When it comes to movies, there's something for everybody on SBS, SBS Viceland, NITV and On Demand. See below for specific screening details and online availability.
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SBS Movies

19 Jun 2017 - 9:40 AM  UPDATED 23 Jun 2017 - 9:41 AM

Monday 19 June

Lorna's Silence

12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Belgium, 2008
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Starring: Arta Dobroshi, Alban Ukaj
What's it about?
A young Albanian woman living in Belgium has her sights set on opening a snack bar with her boyfriend. In order to do so, she becomes an accomplice in a diabolical plan devised by mobster Fabio. Fabio has set up a false marriage between Lorna and Claudy allowing Lorna to get her Belgian citizenship. However, she is then asked to marry a Russian mafioso who's ready to pay hard cash to also get his hands on those vital Belgian identity papers. Fabio intends to kill Claudy in order to speed up the second marriage. But will Lorna remain silent?

Why You Should Watch: 'Lorna's Silence'

Ray

8:35PM, SBS VICELAND

M
United States, 2004
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: English
Director: Taylor Hackford
Starring: Harry Lennix, Regina King, Terrence Howard, Jamie Foxx
What's it about?
Ray stars Jamie Foxx as the one-of-a-kind innovator of soul who overcame impossible odds to become a music legend. It's the triumphant and remarkable story of one of America's true musical geniuses, Ray Charles.

Ray Review

Sister Smile

11:25PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
Belgium, 2009
Genre: Biography, Drama, Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Transgender, Queer
Language: French
Director: Stijn Coninx
Starring: Marie Kremer, Chris Lomme, Sandrine Blancke, Cecile de France
What's it about?
Follows the life of Belgian nun Jeanine Deckers (1933-1985) who rose to fame as The Singing Nun aka Sister Smile after scoring a chart-topping hit song entitled 'Dominique' in 1963. Her life came spiralling down after the hit and although she tried to pursue an alternative career, her financial woes lead her and her partner to commit suicide in the early 80s.

Sister Smile Review

Tuesday 20 June

A Million

12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
South Korea, 2009
Genre: Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Park Hee-soon, Shin Min-ah, Cho Min-Ho
Starring: Hae-il Park
What's it about?
Eight strangers are led to believe that they have been selected for a Survivor-style television reality show in the Australian Outback to compete for a million-dollar prize. However, as eliminated contestants start turning up dead, they realise the game has life-or-death consequences.

The Secret in Their Eyes

2:05AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Argentina, 2009
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Language: Spanish
Director: Juan José Campanella
Starring: Pablo Rago, Soledad Villamil, Ricardo Darin
What's it about?
Benjamin (Ricardo Darín), a retired court employee, decides to write a book about an old murder case that he believes wasn't properly solved. He becomes determined to find the real culprit and reopen the case.

The Secret in Their Eyes Review

Wednesday 21 June

Haeundae

12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Korea, 2000
Genre: Adventure, Action
Language: Korean
Director: Je-gyun Yun
Starring: Yeong-ju Seo, Ji-won Ha, Joong-Hoon Park, Jeong-hwa Eom
What's it about?
Haeundae, a popular holiday spot on the East Sea coast of the Korean peninsula, draws over one million visitors to its beaches every year. Man-sik, a native of Haeundae lost his co-worker in a tsunami four years ago, but now he leads a simple life running a small sushi shop and is preparing to propose to his longtime girlfriend, Yeon-hee. Meanwhile, a tsunami researcher Kim Hwi discovers the East Sea is showing signs of activity similar to the Indian Ocean at the time of the 2004 tsunami. Despite his warnings, the Disaster Prevention Agency affirms that "Korea is in no harm", yet a deadly wave is coming with only ten minutes to spare. While the vacationers enjoying a peaceful hot summer day, a mega-tsunami is headed straight for Haeundae.  

Haeundae Review

Smokin' Aces

8:35PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
United States, 2006
Genre: Action, Crime
Language: English
Director: Joe Carnahan
Starring: Joseph Ruskin, Common, Alicia Keys, Jason Bateman, Peter Berg, Ray Liotta, Ryan Reynolds, Jeremy Piven, Ben Affleck, Andy Garcia
What's it about?
Mob boss Primo Sparazza (Joseph Ruskin) has taken out a hefty contract on buddy 'Aces' Israel (Jeremy Piven) – a sleazy magician who has agreed to turn states evidence against the Vegas mob. The FBI, sensing a chance to use this small-time con to bring down big-target Sparazza, places Aces into protective custody under the supervision of two agnet (Ryan Reynolds, Ray Liotta) dispatched to Aces' Lake Tahoe hideout. When word of the price on Aces' head spreads into the community of ex-cons and cons-to-be, it entices bounty hunters, thugs-for-hire, smokin' hot vixens and double-crossing mobsters to join in the hunt. 

Hi-Ho Mistahey!

9:30PM, NITV

PG
Canada, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: Cree
Director: Alanis Obomsawin
Starring:
What's it about?
Alanis Obomsawin tells the story of Shannen’s Dream, a national campaign to provide equitable access to education for First Nations children, in safe and suitable schools. She brings together the voices of those who have successfully brought the Dream all the way to the United Nations in Geneva.

8 Assassins

10:35AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Morocco, 2014
Genre: Adventure, Action
Language: Arabic, French
Director: Said C. Naciri
Starring: Mohamed Elachi, Sarah Kazemy, Affif Ben Badra, Anas El Baz, Dioucounda Koma, Karim Saidi
What's it about?
A young thief is pursued by bloodthirsty thugs from Marrakech to the harsh Moroccan wilderness. Trying to find shelter he only finds a beautiful woman, a tyrannical warlord & 8 assassins.

Road North

12:45AM, SBS

M
Finland, 2012
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Finnish
Director: Mika Kaurismäki
Starring: Vesa-Matti Loiri, Samuli Edelmann, Peter Franzén, Mari Perankoski, Eila Roine, Irina Bjorklund, Elina Knihtilä, Ada Kukkonen, Rea Mauranen, Aake Kalliala
What's it about?
A sly riff on the Prodigal Son story, Mika Kaurismaki's latest — about a joyless workaholic concert pianist who ends up on a wild ride with his long-lost rapscallion father — is a funny and cogent analysis of machismo, abandonment issues and the value of reconnecting with one's roots.

Thursday 22 June

The Hedgehog

12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: French, Japanese
Director: Mona Achache
Starring: Garance Le Guillermic, Josiane Balasko, Anne Brochet, Wladimir Yordanoff, Togo Igawa, Ariane Ascaride
What's it about?
Renée (Josiane Balasko) is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building, who meets with society’s expectations of what a concierge should be; reliable though totally uncultured. But beneath this façade lies the real Renée: passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers, with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives. Meanwhile, several floors up, 11-year-old Paloma Josse (Garance Le Guillermic) is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her, and in an effort to show how absurd her life is decides to film the people around her. But unknown to them both, a sudden acquaintance with their elegant and enigmatic new neighbour, Mr Ozu (Togo Igawa), will change their lives forever.

My Favourite Film: The Hedgehog (Le Hérisson)
The Hedgehog Review

Uncle Buck

9:05PM, SBS

PG
United States of America, 1989
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Language: English
Director: John Hughes
Starring: John Candy, Jean Louisa Kelly, Macaulay Culkin
What's it about?
As an idle, good-natured bachelor, Uncle Buck is the last person you would think of to watch the kids. However, during a family crisis, he is suddenly left in charge of his nephew and nieces. Unaccustomed to suburban life, fun-loving Uncle Buck soon charms his younger relatives Miles and Maizy with his hefty cooking and his new way of doing the laundry.

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

Mekko

9:30PM, NITV

MA15+
United States, 2015
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Language: English
Director: Sterlin Harjo
Starring: Dylan Brodie, Jamie Loy, Scott Mason, Zahn McClarnon, Sarah Podemski, Rod Rondeaux
What's it about?
Mekko gets out of prison after 19 years. He has no home or family so he makes his way to Tulsa. He tries to connect with a cousin but she turns him away. With nowhere to go Mekko ends up sleeping on the streets. He is taken in by the homeless native community. At times jovial, there is a dark undercurrent to the community. He begins having issues with a man named Bill. Bill is pure evil. Convinced that this man is a witch, Mekko turns to the old teachings of his grandmother in order to rid the community of this 'witch'. It's a story of redemption, and hope. Mekko is in search of his home and the strength to forgive himself of his past.

Friday 23 June

LOL (Laughing Out Loud)

12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2008
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Lisa Azuelos
Starring: Sophie Marceau, Christa Theret, Jérémy Kapone
What's it about?
Lola is a typical 15-year-old Parisian girl living with her single mum. When her boyfriend returns from his summer holiday with news of his unfaithfulness, Lola kicks him to the curb, claiming her own summer romance. Determined to torture her cheating ex with jealously, Lola flirts with his best friend and their relationship hots up as their class prepares to leave on an excursion to London.

Clara's Heart

7:45PM, NITV

PG
United States, 1988
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Robert Mulligan
Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Ontkean, Kathleen Quinlan, Neil Patrick Harris, Spalding Gray, Jason Downs, Hattie Winston
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.

Still Crazy

8:30PM, SBS

M
United Kingdom, 1998
Genre: Comedy, Music
Language: English, Hungarian
Director: Brian Gibson
Starring: Stephen Rea, Billy Connolly, Jimmy Nail, Bill Nighy, Timothy Spall
What's it about?
In the seventies Strange Fruit were it. They lived the rock lifestyle to the max, groupies, drugs, internal tension and an ex front man dead from an overdose. Even their demise was glamorous; when lightning struck the stage during an outdoor festival. 20 years on and these former rock gods they have now sunk deep into obscurity when the idea of a reunion tour is lodged in the head of Tony, former keyboard player of the Fruits. Tony sets out to find his former bandmates with the help of former manager Karen to see if they can recapture the magic and give themselves a second chance.

Still Crazy Review

War of the Arrows

10:50PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
South Korea, 2011
Genre: Action, History
Language: Korean
Director: Han-min Kim
Starring: Chae-won Moon, Seung-yong Ryoo, Hae-il Park
What's it about?
Set during the second Manchurian invasion of Korea. On his sister’s wedding day, young archer Nam-Yi’s ( Hae-il Park) village is destroyed and his sister Ja-in (Chae-won Moon) kidnapped.  With only a day to save Ja-in and avenge his village, Nam-Yi sets out with the bow bequeathed to him by his father. Standing in Nam-Yi’s way is Jyu Shin-Ta ( Seung-yong Ryoo), a fierce warrior and leader of the elite enemy troop.  

The War of the Arrows Review

The Sinful Nuns of Saint Valentine

10:55PM, SBS

MA15+
Italy, 1974
Genre: Horror
Language: Italian
Director: Sergio Grieco
Starring: Françoise Prévost, Jenny Tamburi, Paolo Malco
What's it about?
An Italian epic in which a demented Mother Superior and a rabid collection of mentally disturbed and sex-crazed sisters lose their habits and morals with equal gusto.

Saturday 24 June

The Fifth Element

8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
France, United States, 1997
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Romance
Language: English
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Chris Tucker, Tommy Lister, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Bruce Willis
What's it about?
The 23rd century, in a strange and colourful universe where all hope of survival is impossible without the discovery of the Fifth Element, an unusual hero confronts evil to save mankind.

My Favourite Film: The Fifth Element

Killing Them Softly

10:30PM, SBS

MA15+
United States, 2012
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Andrew Dominik
Starring: Max Casella, Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Ben Mendelsohn, Sam Shepard, Garret Dillahunt
What's it about?
Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) is an enforcer, and when the mob's rules get broken, Cogan is called in to take care of business. This time a high-stakes card game has been held up by an unknown gang of thugs. Calculating, ruthless, businesslike, and with a shrewd sense of other people's weaknesses, Cogan plies his trade, moving among a variety of hoods, hangers-on, and big-timers, tracking those responsible, and returning "law and order" to the lawless Boston underworld.

Killing Them Softly review: Crafty heist thriller takes its cues from Wall Street

Soylent Green

10:55PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
United States, 1973 
Genre: Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Richard Fleischer
Starring: Charlon Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors, Joseph Cotten, Brock Peters, Paula Kelly, Edward G. Robinson
What's it about?
In an overpopulated futuristic Earth, a New York police detective finds himself marked for murder by government agents when he gets too close to a bizarre state secret involving the origins of a revolutionary and needed new foodstuff.

Mother

12:20AM, SBS

MA15+
Korea, 2000
Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery
Language: Korean
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Starring: Bin Won, Hye-ja Kim, Ku Jin, Yoon Jae-Moon, Mi-sun Jun
What's it about?
Hye-ja is a single mum to 27-year-old Do-joon. Though an adult in years, Do-joon is like a child and dependent on his mother, sometimes behaving in ways that are stupid or simply dangerous. One day a young girl is found dead in an abandoned building and Do-joon is accused of her murder. An inefficient lawyer and the apathetic police force that close Do-joon's case too quickly inspire his mother to act on her own – to act as Mother in its purest form. Summoning all her maternal instincts and trusting no one, she sets out to find a killer and prove her son's innocence; no matter what the cost.

The House Under the Water

2:45AM, SBS

M
Iran, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Persian-Farsi
Director: Sepideh Farsi
Starring: Masoud Rayegany, Bijan Emkanian
What's it about?
Morteza (Masoud Rayegany) is suspected of being involved in the death of a drowned child. Taher (Bijan Emkanian), the police officer in charge of his case, believes Morteza is guilty, like everybody else does, but then finds out that he knows Morteza and that their relationship goes back 30 years. Soon convinced of Morteza's innocence, Taher fights to prove it.

Sunday 25 June

Le Dep

10:00PM, NITV

M
Canada, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Sonia Boileau
Starring: Eve Ringuette, Charles Buckell-Robertson, Marco Collin, Yan England, Robert-Pierre Côté, Angie-Pepper O'Bomsawin, Samuel Ringuette
What's it about?
A a psychological drama about Lydia, a young Innu woman who works at her father’s convenience store in a small First Nations community in rural Quebec. One night, as she prepares to close up shop, a masked robber enters the store and holds her at gunpoint. This traumatic experience becomes even more troubling when Lydia recognizes her assailant. Before long, she will have to make a decision that will forever change the course of her life.