When it comes to movies, there's something for everybody on SBS ONE, SBS 2 and On Demand. Find out what's screening where and when.
By
SBS Movies

5 Jan 2015 - 11:51 AM  UPDATED 24 Feb 2015 - 10:31 AM

Monday, 12 January

Pomegranates and Myrrh

12:05am, SBS ONE
PG
Palestine
Director: Najwa Najjar
Starring: Yasmine Elmasri, Hiam Abbass, Walid Abdul Salam
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about? 
A reconstruction of life within the Palestinian diaspora through the eyes of a newlywed couple torn apart by political turmoil. Kamar and Zaid’s honeymoon is short-lived when Zaid is arrested by Israeli forces for refusing to give up land in the occupied territories.

Victoria in Dover

1:25am, SBS 2
PG
Germany
Director: Ernst Marischka
Starring: Romy Schneider, Adrian Hoven, Magda Schneider
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about? 
When young Victoria is crowned the Queen of England in 1837, she aims to do her best in order to help her country prosper. However, the family and her trusted advisor, Lord Melbourne, plan marriage for her. She is to get married to the German prince, Albert. But Victoria sees her future differently and decides to leave London for a few days and travel to Paris incognito. 

 

Tuesday, 13 January

The Girl Who Played with Fire

9:30pm, SBS 2
MA+15
Sweden
Director:
 Daniel Alfredson
Starring:
 Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
In the sequel to award-winning Swedish thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, computer hacker Lisbeth and journalist Mikael investigate a sex-trafficking ring. However Lisbeth is accused of three murders, causing her to go on the run while Mikael works to clear her name.

Watch trailer
Read review

Fear Me Not

11:50pm, SBS ONE
M
Denmark
Director:
 Kristian Levring
Starring:
 Ulrich Thomsen, Paprika Steen, Emma Sehested Høeg
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
In this psychological thriller, a mild-mannered man signs up for a test trial of a new anti-depressant as a way to change his life. When the trial is called off, he continues taking the medication with violent results. Nominated for ten awards at the 2009 Robert Festival, including Best Film.

Three Colours: Blue

1:25am, SBS 2
M
France
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
Julie's life is shattered after a horrific car accident kills her husband a famous composer and her five-year-old daughter. She sells all her belongings moves away and makes a decision to do absolutely nothing from then on. She wants no friends, no memories, nothing that might hurt her. But life catches on and she's slowly drawn to Oliver, a friend and colleague of her dead husband and she helps him finish the masterpiece her husband started.
 

Black House

1:30am, SBS ONE
MA+15
South Korea
Director: Shin Tae-ra
Starring: Hwang Jeong-min, Yu Seon, Gang Shin-il
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
Jeon, an insurance claims agent, suspects a family of murdering their son with the intention of collecting insurance premiums. When the police don't take him seriously, he investigates the case on his own. Based on the popular Japanese novel by Yusuke Kishi called Kuroi Ie.

 

Wednesday, 14 January

Scanners

8:30pm, SBS 2
MA+15
Canada
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
Presented by Marc Fennell, this movie tells the story of a scientist who sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him.

See article: SBS 2: 80s Retromania Double Bills Season

Evil Dead II

10:20pm, SBS 2
MA+15
USA
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
Presented by Marc Fennell as part of Movie Mayhem, the lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holds up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack. 

See article: SBS 2: 80s Retromania Double Bills Season

How I Ended This Summer

1:00am, SBS 2
M
Russia
Director: Aleksei Popogrebsky
Starring: Grigoriy Dobrygin, Sergei Puskepalis
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
In the isolation of a Russian Arctic island, two men carry out their work at a meteorological station. Sergei, a gruff man in his fifties, has been joined by fresh faced Pavel for the rest of the summer. The two men have little in common, and tend to keep to themselves. That all changes when Sergei is out fishing one day, and Pavel receives distressing news about Sergei’s family. Deciding to keep the news a secret, their relationship is torn apart by lies and suspicion against a lonely backdrop of desolate cliffs and icy winds. Winner of Berlin International Film Festival.

Watch trailer
Read review

 

Thursday, 15 January

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

11:55pm, SBS ONE
MA+15
Taiwan
Director: Wei Te-sheng
Starring: Masanobu Andô, Jun'ichi Haruta, Sabu Kawahara
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
Wei Te-sheng's epic film retells an episode of Taiwanese history not known to many. Between 1895 and 1945 Taiwan was a Japanese colony, but small groups of the original aboriginal tribes remained scattered around the island. In 1930 Mouna Rudo, the leader of the Seediq tribe, settled around Mount Chilai, forged a coalition with other Seediq tribal leaders and plotted a rebellion against their Japanese colonial masters. Their battle would be initially successful, but how could they match the Japanese military aircraft and poison gas?

Read review

Red Cliff - Part 1

1:00am, SBS 2
MA+15
China
Director: John Woo
Starring: Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang
What's it about?
The first chapter of legendary director John Woo's two-part action epic centring on politics and war in 3rd century China. Scheming and manipulative prime minister Cao Cao is attempting to unify the country, and in doing so overthrow the authority of a young and politically impotent emperor. Winner of five 2009 Hong Kong Film Awards.

Watch trailer

 

Friday, 16 January

Kill Bill: Vol. 2

8:30pm, SBS ONE
MA+15
USA
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Uma Thurman, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle. 

Watch original Movie show review
Watch interview with Quentin Tarantino
Read review

Mulholland Drive

11:20pm, SBS ONE
MA+15
USA
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux
What's it about?
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.

Watch original Movie Show review
Watch interview with David Lynch and Naomi Watts

Read review

 

Saturday, 17 January

Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra 

6:00pm, SBS 2
PG
France
Director: Alain Chabat
Starring: Christian Clavier, Gérard Depardieu, Monica Bellucci
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
Monica Bellucci joins Gérard Depardieu in the second madcap, live-action movie based on the much-loved French comic strip. A French blockbuster with lush visuals and impressive special effects. Riotous, silly fun.

See article: SBS 2: Family movies: Asterix & Obelix

Cold Mountain

8:30pm, SBS ONE
MA+15
USA
Director: Anthony Minghella
Starring: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart.

Watch original Movie Show review
Watch interview with Anthony Minghella and Nicole Kidman

Read review
See article: SBS ONE: Oscar Season

Viva Riva!

10:55pm, SBS 2
MA+15
Congo
Director: Djo Munga
Starring: Patsha Bay, Manie Malone, Diplome Amekindra
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
Riva is a small time criminal who has just returned to his hometown in Congo with a major score: a fortune in hijacked gasoline. With wads of cash, Riva spends his time entranced by a beautiful girl he meets in a nightclub and escaping a relentless crime lord who is searching for his stolen gasoline. This vibrant film won awards around the world, and brings the city of Kinshasa to life on the screen as a melee of lawless shantytowns, bordellos and nightclubs.

Read review

Bald Mountain

11:10pm, SBS ONE
MA+15
Brazil
Director: Heitor Dhalia
Starring: Juliano Cazarré, Júlio Andrade, Matheus Nachtergaele
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
In 1980, friends Juliano and Joaquim leave São Paulo to chase their gold dreams. Both of them arrive at the mining region of Floresta Amazônica just like thousands of other people, full of hopes and dreams of the future. But soon their obsession for wealth and power changes everything. Juliano becomes caught up in the gang world, meanwhile Joaquim leaves all his values behind. Eventually their pursuit for money destroys them - and their friendship.

 

Sunday, 18 January

Blacula

9:30pm, NITV
M
USA
Directors: William Crain
Starring: William Marshall, Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
In this fun and camp Dracula reboot, an 18th-century African prince named Mamuwalde, is turned into a vampire and locked in a coffin by Count Dracula. Two centuries later, Mamuwalde rises from his coffin to find himself in modern day Los Angeles and starts attacking people. When Mamuwalde later meets Tina, he believes he's found the reincarnation of his deceased wife Luva.

See article: NITV: Blaxploitation Movie Season

Someone I Loved

12:05am, SBS ONE
M
France
Directors: Zabou Breitman
Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Florence Loiret Caille, Marie-Josée Croze
What's it about?
Mother of two Chloé is devastated when her adulterous husband abandons her for his lover. Unsure where to turn, Chloé and her children seek solace in her father-in-law’s cabin. In an effort to help her come to terms with his son’s infidelity, Pierre recounts his own love affair with a woman in Hong Kong two decades earlier. Nominated for a 2010 César Award for Most Promising Actress (Florence Loiret Caille).

Paper Soldier

1:15am, SBS 2
M
Russia
Director: Aleksei German Jr.
Starring: Merab Ninidze, Chulpan Khamatova, Anastasiya Sheveleva
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
In Kazakhstan in 1961, a Soviet doctor is conflicted about his position overseeing the health of future cosmonauts. He can't agree with the fact that these young men could have to sacrifice their lives for the country. Winner of Best Director and Best Cinematography at the Venice Film Festival in 2008.

Read review