ parties on the hunt for instant gratification – which just leads repeatedly to disappointment and emptiness. But then she meets Rodolfo (Hernández), an ex-naval officer seven years her senior to whom she feels romantically inclined. Winner of the Golden Bear award (top prize) at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival.

Gloria: Sebastián Lelio interview
Why You Should Watch: Gloria


The Girl with All the Gifts

UK, 2016
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Colm McCarthy
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close, Sennia Nanua
What's it about?
In a heavily guarded compound, a small group of children are being studied to discover the cure to a virus that has ravaged the globe. 10-year-old Melanie (Nanua) and her fellow pupils are second-generation hybrids - part 'Hungry’, part human. But unlike first generation 'Hungries’, Melanie excels in the classroom, is acutely attentive, imaginative and highly intelligent. When the base is overrun by Hungries, Melanie escapes with her favourite teacher, Miss Justineau (Arterton), Sergeant Parks (Considine) and Dr. Caldwell, who is intent on using Melanie to synthesise a vaccine.

[REC]⁴ Apocalypse

Spain, 2014
Genre: Thriller, Horror
Language: Spanish
Director: Jaume Balagueró
Starring: Manuela Velasco, Héctor Colomé, María Alfonsa Rosso, Paco Manzanedo
What's it about?
Several hours have passed since the terrible events that ravaged the old building in Barcelona. After the chaos, the army decided to intervene and an elite group of soldiers infiltrated the building in order to plant detonators and put an end to the nightmare once and for all. The mission is a success; quick and precise. Angela Vidal, the young television reporter who entered the building with the fireman just hours before, manages to make it out alive. But what they don’t know is that she hasn’t made it out of the building alone, and within her she carries the seed of the strange infection. 

Scarred Hearts
11:50PM, SBS

Romania, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: Romanian, German
Director: Radu Jude 
Starring: Serban Pavlu, Gabriel Spahiu, Ivana Mladenovic
What's it about?
During the summer of 1937, Emanuel, a young man in his early twenties, is committed to a sanatorium on the Black Sea coast for treatment of his bone tuberculosis. The treatment consists of painful spine punctures that confine him to a plaster on a stretcher-bed. Little by little, as Emanuel gets accustomed to the sadness of his new life, he discovers that inside the facility there is still a life to be lived to the fullest. From Radu Jude, writer/director of the acclaimed Aferim!.


Ear Buds: The Podcasting Documentary

USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Graham Elwood
Starring: Joe Rogan, Aisha Tyler, Wil Anderson, Paul F. Tompkins, Nick Kroll, Marc Maron
What's it about?
Graham Elwood and Chris Mancini (The Comedy Film Nerds Podcast) wanted to find out why podcasters had such a deep personal connection with their audience. They went all over the country, and then even to Australia and Japan, to interview fans and podcasters. From dealing with mental illness to battling cancer, the stories they heard were as surprising as they were inspirational. A film that explores the personal connection of a new medium ended up being a very personal journey for the filmmakers as well.

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus
9:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:00PM, Fri 19th Oct)

USA, 2014
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Stephen Tyrone Williams, Zaraah Abrahams, Rami Malek, Elvis Nolasco
What's it about?
In this Spike Lee reimagining of Bill Gunn's 1973 cult classic Ganja & Hess, Dr. Hess Green becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient African artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. Soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with Ganja Hightower that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status.


Rabbit-Proof Fence
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:30AM, Sat 20th Oct)

Australia, 2002
Genre: History, Adventure
Language: Aboriginal, English
Director: Phillip Noyce
Starring: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, Kenneth Branagh, Deborah Mailman, David Gulpilil
What's it about?
Based on the true story of three young Aboriginal girls, Molly and Daisy and their cousin, Gracie, who in 1931, were forcibly removed from their mothers and their home in Jigalong and moved over fifteen hundred miles away, as a part of official 'White Australia' Government policy. Molly leads her younger sister and cousin on a brave escape and in a bid to find their way home, following, on foot, the rabbit-proof fence that cuts across the Gibson Desert and towards Jigalong.

Rabbit-Proof Fence: Cheat Sheet
Rabbit-Proof Fence Review

Michael Clayton
8:30PM, SBS

USA, 2007
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Tony Gilroy
Starring: George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Sydney Pollack, Tom Wilkinson
What's it about?
A law firm brings in its 'fixer' (Clooney) to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit. Nominated for six 2008 Academy Awards including Best Picture, and winner for Best Supporting Actress (Swinton).

Michael Clayton review: An intriguing and thought provoking thriller

The Precocious and Brief Life of Sabina Rivas
11:15PM, SBS

Mexico, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Luis Mandoki
Starring: Joaquín Cosio, Greisy Mena, Fernando Moreno, Angelina Peláez
What's it about?
Honduran teenager Sabina Rivas intends to get to the United States, harbouring dreams of becoming a famous singer and distancing herself from her boyfriend turned vicious gang member. To cross the Suchiate River towards the US and to dream about a better life is easy. The challenge is to cross Mexico and its brothels, migratory agents, and ruthless gangs. 


Godzilla: Resurgence

Japan, 2016
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Drama
Language: English, Japanese
Director: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi
Starring: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara
What's it about?
From Hideaki Anno, the mind behind 'Evangelion' comes the terrifying resurgence of the King of Monsters - Godzilla. It's a peaceful day in Japan when a strange fountain of water erupts in the bay, causing panic to spread among government officials. Their worst nightmare comes to life when a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and tears through the city, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake.

Godzilla: Resurgence: A monster movie in touch with the times

Dark Age
8:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:10AM)

Australia, 1987
Genre: Horror, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Arch Nicholson
Starring: John Jarratt, Burnham Burnham, David Gulpilil
What's it about?
A giant crocodile is on the loose in the Northern Territory and it's up to a park ranger and two local guides to face up to the giant creature. This Ozploitation horror movie was not screened in Australia until 22 years after its completion, when Quentin Tarantino lent his own copy of the film for a screening in 2009.


USA, 1990
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Ron Underwood
Starring: Finn Carter, Fred Ward, Kevin Bacon
What's it about?
Made with an affectionate tip-of-the-hat to classic 1950s monster flicks, this cult film tells the story of two handymen who battle giant carnivorous sandworms that threaten their small Nevada town. Together, the two men and the eccentric and resilient townspeople must do anything to survive this new menacing species. 

Leon: The Professional
12:50AM, SBS

France, 1994
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Danny Aiello
What's it about?
Léon (Reno) lives a lonely life in New York, working as a professional hitman for the mob. Near-slient and utterly ruthless, Léon doesn't seem to possess an ounce of humanity. But when his 12-year-old neighbour, Mathilda (Portman), arrives home to find her entire family massacred by a drug dealer, Léon takes her in and, as per her request, teaches her the tools of his trade so that she can exact her revenge on her family's killer. 

Leon: The Professional Review

Jean Reno and Natalie Portman in Leon: The Professional, showing this Saturday on SBS


Queen Of The Damned

USA, 2002
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Michael Rymer
Starring: Aaliyah, Stuart Townsend, Marguerite Moreau
What's it about?
After many years of sleeping in his coffin, the vampire Lestat awakens only to find that the world has changed, and he wants to be a part of it. He gathers a following and becomes a rock star, only to find that his music awakens the ancient Queen Akasha, and she wants him to become her king.

Ever the Land
8:35PM, NITV

New Zealand, 2015

Genre: Documentary
Language: Maori, English
Director: Sarah Grohnert
What's it about?
Explores the sublime bond between people and their land through a landmark architectural undertaking by one of New Zealand's most passionately independent Maori tribes - Ngai Tuhoe.

The Price of Peace
10:10PM, NITV

New Zealand, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Kim Webby
What's it about?
A story of indigenous people reconciling with colonial power, in this moving portrait of Tame Iti, Maori activist, and his fight with the New Zealand Crown to clear his name.

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


Spain, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Marcel Rasquin
Starring: Fernando Moreno, Eliu Armas, Leany Leal
What's it about?
Daniel (Moreno) dreams of being a soccer star, but Julio (Armas) is more pragmatic, and the stark reality of providing for his family leads him down an illegal path. When they are offered the opportunity to try out for the Caracas Football Club, they see a way out of the slums even as a tragedy threatens to tear the brothers apart.

Hermano Review: Brotherly love put to the test in potent drama.