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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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Monday 30 October

The Princess of Montpensier
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2010
Genre: Drama, History
Language: French
Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Starring: Raphaël Personnaz, Melanie Thierry, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Lambert Wilson, Gaspard Ulliel
What's it about?
France, 1562. The wars of religion between Catholics and Protestants rage against a backdrop of intrigue and shifting alliances. Marie de Mézières (Mélanie Thierry), a beautiful young aristocrat, and Henri de Guise (Gaspard Ulliel), one of the kingdom's most intrepid heroes, are in love, but Marie's father promises her hand in marriage to the Prince of Montpensier (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet). The prince takes Marie back to his chateau, where she is tutored by Chabannes (Lambert Wilson), the Protestant deserter he protects, who soon falls in love with the young woman. Then, on their way back from battle, Henri de Guise and the Duke d'Anjou (Raphaël Personnaz), the heir to the throne, stop at the chateau. Henri and Marie realise their feelings for each other are as strong as ever...

The Princess of Montpensier Review

The Hunger
9:00PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
United Kingdom, 1983
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Romance
Language: English
Director: Tony Scott
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon
What's it about?
Centuries-old Egyptian vampire Miriam (Deneuve) and her centuries-old lover, John (Bowie), feed on urban nightclub goers. But, while Miriam can bestow a very long life on her lovers, she cannot grant them her immortality. When John starts to rapidly age, Miriam seduces Sarah (Sarandon), a doctor researching premature aging. 

Tales From the Crypt: Bordello of Blood
10:45PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
United States of America, 1996
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Gilbert Adler
Starring: Dennis Miller, Erika Eleniak, Angie Everhart, Corey Feldman, Whoopi Goldberg
What's it about?
Private eye Rafe Guttman is hired by repressed, born-again Katherine to find her missing bad-boy brother. The trail leads him to a whorehouse run by a thousand-year-old vampire and secretly backed by Katherine's boss, televangelist Jimmy Current.

Tuesday 31 October

Adrift
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Vietnam, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: Vietnamese
Director: Chuyên Bui Thac
Starring: Johnny Nguyen, Duy Khoa Nguyen, Do Thi Hai Yen, Linh Dan Pham
What's it about?
This sensual drama follows Duyen, a young newlywed whose husband's absence drives her into the arms of another man. But with Duyen's girlfriend Cam secretly in love with her too, she becomes trapped in an inescapable love triangle. Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.

Adrift Review

Snowtown
1:00AM, SBS

MA15+
Australia, 2011
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Justin Kurzel
Starring: Daniel Henshall, Lucas Pittaway, Louise Harris, Bob Adriaens
What's it about?
Based on true events, 16-year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighbourhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder. Winner of six Australian Film Institute awards in 2012, including Best Direction.

Snowtown review: A gloomy portrait of misappropriated vulnerability

Wednesday 1 November

The Perfect Date
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2010
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Arnaud Lemort, Dominique Farrugia
Starring: Virginie Efira, Manu Payet, Clovis Cornillac
What's it about?
Michel (Clovis Cornillac) is a foreign aid worker and a big romantic, forever dreaming of a fated meeting with his soulmate, much like his parents and grandparents experienced. His best friend Vincent (Manu Payet), is the complete opposite: a successful divorce lawyer, he enjoys one night stands with zero commitments. But when Vincent's latest fling dumps him and Michel discovers that his encounter with the beautiful Angèle (Virginie Efira) was engineered, both men realise they’ll need to learn from each other if they want to find lasting happiness.    

Misery
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
United States, 1990
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Rob Reiner
Starring: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth
What's it about?
Based on the novel by Stephen King, Misery tells the story of best-selling author, Paul Sheldon, who is on his way back home after finishing his latest novel. When he gets injured in a car accident, he's rescued by a woman, Annie Wilkes, who happens to be Paul's self-proclaimed number one fan, and takes it upon herself to nurse him back to health. However, after Annie reads through one of his manuscripts and learns that her favourite character is killed off, all hell breaks loose.

Misery review: Bound to have you on the edge of your seat

A Band Called Death
9:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:00PM, Thurs 2nd Nov on NITV)

M
United States, 2013
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett
Starring: Henry Rollins, Bobby Hackney, Dannis Hackney, David Hackney
What's it about?
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early '70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now considered pioneers in their field. But it wasn’t until recently — when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby’s attic nearly 30 years after Death’s heyday — that anyone outside a small group of punk enthusiasts had even heard of them.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
10:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
United Kingdom, Japan, United States, 1994
Genre: Drama, Romance, Horror, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Tom Hulce, Kenneth Branagh, Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter
What's it about?
Based on Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a promising young doctor who, devastated by the death of his mother during childbirth, becomes obsessed with bringing the dead back to life. His experiments lead to the creation of a monster, which Frankenstein has put together with the remains of corpses. It's not long before Frankenstein regrets his actions.

Bleak Street
12:00AM, SBS

MA
Mexico, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Arturo Ripstein
Starring: Alberto Estrella, Lety Gómez, Silvia Pasquel
What's it about?
Sex workers Adela and Dora are burdened with bad marriages and financial problems. To make ends meet, they drug and rob twins working as luchadores. Nominated for the Queer Lion prize at the 2015 Venice Film Festival.

Outside the Law
1:50AM, SBS

MA15+
Algeria, 2000
Genre: Drama, History, Crime
Language: French, Arabic
Director: Rachid Bouchareb
Starring: Sami Bouajila, Roschdy Zem, Jamel Debbouze
What's it about?
This Oscar-nominated drama is set across three decades of the Algerian struggle for independence. After losing their family home, three brothers and their mother become separated around the world and take radically different paths. 

Outside the Law Review

Thursday 2 November

Lou
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Australia, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Belinda Chayko
Starring: Emily Barclay, John Hurt, Lily Bell Tindley
What's it about?
Lou tells a tender story about the relationship between 11-year-old Lou (Lily Bell-Tindley) and her grandfather (John Hurt). Not long after Lou’s father walks out of her life, her irascible and befuddled grandfather crashes in. But when Doyle comes to stay, Lou discovers, against all her expectations, the healing power of love.

Lou Review

Finding Fela!
9:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:00PM, Fri 3rd Nov on NITV)

M
United Kingdom, 2014
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Alex Gibney
Starring: Fela Kuti, Yeni Kuti, Femi Kuti
What's it about?
Finding Fela! tells the story of Fela Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s.

2014 Sydney Film Festival: Finding Fela! - Review

No Rest for the Wicked
12:05AM, SBS

MA15+
Spain, 2011
Genre: Thriller
Language: French, Spanish
Director: Enrique Urbizu
Starring: José Coronado, Helena Miquel, Rodolfo Sancho
What's it about?
Santos Trinidad (Jose Coronado) is a dirty cop with a violent streak and a serious thirst for alcohol. During a drunken binge, he murders three people in a bar. A witness escapes from the building before Santos can catch him. While Santos sets out to kill the witness and cover up his crimes, a judge and the police conduct an investigation into the murders. Santos' hunt for the witness and the parallel police investigation slowly converge to reveal a massive criminal conspiracy that no one involved could have ever anticipated.

Friday 3 November

The White Ribbon
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Austria, 2009
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: German, Italian, Polish
Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Ursina Lardi, Leonie Benesch, Ernst Jacobi, Christian Friedel, Ulrich Tukur
What's it about?
A tautly constructed whodunit set on the eve of World War I in a staunchly Protestant village in northern Germany. The village is plagued by a series of mysterious accidents – the doctor tumbles from his horse, a farmer’s wife falls to her death from a barn loft – which become increasingly more sinister and brutal. Neighbour turns against neighbour, even as the cruelty pervading the village breeds fresh atrocities. Nominated for Best Foreign Film and Best Cinematography at the 2010 Academy Awards.

The White Ribbon Review: A compelling, gripping thriller

A Waltz Through the Hills
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 1:00PM, Sat 4th Nov on NITV)

PG
Australia, 1988
Genre: Drama, Family, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Frank Arnold
Starring: Michael Carman, Ernie Dingo, Dan O'Herlihy, Andre Jansen
What's it about?
When Sammy Dean and her older brother Andy are suddenly orphaned, they fear that they will be separated and placed in foster homes. So they set off along on foot, hoping to reach a ship that will take them to England and their only surviving relatives. The two young runaways must make their dangerous journey through some of the world’s harshest terrain-the wilds of the Australian outback.

12 Years a Slave
8:30PM, SBS

MA15+
United States, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt
What's it about?
In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free Black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindess from another, as he struggles to survive and maintain some of his dignity. In the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon's life forever. Winner of Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards.

12 Years a Slave: Interview

Daughters of Darkness
11:30PM, SBS

MA15+
Belgium, France, Germany, 1971
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: Dutch, Spanish, English
Director: Harry Kümel
Starring: Delphine Seyrig, John Karlen, Danielle Ouimel
What's it about?
Delphine Seyrig stars in this classic horror movie as Elizabeth Bathory, a sinister and ageless countess whose ancestor found eternal youth by bathing in the blood of 800 virgins. When the Countess and her beautiful young 'companion' seduce a troubled newlywed couple travelling from Belgium to England, they unleash a frenzy of sudden violence and depraved desire.

Saturday 4 November

The Original Kings of Comedy
8:30PM, NITV

MA15+
United States, 2000
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Steve Harvey, D. L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, Bernie Mac
What's it about?
Spike Lee's film captures the rollicking and sly comedy routines of stand-up and sitcom vets Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bernie Mac and the magic of experiencing a live concert show. Spike and his crew plant a multitude of cameras in a packed stadium and onstage (as well as backstage, as they follow the comedians) to catch the vivid immediacy of the show, which is as much about the audience as it is about the jokes.

Almost Famous
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
United States, 2000
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Cameron Crowe
Starring: Jimmy Fallon, Noah Taylor, Patrick Fugit, Jason Lee, Billy Crudup, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin, Frances McDormand
What's it about?
Scoring an assignment sight-unseen (over the phone) from Rolling Stone, 15 year old rock music fan William Miller (Patrick Fugit) enters the world of touring rock bands to cover rising stars, Stillwater. It’s 1973 and the tumultuous experience, watched from afar and in dread by his possessive, devoted mother (Frances McDormand), leads him through a maze of relationships and professional journalistic conundrums as he gets close to his subjects, through his friendship with guitarist Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup). Making things even more complicated is the alluring 'band aide’ Penny Lane (Kate Hudson), whose love for Stillwater focuses on (the married) Russell.  

Uncle Buck
10:45PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
United States, 1989
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Family
Language: English
Director: John Hughes
Starring: John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Jean Louisa Kelly
What's it about?
As an idle, good-natured bachelor, Uncle Buck is the last person you would think of to watch the kids. However, during a family crisis, he is suddenly left in charge of his nephew and nieces. Unaccustomed to suburban life, fun-loving Uncle Buck soon charms his younger relatives Miles and Maizy with his hefty cooking and his new way of doing the laundry.

'Uncle Buck': A shining example of John Hughes’ take on adulthood

Sunday 5 November

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
8:30PM, NITV

PG
United States, 2014
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Gibney
Starring: James Brown, Bootsy Collins, Chuck D, Mick Jagger, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson
What's it about?
James Brown changed the face of American music forever. Abandoned by his parents at an early age, James Brown was a self-made man who became one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, not just through his music, but also as a social activist. Charting his journey from rhythm and blues to funk, this documentary features rare and previously unseen footage, photographs and interviews, chronicling the musical ascension of “the hardest working man in show business,” from his first hit, “Please, Please, Please,” in 1956, to his iconic performances at the Apollo Theater, the T.A.M.I. Show, the Paris Olympia and more.

Dreaming Lhasa
10:30PM, NITV

M
United Kingdom, India, 2007
Genre: Drama, Romance, Foreign
Language: English
Director: Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam
Starring: Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso, Tenzin Jigme, Jampa Kalsang
What's it about?
Karma, a Tibetan filmmaker from New York, goes to Dharamsala, the Dalai Lama's exile headquarters in northern India, to make a documentary about former political prisoners who have escaped from Tibet. She wants to reconnect with her roots but is also escaping a deteriorating relationship back home. One of Karma's interviewees is Dhondup, an enigmatic ex-monk who has just escaped from Tibet. He confides in her that his real reason for coming to India is to fulfill his dying mother's last wish, to deliver a charm box to a long-missing resistance fighter. Karma finds herself unwittingly falling in love with Dhondup even as she is sucked into the passion of his quest, which becomes a journey into Tibet's fractured past and a voyage of self-discovery.

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
11:45PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2009
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Jan Kounen
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Anna Mouglalis, Yelena Morozova, Natacha Lindinger
What's it about?
The love affair between two 20th century icons is dramatised in this period drama. In Paris in 1920, Coco Chanel offers to take the homeless and broke composer Igor Stravinsky into her home, beginning a passionate affair of the heart. Nominated for a 2010 César Award for Best Costume Design.