When it comes to movies, there's something for everybody on SBS, SBS 2, NITV and SBS On Demand. Find out what's screening where and when.
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7 Nov 2016 - 12:28 PM  UPDATED 21 Nov 2016 - 10:12 AM

Monday 14 November

Building Star Trek

8:00pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mick Grogan
What's it about?
Building Star Trek is an epic two-hour documentary tracking the restoration of the original Enterprise and the unprecedented search for every remaining original part of the 1966 TV show. The goal: to exhibit as many elements as possible from the Original Series Star Trek bridge around authentic artefacts, props and costumes. Meanwhile every precious and slightly battered relic discovered in the film becomes a jumping off point to tell the incredible stories behind a series that sent popular culture into warp drive.

 

Wednesday 16 November

Boy

10:15pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
New Zealand, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: James Rolleston, Taika Waititi, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu
What's it about?
It's 1984, and 11-year-old Boy lives on a New Zealand farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother. Shortly after Gran leaves for a week, Boy's father appears out of the blue. Having imagined a heroic version of his father during his absence, Boy comes face to face with the real version - an incompetent hoodlum who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years before. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2010 Sydney Film Festival.

Attila Marcel

11:55pm, SBS

M
France, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: French
Director: Sylvain Chomet
Starring: Guillaume Gouix, Anne Le Ny, Bernadette Lafont
What's it about?
Oscar-nominated director Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville) makes his live-action debut in this effervescent, musical film about a mute piano prodigy unlocking his repressed childhood memories. Thirty-something Paul lives a sheltered, shy existence. He spends his days playing piano and being taken care of by his two overbearing aunts. But when an eccentric neighbour offers Paul a hallucinogenic herbal brew, he unlocks his buried childhood memories and the great mystery of his life: what really happened to his parents.

 

Thursday 17 November

The Proposition

9:30pm, NITV

MA15+
Australia, 2005
Genre: Drama, Crime, Western
Language: English
Director: John Hillcoat
Starring: Ray Winstone, Guy Pearce, Noah Taylor
What's it about?
In the harsh outback of 1880s Australia, the brutal Burns brothers are wanted for a vicious crime. When Charlie Burns is captured, the officer arresting makes a startling proposition in order to end the cycle of violence: Charlie must hunt down and murder his violent older brother, in order to save his youngest brother from the noose.

Why You Should Watch: The Proposition
The Proposition Review

Knights of Badassdom

10:20pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

MA15+
USA, 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.

 

Friday 18 November

Kill the Messenger

8:30pm, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Michael Cuesta
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michael Sheen
What's it about?
Based on the true story of Journalist Gary Webb, who in the '90s uncovered the CIA's past role in importing huge amounts of cocaine into the US sold in ghettos across the country to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras rebel army. Despite enormous pressure not to, Webb chose to pursue the story and went public with his evidence, publishing the series 'Dark Alliance'. As a result he experienced a vicious smear campaign fueled by the CIA.

SBS: Spies & Lies season

A Teacher

11:10pm, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Hannah Fidell
Starring: Lindsay Burdge, Will Brittain, Jennifer Prediger
What's it about?
The unraveling of a young high school teacher, Diana, after she begins an affair with one of her teenage students, Eric. What starts as a seemingly innocent fling becomes increasingly complex and dangerous as the beautiful and confident Diana gets fully consumed by her emotions, crossing boundaries and acting recklessly.

 

Saturday 19 November

Her

8:30pm, SBS 2

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Spike Jonze
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson
What's it about?
Director Spike Jonze's acclaimed 2013 feature film follows Theodore Twombly, a lonely man in the final stages of his divorce. When he decides to purchase the new OS1, a system advertised as the world's first artificially intelligent operating system, Theodore quickly finds himself falling in love with Samantha, the voice behind his operating system.

Her review
Her: Spike Jonze interview
The broad cultural footprint of icon Spike Jonze

Monty Python: Live at the Hollywood Bowl

8:35pm, SBS ONE
Watch now at SBS On demand

MA+15
UK, 1982
Directors: Terry Hughes, Ian MacNaughton
Starring: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle
What's it about?
In this concert film, the Monty Python troupe perform many of their greatest sketches from Monty Python’s Flying Circus and two Monty Python specials, Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus, live from their four-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl in 1980. Jam packed with songs and a host of their finest gags including Dead ParrotNudge NudgeMinistry of Silly WalksThe Argument Sketch and, of course, Terry Gilliam’s animations. 

Monty Python: Live at the Hollywood Bowl

Cry Freedom

9:30pm, NITV

M
UK, 1987
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard Attenborough
Starring: Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Penelope Wilton, Kate Hardie
What's it about?
A dramatic story, based on actual events, about the friendship between two men struggling against apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s. Donald Woods is a white liberal journalist in South Africa who begins to follow the activities of Stephen Biko, a courageous and outspoken black anti-apartheid activist.

Adaptation

10:50pm, SBS 2

MA15+
USA, 2002
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Spike Jonze
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper
What's it about?
Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman is commissioned to adapt Susan Orleans' book to a screenplay, but he is overcome by his insecurities and can't get started. He asks his sweet but simple, identical twin brother Donald for help, who suggests he enrols in industry-famous Robert McKee's screenwriting workshop. In the meantime, Susan ventures on a journey of self-discovery with the eccentric and troubled subject of her book, orchid lover John Laroche.

Adaptation review

 

Sunday 20 November

The Promise

11:45pm, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
China, 2005
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Language: Mandarin
Director: Kaige Chen
Starring: Cecilia Cheung, Dong-gun Jang, Hiroyuki Sanada
What's it about?
An epic tale of passion that unfolds against a backdrop of war as a beautiful and mysterious princess becomes the object of affection for three very different men - a powerful duke, a brave general and a lowly slave. Unbeknownst to the men, the princess made a pact with a goddess in her youth where she will forsake the prospect of true love for the promise of riches and power. Nominated for the 2006 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

SBS On Demand: Chen Kaige Double Bill

 

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