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10 Jan 2020 - 2:10 PM  UPDATED 10 Jan 2020 - 2:10 PM


Westwind: Djalu's Legacy
12:00PM, NITV

Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary 
Language: English
Director: Ben Strunin
Featuring: Djalu Gurruwiwi, Gotye
What's it about?
Ancient knowledge. A way forward. A legacy shared. An Old Man, Djalu Gurruwiwi warrior, shaman, and father, must find a way to bring two worlds together to save his sons and his culture.


My Survival as an Aboriginal
11:50AM, NITV

Australia, 1979
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Essie Coffey
What's it about?
Essie Coffey, a Murrawarri woman and black activist, shows the conflicts of living as an Aboriginal under white domination. The first Australian film directed by an Indigenous woman.

The Song Keepers
9:25PM, NITV (repeats Thursday 16 January, 11:50AM)

Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
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.


USA, 2008
Genre: Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
Language: Russian, English
Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Michael Stahl-David, T. J. Miller, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, Odette Annable
What's it about?
Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives.

Refused Classification reviews Cloverfield (4 stars)

Cellar Dweller

USA, 1988
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: John Carl Buechler
Starring: Debrah Farentino, Yvonne De Carlo, Jeffrey Combs, Michael Deak, Brian Robbins
What's it about?
The promising career of a horror comic book artist meets a fiery death when he confronts the bloody carnage of his own imagination in his studio. Years later, an ardent devotee of the artist's work becomes a resident in his house, now an art academy, unaware that her imagination has revived the grotesque murderer of the past and that she may be the next victim. 

The King's Choice
12:00AM, SBS

Norway, 2016
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Language: Danish, Swedish, German
Director: Erik Poppe
Starring: Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Karl Markovics, Tuva Novotny
What's it about?
On 9 April 1940, German soldiers arrive in the city of Oslo. The King of Norway faces a choice that will change his country forever. The King's Choice is a story about the three most dramatic days in Norway's history, the royal family's escape and King Haakon's difficult choice after Nazi Germany's invasion of Norway.


Austria, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: German
Director: Monja Art
Starring: Elisabeth Wabitsch, Anaelle Dézsy, Leo Plankensteiner, Alexander Wychodil
What's it about?
Lower Austria, just before the summer holiday. Boarding school student Paula (Wabitsch) is secretly in love with her girlfriend Charlotte (Dézsy) - but she's going out with Michael (Plankensteiner). Meanwhile Tim (Wychodil) is making a play for Paula. Paula must decide if she wants to follow her own feelings or yield to other people's.

Sweet seventeen: Teenage desire at the Queer Screen Film Festival


Beyond the Lights
9:35PM, NITV

USA, 2014
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Machine Gun Kelly, Danny Glover
What's it about?
Noni Jean (Mbatha-Raw) is a hot new rising star. But not all is what it seems, and the pressure causes Noni to nearly fall apart - until she meets Kaz Nicol (Parker), a promising young cop and aspiring politician who's been assigned to her detail. Can Kaz's love give Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be?


Sunny and the Dark Horse
11:55AM, NITV

Australia, 1987
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
What's it about?
The story of an Aboriginal stockman, Sunny Bancroft, and his family at Collum Collum and their growing enthusiasm for "picnic races" on bush tracks in New South Wales. The film follows Sunny and his wife Liz, in their search for a winning horse to triumph on the local picnic racing circuit – but things don't always go their way.

7:45PM, NITV

USA, 1989
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Steve Martin, Dianne Wiest, Martha Plimpton, Keanu Reeves, Tom Hulce
What's it about?
An insightful comedy about the trials and tribulations of parenthood as seen from several points of view within a large family. Nominated for two 1989 Academy Awards including Best Supporting Actress (Wiest) and Best Original Song (Randy Newman's "I Love To See You Smile").

David & Margaret review Parenthood (4 stars each) on The Movie Show (Episode 35 1989)

Monsieur Chocolat
11:00PM, SBS

France, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: French
Director: Roschdy Zem
Starring: Omar Sy, James Thiérrée, Clotilde Hesme, Olivier Gourmet
What's it about?
Tells the life story of Rafael Padilla (Sy), a former slave in Cuba, who unexpectedly became a star clown in the Paris of the Belle Epoque. Discovered in a small country circus in the North of France by George Footit (Thiérrée), a British clown and acrobat, he formed a successful duo with him. For two decades, Footit as the authoritarian white clown and Chocolat as the Auguste Black drudge filled crowds with enthusiasm. But nothing lasts forever.


South Korea, 2010
Genre: Thriller, Science Fiction, Action
Language: Korean
Director: Kim Min-suk
Starring: Kang Dong-won, Go Soo, Jung Eun-chae, Choi Duk-moon, Byun Hee-bong
What's it about?
Cho-In (Kang) has a secret: he's capable of controlling other people's minds with just a look. When trying to rob a pawn shop he discovers someone immune to his power, beginning a confrontation that pushes his limits.


10:00AM, NITV

Australia, 1979

Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
What's it about?
This documentary observes the profound effect on an Aboriginal community of political and bureaucratic decisions made far away. Although specific to time and place, the film is timeless and universal in its observations of a conflict between an Indigenous minority and a powerful government.

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
8:30PM, SBS

UK, 1983
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Starring: Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin
What's it about?
Monty Python's hilarious final film returns to the group's original sketch comedy roots with side-splitting, irreverent vignettes on the stages and trials of life. Oscar-nominee Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones direct all your Monty Python favourites: Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, and Oscar-nominee John Cleese.

How to quote Monty Python without being annoying

George Washington
10:00PM, NITV

USA, 2000
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: David Gordon Green
Starring: Candace Evanofski, Donald Holden, Damian Jewan Lee, Curtis Cotton IIIs
What's it about?
Set in the landscape of a rural southern town, this is a portrait of how a group of young kids come to grips with a hard world of choices and consequences. During an innocent game in an abandoned amusement park, a member of the group dies. Narrated by one of the children, the film follows the kids as they struggle to balance their own ambitions and relationships against a tragic lie. Acclaimed by Roger Ebert as one of the best films of 2000.

Iceman 3D
10:25PM, SBS

Hong Kong, 2014
Genre: Action, Comedy
Language: Mandarin
Director: Wing-Cheong Law
Starring: Donnie Yen, Baoqiang Wang, Shengyi Huang
What's it about?
A remake of the 1989 film The Iceman Cometh. Hero Ying (Yen) and his evil foe (Baoqiang) are two feuding Ming-era warriors killed during an avalanche, who recommence their epic battle when their frozen bodies thaw out in modern day Hong Kong.

Psycho Raman

India, 2016
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Language: Hindi, English
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vicky Kaushal, Sobhita Dhulipala, Amruta Subhash
What's it about?
Mumbai, 2015. Raghav (Kaushal), a drug addict policeman who maintains a turbulent relationship with his girlfriend Simmy (Dhulipala), and Raman (Siddiqui), a serial killer obsessed with the heinous crimes of Raman Raghav (a notorious psychopath convicted in 1969), get caught in a ruthless cat-and-mouse game, a dark path with no return for both of them.

'Psycho Raman': Luridly Entertaining, Vivaciously Nasty

Psycho Raman [also known as Raman Raghav 2.0]


8:35PM, NITV

Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Paul Damien Williams
Featuring: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Sting, Michael Hohnen, Mark Grose
What's it about?
Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island in far North East Arnhem Land. Living a traditional Yolngu life, his breakthrough album ‘Gurrumul’ brought him to a crossroads as audiences and artists around the world began to embrace his music. 

Why GURRUMUL is Australia's most important documentary

10:20PM, NITV

Australia, 2008
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Lawrence Johnston
What's it about?
Combining beautiful and arresting images with a lush symphonic score, this documentary celebrates the wondrous world at night. It shows society in all its forms, people and places, urban and rural, and explores the universal nature of night and how we experience night. From acclaimed documentarian Lawrence Johnston (Eternity, Fallout).

An interview with Lawrence Johnston, director of Night (The Movie Show, 2008)


USA, 2007
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime, History
Language: English, Russian, Arabic, Latin
Director: Billy Ray
Starring: Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney, Dennis Haysbert
What's it about?
Eric O'Neill (Phillippe), a computer specialist who wants to be made an agent is assigned to clerk for Robert Hanssen (Cooper), a senior agent with 25 years in the FBI, and to write down everything Hanssen does. O'Neill's told it's an investigation of Hanssen's sexual habits, however Hanssen is really suspected of spying for the Soviet Union and Russia for years and being responsible for the deaths of agents working for the United States.

First Girl I Loved

USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Kerem Sanga
Starring: Dylan Gelula, Brianna Hildebrand, Mateo Arias, Pamela Adlon, Tim Heidecker
What's it about?
Seventeen-year-old Anne (Gelula) just fell in love with Sasha (Hildebrand), the most popular girl at her L.A. public high school. But when Anne tells her best friend, Clifton (Ariad) – who has always harbored a secret crush on her – he does his best to get in the way.