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

17 Jul 2017 - 10:15 AM  UPDATED 17 Jul 2017 - 11:57 AM

Monday 17 June

Apart Together


China, 2010 
Genre: Drama
Language: Chinese
Director: Quan'an Wang
Starring: Lisa Lu, Feng Ling, Cai-gen Xu
What's it about?
Liu returns to his native city Shanghai after 50 years spent in Taiwan. He has come to find the first love of his life, Qiao, who he left behind pregnant. In the meantime, Qiao has married and built a family. But Liu is determined to get the family’s approval to take her away with him.



South Korea, 2003
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Park Chan-wook
Starring:  Choi Min-Sik, Kim Byeong-ok, Kang Hye-jeong, Yu Ji-tae
What's it about?
Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-Sik) finds himself kidnapped, waking up in a dingy hotel room with only a television. As he watches the news, he discovers that his wife has been brutally murdered and he has been framed. Oh Dae-su spends 15 years locked up in the room. Upon his release, he sets out to find who imprisoned him and why.

Oldboy Review

Blue Ruin


United States, 2013
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Starring: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves
What's it about?
When Dwight Evans (Macon Blair), a loner who lives out in his his car near the beach, learns that the man who killed his parents has been released from prison, he sets out to return to his childhood home to take his revenge and kill him. However, his lack of skills in the field gets him deeper and deeper into trouble.

Why You Should Watch: Blue Ruin

Tuesday 18 June

Under the Hawthorn Tree


China, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Mandarin
Director: Yimou Zhang
Starring: Taalaikan Abazoya Zhou Dongyu 
What's it about?
Jing, an innocent high school girl, is sent to a remote mountain village for ‘reeducation’ during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. With her father imprisoned and her mother struggling to support three children, Jing must behave for the authorities in order to return to her family. Her quiet existence is disrupted when she falls for Sun, the charming son of an elite military family. Their difference in social backgrounds makes a relationship unthinkable, but their connection is fierce and passionate. Will Jing risk everything to be with the one she loves?

Son of Babylon

2:50AM, SBS (repeats Thursday 20th, 12:00PM on SBS Viceland)

Iraq, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic, Kurdish
Director: Mohamed Al-Daradji
Starring: Bashir Al Majid, Yasser Talib, Shazada Hussein
What's it about?
Northern Iraq, 2003. Two weeks after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Ahmed, a 12-year-old boy begrudgingly follows in the shadow of his grandmother who has heard that prisoners of war have been found alive in the south. She is determined to discover the fate of her missing son, Ahmed’s father, who never returned from the Gulf War. From the mountains of Kurdistan to the sands of Babylon, the two of them hitch rides from strangers and cross paths with fellow pilgrims, on all-too-similar journeys. Struggling to understand his grandmother’s search, Ahmed follows in the forgotten footsteps of a father he never knew.

Son of Babylon Review

Wednesday 19 July

Le Havre


France, Germany, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Finnish, French
Director: Aki Kaurismaki
Starring: André Wilms, Blondin Miguel, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin
What's it about?
Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a former author and a well-known Bohemian, has retreated into a voluntary exile in the port city of Le Havre, when fate suddenly throws in his path an underage immigrant refugee from the darkest Africa. Confronted by a dragnet of the police closing around the refugee boy, it's time for Marcel to polish his shoes and reveal his teeth.

Le Havre: Aki Kaurismaki interview
Le Havre review: The resistance gets a dose of deadpan humour

The Fly II


Canada, United States of America, 1989
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Language: English, Polish
Director: Chris Walas
Starring: Eric Stoltz, Daphne Zuniga, Lee Richardson, John Getz, Frank C. Turner
What's it about?
In this oft-forgotten sequel to Cronenberg's smash hit, Martin Brundle (son of Jeff Goldblum's "Brundlefly" in the first film), is adopted by his father's place of employment (Bartok Inc.). While searching for a cure for his mutated genes, the employees are nervous about Martin's mutant chromosomes coming out of their dormant state.


10:00PM, NITV (Repeats Thursday 12:30PM)

Columbia, United Kingdom, 2012
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Alan Ereira
What's it about?
Twenty years ago, Alan Ereira's influential television film From The Heart of the World: The Elder Brothers' Warning brought global attention to the Kogi people of Colombia, a remote and ancient South American civilization determined to caution us about environmental damage to the earth. Now, two decades later and convinced that their message has gone unheeded, the next generation of Kogi are reaching out to the world once more with a much more specific warning about the future of the planet.

Brain Damage


United States of America, 1988
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Frank Henenlotter
Starring: Rick Hearst, Jennifer Lowry, Gordon MacDonald, Theo Barnes, Lucille Saint-Peter
What's it about?
New York underground filmmaker Frank Henenlotter made a splash with 1982's Basket Case, but it took him six years to return with this horror-comedy which is often regarded as his best film. In it, a young man wakes one morning to find that a small, disgusting creature has attached itself to the base of his brain stem. The creature gives him a euphoric state of happiness but demands human victims in return.

Forever Enthralled

2:00AM, SBS

Hong Kong, 2008
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Language: Mandarin
Director: Kaige Chen
Starring: Leon Lai, Ziyi Zhang, Honglei Sun, Hong Chen
What's it about?
Mei Lanfang (Leon Lai) was a a national icon in China, and the biggest Peking opera star of modern times, most famous for playing female roles. The film traces the key moments in Mei’s life: from the duel on stage between a youthful Mei and his once-legendary master, his extra-marital affair with fellow opera singer Meng Xiaodong (Zhang Ziyi), his success on his 1930 US tour, to his decision to stop performing following the Japanese occupation of Beijing in 1937.

Thursday 20 July

Chasing the Light

9:30PM, NITV

United States of America, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Blackhorse Lowe
Starring: Blackhorse Lowe, Daniel Hyde, Patricia del Rio
What's it about?
Riggs, a down-on-his-luck screenwriter, struggles to finish a script. But failed suicide attempts, unstable friends, drug deals, and memories of his ex-girlfriend interfere.

Friday 21 July



Norway, 2013
Genre: Action, Adventure
Language: Norwegian, Swedish
Director: Mikkel Brænne Sandemose
Starring: Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Sundquist
What's it about?
Archaeologist Sigurd Svendsen discovers that the Oseberg ship hides a secret from the Viking Age. Along with his two children put Sigurd out on a quest to find the truth. The mystery leads them into "No Man's Land" between Norway and Russia where no man traveling in modern times. Old runes take on new meaning when the secret they uncover is more frightening than anyone could have imagined.

Battle for Terra

7:45PM, NITV (repeats Saturday 22nd, 1:00PM on NITV)

United States of America, 2007
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Aristomenis Tsirbas
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Brian Cox, James Garner, Chris Evans, Danny Glover
What's it about?
A peaceful alien planet faces annihilation, as the homeless remainder of the human race sets its eyes on Terra. Mala, a rebellious Terrian teenager, will do everything she can to stop it.

Saturday 22 July



United States, 2014
Genre: Music, Drama
Language: English
Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Miles Teller, Melissa Benoist
What's it about?
Andrew Neiman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, in pursuit of rising to the top of his elite music conservatory. Terence Fletcher, an instructor known for his terrifying teaching methods, discovers Andrew and transfers him into the top jazz ensemble, forever changing his life. But Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher pushes him to the brink of his ability and sanity.

Whiplash treats music school like a warzone (interview)
Whiplash Review

The Wrestler


United States of America, 2009
Genre: Drama, Sport
Language: English
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei
What's it about?
Back in the late '80s, Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, 20 years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of die-hard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centres around New Jersey. Estranged from his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However, a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away, he begins to evaluate the state of his life - trying to reconnect with his daughter, and strikes up a blossoming romance with an aging stripper (Marisa Tomei). Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art, which threatens to pull Randy back into his world of wrestling.

Free Men

2:00AM, SBS

France, 2011
Genre: Drama, History
Language: French
Director: Ismaël Ferroukhi
Starring: Tahar Rahim, Michael Lonsdale, Lubna Azabal, Mahmoud Shalaby, Christopher Buchholz
What's it about?
In Paris during WWII, an Algerian immigrant is inspired to join the resistance by his unexpected friendship with a Jewish man. Based on not very known facts about the Muslim community in Paris during WWII, when the Paris Mosque and its dynamic leader played a pivotal role in supporting the resistance and rescuing Jews.

Sunday 23 July

You Are Here: We Don't Need a Map

8:30PM, NITV

Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Warwick Thornton, Adam Briggs, Baluka Maymuru, Bill Harney, Bruce Pascoe, Dee Madigan, Ghassan Hage
What's it about?
Filmmaker Warwick Thornton investigates our relationship to the Southern Cross, in this fun and thought provoking ride through Australia's cultural and political landscape. Opening of film of the Sydney Film Festival this past June.

Filmmaker Warwick Thornton's film We Don't Need A Map takes a journey through Australia's cultural and political landscape.