Bend It Like Beckham
Saturday, 7pm, Seven
A good choice for a holiday weekend. This 2002 comedy-drama about Jess (Parminder Nagra), the teenage daughter of traditional Indian parents living in London and mad about soccer, has the distinction of being the first Western film to be shown, in 2010, on North Korean television. Her parents have forbidden her to play because she’s a girl but, like most teenagers, she ignores them and secretly joins the local women’s team. Jess is good; she’s encouraged by her new friend Jules (Keira Knightley) and they end up winning scholarships to a Californian university. Funny and moving as it tackles cultural differences, the movie won lots of awards and became the highest grossing Indian-themed film in the US with $US32 million in box-office revenue.