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9 Nov 2018 - 4:03 PM  UPDATED 9 Nov 2018 - 4:03 PM


Life, Above All

South Africa, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Southern Sotho
Director: Oliver Schmitz
Starring: Tinah Mnumzana, Aubrey Poolo, Lerato Mvelase, Khomotso Manyaka
What's it about?
In Elandsdoorn, a small township outside of Johannesburg, Chanda's mother is critically ill and her stepfather is an absent drunkard, leaving the 12-year-old girl to arrange for the funeral of her newborn sister and care for her younger siblings. Her only friend is the wilful Esther who is ostracised from the township because she works as a child prostitute. The seemingly tight-knit community is rife with prejudice and superstition. When a nosy neighbour sends Chandra's mother away, the distraught girl is left to fend for her family in an increasingly hostile environment.

Life, Above All Review

Reign of Assassins

China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, 2010
Genre: Action
Language: Mandarin
Director: Chao-Bin Su, John Woo 
Starring: Michelle Yeoh, Woo-sung Jung, Xueqi Wang
What's it about?
In Ancient China, Drizzle (Yeoh) is the most deadly and ruthless assassin. After a life of theft and murder, she seeks to atone for her ways. She starts a new life in the capital, but her old gang are hot on her trail.


Norwegian Ninja

Norway, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Action
Language: Norwegian, Russian
Director: Thomas Cappelen Malling
Starring: Mads Ousdal, Jon Øigarden, Trond-Viggo Torgersen
What's it about?
In 1984, Arne Treholt was arrested in Norway for treason after handing over state secrets to Russia’s KGB. It became the most scandalous story in Norway’s history, but ‘Norwegian Ninja’ aims to reframe him as the nation’s undercover hero, featuring Treholt as the head of a secret force of modern 'shadow warriors' entrusted by King Olav to protect the country. 


Iron Sky

Finland, Germany, Australia, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Language: German
Director: Timo Vuorensola
Starring: Julia Dietze, Christopher Kirby, Götz Otto, Udo Kier
What's it about?
In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers. Soon, this unstoppable attack fleet will swarm towards Earth, heralding the triumphant return of the Fourth Reich. 

Australia had a big hand in Iron Sky
Iron Sky Review

Martha Marcy May Marlene

USA, 2011
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Sean Durkin
Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes, Hugh Dancy, Sarah Paulson
What's it about?
A young woman, Martha (Olsen), flees her life in an abusive cult. Seeking help from her estranged older sister and brother-in-law, Martha is unable and unwilling to reveal the truth about her disappearance. Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, Martha struggles to re-assimilate with her family. Winner of the directing award (for Sean Durkin) at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Martha Marcy May Marlene: John Hawkes interview
Martha Marcy May Marlene Review

Red State

USA, 2011
Kevin Smith
Starring: Michael Parks, Melissa Leo, John Goodman 
What's it about?
In Middle America, three teenagers travel to isolated Cooper’s Dell after responding to an online invitation for sex. However, their schoolboy fantasies turn sinister as Christian extremists led by the twisted but charismatic preacher Abin Cooper hold them captive in his compound known as the Five Points Church. As the Pastor and his congregation embark on a reign of unholy terror, the teenagers have to stay alive and then deal with the arrival of Federal Agent Joseph Keenan and his Special Ops team who are armed, dangerous and ready to do anything to bring this cult down. From writer-director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing AmyDogma).

Why You Should Watch: Red State

The Fortress
12:15AM, SBS

South Korea, 2017
Genre: War, Drama, History
Language: Korean
Director: Hwang Dong-hyuk
Starring: Lee Byung-hun, Kim Yoon-seok, Park Hae-Il, Go Soo
What's it about?
In 1636, the Qing dynasty attacks Joseon. King Injo and his retainers, including Choi Myung-kil and Kim Sang-hun, hide in the mountain fortress city of Namhansanseong. They are isolated from the outside. Meanwhile, Choi Myung-kil insists that they enter into negotiations with the Qing dynasty, but Kim Sang-hun proposes that they keep fighting.


Stir Crazy

USA, 1980
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Sidney Poitier
Starring: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Georg Stanford Brown, JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson
What's it about?
When unproduced Broadway playwright Skip Donahue and his best friend, out-of-work actor Harry Monroe, are both fired from their dead-end jobs, they abandon Broadway and set out in their battered van to find fame and fortune in Hollywood. But the van breaks down on the way, and they're forced to take jobs as dancing woodpeckers in a bank promotion. Their troubles are just beginning, as their feathered costumes are swiped by a pair of hoods who use them in a holdup, and Skip and Harry are soon carted off to prison.

Batman & Bill

USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sheena M. Joyce, Don Argott
What's it about?
For years, Bob Kane has been credited as Batman’s creator. As time passed, rumours swirled that the Caped Crusader had another father. Who was this man? Bruce Wayne may be Batman’s secret identity, but his creator was always a true mystery. Batman and Bill tells the story of the uncredited creator of Batman, and a crusade to bring him justice.

9:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:00PM, Fri 16 Nov)

USA, 1998
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Starring: Jada Pinkett Smith, Tommy Davidson, Dave Chappelle, LL Cool J
What's it about?
Gorgeous and extroverted Woo (Smith) meets insecure and straight-laced law clerk Tim (Davidson) on a blind date, and takes him on a madcap adventure through New York City, in this comedy from Party Girl (1995) director Daisy von Scherler Mayer.


Love Storming

Spain, 2010
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Language: Spanish
Director: Borja Cobeaga
Starring: Unax Ugalde, Alejandra Jiménez, Julián López, Miguel Ángel Muñoz, Secun de la Rosa
What's it about?
This romantic-comedy is set during Christmas and tells the story of Sergio, a boy who could not finish the year in worse shape. It is New Year's Eve, the heaviest snowfall in thirty years is falling, all flights are cancelled and he has to partake in the Spanish tradition of taking the grapes with the other passengers in a roadside hotel. But he must also manage to get on a night what he has failed for several months - to win back his ex-girlfriend Bea before she goes to work in Germany, all with the help of a group of travellers who are possibly more of a hindrance.

Clara's Heart
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 17 Nov)

USA, 1988
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Robert Mulligan
Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Kathleen Quinlan, Neil Patrick Harris, Spalding Gray
What's it about?
David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper. She and David develop a close bond, opening his eyes and heart to new experiences, and eventually leading to a disturbing secret in Clara's past. From To Kill A Mockingbird director Robert Mulligan.

Jasper Jones
8:30PM, SBS

Australia, 2017
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Rachel Perkins
Starring: Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Aaron L. McGrath, Levi Miller, Angourie Rice
What's it about?
Based on the best-selling novel, Jasper Jones is the story of Charlie Bucktin, a young bookish boy living in a small town. One night, local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones appears at Charlie’s window and the pair embark on a journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community.

“I want to know: What happened?” - Rachel Perkins talks 'Jasper Jones'

Best in Bed
11:05PM, SBS

France, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Delphine de Vigan
Starring: Laurence Arné, Eric Elmosnino, Didier Bezace
What's it about?
A pretty and seemingly self-assured young woman starts believing that she’s bad in bed after two failed one-night stands, embarking on a mission to transform herself and become the best lay in the land.

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

Hong Kong, China, 2010
Genre: Martial Arts
Language: Mandarin
Director: Andrew Lau
Starring: Donnie Yen, Alex Ahlstrom, Qi Shu 
What's it about?
Legendary fighter Chen Zhen returns from years in exile and assumed dead. In full disguise, he infiltrates a crime ring and attempts to stave off an assassination that would spark a civil war and enable the Japanese Empire to invade China.


Top Five

USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Chris Rock
Starring: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Whoopi Goldberg, Tracy Morgan
What's it about?
Former comedy legend Andre Allen (Rock) returns to New York to promote his latest film on the eve of his wedding to a self-absorbed reality TV star (Union). While wandering the city with a mysterious and charming journalist (Dawson), Allen is forced to confront his past and the people he left behind. 

Top Five review: The joke's on Chris Rock in his showbiz rom-com

8:30PM, NITV

UK, 2008
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Noel Clarke
Starring: Noel Clarke, Scarlett Alice Johnson, Adam Deacon
What's it about?
The film picks up six years after the death of Trife (Ameen) from the preceding film (Kidulthood) with the release of Sam (Clarke) from jail where he has been for the past six and a half years for killing Trife. After being released, he goes to the cemetery where he visits Trife's tombstone where he is attacked by Trife's cousin.

'Uncle Buck': A shining example of John Hughes’ take on adulthood

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Marielle Heller
Starring: Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgard, Christopher Meloni
What's it about?
Minnie Goetze (Powley) is a 15-year-old aspiring comic-book artist, coming of age in the haze of 1970s San Francisco. Insatiably curious about the world around her, Minnie is a pretty typical teenage girl: except that she’s sleeping with her mother’s boyfriend. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner.

Guilty of Romance

Japan, 2011
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Horror
Language: Japanese
Director: Sion Sono
Starring: Miki Mizuno, Makoto Togashi, Megumi Kagurazaka, Satoshi Nikaido
What's it about?
Two stories of love and loss intertwine in modern Japan. Detective Kazuko must investigate the case of a woman who has been find dead in a derelict apartment, while she grapples with her home life. Meanwhile Izumi, the faithful wife of a famous novelist, decides to break away from her monotonous life and accepts a job as a adult film star while hiding her new career from her husband. From prolific cult director Sion Sono (Suicide ClubLove Exposure).

3:00AM, SBS

Brazil, 2012
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Language: Portuguese, Tupi
Director: Cao Hamburger
Starring: João Miguel, Felipe Camargo, Caio Blat
What's it about?
From the team behind the City of God comes this epic tale about three brothers who go to live with an Amazonian tribe. Beginning in the 1940’s, Xingu follows Leonardo, Claudio and Orlando as they venture into the Amazon to live with an Indigenous tribe over the next 20 years. Stunningly capturing the exquisite wildlife of the rainforest, this heart-wrenching adventure opens up a world rarely shown on screen.


8:35PM, NITV

Australia, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: John Pilger
What's it about?
This controversial documentary film by acclaimed filmmaker John Pilger draws on his long association with Indigenous Australians; an investigation into Australia's colonial past and wealthy present, setting out to break the stereotypes of the first people of Australia. Utopia is both a personal journey and a universal story of power and resistance, of how modern societies can be divided between those who conform and the dystopian world of those who do not. 

Why You Should Watch: Utopia

Lost Highway

USA, 1997
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty, Robbert Loggia
What's it about?
After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist (Pullman) is framed for the murder of his wife (Arquette) and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic (Getty) and begins leading a new life. Opening to mixed reviews on its initial 1997 release, this cryptic David Lynch film has grown in reputation and has been seen as a companion piece to Lynch's 2001 masterpiece Mulholland Drive.

Donnie Darko

USA, 2001
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Cult
Language: English
Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze
What's it about?
During the presidential election of 1988, a teenage boy named Donnie Darko (Gyllenhaal) sleepwalks out of his house one night, and sees a giant, demonic-looking rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world will end in 28 days, six hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. He returns home the next morning to find that a jet engine has crashed through his bedroom. As he tries to figure out why he survived, and tries to deal with people in his town, Frank continues to turn up in Donnie's mind, causing him to commit acts of vandalism. 

Donnie Darko review: A shot at small-town repression