• From Left to Right: Philomena, Robocop, Radiance, eXistenZ (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
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.
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9 Aug 2017 - 12:37 PM  UPDATED 14 Aug 2017 - 10:03 AM

Monday 14 August

An Ordinary Execution

12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2010
Genre: Drama, History
Language: French
Director: Marc Dugain
Starring: Marina Hands, André Dussollier, Edouard Baer
What's it about?
Having exiled all of the Jewish doctors from Russia, Joseph Stalin (André Dussollier) finds his health quickly fading. He turns to a bold young doctor (Marina Hands) who has a good reputation, and a long list of enemies. While treating the paranoid dictator, she is forced listen to his twisted philosophies and becomes caught in his web of oppression.

Two Days, One Night

8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Italy, France, Belgium, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Olivier Gourmet, Catherine Salée, Fabrizio Rongione
What's it about?
In her Academy-award nominated role, Marion Cotillard stars as Sandra, a young woman assisted by her husband, who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their much-needed bonuses so that she can keep her job. From two-time Palme D'or winning directors Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne (L'Enfant, Rosetta, The Kid With a Bike).

'Two Days, One Night' wins Sydney Film comp
Two Days, One Night Review

A Better Life

10:15PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Cedric Kahn
Starring: Guillaume Canet, Leïla Bekhti, Slimane Khettabi
What's it about?
Yann, a cook, and Nadia, a waitress and mother of 9-year-old boy, decide to risk everything on the purchase of a restaurant. With plenty of talent, energy and dreams, but no finance of their own, they find themselves pushed into a jungle of financing and bank loans that quickly overwhelms them both.

Tuesday 15 August

Front Line

12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Italy, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Renato De Maria
Starring: Riccardo Scamarcio, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Fabrizio Rongione
What's it about?
Based on a true story, this film tells the dramatic story of an imprisoned man recounting his life as a political extremist and the mastermind behind one of the most audacious prison breaks ever attempted. Prima Linea was a radical political group active in Italy in the 1970's, who believed the nation's leadership was taking a dangerous shift to the right. When Sergio joins the militant group, he falls in love with fellow member Susanna who is soon arrested. Determined to reunite with his love, Sergio sets about one of the most daring jail escapes ever devised.

Haute Cuisine

12:50AM, SBS

M
France, 2012
Genre: Biography
Language: French
Director: Christian Vincent
Starring: Catherine Frot, Jean d'Ormesson, Arthur Dupont
What's it about?
Hortense Laborie, a renowned chef from the Périgord, is astonished when the President of the Republic appoints her his personal cook, responsible for creating all his meals at the Élysée Palace. Despite jealous resentment from the other kitchen staff, Hortense quickly establishes herself, thanks to her indomitable spirit. The authenticity of her cooking soon seduces the President, but the corridors of power are littered with traps.

Haute Cuisine Review

The Pack

2:30AM, SBS

MA15+
France, 2009
Genre: Horror
Language: French
Director: Franck Richard
Starring: Émilie Dequenne, Yolande Moreau, Benjamin Biolay
What's it about?
Charlotte (Émilie Dequenne) is alone on a road trip. On an isolated side road, she picks up Max (Benjamin Biolay), a hitchhiker, who disappears in the bathroom of a truck-stop restaurant a few miles later. Puzzled, Charlotte comes back at night to look for him but gets caught by La Spack (Yolande Moreau), a singular woman in charge of an odd pack. Charlotte quickly realises she’s next on the menu.

The Pack Review

Wednesday 16 August

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Hong Kong, China, 2013
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Director: Stephen Chow, Chi-kin Kwok
Starring: Yu Xing, Show Luo, Min Hun Fung, Chi Ling Chiu, Bo Huang
What's it about?
Tang Sanzang, an aspiring Buddhist hero, tries to protect a village from three demons. He meets and develops strong feelings for Miss Duan, the demon hunter who repeatedly helps him in his fight against his enemies. With her help, Sanzang begins a quest to tame the legendary Monkey King. 

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons Review

Chinese Zodiac

10:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Hong Kong, 2012
Genre: Adventure, Action
Language: French, Russian, Spanish, English, Chinese
Director: Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Shu Qi, Yao Xing-Tong, Zhang Lan-Xin, Liao Fan
What's it about?
Asian Hawk (Jackie Chan) leads a mercenary team to recover several lost artifacts from the Old Summer Palace, the bronze heads of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals which were sacked by the French and British armies from the imperial Summer Palace in Beijing in 1860. Assisted by a Chinese student and a Parisian lady, Hawk stops at nothing to accomplish the mission.

The Last King

12:05AM, SBS

MA15+
Norway, 2016
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Language: Norwegian
Director: Nils Gaup
Starring: Jakob Oftebro, Kristofer Hivju, Torkel Dommersnes Soldal
What's it about?
In the year 1206, Norway is raged by civil war. The King's illegitimate infant son, Hakon Hakonsson, which half the kingdom wants killed off, is guarded in secrecy by two men. Based on true events, this is a story which changed the course of the country's history.

Presumed Guilty

1:55AM, SBS

M
France, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Vincent Garenq
Starring: Philippe Torreton, Wladimir Yordanoff, Noemie Lvovsky
What's it about?
The harrowing true story of Alain Marécaux, a respected lawyer, husband and father whose life is shattered by false allegations of child abuse. His fight to prove his innocence in the face of overwhelming injustice is a riveting indictment on our legal systems.

Thursday 17 August

The Names of Love

12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2010
Genre: Comedy
Language: French, Greek, Arabic
Director: Michel Leclerc
Starring: Sara Forestier, Zinedine Soualem, Jacques Gamblin
What's it about?
Baya (Sara Forestier) is a young leftwing activist who is trying to change people's political beliefs. Her method for converting the rightwing politicians involves seducing them into sleeping with her. All is going well, until she meets Arthur Martin (Jacques Gamblin).

Radiance

9:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:00PM, Friday Aug 18th)

M
Australia, 1998
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Rachel Perkins
Starring: Deborah Mailman, Rachel Maza, Trisha Morton Evans
What's it about?
Three sisters reunite after some years apart, for their mother’s funeral. Cressy (Rachael Maza), the eldest of the three, is a diva - an opera singer who is reluctant to visit the past and definitely doesn’t want to share it with her sisters. Mae (Trisha Morton-Thomas), has stayed behind looking after mum, and believes that Cressy hasn’t shared enough. Nona (Deborah Mailman), the youngest and the party girl, just wants them to all be one happy family.

Radiance Review

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

12:20AM, SBS

MA15+
Japan, 2011
Genre: Action, Drama
Language: Japanese
Director: Te-Sheng Wei
Starring: Lin Ching-Tai, Chi-Wei Cheng, Umin Boya, Vivian Hsu, Masanobu Ando
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 indigenous 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?

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale Review

Friday 18 August

Mee-Shee: The Water Giant

7:30PM, NITV (repeats 1:00PM, Saturday Aug 19th)

PG
United Kingdom, 2005
Genre: Family, Adventure, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: John Henderson
Starring: Bruce Greenwood, Joel Tobeck, Rena Owen
What's it about?
A New York City oil company troubleshooter is brought to a remote B.C. lake to look for some lost machinery. Cancelling a trip to Disney World with his son, he decides to bring the boy along. They both end up experiencing more excitement than Mickey could ever conjure in Orlando, when they meet up with bad guys and a legendary creature.

Philomena

8:35PM, SBS

M
United Kingdom, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan
What's it about?
In Ireland in the 1950s, unmarried teenage Philomena finds out that she is pregnant and is sent to Roscrea convent for 'fallen women' where she gives birth to a boy, who is given up for adoption. Philomena (Judi Dench) has spent fifty years searching for her child but finally asks for help from unemployed journalist, Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan). The convent is no help - all they can find are damaged documents and nuns who won't say a word. Finally Martin gets a lucky break when chatting with a local pub owner who informs him that the convent sold babies to childless Catholic American couples, starting Philomena and Martin's journey to the United States.

Philomena: Stephen Frears interview
Philomena interview: Steve Coogan
Philomena Review

Thanks for Sharing

10:55PM, SBS

MA15+
United States, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Stuart Blumberg
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo, Pink, Tim Robbins, Carol Kane
What's it about?
A romantic comedy that brings together three disparate characters who are learning to face a challenging and often confusing world as they struggle together against a common demon: sex addiction.

Thanks for Sharing Review

Saturday 19 August

RoboCop

8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
United States, 1987
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Crime
Language: English
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Peter Weller, Miguel Ferrer, Kurtwood Smith, Nancy Allen, Ronny Cox
What's it about?
When a good cop (Peter Weller) gets blown away by some ruthless criminals, innovative scientists and doctors are able to piece him back together as an unstoppable crime-fighting cyborg called 'Robocop'. Impervious to bullets and bombs, and equipped with high-tech weaponry, Robocop quickly makes a name for himself by cleaning up the crime-ridden streets of violence-ravaged Detroit.

Is the spirit of the original 'Robocop' still alive?

eXistenZ

10:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Canada, 1999
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Jude Law, Ian Holm, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Willem Dafoe
What's it about?
In the near future, a society exists in which game designers are worshipped as superstars and players can organically enter inside the games. Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is hip, aware, sexily alluring and utterly dedicated to her invention - a game system that taps into its users fears and desires and blurs the boundaries of reality. When anti-eXistenZialist fanatics with strange weapons attempt to assassinate Allegra, she is forced to flee. 

Existenz review: Cronenberg lightens up with playful body horror parody

Séraphine

11:50PM, SBS

PG
France, 2009
Genre: Drama, War
Language: French
Director: Martin Provost
Starring: Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent
What's it about?
An impoverished, middle-aged French housekeeper’s secret talent for painting is noticed by a respected German art critic, who promises her worldwide success. Based on the life of one of France’s most famous female artists, Séraphine de Senlis (1864-1942). Winner of seven César Awards in 2009, including Best Film and Best Actress.

Yatterman

2:05AM, SBS

M
Japan, 2009
Genre: Cult, Action
Language: Japanese
Director: Takashi Miike
Starring: Saki Fukuda, Sadao Abe, Kyoko Fukada, Shô Sakurai
What's it about?
From Japanese cult king Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Audition), the film follows the exploits of two unlikely superheroes, Gan and Ai, who must ensure the mystical Skull Stone does not fall into the wrong hands. Toy store owners by day, Gan and Ai battle a gang of increasingly elaborate thugs by night with the help of a giant mechanical dog. 

Sunday 20 August

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

8:30PM, SBS

M
United States of America, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Gibney
Starring: Paul Haggis, Jason Beghe, Alex Gibney
What's it about?
Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney turns his gaze to Scientology in Going Clear, based on the book of the same name by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright. Gibney profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities, shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, including their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion. The film covers a broad range of material from the church's origins—punctuated by an intimate portrait of founder L. Ron Hubbard—to present-day practices and alleged abuses as reported in the media.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief review

Prophet’s Prey

10:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2015
Director: Amy Berg
Starring: Sam Brower, Nick Cave, Andrew Chatwin, Lori Chatwin
What's it about?
From award-winning documentary filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil), Prophet’s Prey examines Fundamentalist Church leader Warren Jeffs’ life to show how he seized control of people’s lives, at the head of an organization worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

With Heart and Soul

1:00AM, SBS

MA15+
Greece, 2009
Genre: Drama, War
Language: Greek
Director: Pantelis Voulgaris
Starring: Vangelis Mourikis, Giorgos Symeonidis, Victoria Haralabidou
What's it about?
During the 1946-49 Greek Civil War, young brothers Anestis and Vlassis are recruited by opposing sides. Anestis joins the National Army while Vlassis becomes a soldier in the Democratic Army. Fighting in the countryside they grew up in, the boys become increasingly fanatical as the war progresses.