When it comes to movies, there's something for everybody on SBS ONE, SBS Viceland, NITV and On Demand. See below for specific screening details and online availability.
27 Aug 2017 - 10:14 PM  UPDATED 27 Aug 2017 - 10:14 PM

Monday August 28

The Matchmaker
SBS VICELAND, 12pm

M
Israel, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Hebrew
Director: Avi Nesher
Starring: Tuval Shafir, Maya Dagan, Adir Miller
What's it about?
In 1968 Haifa, a teenage boy gets a summer job with a Holocaust survivor who makes ends meet by brokering marriages and smuggling goods. Throughout the summer, the mysterious matchmaker takes the boy on a dangerous coming of age ride into the deepest underbelly of Haifa.

The Matchmaker Review

Precious
SBS VICELAND, 8.30pm

MA15+
USA, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: [language]
Director: Lee Daniels
Starring: Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz, Bill Sage, Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique
What's it about?
Set in Harlem in 1987. Precious (Gabourey Sidibe) endures unimaginable hardships in her young life. She's pregnant for the second time to her abusive father; at home she must wait hand and foot on a poisonously angry mother. In these conditions she grows up poor, angry, illiterate, fat, unloved and generally unnoticed. But underneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her.

'Precious' whips up a firestorm
Why You Should Watch: Precious
Precious Review
Precious Life Review

Miss Bala
SBS VICELAND, 10.40PM

MA15+
Mexico, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Gerardo Naranjo
Starring: Gabriel Heads, Miguel Couturier, Irene Azuela, Stephanie Sigman, Jose Yenque, Noe Hernandez, James Russo
What's it about?
In Mexico, Laura (Stephanie Sigman), a young aspiring beauty queen, finds her dream turned against her when she unwillingly gets involved with a criminal group at war.

Miss Bala: Gerardo Naranjo interview
Why You Should Watch: Miss Bala
Miss Bala Review

 


Tuesday August 29

Floating Lives
SBS VICELAND, 12pm

M

Vietnam, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Vietnamese
Director: Phan Quang Binh Nguyen
Starring: Do Thi Hai Yen, Tang Thanh Ha, Ninh Duong Lan Ngoc, Dustin Nguyen
What's it about?
Mr Vo (Dustin Nguyen) and his two kids live a nomadic existence on a boat after he burned his house down along with all his memories after finding out his wife cheated on him. Leading a life in exile among the labyrinth canals of the Mekong, Mr Vo escapes not the Vietnam War but modern life itself and the materialism that he sees as the reason for his wife self-indulgence. It is only when Suong comes along (Do Thi Hai Yen), with her spiritual and physical healing that Mr Vo loses the hatred, distrust and coldness that had filled his cold heart.

Lady Chatterley
SBS, 12.15am (Wed)

France, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Pascale Ferran
Starring: Jean-Louis Coullo'ch, Hippolyte Girardot, Marina Hands
What's it about?
The story of an adulterous affair between Lady Constance Chatterley, a sexually unfulfilled upper-class married woman, and the game keeper who works for the estate owned by her wheelchair-bound husband.

Lady Chatterley Review

Last Ride
SBS, 2.40am (Wed)

M
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Glendyn Ivin
Starring: Hugo Weaving, John Brumpton, Adam Morgan, Anita Hegh, Tom Russell
What's it about?
A desperate father (Hugo Weaving) takes his 10-year-old son, Chook (Tom Russell), on the run after committing a violent crime. As the two journey into the desert and an unknown future, their troubled relationship and the need to survive sees them battling the elements and each other. Chook eventually takes control and the choice he is forced to make has a devastating effect on both their lives.

 


Wednesday August 30

 

On The Path
SBS VICELAND, 12pm

M
Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Bosnian
Director: Jasmila Zbanic
Starring: Zrinka Cvitesic, Leon Lucev, Ermin Bravo, Mirjana Karanovic
What's it about?
Luna (Zrinka Cvitesic) and her partner Amar (Leon Lucev) are a young Bosnian couple living in Sarajevo. Identifying themselves as Muslins but not particularly religious, Amar's fondness for alcohol starts putting a strain on their relationship.  After taking on a job in a conservative Muslin community hours away from the city, Amar's attitude to religion fundamentally changes. After quitting alcohol and finding peace, Amar returns home to Luna but this shift in Amar's beliefs makes Luna question everything they have together. 

Knights of Badassdom
SBS VICELAND, 8.55pm

MA15+
United States, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Fantasy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Joe Lynch
Starring: Ryan Kwanten, Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn
What's it about?
Three best friends and dedicated roleplayers take to the woods to reenact a dungeons and dragons-like scenario as a live action role-playing game. Trouble arises when a prop spellbook purchased from the internet ends up being a genuine grimoire and they unwittingly conjure up a blood-lusting succubus from hell.

Althea
NITV, 10pm

PG
United States, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: [language]
Director: Rex Miller
Starring: Althea Gibson
What's it about?
Althea Gibson’s life and achievements transcend sports. A truant from the rough streets of Harlem, Althea emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world in the 1950s. Her roots as a sharecropper’s daughter, her family’s migration north to Harlem in the 1930s, mentoring from Sugar Ray Robinson, David Dinkins and others, and fame that thrust her unwillingly into the glare of the early Civil Rights movement, all bring her story into a much broader realm of the American story.

NITV celebrates trailblazing athlete Althea Gibson

Tangerines
SBS, 12am (Thu)

Estonia, Georgia, 2000
Genre: Drama, War
Language: Russian, Georgian, Estonian
Director: Zaza Urushadze
Starring: Misha Meskhi, Giorgi Nakashidze, Elmo Nüganen
What's it about?
In 1992, during the war in Georgia, Apkhazeti region. Local Apkhazians are fighting to break free from Georgia. In a deserted Estonian village between the mountains, only two men have remained: Ivo (Lembit Ulfsak) and Margus (Elmo Nüganen), but Margus has decided to leave as soon as he has harvested his crops of tangerines. When two soldiers are wounded during a conflict in the village, Ivo takes them in his house. The problem is that the two soldiers are from opposite sides of the war: Ahmed (Giorgi Nakashidze) is a Chechen soldier, while Niko (Mikheil Meskhi) fights for the Georgian side. Will they will be able to live temporarily side by side while recovering without killing each other?

The Kid with a Bike
SBS, 1.40am (Thu)

M
Italy, France, Belgium, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Starring: Cecile de France, Fabrizio Rongione, Thomas Doret, Jérémie Renier
What's it about?
Cyril (Thomas Doret), almost 12, has only one plan: to find the father who left him temporarily in a children's home. By chance, he meets Samantha (Cécile De France), who runs a hairdressing salon and agrees to let him stay with her at weekends. Cyril doesn't recognise the love Samantha feels for him, a love he desperately needs to calm his rage.

The Kid with a Bike Review

 


Thursday August 31 

 

The Perfect Date
SBS VICELAND, 12pm

M
France, 2010
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Arnaud Lemort, Dominique Farrugia
Starring: Virginie Efira, Manu Payet, Clovis Cornillac
What's it about?
Michel (Clovis Cornillac) is a foreign aid worker and a big romantic, forever dreaming of a fated meeting with his soulmate, much like his parents and grandparents experienced. His best friend Vincent (Manu Payet), is the complete opposite: a successful divorce lawyer, he enjoys one night stands with zero commitments. But when Vincent's latest fling dumps him and Michel discovers that his encounter with the beautiful Angèle (Virginie Efira) was engineered, both men realise they’ll need to learn from each other if they want to find lasting happiness.    

Tudawali
NITV, 9.30pm

M
Australia, 1988
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Steve Jodrell
Starring: Ernie Dingo, Peter Fisher, Jedda Cole
What's it about?
Ernie Dingo delivers an outstanding portrayal of Robert Tudawali, the first Aboriginal film star, whose lead role in Jedda is iconic in Australian cinema.  

Farewell, My Queen
SBS, 12.10am (Fri)

M
France, 2012
Genre: Drama, History
Language: French, German, Italian
Director: Benoét Jacquot
Starring: Léa Seydoux, Diane Kruger, Virginie Ledoyen
What's it about?
Based on the best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas,/ Farewell, My Queen/ chronicles the final days of the French monarchy as seen through the eyes of one of Marie Antoinette’s ladies-in-waiting. Sidonie (Léa Seydoux) is a seemingly innocent but shrewd servant to guileless Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger), working her way into her mistress favours before Revolution hijacks her fate.

Farewell, My Queen: Benoét Jacquot interview
Farewell, My Queen Review

 


Friday September 1

 

An Education
SBS VICELAND, 12pm

M
United Kingdom, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Lone Scherfig
Starring: Peter Sarsgaard, Carey Mulligan, Dominic Cooper
What's it about?
Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is a bright young girl on the cusp of 17 who finds herself in a whirlwind romance with a much older David. Once she sees the lifestyle David can provide, one she never imagined might so easily be hers, she is hooked. Thoughts of prep school and one day attending Oxford fly out the window. Nominated for three Oscars in 2010. Directed by Lone Scherfig and stars Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard and Dominic Cooper. 

Why You Should Watch: An Education
An Education Review

Kangaroo Jack
NITV, 7.30pm 

Genre: Comedy, Action
Language: English
Director: David McNally
Starring: Jerry O'Connell, Anthony Anderson, Estella Anderson
What's it about?
Two friends from Brooklyn (Jerry O'Connell), (Anthony Anderson) are forced to deliver mob money to Australia. Their misadventures begin when one of them places his red jacket on a kangaroo while attempting to snap a picture. When the kangaroo bounces off, they realize the mob money is in the jacket and are forced to give chase through the Outback.

Kangaroo Jack Review

 

'Kangaroo Jack'

The Other Boleyn Girl
SBS, 8.30pm

M
United Kingdom, United States of America, 2008
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Justin Chadwick
Starring: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana
What's it about?
A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family's blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII.

The Other Boleyn Girl Review

Desire
SBS VICELAND, 9.25pm

M
Mexico, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Antonio Zavala Kugler
Starring: Leonor Varela, Lila Downs, Pedro Damián, Ari Borovoy, Christian Bach, Paulina Gaitan, Gerardo Taracena
What's it about?
A cast of residents in a traditional Mexican seaside town experience lust and passion in its many forms. Structured in eight chapters, each one tells the story of a particular coupling, a member of whom forms the basis for the next chapter.

 

Dom Hemingway
SBS, 11.10pm

MA15+
United Kingdom, 2013
Genre: Crime, Comedy, Drama
Language: [language]
Director: Richard Shepard
Starring: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant
What's it about?
Dom Hemingway (is an infamous safe-cracker, who has spent 12 years in prison to avoid ratting on any of his cohorts. On his release Dom expects to be rewarded for keeping this mouth shut, so along with his faithful best friend Dickie, they travel to France to find the crime boss he holds responsible for his time away. Only an alcohol and drug binge mixed with a car accident and an encounter with a mysterious lady leads Dom down another path: towards his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke).

Jude Law on the challenge of playing outrageous ex-con 'Dom Hemingway'

 


Saturday September 2

 

Mid-August Lunch
SBS VICELAND, 1pm

PG
Italy, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Gianni Di Gregorio
Starring: Maria Calì, Marina Cacciotti, Valeria De Franciscis, Gianni Di Gregorio
What's it about?
Gianni is a middle-aged man living in Rome with his imposing and demanding elderly mother. His only outlet from her and the increasing debt into which they are sinking, are the increasingly frequent quiet sessions at the local tavern. As an Oriental saying goes, 'Moments of crisis are moments of opportunities'. These appear during the celebration of the holiday of Ferragosto on 15 August. That's when everybody leaves town to have fun. Opportunity knocks on Gianni's door in the most unexpected way.

 

Colonia
SBS VICELAND, 8.30pm

MA 15+
United Kingdom, France, Germany, Luxembourg, 2016
Genre: Drama, Romance, History
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Florian Gallenberger
Starring: Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl, Michael Nyqvist, Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps, Jeanne Werner, Julian Ovenden, August Zirner
What's it about?
A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody ever escaped from.

Hyde Park on Hudson
SBS, 10.40pm

United Kingdom, 2012
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Language: [language]
Director: Roger Michell
Starring: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams
What's it about?
The story of the love affair between FDR (Bill Murray) and his distant cousin Margaret Stuckley (Laure Linney), centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York.

Hyde Park on Hudson: Roger Michell and Richard Nelson interview

I'm So Excited!
SBS, 12.20am (Sun)

MA15+
Spain, 2013
Genre: Comedy
Language: Spanish
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Coté Soler, Hugo Silva, Laya Martí, Antonio de la Torre, Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz, Carlos Areces, Javier Cámara, Raul Arevalo
What's it about?
Pedro Almodovar returns to bawdy comedy with the story of a doomed flight and its panicked crew's increasingly desperate efforts to distract the passengers from the dangers they face. The pilot and cabin crew pull out all of the stops to keep Peninsula Flight 2549 as fun, sexy and enjoyable as possible, while they wait for a solution.

Pedro Almodovar's raunchy 'I'm So Excited!' satirises Spain
I'm So Excited! Review


Sunday September 3

 

Being Evel
SBS, 10.50pm

M
United States of America, 2015
Genre: History, 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 recognizable 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.

 

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