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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8 Jan 2018 - 9:24 AM  UPDATED 8 Jan 2018 - 9:24 AM

Monday 8 January

About Her Brother
12:00PM, SBS

PG
Japan, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Japanese
Director: Yôji Yamada
Starring: Ryô Kase, Yû Aoi, Tsurube Shôfukutei, Sayuri Yoshinaga
What's it about?
Academy Award nominated director Yamada Yoji (Twilight Samurai) returns with this contemporary drama about one foolish brother Tetsuro, and his caring older sister Ginko. A failed comedian, Tetsuro is loud, crass and often plain embarrassing. His lewd behaviour in public forces Ginko to disown him, only to be reunited with him years later when Tetsuro finds out he has terminal cancer. In the face of death, they begin a new relationship of love, understanding and tolerance. 

About Her Brother Review

Fast Times at Ridgemont High
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1982
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Amy Heckerling
Starring: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, Eric Stoltz, Nicolas Cage
What's it about?
Follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California, based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, Linda Barrett and Mike Damone, respectively. The center of the film is held by Jeff Spicoli (a breakthrough performance from Sean Penn), a perpetually stoned surfer dude who faces off with the resolute Mr. Hand, who is convinced that everyone is on dope.

Less Than Zero
10:10PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1987
Genre: Drama, Crime, Romance
Language: English
Director: Marek Kanievska
Starring: Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader, Brad Pitt, Tony Bill, Nicholas Pryor
What's it about?
A college freshman returns to Los Angeles for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit. Based on the best-selling novel by Bret Easton Ellis.

Samba
11:30PM, SBS

M
France, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Arabic, French, English, Portuguese, International, Russian, Serbian
Director: Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache
Starring: Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim, Izïa Higelin, Isaka Sawadogo, Helene Vincent
What's it about?
Samba migrated to France 10 years ago from Senegal, and has since been plugging away at various lowly jobs. Alice is a senior executive who has recently undergone a burnout. Both struggle to get out of their dead-end lives. Samba's willing to do whatever it takes to get working papers, while Alice tries to get her life back on track until fate draws them together. From the creators of the 2012 hit The Intouchables.

Tuesday 9 January

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
UK, 1989
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Sarah Polley, Eric Idle, John Neville, Oliver Reed
What's it about?
The fantastic tale of a 17th century aristocrat, his henchmen and a little girl as they attempt to save a town from defeat by the Turks. In the process they are swallowed by a giant sea-monster, take a trip to the moon, dance with Venus and escape from the Grim Reaper.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen review: A surreal masterpiece

Chemsex
9:20PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: William Fairman, Max Gogarty
What's it about?
In hidden basements, bedrooms and bars across London, Chemsex is a documentary that exposes frankly and intimately a dark side to modern gay life. Traversing an underworld of intravenous drug use and weekend-long sex parties, "Chemsex" tells the story of several men struggling to make it out of 'the scene' alive - and one health worker who has made it his mission to save them. While society looks the other way, this powerful and unflinching film uncovers a group of men battling with HIV, drug addiction and finding acceptance in a changing world.

The Guard
1:10AM, SBS

MA15+
Ireland, 2011
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Language: English
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Starring: Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, Mark Strong, Rory Keenan, Brendan Gleeson
What's it about?
Three drug-dealers are planning to land half a billion dollars’ worth of cocaine off the west coast of Ireland. The only men standing in their way are a straight-laced FBI Agent Everett (Don Cheadle) and a hard-living Galway Guard (Brendan Gleeson).  A riotous buddy comedy that could only be made in Ireland, it rightly netted Gleeson an Oscar nomination.    

The Guard: John Michael McDonagh interview
The Guard: Crime comedy, Irish style
The Guard Review

Jack
3:00AM, SBS

MA15+
Germany, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: German
Director: Edward Berger
Starring: Ivo Pietzcker, Georg Adams
What's it about?
For 10-year-old Jack, having a family is the most important thing in the world. Then, one day, his mother disappears. Together with his younger brother Manuel, he embarks on a journey to find her; the journey of a boy who has learnt from an early age to take responsibility. In the end, his brave and startling decision holds up a mirror to all of us.

 

Wednesday 10 January

Little Nicholas
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

G
Belgium, France, 2009
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Laurent Tirard
Starring: Maxime Godart, Valérie Lemercier, Kad Merad, Sandrine Kiberlain, François-Xavier Demaison
What's it about?
Nicolas lives a happy life, with parents who love him, a great group of friends with whom he has great fun, and all he wants is that nothing changes. However, one day, he overhears a conversation that leads him to believe that his life might change forever: his mother is pregnant. He panics and envisions the worst.

The Fly
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, Canada, 1986
Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz
What's it about?
The Fly remains cult director David Cronenberg's biggest commercial success, and well as one of his very best films. It gave Jeff Goldblum one of his defining roles as Seth Brundle, a brilliant but eccentric scientist who attempts to woo investigative journalist Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis) by offering her a scoop on his latest research in the field of matter transportation. Against all the expectations of the scientific establishment, his experiment has proven successful. But when he attempts to teleport himself a fly enters one of the transmission booths, and Brundle finds himself transforming into something beyond human. 

The Fly II
10:20PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Canada, USA, 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.

Hi-Ho Mistahey!
10:35PM, NITV

PG
Canada, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: Cree
Director: Alanis Obomsawin
What's it about?
Alanis Obomsawin tells the story of Shannen’s Dream, a national campaign to provide equitable access to education for First Nations children, in safe and suitable schools. She brings together the voices of those who have successfully brought the Dream all the way to the United Nations in Geneva.

Awaiting
11:50PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Spain, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Daniela Féjerman
Starring: Nora Navas, Francesc Garrido
What's it about?
A Spanish couple travel to a country in Eastern Europe to adopt a child. However, things don't work out as they had expected. Finding themselves faced with growing hostility, their own latent conflicts come to the fore. The dream they came with threatens to turn into a nightmare.

Immortal (2015)
1:35AM, SBS

M
Colombia, 2015
Genre: Drama, History
Language: Spanish
Director: Klych Lopez
Starring: Laura García, Andrés Parra, Enrique Carriazo, Andrea Gómez, Fernando Arévalo
What's it about?
The economy is not doing well and in a few months Lucia will lose the mortgaged house where she lives with her two children, Mr. Carlos the owner of the Second-hand store, Sergio, Clown by day, waiter by night, and his wife Victoria. Julieta, the youngest child, is the family's salvation. She just graduated from law school when, on the morning of November 6, 1985, she leaves for her job at the Palace of Justice and never returns. There are witnesses that claim to have seen her alive after the Palace burned down after the Guerilla attack, the habitants lives of the house won't be the same. Based on true events and on a play in Colombia, 1985.

Thursday 11 January

Nicholas on Holiday
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

G
France, 2014
Genre: Family, Comedy
Language: Dutch, French, Portuguese, International
Director: Laurent Tirard
Starring: Valérie Lemercier, Kad Merad, Daniel Prevost, François Damiens, Francis Perrin
What's it about?
It's the end of the school year. The long-awaited moment of the holidays is arrive. Nicholas and his family are off to the seaside for a summer vacation, and the result is a film filled with rich humour, moments of childhood nostalgia, hilarious blunders and misunderstandings across three generations.

Krush Groove
9:00PM, NITV

M
USA, 1985
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Language: English
Director: Michael Schultz
Starring: Blair Underwood, Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, Sheila E., Kurtis Blow, LL Cool J, Rick Rubin
What's it about?
Russell Walker is a young, successful manager of rap performers, handling acts for the Krush Groove label, including Run-DMC and The Fat Boys. When Run-D.M.C. has a hit record and Russell needs more money to press more copies, he borrows it from a street hustler and soon regrets his decision.

Hustle & Flow
10:40PM, NITV

M
United States, 2005
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Craig Brewer
Starring: Terrence Howard, Taryn Manning, Anthony Anderson, Taraji P. Henson
What's it about?
With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee. Nominated for Best Actor (Terrence Howard) at the 2005 Academy Awards, where it also won the Oscar for Best Original Song ("It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp").

The Words
12:00AM, SBS

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Lee Sternthal, Brian Klugman
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Jeremy Irons, Olivia Wilde, Michael McKean
What's it about?
Young writer Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) has finally achieved long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There's only one catch: he didn't write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man's work, and for placing ambition and success above life's most fundamental three words. 

The Words: interview
The Words Review

Friday 12 January

Under the Hawthorn Tree
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

China, 2010
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Chinese
Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Zhou Dongyu, Shawn Dou, Xi Mei-Juan, Li Xuejian, Cheng Tai-Shen, Sa Ren-Na, Liping Lü, Jiang Rui-Jia
What's it about?
A schoolgirl Jing Qiu (Zhou Dong-Yu) is sent to the countryside for re-education, and tasked to help write a textbook. There she meets Lao San (Shawn Dou), a young soldier with a bright future ahead. Despite the class divide and parental disapproval, romance blooms against turbulent times

Monty Python's Life of Brian
8:30PM, SBS

M
UK, 1979
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Terry Jones
Starring: John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin
What's it about?
Monty Python tells the story of Brian (Graham Chapman), a reluctant would-be messiah who rises to prominence as a result of a series of absurd and truly hilarious circumstances providing ample opportunity for the entire ensemble to shine in multiple roles as they mock everyone and everything from ex lepers, Pontius Pilate and the art of haggling to crazy prophets, Roman centurions and crucifixion.

Secretary
11:35PM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 2002
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Steven Shainberg
Starring: Jeremy Davies, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader, Lesley Ann Warren
What's it about?
Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as Lee Holloway, a young woman with a history of severe emotional problems, who is released into the care of her overbearing parents following a stay at a mental institution. She gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer (James Spader), where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.

Secretary Review

Saturday 13 January

The Riot Club
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2014
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Lone Scherfig
Starring: Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Holliday Grainger, Jessica Brown Findlay, Natalie Dormer, Sam Reid, Tom Hollander
What's it about?
At Oxford University the hottest invitation is to The Riot Club, a privileged and exclusive club the members of which hold the keys to future success and power. First years Miles and Alistair are both dazzlingly clever and offspring of pillars of the Establishment, though politically and socially polar opposites. Alistair, pressured by a family legacy of social success, is ruthlessly determined to succeed. Miles, however, has been seduced by the social kudos of the invitation, but his heart isn’t in it. Nonetheless, both young men are invited by the club's leaders to a debauched night out to see if they’ve got what it takes to belong.

Six Acts
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Hebrew
Director: Jonathan Gurfinkel
Starring: Sivan Levy, Eviatar Mor, Roy Nik, Niv Zilberberg, Tal Grushka
What's it about?
Gili is a teenager who decides to change schools. She is determined to improve her lame social status. Over the course of a few weeks she hooks up with several different boys, all from her new school. Their encounters get more and more sexual, each time exploring their limits a little further. The boys are eager to take what is so generously offered, and Gili is thrilled with the attention. Just as Gili is trapped in the zone where it's not certain if she is giving her consent to what is happening or not, the viewer too feels trapped in the same zone, feeling for certain that something terrible is happening, but unable to pin point exactly when, and what.

Sunday 14 January

Diana: In Her Own Words
8:30PM, SBS

UK, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Tom Jennings
What's it about?
Princess Diana lived her life in front of the cameras. Now, on the 20th anniversary of her untimely death in 1997, revisit her emotional journey from childhood through to her rocky marriage to Prince Charles and subsequent emergence as the popular "People's Princess." From Peabody award-winning producer Tom Jennings, this touching tribute relies solely on archival footage and recordings to explore her profound impact on the world and on the future of Britain's monarchy. 

Ultimatum
12:25AM, SBS VICELAND

M
Italy, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: Hebrew, French
Director: Alain Tasma
Starring: Gaspard Ulliel, Jasmine Trinca, Michel Boujenah
What's it about?
It's 1991 and the people of Israel fear that Saddam Hussein will launch an attack on their country. The relationship between Luisa (Jasmine Trinca) and her boyfriend Nathanaël (Gaspard Ulliel) is stretched to breaking point while the nation awaits their fate.

Salami Aleikum
2:20AM, SBS

M
Germany, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: German, Persian-Farsi
Director: Ali Samadi Ahadi
Starring: Navid Akhavan, Anna Böger, Michael Niavarani, Wolfgang Stumph
What's it about?
To save the family's butchery from ruin, Mohsen (Navid Akhavan) heads to Poland to buy low-priced sheep. During his overland trip Mohsen pauses in eastern Germany and falls in love with former shot-putter Ana (Anna Böger). The villagers think Mohsen is from a wealthy Persian textile dynasty who could save the village. Mohsen becomes increasingly popular until his father (Michael Niavarani) appears.