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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22 Jan 2018 - 9:07 AM  UPDATED 22 Jan 2018 - 9:17 AM

MONDAY 22 JANUARY

Long Way North
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
Denmark, France, 2015
Genre: Adventure, Animation
Language: Danish, Dutch, French
Director: Rémi Chayé
Starring: Christa Theret, Féodor Atkine, Antony Hickling, Thomas Sagols, Rémi Caillebot
What's it about?
1892, Saint Petersburg. Sasha, a young Russian aristocrat, has always been fascinated by her grandfather's life as an adventurer. A renowned explorer, he designed a magnificent arctic ship, but he hasn't returned from his last expedition to the North Pole. To save her family's honor, Sasha runs away. Headed towards the Great North, she follows her grandfather's trail in search of his famous ship.

The Blue Lagoon
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1980
Genre: Drama, Romance, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Randal Kleiser
Starring: Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern
What's it about?
Two small children and a ship's cook survive a shipwreck and find safety on an idyllic tropical island. Soon, however, the cook dies and the young boy and girl are left on their own. Days become years and Emmeline (Brooke Shields) and Richard (Christopher Atkins) make a home for themselves surrounded by exotic creatures and nature's beauty. But will they ever see civilization again?

Radiance
9:30PM, NITV

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

Altered States
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1980
Genre: Science Fiction
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Ken Russell
Starring: William Hurt, Bob Balaban, Blair Brown, Drew Barrymore
What's it about?
A research scientist (William Hurt) explores the boundaries and frontiers of consciousness. Using sensory deprivation and hallucinogenic mixtures from native American shamans, he explores these altered states of consciousness and finds that memory, time, and perhaps reality itself are states of mind.

Ken Russell’s ‘Altered States’ will expand your mind

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
11:30PM, SBS

M
Taiwan, Hong Kong, USA, China 2000
Genre: Martial Arts, Drama, Romance
Language: Mandarin
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat, Chen Chang
What's it about?
Ang Lee's multi-award winning film is a wuxia epic that blends romance with complex martial arts action sequences. Two warriors (Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh) are prohibited from declaring their love for one another, and embark on a life-or-death adventure with a young princess (Zhang Ziyi) who has herself been ostracised for falling in love with an outlaw (Chang Chen).  

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Review

TUESDAY 23 JANUARY

Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
France, Germany, 2002
Genre: Family, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
Language: German, French, Arabic, , Latin
Director: Alain Chabat
Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, Monica Bellucci, Alain Chabat, Jamel Debbouze, Gérard Darmon
What's it about?
Cleopatra (Monica Bellucci), Queen of Egypt, decides to prove Caesar that Egypt is the greatest civilisation by ordering the construction of a palace in the middle of the desert in only three months. Architect Numerobis, in charge of the daunting project, worries about the deadline and decides to call on the help of his friends Asterix and Obelix, druid Getafix, who thanks to his magic potion, might be able to save him from the crocodile pit.

Vacant Possession
9:30PM, NITV

M
Australia, 1995
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Margot Nash
Starring: Pamela Rabe, John Stanton, Toni Scanlan, Linden Wilkinson, Rita Bruce, Olivia Patten, Barbara Wyndon
What's it about?
Following the death of her mother Tessa (Pamela Rabe), a young woman, returns after many years to the weather-beaten family home on the shores of Sydney's Botany Bay. But the old family home begins to bring old wounds more and more to life. The story unfolds through flashbacks yet as it progresses the flashbacks merge into the present as it becomes apparent that the situation Tessa has returned to is very much the result of that which passed before.

Melancholia
1:10AM, SBS

M
France, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Lars Von Trier
Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg
What's it about?
Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgard) are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and brother-in-law (Kiefer Sutherland). Meanwhile, the planet, Melancholia, is heading towards Earth. Dunst won Best Actress at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for her performance in this film from legendary director Lars von Trier (Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville.)

Melancholia: Planetary matters of the mind
Melancholia Review

Kirsten Dunst in Lars von Trier's Melancholia, showing Sunday 19th August on SBS

Night Will Fall
3:35AM, SBS

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: André Singer
Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Jasper Britton, Toby Haggith, Sidney Bernstein, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder
What's it about?
Tells the story of the liberation of the Nazi Concentration camps. Using remarkable archive footage and testimony from both survivors and liberators, it reveals the efforts made to document the almost unbelievable scenes that the allies encountered on Liberation. The film explores how a team of top filmmakers, including Sidney Bernstein, Richard Crossman and Alfred Hitchcock came together to make a film to provide undeniable evidence of what the allies found. 

WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY

The Phantom Tollbooth
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

G
USA, 1970
Genre: Fantasy, Animation, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Abe Levitow, David Monahan, Chuck Jones
Starring: Butch Patrick, Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, Candy Candido, Hans Conried, June Foray
What's it about?
Based upon the children's adventure novel by Norton Juster, this tells the story of a bored young boy named Milo. Unexpectedly receiving a magic tollbooth and, having nothing better to do, Milo drives through it and enters a kingdom in turmoil following the loss of it's princesses, Rhyme and Reason.

Bram Stoker's Dracula
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1992
Genre: Romance, Horror
Language: Latin, Romanian, Bulgarian, Greek, English
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Richard E. Grant, Sadie Frost, Cary Elwes, Tom Waits, Monica Bellucci
What's it about?
When Dracula leaves the captive Jonathan Harker and Transylvania for London in search of Mina Harker -- the spitting image of Dracula's long-dead wife, Elisabeta -- obsessed vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing sets out to end the madness.

Here I Am

9:30PM, NITV

M
Australia, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Beck Cole
Starring: Shai Pittman, Pauline Whyman, Marcia Langton, Bruce Carter
What's it about?
Fresh out of prison, Karen (Shai Pittman), a beautiful, young Aboriginal woman, finds herself stuck on the streets. She finds sanctuary at a shelter for Aboriginal women where she begins the painful journey of reconnecting with her estranged mother and her young daughter. Cinematography by Warwick Thornton (director of Samson and Delilah and Sweet Country).

Here I Am Review

Night of the Creeps
10:55PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1986
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Fred Dekker
Starring: Bruce Solomon, David Paymer, Suzanne Snyder, Tom Atkins, Dick Miller
What's it about?
Johnny and his girlfriend Pam, the perfect couple, are enjoying Lover's Lane one evening in 1959 when suddenly Johnny's attention is diverted to an evil light. He leaves to explore it, never to return again. Twenty-seven years later, when two college boys, Chris and J.C., pledge a tempestuous fraternity, they encounter Johnny's frozen body. When life returns to Johnny's corpse, a reign of terror begins as the mysterious creeps leave his brain, permeating the bodies of other frat boys and sorority girls, making zombies of their prey. 

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
1:55AM, SBS

M
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?
A legendary classic mythology based on the famous 'four’, Xuan Zang, Sun Wukong (widely known as 'Monkey King’), Pig demon and Water demon. The story tells of how Xuan Zang tames his three disciples and the four embark on a journey to the west to repent for their sins and in search of the Buddhist Sutra and enlightenment. They are however faced with numerous challenges with fighting all kinds of demons & temptations. 

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons Review

THURSDAY 25 JANUARY

The Secret of Kells
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
Belgium, France, Ireland, 2009
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey
Starring: Evan McGuire, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Hourican, Mick Lally, Michael McGrath
What's it about?
Adventure awaits 12-year-old Brendan who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells. In order to finish Brother Aiden's book, Brendan must overcome his deepest fears on a secret quest that will take him beyond the abbey walls and into the enchanted forest where dangerous mythical creatures hide. Will Brendan succeed in his quest? Oscar-nominated in 2010 for Best Animated Feature.

We Don't Need a Map
8:00PM, NITV

M
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 (Samson and Delilah, Sweet Country) investigates our relationship to the Southern Cross, in this fun and thought-provoking ride through Australia's cultural and political landscape. He takes us on a journey through this five-star constellation's astronomical, colonial and Indigenous history to the present day. For Aboriginal people the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual. By contrast, the star-adorned Eureka Flag was emblematic of protest and defiance, a quality that caused it to be adopted by activists, and lately, the darker side of Australian nationalism.

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

Samson and Delilah
9:30PM, NITV

MA15+
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Aboriginal
Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson
What's it about?
Samson and Delilah's world is small - an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes, they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, unwanted and alone they discover that life isn't always fair, but love never judges. Winner of the Camera D'or (best debut feature) at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and regularly cited as one of the greatest Australian films of all time.

Samson And Delilah: a symbol of things to come
Samson and Delilah Review

The Lunchbox
12:00AM, SBS

PG
India, France, Germany, 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Hindi
Director: Ritesh Batra
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
What's it about?
Lonely housewife Ila (Nimrat Kaur) decides to try adding some spice to her stale marriage by preparing a special lunch for her neglectful husband. Unfortunately, the delivery winds up in the hands of Saajan (Irrfan Khan), an irritable widower. Curious about her husband's response, Ila adds a note to the next day's lunchbox, and thus begins an unusual friendship in which Saajan and Ila can talk about their joys and sorrows without ever meeting in person. 

Irrfan Khan opens up about The Lunchbox, love letters and his favourite foods (interview)
The Lunchbox Review

FRIDAY 26 JANUARY

Anne of Green Gables
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

G
Canada, 2016
Genre: Drama, Family, TV Movie
Language: English
Director: John Kent Harrison
Starring: Ella Ballentine, Sara Botsford, Martin Sheen, Julia Lalonde, Zoe Fraser, Kyle Gatehouse
What's it about?
Anne (Ella Ballentine) is an 11 year-old girl in need of attention and affection – having lived much of her young life in orphanages and strangers’ homes. But when she is offered the chance to join a family on Prince Edward Island, she takes up the opportunity with a big heart and all the optimism she can muster. With noble aspirations to become a teacher, Anne sets out to truly show the world what she is made of.

Jedda
5:00PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 1955
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Language: English
Director: Charles Chauvel
Starring: Ngarla Kunoth, Robert Tudawali, Betty Suttor, Paul Reynall, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
What's it about?
An aboriginal girl is brought up by a white family that adopts her. As a young woman, she is mysteriously drawn to go "Walkabout" as people of her tribe have for hundreds of years. Jedda became the first Australian film to play at the Cannes Film Festival.

Zach's Ceremony
7:30PM, NITV

Australia, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Aaron Petersen
Starring: Alec Doomadgee, Zachariah Doomadgee
What's it about?
Growing up isn't easy, especially for Zach who is rapidly making the transition from boyhood to manhood, in both the modern world and his ancient culture. Filmed over 10 years, this documentary follows Zach's loving, but often volatile relationship with his father.

Zach's Ceremony: How a young indigenous man bridged worlds

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
8:30PM, SBS

PG
New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, 
What's it about?
This New Zealand adventure comedy-drama film written and directed by Taika Waititi (Boy, Thor Ragnarok) follows Ricky, a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure. 

Hunt for the Wilderpeople: Interview with Sam Neill
Hunt for the Wilderpeople review: Superbly written, beautifully performed and quite frankly hilarious

Only Lovers Left Alive
11:50PM, SBS

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Anton Yelchin, Mia Wasikowska, Jeffrey Wright
What's it about?
Underground musician Adam (Tom Hiddleston) reunites with his lover for centuries (Tilda Swinton) after he becomes depressed and tired with the direction human society has taken. Their love is interrupted and tested by her wild and uncontrollable little sister (Mia Wasikowska). From US indie film legend Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man, Night on Earth).

Tilda Swinton interview: Only Lovers Left Alive
Only Lovers Left Alive Review

SATURDAY 27 JANUARY

X+Y
9:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
UK, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Morgan Matthews
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins, Jo Yang
What's it about?
A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad. Struggling to build relationships with others, he develops a budding friendship with a younger girl (Jo Yang) who is also competing. 

Brooklyn
9:30PM, SBS

M
Ireland, Canada, 2015
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: John Crowley
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Emily Bett Rickards, Nora-Jane Noone
What's it about?
An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Nick Hornby, from the novel by Colm Tóibín.)

Watch: Saoirse Ronan gets stuck in a love triangle in the 'Brooklyn' trailer

Peggy Sue Got Married
11:10PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1986
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Kathleen Turner, Sofia Coppola, Jim Carrey, Joan Allen, Helen Hunt
What's it about?
Peggy Sue Bodell attends her 25-year high school reunion after separating from her cheating husband, Charlie. She regrets the decisions she has made in her life, such as getting pregnant by Charlie in high school. When she faints at the reunion, she wakes up in 1960… and is given the chance to relive her life. Nominated for 3 Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Kathleen Turner), Cinematography and Costume Design.

Drive
11:30PM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 2011
Genre: Action, Drama
Language: English
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Oscar Isaac, Christina Hendricks
What's it about?
A Hollywood stunt driver (Ryan Gosling) by day moonlights as a top-notch getaway driver-for-hire in the criminal underworld. He finds himself a target for some of LA's most dangerous men after agreeing to aid the husband of his beautiful neighbour, Irene (Carey Mulligan). When the job goes dangerously awry, the only way he can keep Irene and her son alive is to do what he does best: drive. The breakthrough Hollywood film for cult Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (the Pusher trilogy, Valhalla Rising).

Why You Should Watch: Drive

We Are the Night
1:25AM, SBS

MA15+
Germany, 2010
Genre: Horror
Language: German
Director: Dennis Gansel
Starring: Jennifer Ulrich, Karoline Herfurth, Nina Hoss
What's it about?
Lena (Karoline Herfurth) makes her money being a petty thief in Berlin. On one of her nightly runs through an underground club, she meets 250-year-old Louise (Nina Hoss) who is the leader of a female vampire pack with Nora (Anna Fischer) and Charolette (Jennifer Ulrich). Louise has been searching for centuries for her missing love and believing it to be Lena, bites her and transforms her into a vampire. As a new vampire, Lena takes time to adjust to the freedom and the endless thirst.

Rock the Casbah
3:15AM, SBS

M
France, Israel, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Hebrew
Director: Yariv Horowitz
Starring: Henry David, Yon Tumarkin, Yotam Ishay, Roy Nik, Iftach Rave
What's it about?
This film depicts a harsh reality from a human perspective, portraying the individuals literally caught in the crossfire of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. Set in 1989, during the first intifada, the film follows Tomer (Yon Tumarkin), one of four Israeli soldiers posted on the roof of a Palestinian home in Gaza, after one of their comrades has been killed in the neighbourhood.

SUNDAY 28 JANUARY

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
8:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Gibney
Starring: Alex Gibney, Paul Haggis, Jason Beghe
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

Salute
8:30PM, NITV

PG
Australia, USA, 2008
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Matt Norman
What's it about?
The black power salute by Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico Olympics was an iconic moment in the US civil rights struggle. Far less known is the part in that episode in history played by Peter Norman, the white Australian on the podium who had run second – and the price paid afterward by all three athletes.

Last Days of Solitary
10:40PM, SBS

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Lauren Mucciolo, Daniel Edge
What's it about?
In 2011, Maine State Prison launched a pioneering reform program to scale back its use of solitary confinement. Bafta and Emmy-winning film-maker Dan Edge and his co-director Lauren Mucciolo were given unprecedented access to the solitary unit - and filmed there for more than three years. The result is an extraordinary and harrowing portrait of life in solitary - and a unique document of a radical and risky experiment to reform a prison. The US is the world leader in solitary confinement. More than 80,000 American prisoners live in isolation, some have been there for years, even decades. Solitary is proven to cause mental illness, it is expensive, and it is condemned by many as torture. And yet for decades, it has been one of the central planks of the American criminal justice system.

Attila Marcel
1:15AM, SBS

M
France, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: French
Director: Sylvain Chomet
Starring: Guillaume Gouix, Anne Le Ny, Bernadette Lafont
What's it about?
Oscar-nominated director Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville, The Illusionist) makes his live-action debut in this effervescent, musical, candy-coloured charmer about a mute piano prodigy unlocking his repressed childhood memories. Thirty-something Paul lives a sheltered, shy existence. He spends his days playing piano and being taken care of by his two overbearing aunts. But when an eccentric neighbour offers Paul a hallucinogenic herbal brew, he unlocks his buried childhood memories and the great mystery of his life: what really happened to his parents.

The Unknown Known
3:10AM, SBS

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Errol Morris
Starring: Kenn Medeiros, Donald Rumsfeld, Errol Morris
What's it about?
As the US Secretary of Defense from 2001 to 2006, Donald Rumsfeld wielded words both to charm and to bully. His press conferences were lopsided battles where he controlled the flow of information and rarely left time for follow-up questions. In The Unknown Known, he sits down for an extended interview with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War) covering topics from Iraq, Abu Ghraib and torture.

'The Unknown Known tries to decipher a 'sea of words'
The Unknown Known Review