Seven films based on real events and real people, with four Oscar-winning performances among them, screening throughout June on SBS Viceland.
SBS Movies

2 Jun 2017 - 9:48 AM  UPDATED 8 Jun 2017 - 10:36 AM

Monday 5 June

Raging Bull


United States, 1980
Genre: Drama, Sport
Language: English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Frank Vincent, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro
What's it about?
Loosely based on the life and career of boxer Jake LaMotta, Raging Bull focuses on Jake's rage and violence that makes him virtually unstoppable in the ring. The same anger also drives Jake to beat his wife and his brother Joey, and sends Jake down a self-destructive spiral of paranoia and rage.


Monday 12 June

Dallas Buyers Club


United States, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Steve Zahn, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto
What's it about?
1986, Texas. Homophobic womaniser Ron Woodruff (Matthew McConaughey) is completely oblivious of AIDS, even as it spreads through the world, terrifying the public. So when Ron contracts HIV, he is blindsided. Given just 30 days to live, he tries in vain to be included in the AZT drug trial. Ron seeks out other untested, alternative medications in Mexico, and establishes an underground network of drug supply for the growing increasing numbers of HIV and AIDS.

Dallas Buyers Club Review

Dallas Buyers Club: interview
After decades of delay, the time was finally right to tell the remarkable story of Ron Woodroof.

Cesar Chavez


Mexico, United States, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Diego Luna
Starring: Rosario Dawson, John Malkovich, Gabriel Mann, Jacob Vargas, Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Lisa Brenner
What's it about?
Chronicling the birth of a modern American labour movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labour organiser torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Passionate but soft-spoken, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to working people.

Monday 19 June



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


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

Monday 26 June



United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, 2012
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography
Language: Norwegian
Director: Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg
Starring: Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen, Gustaf Skarsgard, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Odd Magnus Williamson
What's it about?
In 1947, the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific ocean in a balsa wood raft, together with five men, to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

Kon-Tiki: Joachim Rønning interview
The hit Norwegian film scored not only an Oscar nomination, but an all-important thumbs up from Steven Spielberg.

Kon-Tiki Review

The Big Blue


France, 1988
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French, Italian
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Griffin Dunne, Jean Reno, Jean-Marc Barr, Rosanna Arquette
What's it about?
The Big Blue charts the competition and friendship between Jacques (Jean-Marc Barr) and Enzo (Jean Reno) first in their youth, and then when they meet again at the World Free Diving Championships in Sicily years later. A dreamy adolescent, Jacques has grown into a solitary man, caught between the solidity of the real world and the spiritual beckoning of 'the big blue'—and in particular the dolphins swimming below. He possesses a unique connection to the sea, the ability to slow his heartbeat and circulation on deep dives, a phenomenon previously only observed in whales and dolphins. Enzo, however, has become the World Champion at his sport with a very different approach. Their rivalry reignited, the pair spur each other on to deeper and deadlier dives.

The Big Blue review and interview