• Sweet Country (2017) - director Warwick Thornton's acclaimed follow-up to 2009's Samson & Delilah - is showing Saturday 9:30PM on both SBS and NITV (www.facebook.com/SweetCountrymovie/)Source: www.facebook.com/SweetCountrymovie/
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18 Jan 2019 - 4:33 PM  UPDATED 18 Jan 2019 - 4:33 PM

MONDAY 21 JANUARY

Message from Mungo
11:00AM, NITV

G
Australia, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Andrew Pike, Ann McGrath
What's it about?
Lake Mungo is an ancient Pleistocene lake-bed in south-western New South Wales, and is one of the world’s richest archaeological sites. This documentary focuses on the interface over the last 40 years between the scientists on one hand, and, on the other, the Indigenous communities who identify with the land and with the human remains revealed at the site. This interface has often been deeply troubled and contentious, but within the conflict and its gradual resolution lies a moving story of the progressive empowerment of the traditional custodians of the area.

Croker Island Exodus
12:15PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Steven McGregor
What's it about?
1941: all white women and children are evacuated from Darwin, and Japanese invasion is imminent. On a tiny Methodist mission on Croker Island in the Arafura Sea, the Superintendent and three Cottage mothers are responsible for 95 stolen generation Aboriginal children allocated to their care by the government. The missionaries are given the option of evacuating, but how could they leave these children? However, food supplies are running dangerously low and no help comes through the long Wet. February 1942, a message by pedal radio, Darwin has been bombed, the missionaries will now have to move the children off the island themselves. So they begin their perilous journey.

As Japanese bomb Australia in 1942, children and carers from the Croker Island Mission embarked on a 5,000 mile journey

Teach a Man to Fish
8:30PM, NITV (repeats 11:00AM, Tues 22 Jan)

M
Australia, 2018 
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Grant Saunders
What's it about?
Concerned that he has been away from his home town of Taree for over twenty years, a son decides to quit everything to go fishing with his father and salvage a relationship spoiled some time ago. Nominated for best documentary at the 2018 Sydney Film Festival.

Beneath Clouds
10:00PM, NITV (repeats 1:30AM)

M
Australia, 2002
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Ivan Sen
Starring: Dannielle Hall, Damian Pitt, Jenna Lee Connors
What's it about?
Lena (Hall) has an absent Irish father she longs to see and an Aboriginal mother she finds disgusting. When she breaks away, she meets up with petty crim Vaughn (Pitt) who’s just escaped from low security prison to reluctantly visit his dying mother. An uneasy relationship begins to form as they hit the road heading to Sydney, taking them on a journey that’s as emotional as it is physical, as revealing as it is desperate. From Ivan Sen, director of Mystery Road and Goldstone.

Beneath Clouds: A superb Australian film

Circumstance
11:55PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Iran, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Persian-Farsi
Director: Maryam Keshavarz
Starring:  Sarah Kazemy, Nikohl Boosheri, Reza Sixo Safai
What's it about?
In Tehran's underground art scene, two teenagers, Atafeh and Shireen, attend illicit parties and experiment with sex, drinking, and drugs. But the strict government, and Atafeh’s brutish drug-addict brother, threaten to tear their blossoming relationship apart. This film gives an insight into youth culture and homosexuality in modern Tehran, and won the Audience Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Circumstance Review

TUESDAY 22 JANUARY

Night Parrot Stories
12:30PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Robert Nugent
What's it about?
In the remote deserts of Australia lives an elusive nocturnal bird called the Night Parrot. Virtually nothing is known of its ecology. It disappeared at the end of the 19th Century. Searching for evidence of its existence became a preoccupation. This documentary was filmed in all the locations where Night Parrots once lived, during a time when stories of extinction were everywhere.

Another Country
10:00PM, NITV (repeats Wed 23 Jan, 11:30AM)

PG
Australia, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Molly Reynolds
Featuring: David Gulpilil
What's it about?
The great Australian Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil tells the tale of 'Another Country', a story of what happened when his people's way of life was interrupted by ours. A companion film to Rolf De Heer's 2014 film Charlie's Country.

After Mabo
11:25PM, NITV

G
Australia, 1998
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: John Hughes
What's it about?
Filmed over a ten-month period throughout Australia, this probing documentary examines the political controversy surrounding Native Title and the Australian Federal Governments proposed amendments to the Native Title Act, 1993. It follows the Indigenous representatives in their attempt to fight the amendments in the media, in the bush, and in the halls of Parliament House, Canberra.

Ages of Love
12:30AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Italy, 2011
Genre: 
Romance, Comedy
Director: Giovanni Veronesi
Starring: Robert De Niro, Monica Bellucci, Laura Chiatti
What's it about?
This sexy romantic comedy explores the three stages of life and love. ‘Youth’ follows the story of an ambitious young lawyer whose life changes when he meets a provocative girl named Micol. ‘Maturity’ stars comedy icon Carlo Verdone as a faithful husband of 25 years who is swept off his feet by the intriguing Eliana, while ‘Beyond’ features an art history professor (DeNiro) whose peaceful life in Rome is disrupted by the arrival of Viola (Bellucci).

WEDNESDAY 23 JANUARY

Wik vs Queensland
10:00AM, NITV

PG
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Dean Gibson
What's it about?
This landmark feature documentary portrays the historical decision in 1996 by the High Court of Australia, granting native title to the Wik People of Cape York, and the demonisation that followed at the hands of politicians and media. With unique access to the key players of that moment in history, and featuring never-before seen footage of the two (then) young lawyers, Noel Pearson and Marcia Langton, Wik Vs Queensland tells a very personal story set against the backdrop of a tumultuous time in Queensland’s history. 

The Thing
9:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1982
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T. K. Carter, Keith David
What's it about?
U.S. Outpost #31, Antarctica, 1982 – Twelve men are commissioned to gather physical and natural science data. It is the dead of winter. With six months of darkness ahead of them, they uncover the find of the centurym in the form of an alien lifeform that soon becomes malignant... A critical and commercial failure upon its original release, this adaptation of John W. Campbell Jr's short story "Who Goes There?" is now regarded as one of the canonical films of the horror genre and one of the greatest achievements of legendary director John Carpenter (HalloweenAssault on Precinct 13, They Live).

We Don't Need a Map
9:30PM, NITV

M
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Featuring: Warwick Thornton, Adam Briggs, Baluka Maymuru, Bill Harney, Bruce Pascoe, Dee Madigan, Ghassan Hage
What's it about?
Filmmaker Warwick Thornton (Samson and DelilahSweet Country) investigates our relationship to the Southern Cross, in this fun and thought-provoking ride through Australia's cultural and political landscape. He takes us on a journey through this five-star constellation's astronomical, colonial and Indigenous history to the present day. 

Filmmaker Warwick Thornton's film We Don't Need A Map takes a journey through Australia's cultural and political landscape.

Spring
11:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Horror, Romance, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson
Starring: Lou Taylor Pucci, Nadia Hilker, Nick Nevern
What's it about?
A young man in a personal tailspin flees the US to Italy, where he sparks up a romance with a girl hiding a dark secret. What begins as a naturalistic romance in an idyllic Mediterranean town, takes an unexpected turn as the two lovers confront figurative and literal relationship monsters. Balancing dark humour, heart, and visceral thrills, Spring evokes undercurrents of Beauty and the Beast by way of Richard Linklater and David Cronenberg, while remaining its own beast. From the writing/directing team behind The Endless.

The Fool
12:00AM, SBS

MA15+
Russia, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Russian
Director: Yury Bykov
Starring: Artyom Bystrov, Natalya Surkova, Yuriy Tsurilo, Sergei Artsybashev
What's it about?
A plumber's assistant, honest and idealistic Dima devotes his free time studying to fulfil his dream of becoming an engineer. Leaving his family at home one evening, he goes to a seemingly derelict building housing the city's poor to investigate a leak. What he finds is much worse, however, and he realises that the 800 tenants need to be evacuated immediately. 

In Times of Fading Light
2:20AM, SBS

M
Germany, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: German, Russian
Director: Matti Geschonneck
Starring: Alexander Fehling, Bruno Ganz, Angela Winkler, Sylvester Groth, Thorsten Merten
What's it about?
A plumber's assistant, honest and idealistic Dima devotes his free time studying to fulfil his dream of becoming an engineer. Leaving his family at home one evening, he goes to a seemingly derelict building housing the city's poor to investigate a leak. What he finds is much worse, however, and he realises that the 800 tenants need to be evacuated immediately. Requiring municipal authorisation, he goes to see the mayor, and realises that things aren't as clean as they should be. Dima spends the night chasing the corrupt in order to save those whom everyone has forgotten. 

THURSDAY 24 JANUARY

Being Evel
9:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Daniel Junge
Starring: Evel Knievel, George Hamilton, Johnny Knoxville
What's it about?
In the history of sports, few names are more recognisable than that of Evel Knievel. Long after the man hung up his famous white leather jumpsuit and rode his Harley into the sunset, his name is still synonymous with the death-defying lifestyle he led. Notoriously brash, bold, and daring, Knievel stared death in the face from the seat of his motorcycle, but few know the larger-than-life story of the boy from Butte, Montana.

Radiance
9:30PM, NITV

M
Australia, 1998
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Rachel Perkins
Starring: Deborah Mailman, Trisha Morton-Thomas, Rachael Maza
What's it about?
Three sisters reunite after some years apart, for their mother’s funeral. Cressy (Maza), the eldest of the three, is a diva - an opera singer who is reluctant to visit the past and definitely doesn’t want to share it with her sisters. Mae (Morton-Thomas), has stayed behind looking after mum, and believes that Cressy hasn’t shared enough. Nona (Mailman), the youngest and the party girl, just wants them to all be one happy family. Based on the acclaimed play by Louis Nowra.

Radiance Review

The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin
10:55PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: Nicholas Mross
Starring: Gavin Andresen, Brian Armstrong, Margaux Avedisian, Vitalik Buterin
What's it about?
Dan is a 35 year old computer programmer from Pittsburgh who lives a busy life. Along with balancing work, his marriage, and raising his three boys, Dan spends much of his time actively involved in all things Bitcoin. After discovering Bitcoin in 2011, his love and obsession for the crypto-currency was born, revealing an uncharted world of new possibilities for him to explore. 

Vampire's Kiss
12:40AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1988
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Robert Bierman
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Maria Conchita Alonso, David Hyde Pierce, Jennifer Beals
What's it about?
A publishing executive (Cage) is visited and bitten by a vampire and starts exhibiting erratic behaviour. He pushes his secretary to extremes as he tries to come to terms with his affliction. The vampire continues to visit and drink his blood, and as his madness deepens, it begins to look as if some of the events he's experiencing may be hallucinations.

FRIDAY 25 JANUARY

Jasper Jones
7:30PM, NITV

M
Australia, 2017
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Rachel Perkins
Starring: Aaron L. McGrath, Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving
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'

Quartet
8:30PM, SBS

M
UK, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Language: English
Director: Dustin Hoffman
Starring: Pauline Collins, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay, Maggie Smith
What's it about?
Dirty little secrets stir up the reunion of a world-famous quartet when they get together for a one-off concert. An eccentric diva, her ex-husband, a lustful baritone, and the scatter-brained object of his desire make up a cast of vivid characters. Funny and touching, this is the story of four friends reconciled and revived by their love of applause. 

Quartet: Pauline Collins interview
Quartet Review

The Song Keepers
9:15PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English, Aboriginal
Director: Naina Sen
What's it about?
Central Australia’s answer to The Buena Vista Social Club, The Song Keepers tells the uplifting story of women from the world’s oldest culture preserving some of the world’s oldest sacred songs, connecting Germany to Indigenous history in the process.

The remarkable true story behind 'The Song Keepers'

The Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir in action.

Here I Am
10:50PM, NITV (repeats 3:00AM)

M
Australia, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Beck Cole
Starring: Shai Pittman, Bruce Carter, Marcia Langton
What's it about?
Fresh out of prison, Karen (Pittman), a beautiful, young Aboriginal woman, finds herself stuck on the streets. She finds sanctuary at a shelter for Aboriginal women where she begins the painful journey of reconnecting with her estranged mother and her young daughter.

Here I Am Review

The Eager Bodies
10:50PM, SBS

MA15+
France, 2003
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Xavier Giannoli
Starring: Nicolas Duvauchelle, Laura Smet, Marie Denarnaud
What's it about?
Paul (Duvauchelle) and Charlotte (Smet) are in love. Charlotte discovers she has a grave malady and Paul supports her. But Paul is also attracted to Ninon (Denarnaud), another girl. Charlotte accepts Paul to have an affair with her, and the three start a difficult and ambiguous relationship.

SATURDAY 26 JANUARY

Sweet Country
9:30PM, SBS & NITV

MA15+
Australia, 2017
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie
What's it about?
It’s 1929 on the vast, desert-like, Eastern Arrernte Nation lands that are now known as the Central Australian outback. Sam Kelly, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works the land of a kind preacher, Fred Smith. After an ill-tempered bully arrives in town and Kelly kills him in self-defence, he and his wife go on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down. Warwick Thornton's acclaimed follow-up to 2009's landmark Samson & Delilah.

Warwick Thornton talks up his Venice award-winning film, 'Sweet Country'

Eastern Promises
9:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2007
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Language: English
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl
What's it about?
A Russian midwife living in London is disturbed by the circumstances surrounding the death of a 14-year-old, who died whilst giving birth. Her amateur invetigations lead to her to a restaurant operated by the elderly head of an organised crime family. From acclaimed director David Cronenberg (A History of ViolenceVideodromeThe Fly) and writer Steven Knight (Peaky BlindersDirty Pretty Things).

Eastern Promises Review
Anatomy of a scene: Celebrating 10 years of Viggo Mortensen's epic fight scene from 'Eastern Promises'

A Gang Story
11:20PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
France, 2011
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: French
Director: Olivier Marchal
Starring: Gerard Lanvin, Tcheky Karyo, Daniel Duval, Dimitri Storoge
What's it about?
After growing up in a poor gypsy camp, Edmond Vidal, aka Momon, has retained a sense of family, unfailing loyalty and pride in his origins. Most of all, he has remained friends with Serge Suttel, with whom he first discovered prison life - for stealing cherries. The two of them inevitably got involved in organised crime. The team they formed, the Ganf Des Lyonnais, made them the most notorious armed robbers of the early 1970s. Their irresistible rise ended in 1974 with a spectacular arrest. Momon is now is forced to explore his past when his best friend and former partner-in-crime comes out of hiding to seek his help. 

Rabbit-Proof Fence
11:35PM, NITV

PG
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

One More Time with Feeling
11:35PM, SBS

M
UK, USA, France, 2016
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Andrew Dominik
What's it about?
Directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James), this stark, fragile and raw documentary probes the deeply personal circumstances surrounding the writing and recording of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ album, Skeleton Tree, following the tragic loss of Nick Cave’s son. 

The Bloom of Yesterday
1:40AM, SBS

MA15+
Germany, Austria, 2017
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Language: English, French, German
Director: Chris Kraus
Starring: Hannah Herzsprung, Gerdy Zint, Lars Eidinger
What's it about?
Holocaust researcher Toto is having a major mid-life crisis. Just when things at home and work could not get worse, he gets an unwanted new assistant assigned to him. Zazie is French, jewish, slightly Teuto-phobic and supposed to help Toto to prepare a major congress. As the star of the congress suddenly wants to pull out, the problems are piling up and the two have to fix it.

SUNDAY 27 JANUARY

Get Rich or Die Tryin'
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2005
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jim Sheridan
Starring: 50 Cent, Joy Bryant, Bill Duke, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard
What's it about?
Directed by Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father), the film tells a fictionalised version of rapper 50 Cent's own troubled life story, starring 50 Cent as himself. Marcus is a quiet young man who adores his loving mother (Serena Reeder). But after she is brutally murdered in an apparent drug deal gone wrong, Marcus heads down the wrong road himself. He abandons high school to sell drugs for local kingpin Levar (Bill Duke) and his underling, Majestic. 

After the Last River
10:00PM, NITV

PG
Canada, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Victoria Lean
What's it about?
In the shadow of a De Beers mine, the remote community of Attawapiskat lurches from crisis to crisis, while facing mounting environmental issues and an inability to benefit from resource revenue. Over five years, filmmaker Victoria Lean follows the community's journey from obscurity and into the international spotlight twice - first when the Red Cross intervenes and again during the protest movement, Idle No More. Weaving together great distances, intimate scenes and archive images, the documentary chronicles the First Nation's fight for justice in the face of hardened indifference.

Pootie Tang
10:40PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2001
Genre: Comedy, Action
Language: English
Director: Louis C.K.
Starring: Lance Crouther, Wanda Sykes, Chris Rock, J.B. Smoove, Jennifer Coolidge
What's it about?
Pootie Tang, the musician/actor/folk hero of the ghetto, is chronicled from his early childhood to his battles against the evil Corporate America, who try to steal his magic belt and make him sell out by endorsing addictive products to his people. Pootie must learn to find himself and defeat the evil corporation for all the young black children of America, supatime.

Stir Crazy
12:05AM, SBS VICELAND

M
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.