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MONDAY 19 NOVEMBER

Utopia
11:30AM, NITV (repeats 9:35pm)

M
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

A Better Life
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Cedric Kahn
Starring: Guillaume Canet, Leïla Bekhti, Slimane Khettabi
What's it about?
Yann, a cook, and Nadia, a waitress and mother of a nine-year-old boy, decide to risk everything on the purchase of a restaurant. With plenty of talent, energy and dreams, but no finance of their own, they find themselves pushed into a jungle of financing and bank loans that quickly overwhelms them both.

Wall Street
12:25AM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1987
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen, Daryl Hannah
What's it about?
Quick gains are the lure for two players on Wall Street: one a seasoned multi-millionaire corporate raider (Douglas, in an Oscar-winning performance); the other, a newly-minted young broker (Sheen) unprepared for the moral conflicts he will be forced to confront. Their dangerous friendship, set against the background of the Bull Market in the years 1985-1986, will become a mockery of mentor and aspirant, professor and student, father and son. 

TUESDAY 20 NOVEMBER

Terraferma
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, Italy, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Amharic, Italian
Director: Emanuele Crialese
Starring: Donatella Finocchiaro, Beppe Fiorello, Claudio Santamaria, Mimmo Cuticchio
What's it about?
In Sicily, fishermen are punished for saving immigrants from the sea and, back on shore, letting them go. But when young Filippo decides to help an immigrant family consisting of a mother, a little boy and a newborn baby, his life is turned upside down.

WEDNESDAY 21 NOVEMBER

King Curling
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Norway, 2011
Genre: Comedy
Language: Norwegian
Director: Ole Endresen
Starring: Atle Antonsen, Linn Skåber, Kåre Conradi
What's it about?
Once a great curling star, Truls Paulsen is diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder and banned from competition. But when he learns that his old friend and coach Gordon is on his deathbed, Truls, heavily-medicated decides to compete again, in the hopes of winning money for Gordon to have an operation in the US.

The Sacrament
8:35PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ti West
Starring: Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley, Amy Seimetz, Kate Lyn Sheil
What's it about?
A fashion photographer is traveling to meet his sister at Eden Parish. Once there, his friends begin to film interviews with the Eden Parish inhabitants, all of whom speak of the commune in glowing terms. However, they soon discover that there is a sinister edge to the commune that belies the seemingly peaceful setting.

Starry Eyes
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer
Starring: Alex Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan, Pat Healy
What's it about?
A hopeful young starlet uncovers the ominous origins of the Hollywood elite and enters into a deadly agreement in exchange for fame and fortune.

THURSDAY 22 NOVEMBER

Desperately Seeking Susan
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1985
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Susan Seidelman
Starring: Madonna, Rosanna Arquette, Aidan Quinn, Laurie Metcalf, John Turturro
What's it about?
Roberta is a bored suburban housewife who is fascinated with a woman, Susan, she only knows about by reading messages to and from her in the personals section of the newspaper. This fascination reaches a peak when an ad with the headline "Desperately Seeking Susan" proposes a rendezvous. Roberta goes too, and in a series of events involving amnesia and mistaken identity, steps into Susan's life.

Spirited Away
2:10PM, SBS

PG
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)

That Sugar Film
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Damon Gameau
What's it about?
Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, by committing himself to a 60-day diet of "low fat" foods with hidden sugars. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves. 

Damon Gameau on That Sugar Film (interview)
Sugar coating complex science, Damon Gameau’s 'That Sugar Film' inspires
Damon Gameau talks 'That Sugar Film' - and 'that' controversial expert

Once Were Warriors
9:30PM, NITV

MA15+
New Zealand, 1994
Genre: Drama
Language: Maori
Director: Lee Tamahori
Starring: Cliff Curtis, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell
What's it about?
Eighteen years after Jake (Morrison) and Beth (Owen) married, it's easy to see why she found him so irresistible. Jake is muscular and handsome, he exudes an explosive sexual energy, even now, after 5 children, he can still arouse her with one look, but Jake too often proves his masculinity with his fists. He regularly explodes into violence that threatens to destroy Beth and their family – til it's almost too late.

Once Were Warriors review: An absolutely devastating film

Love Me Tinder
10:20PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: French
Director: Thomas Bornot, France Ortelli
What's it about?
France and Thomas are two young journalists. Each of them is looking for love and is trying to find it through a famous mobile application, Tinder. Tinder allows people with a smartphone to get in touch with each other and eventually meet. More than a simple app, it has become very popular amongst young people. The documentary follows France and Thomas in their quest for the perfect partner. Will they manage to find 'the one'? And what does their experience tell about modern seduction games?

Mindhunters
1:00AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2004
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
Language: English
Director: Renny Harlin
Starring: LL Cool J, Jonny Lee Miller, Kathryn Morris, Patricia Velásquez
What's it about?
On a remote island, the FBI has a training program for their psychological profiling division, called 'Mindhunters', used to track down serial killers. The training goes horribly wrong, however, when a group of seven young agents discover that one of them is a serial killer, and is setting about slaying the others.

FRIDAY 23 NOVEMBER

Tough Love
11:00AM, NITV

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Stephanie Wang-Breal
What's it about?
Fighting to reunite with their children, Tough Love chronicles the lives of two parents with cases in the United States child welfare system as they attempt to prove to the courts and the system that they deserve a second chance to be a parent and have a family.

Childish Games
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Spain, 2012
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Language: German, Spanish
Director: Antonio Chavarrías
Starring: Juan Diego Botto, Bárbara Lennie, Mágica Pérez
What's it about?
When flaky novelist Mario turns up one day at the school where Daniel teaches, the educator is convinced the writer is a spirit from his repressed past, buried deep in his subconscious. As children, the two might almost have been brothers. But the marriage between Daniel’s father and Mario’s mother never materialised. This unexpected re-encounter brings both families together.

Frog Dreaming
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 24 Nov)

PG
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

Tracks
8:40PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Australia, UK, 2013
Genre: Biography
Language: English
Director: John Curran
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Emma Booth, Jessica Tovey
What's it about?
In 1977, a young Australian woman named Robyn Davidson (Wasikowska) set out from Alice Springs to trek across 2,700 kilometers of harsh desert of Western Australia to reach the ocean. Accompanied only by her dog and four camels, Davidson had no other purpose than to reach the ocean and find herself on a journey of self-discovery.

Tracks: Mia Wasikowska and Robyn Davidson interview
Tracks Review

Blind
11:15PM, SBS

MA15+
Norway, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Norwegian
Director: Eskil Vogt
Starring: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Vera Vitali
What's it about?
Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her home – a place where she can feel in control, alone with her husband and her thoughts. After a while, Ingrid starts to feel the presence of her husband in the flat when he is supposed to be at work. At the same time, her lonely neighbour who has grown tired of even the most extreme pornography shifts his attention to a woman across the street. Ingrid knows about this but her real problems lie within, not beyond the walls of her apartment, and her deepest fears and repressed fantasies soon take over.

Point Blank
1:15AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
France, 2010
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Language: French
Director: Fred Cavayé
Starring: Elena Anaya, Roschdy Zem, Gilles Lellouche
What's it about?
Things couldn't be better for Samuel (Lellouche) and Nadia (Anaya): he will soon be a nurse and she is expecting her first child. But their world is tipped upside down when Nadia is kidnapped in front Samuel's and he's incapable of doing anything about it. When he comes to, his cellphone rings: he has three hours to get a man, under police surveillance, out of the hospital where he works.

Point Blank Review

SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER

Don Verdean
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Jared Hess
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Jemaine Clement, Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, Will Forte
What's it about?
Hired by a local church to find religious relics to boost church attendance, Don (Rockwell) ventures to the Holy Land in search of the skull of Goliath. When Don’s efforts to find the skull prove unsuccessful, he devises a clever forgery to fool the faithful masses. But one big lie begets another, and Don’s hoax quickly spirals out of control. A satirical comedy from the creators of Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre.

Half of a Yellow Sun
8:30PM, NITV

M
UK, Nigeria, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Biyi Bandele
Starring: Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor
What's it about?
The effects of the Nigerian-Biafran War from 1967-1970 is shown through the relationships between four people's lives. Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, they put aside their differences to join the fight to establish an independent republic.

Half of a Yellow Sun Review
Half of a Yellow Sun: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton interview

People, Places, Things
10:15PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Jim Strouse
Starring: Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall, Stephanie Allynne, Jessica Williams
What's it about?
Will Henry is a newly single graphic novelist, balancing being a parent to his young twin daughters and teaching a classroom full of college students, all the while trying to navigate the rich complexities of new love and letting go of the woman who left him.

SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER

Faces of Harassment
8:30PM, NITV

MA15+
Brazil, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: Portuguese, International
Director: Paula Sacchetta
What's it about?
On Women's Week, a studio-van was parked in locations across rich and poor areas of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The studio-van was made available to any woman who felt like sharing her story. The film, which is part of a transmedia project, is comprised of a significant number of testimonies, and reflects upon an important part of the filming process: how did these women feel when they were telling their stories?

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
9:35PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1992
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, Mädchen Amick, David Bowie, Kyle Maclachlan
What's it about?
In the questionable town of Deer Meadow, Washington, FBI Agent Desmond inexplicably disappears while hunting for the man who murdered a teen girl. The killer is never apprehended, and, after experiencing dark visions and supernatural encounters, Agent Dale Cooper (MacLachlan) chillingly predicts that the culprit will claim another life. Meanwhile, in the more cozy town of Twin Peaks, hedonistic beauty Laura Palmer hangs with lowlifes and seems destined for a grisly fate. Critically savaged upon its initial release, this prequel to the events in Lynch's cult TV series has grown in reputation with time, especially as a companion to 2017's series Twin Peaks: The Return.

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
10:05, NITV

M
USA, 2016
Genre: documentary
Language: English
Director: Paula Sacchetta
Starring: Deborah Esquenazi
What's it about?
In 1994, four women were accused, tried, and convicted of the heinous sexual assault of two young girls—as one newscaster puts it, “the modern version of the witchcraft trials.” Twenty years later, the four women have maintained their innocence, insisting that the accusations were entirely fabricated, and borne of homophobic prejudice and a late-’90s mania about covens, cults, and child abuse.

Bruna: Surfer Girl
12:05AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Brazil, 2011
Genre: Biography
Language: Portuguese
Director: Marcus Baldini
Starring: Drica Moraes, Cássio Gabus Mendes, Deborah Secco
What's it about?
Raquel (Secco) is adopted by a wealthy couple in Sao Paulo. Bored at college and feeling rebellious, the 17-year-old decides to run away to become a call girl. Her clients thinks she looks like a beautiful surfer, and she soon starts blogging about her experiences under her nickname Surfistinha (Little Surfer Girl). It's soon one of Brazil’s most popular blogs, and Raquel becomes a national celebrity for her raunchy endeavours.