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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SBS Movies

15 Jan 2018 - 1:56 PM  UPDATED 15 Jan 2018 - 3:36 PM

Monday 15 January

Moomins on the Riviera
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

G
France, Finland, 2014
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Language: Danish, English, Finnish, Polish
Director: Xavier Picard, Hanna Hemilä
Starring: Russell Tovey, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Nathaniel Parker, Maria Sid, Mats Långbacka, Kristoffer Gummerus
What's it about?
Based on Moomin comic strips by Tove Jansson and Lars Jansson, this Finnish-French experimental animated film follows Moomins as they set sail for the Riviera in search for adventure. Following a journey frought with storms and desert island dangers, Snorkmaiden is dazzled by the attentions of a playboy. Moominpappa befriends an aristocrat and adopts the name 'de Moomin'. Exasperated by their behaviour, Moominmamma retires to the relative calm of their trusty boat in the hope that her family will come to their senses. Could the Moomins' unity be threatened for the first time?

My Awkward Sexual Adventure
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Canada, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Sean Garrity
Starring: Jonas Chernick, Emily Hampshire, Sarah Manninen, Vik Sahay
What's it about?
When he is dumped by his girlfriend due to his less-than-satisfactory sexual prowesses, conservative accountant Jordan enlists the help of an exotic dancer to make him a better lover. He enters the world of strip clubs, sensual massage parlours, cross-dressing and S&M. This raunchy Canadian comedy will have you alternatively laugh and squirm at Jordan's hilarious attempts to learn new skills and win back his ex-girlfriend (and you will most certainly never look at cantaloupes in quite the same way again).

Bruna: Surfer Girl
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Brazil, 2011
Genre: Biography
Language: Portuguese
Director: Marcus Baldini
Starring: Drica Moraes, Cássio Gabus Mendes, Deborah Secco
What's it about?
Raquel (Deborah Secco) is adopted by a wealthy couple in Sao Paulo. Bored at college and feeling rebellious, the 17-year-old decides to run away to become a call girl. Her clients thinks she looks like a beautiful surfer, and she soon starts blogging about her experiences under her nickname Surfistinha (Little Surfer Girl). It's soon one of Brazil’s most popular blogs, and Raquel becomes a national celebrity for her raunchy endeavours.

Phoenix
11:30PM, SBS

M
Poland, Germany, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: German, English
Director: Christian Petzold
Starring: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf, Uwe Preuss, Michael Maertens, Valerie Koch
What's it about?
Badly injured, her face destroyed, Auschwitz survivor Nelly returns to her hometown, Berlin. Having barely recovered from facial surgery, Nelly ignores her friend’s warnings and sets out to find her husband, Johnny – the love of her life who is convinced that his wife is dead. When Nelly finally tracks him down, he recognises nothing but an unnerving resemblance and doesn’t believe it could really be her. Hoping to secure her family’s inheritance, Johnny suggests to Nelly that she take on the identity of his late wife. 

Phoenix: Christian Petzold and Nina Hoss interview

Tuesday 16 January

The Castle of Cagliostro
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
Japan, 1979
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy
Language: Japanese
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Yasuo Yamada, Eiko Masuyama, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Gorō Naya, Sumi Shimamoto, Taro Ishida
What's It About?
After a successful robbery leaves famed thief Lupin III and his partner Jigen with nothing but a large amount of fake money, the so called "Goat Bills", he decides to track down the counterfeiter responsible - and steal any other treasures he may find in the Castle of Cagliostro, including the 'damsel in distress' he finds imprisoned there.

Chinese Zodiac
1:00AM, SBS

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 Notebook (Le Grand Cahier)
2:55AM, SBS

MA15+
Hungary, 2013
Genre: Drama, War
Language: German, Hungarian
Director: János Szász
Starring: András Gyémánt, László Gyémánt, Molnár Piroska
What's it about?
In a village on the Hungarian border, two young brothers grow up during war time with their cruel grandmother and must learn every trick of evil to survive in the absurd world of adults.

Wednesday 17 January

Summer Wars
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
Japan, 2009
Genre: Animation
Language: English, Japanese
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Starring: Mitsuki Tanimura, Nanami Sakuraba, Sumiko Fuji
What's it about?
Kenji Koiso, an eleventh grade math genius, solves a complex equation and inadvertently puts a virtual world's artificial intelligence in a position to destroy the earth. From acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Wolf Chidren).

Species
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1995
Genre: Science Fiction, Horror, Action
Language: English
Director: Roger Donaldson
Starring: Natasha Henstridge, Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker, Michelle Williams
What's it about?
In 1993, the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence Project receives a transmission detailing an alien DNA structure, along with instructions on how to splice it with human DNA. The result is Sil, a sensual but deadly creature who can change from a beautiful woman to an armour-plated killing machine in the blink of an eye. A cult classic of 90's sci-fi from Australian-born director Roger Donaldson (No Way Out, The World's Fastest Indian).

Message from Mungo
9:30PM, NITV

G
Australia, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Andrew Pike, Ann McGrath
Starring: Alice Kelly, Tibby Briar, Alice Bugmy, Isabel McBryde
What's it about?
Lake Mungo is an ancient Pleistocene lake-bed in south-western New South Wales, and is one of the world’s richest archaeological sites. Message from Mungo focuses on the interface over the last 40 years between the scientists on one hand, and, on the other, the Indigenous communities who identify with the land and with the human remains revealed at the site. This interface has often been deeply troubled and contentious, but within the conflict and its gradual resolution lies a moving story of the progressive empowerment of the traditional custodians of the area.

Tremors
10:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1990
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Ron Underwood
Starring: Finn Carter, Fred Ward, Kevin Bacon
What's it about?
Kevin Bacon stars in this revved-up, enthusiastic monster movie loaded with humour and thrills. Made with an affectionate tip-of-the-hat to classic 1950s monster flicks, this endlessly fun film features the story of two handymen who battle giant carnivorous sandworms that threaten their small Nevada town. An incredible cast, featuring popular personalities Reba McEntire and Michael Gross, rounds out the eccentric and resilient townspeople who must do anything to survive this new menacing species. 

Our Little Sister
1:35AM, SBS

G
Japan, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: Japanese
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Starring: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose, Shinobu Ōtake, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Ryô Kase
What's it about?
Three sisters Sachi, Yoshino and Chika live together in a large house in the seaside city of Kamakura. When their father absent from the family home for the last 15 years dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral and meet their shy 14-year-old half-sister, Suzu. Bonding quickly with the orphaned Suzu, they invite her to live with them. Suzu eagerly agrees, and a new life of joyful discovery begins for the four siblings. From acclaimed director Hirokazu Koreeda (After Life, Nobody Knows, Still Walking).

Our Little Sister review: Shades of Ozu in classic family drama

Thursday 18 January

Adventure Planet
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
Thailand, 2012
Genre: Adventure, Animation
Language: German, Italian, Thai
Director: Kompim Kemgumnird
Starring: Nuengthida Sophon, Noppan Chantasorn, Athipich Chutiwatkajornchai, Kongdej Jaturanrasamee, Bailee Madison, J.K. Simmons, Thodsapol Siriwiwat
What's it about?
Story of the adventures of three young men from two of the world's metropolis, New State Trinity Capital and Karen village in Northern Thailand, as they journey to help save the world from disaster due to global warming.

Lean On Me
9:20PM, NITV

PG
USA, 1989
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Portuguese, International, Spanish
Director: John G. Avildsen
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Beverly Todd, Robert Guillaume, Ethan Phillips, Lynne Thigpen, Michael Beach
What's it about?
When principal Joe Clark takes over decaying Eastside High School, he's faced with students wearing gang colors and graffiti-covered walls. Determined to do anything he must to turn the school around, he expels suspected drug dealers, padlocks doors and demands effort and results from students, staff and parents. From the director of Rocky.

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
12:10AM, SBS

M
USA, 2010
Genre: Romance
Language: English
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Freida Pinto, Antonio Banderas
What's it about?
The lives of a group of people whose passions, ambitions and anxieties force them all into assorted troubles that run the gamut from ludicrous to dangerous.

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger: Woody Allen interview
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Review

Friday 19 January

The Boy and the Beast
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
Japan, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Starring: Koji Yakusho, Aoi Miyazaki, Shôta Sometani
What's it about?
Kyuta, a boy living in Shibuya, and Kumatetsu, a lonesome beast from Jutengai, an imaginary world. One day, Kyuta forays into the imaginary world and, as he's looking for his way back, meets Kumatetsu who becomes his spirit guide. That encounter leads them to many adventures.

The Meaning of Life
8:30PM, SBS

M
United Kingdom, 1983
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam
Starring: Terry Gilliam, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
What's it about?
Monty Python's hilarious final film returns to the group's original sketch comedy roots with side-splitting, irreverent vignettes on the stages and trials of life. 

The Chambermaid Lynn
11:50PM, SBS

MA15+
Germany, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: German
Director: Ingo Haeb
Starring: Vicky Krieps, Lena Lauzemis, Steffen Münster, Christian Aumer, Christine Schorn, Sonja Baum
What's it about?
In this coming out story with a difference, Lynn - an incredibly shy hotel maid - voyeuristically watches a guest's encounter with a dominatrix, then decides to hire the call girl to help her shed her own inhibitions. Featuring Vicky Krieps (star of Paul Thomas Anderson's upcoming Phantom Thread).

Saturday 20 January

Kill Your Darlings
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: John Krokidas
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Foster, Jack Huston, Elizabeth Olsen, Michael C. Hall, David Cross, Kyra Sedgwick
What's it about?
An untold story of murder that brought together a young Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William Burroughs (Ben Foster) at Columbia University in 1944, providing the spark that led to the birth of an entire generation – their Beat revolution. 

Sex, Murder and Daniel Radcliffe in 'Kill Your Darlings' at Sundance
Kill Your Darlings: interviews
Kill Your Darlings Review

Jawbreaker
10:25PM, SBS

M
USA, 1999
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Language: English
Director: Darren Stein
Starring: Julie Benz, Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart
What's it about?
In what was meant as a harmless birthday prank, three of Reagan High School's most popular girls, Julie, Foxy, and Courtney pretend to kidnap their friend, the latter shoving a jawbreaker into the victim's mouth to keep her from screaming. Their plan goes awry when the girl accidentally swallows the jawbreaker, choking to death.

Detective Dee: Mystery of Phantom Flame
1:50AM, SBS

M
China, 2010
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Hark Tsui
Starring: Tony Leung Ka Fai, Carina Lau, Chao Deng, Li Bingbing, Andy Lau
What's it about?
In the year 689, the first Empress of China is building a giant Buddha statue. When people connected to its construction start mysteriously bursting into flames, an investigation is ordered. 

Sunday 21 January

The Yes Men Are Revolting
12:00AM, SBS

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Laura Nix, The Yes Men
Starring: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno
What's it about?
For the last 20 years, notorious activists the Yes Men have staged outrageous and hilarious hoaxes to draw international attention to corporate crimes against humanity and the environment. They are now in their 40s, and their mid-life crises are threatening to drive them out of activism forever as they take on climate change. Revealing the real people behind the ruses, at its heart lies a hopeful message about fighting for change. 

Purple Rain
12:10AM, SBS

M
USA, 1984
Genre: Drama, Romance, Music
Language: English
Director: Albert Magnoli
Starring: Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day
What's it about?
In his movie debut, Prince stars as 'the Kid', a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid the same mistakes as his truculent father (Clarence Williams III), the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with a captivating singer, Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero). But another musician, Morris (Morris Day) looks to steal the Kid's spotlight - and his girl. 

Purple Rain review: “Dig if You Will the Picture

The Last Circus
2:10AM, SBS

MA15+
Spain, 2010
Genre: Drama, War
Language: Spanish
Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Starring: Carlos Areces, Antonio de la Torre, Carolina Bang
What's it about?
In the midst of the brutal Spanish Civil War, a 'Happy' circus clown is forcibly recruited by a militia. Still in his costume, he is handed a machete and led into battle against National soldiers, where he massacres an entire platoon. 40 years later, at the tail end of the Franco regime, that clown's son, Javier, dreams of following in his father’s career footsteps, but the legacy of his family's tragedies looms large.

The Last Circus Review