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

29 Jan 2018 - 8:56 AM  UPDATED 29 Jan 2018 - 1:59 PM

Monday 29 January

Apart Together
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
China, 2010 
Genre: Drama
Language: Chinese
Director: Quan'an Wang
Starring: Lisa Lu, Feng Ling, Cai-gen Xu
What's it about?
Liu returns to his native city Shanghai after 50 years spent in Taiwan. He has come to find the first love of his life, Qiao, who he left behind pregnant. In the meantime, Qiao has married and built a family. But Liu is determined to get the family’s approval to take her away with him.

Salute
12:00PM, 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.

Lovelace
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: English
Director: Jeffrey Friedman, Rob Epstein
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, James Franco, Eric Roberts, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Noth, Juno Temple, Robert Patrick, Debi Mazar, Hank Azaria, Wes Bentley, Sharon Stone
What's it about?
Deep Throat, the first pornographic feature film to be a mainstream success, was an international sensation in 1972 and made its star, Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried), a media darling. Years later the 'poster girl for the sexual revolution' revealed a darker side to her story.

Lovelace: interview
A double dose of Linda Lovelace?
Lovelace Review

24 Hour Party People
10:10PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2002
Genre: Drama, Biography, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: John Thomson, Steve Coogan, Shirley Henderson, Paddy Considine, Andy Serkis
What's it about?
Cambridge educated Granada TV presenter, Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan) is one of a handful of people attending an early Sex Pistols gig in Manchester in 1976. Inspired by this moment in rock history, he and some friends set up a unique record label, Factory Records, which signs a declaration in blood; it shall not bind its artists nor own their works. They sign up Joy Division (who go on to become New Order), and then come Happy Mondays. Wilson and co also open the most ambitious dance club ever, The Hacienda. It’s popular, but loses money in large quantities. By November 1992, the party’s over.  

24 Hour Party People is consistently amusing.

Hero
11:35PM, SBS

M
Hong Kong, 2004
Genre: Action, Adventure, Martial Arts
Language: Mandarin
Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang
What's it about?
An epic tale of love, jealousy and betrayal from director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers), based on events in China in the third century BC. The ruthless King (Chen Daoming) of Qin is a marked man. He has survived many attempts on his life, but he enlists an orphaned warrior to defeat the three master assassins that have been dispatched by the King's rivals, and who represent the biggest threat yet: Broken Sword (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung) and Sky (Donnie Yen).

Tuesday 30 January

Gameplay
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Richard Goldgewicht
Starring: Nolan Bushnell, David Crane, Todd Howard, Eric Lindstrom
What's it about?
From Super Mario Karts to Lara Croft: Tomb Raider to Grand Auto Theft, video games have come a long way since their humble beginning in the early 1970s. In an industry which is worth nearly 100 billion dollars, what is it about video games which have been so captivating and consuming? This feature documentary explores the history of videogames; from its technology origins, to the birth of the arcade games - from Pong to Pac Man to Doom - this feature documentary chronicles the remarkable story of the fastest evolving new media of all time.

A Better Life
1:05AM, SBS

M
France, 2011
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.

Dirty Wolves
3:05AM, SBS

M
Belgium, Spain, 2015
Genre: Drama, History
Language: German, Spanish
Director: Simón Casal
Starring: Manuela Vellés, Isak Férriz, Marian Álvarez, Rosa Álvarez, Thomas Coumans, Ricardo de Barreiro
What's it about?
It's 1942 and Manuela, a single mother, works in the wolfarm mines in rural Galica. The mines are run by Nazi Germany and the Allies are eager to make sure the strategic metal does not reach German factories. When some of the miners plan a revolt against Franco's military men and the Nazis, and her sister start helping Jews cross the border into Portugal, Manuela must decide how long she can remain neutral in a time of war. 

 Wednesday 31 January

A Brony Tale
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

G
New Zealand, Canada, USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Brent Hodge
Starring: Ashleigh Ball, Mike Bernstein, Jordan Downs, Patrick Edwards, Andrea Libman, Bryan Mischke
What's it about?
Vancouver-based voice artist Ashleigh Ball has been the voice of numerous characters in classic cartoons such as Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, Cinderella and more. When Ashleigh was hired to voice Apple Jack and Rainbow Dash for Hasbro's fourth series to use the My Little Pony name - My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic - she had no idea she would become an Internet phenomenon and major celebrity to a worldwide fan-base of grownups. Bronies are united by their belief in the show's philosophy. This documentary gives an inside view of the Pony fan-world, and an intimate look at the courage it takes to just be yourself.

Wer
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Language: English
Director: William Brent Bell
Starring: A.J. Cook, Sebastian Roché, Vik Sahay, Stephanie Lemelin, Oaklee Pendergast
What's it about?
Defense attorney Kate (A.J. Cook) is called to defend Talan Gwynek (Brian Scott O'Connor), after he is charged with the murders of a vacationing family. She learns that he is a werewolf who is capable of the slayings. Talan then escapes from his imprisonment into the city of Lyon, France.

Wolf
10:15PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 1994
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
Language: English
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader, Richard Jenkins, Christopher Plummer, Om Puri
What's it about?
Jack Nicholson stars as Will Randall, the chief editor at a New York City publishing firm, who finds himself bitten by a wolf in rural Vermont. Randall discovers he's been fired and replaced by Stewart Swinton (James Spader), a vicious young executive. As Randall struggles to regain his position, he becomes enthralled with Laura Alden (Michelle Pfeiffer), his former boss's daughter. As increasingly animal-like urges begin to overwhelm him, Randall worries he might be a warewolf.

Interview with director Mike Nichols of Wolf. The Movie Show Episode 28 1994

The Idol
12:05AM, SBS

M
Palestine, 2015

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Arabic
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Starring: Tawfeek Barhom, Kais Attalah, Hiba Attalah, Ahmad Qasem, Abdel Kareem Barakeh, Teya Hussein
What's it about?
Mohammed Assaf, an aspiring musician living in Gaza, sets a seemingly impossible goal: to compete on the program "Arab Idol." From the director of the Academy Award-nominated Omar (2013) and Paradise Now (2005).

Tangerines
1:55AM, SBS

MA15+
Estonia, Georgia, 2013
Genre: Drama, War
Language: Russian, Georgian, Estonian
Director: Zaza Urushadze
Starring: Misha Meskhi, Giorgi Nakashidze, Elmo Nüganen
What's it about?
In 1992, during the war in Georgia, Apkhazeti region. Local Apkhazians are fighting to break free from Georgia. In a deserted Estonian village between the mountains, only two men have remained: Ivo (Lembit Ulfsak) and Margus (Elmo Nüganen), but Margus has decided to leave as soon as he has harvested his crops of tangerines. When two soldiers are wounded during a conflict in the village, Ivo takes them in his house. The problem is that the two soldiers are from opposite sides of the war: Ahmed (Giorgi Nakashidze) is a Chechen soldier, while Niko (Mikheil Meskhi) fights for the Georgian side. Will they will be able to live temporarily side by side while recovering without killing each other? A 2015 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

Thursday 1 February

Rosewood
9:00PM, NITV

MA15+
USA, 1997
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: John Singleton
Starring: Robert Patrick, Jon Voight, Michael Rooker, Bruce McGill, Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames, Mark Boone Junior
What's it about?
In 1923, predominantly black Rosewood, Florida, is razed by an enraged mob when a white woman lies, saying a black man attacked her. But even at the height of the senseless massacre, a white shopkeeper and a black war veteran heroically rescue women and children. A train that runs through Rosewood is commandeered in the middle of the disaster to carry them to safety. Based on a true story, from director John Singleton (Boyz n tha Hood).

The Other Son
12:00AM, SBS

M
France, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Lorraine Levy
Starring: Jules Sitruk, Mehdi Dehbi, Emmanuelle Devos, Pascal Elbé
What's it about?
While preparing to carry out his military service for the Israeli army, Joseph (Jules Sitruk) discovers that he was switched at birth with Yacine (Mehdi Dehbi) who has been raised by Joseph’s real parents - who are Palestinian. The revelation causes turmoil in both families and forces them to examine their identities, values and beliefs. 

The Other Son review: An identity tale told with true passion

Friday 2 February

Frost/Nixon
9:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2008
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon
What's it about?
The story of the battle of wills between the world’s most powerful man, Richard Nixon, and the journalist who attempted to extract the truth behind the most famous political scandal of all time. Nominated for five 2008 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Frank Langella) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Frost/Nixon Review

Fado
12:10AM, SBS

M
Portugal, Germany, 2016
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Language: English, German, Portuguese
Director: Jonas Rothlaender
Starring: Golo Euler, Luise Heyer, Albano Jerónimo, Pirjo Lonka, Isabel Abreu, Duarte Grilo, Suzana Borges
What's it about?
The mysteriously familiar face of a deceased young woman shakes young surgeon Fabian out of his lethargy. On a whim, he leaves Berlin for Portugal, determined to win back his former girlfriend Doro, who works at an architectural company in Lisbon.

Saturday 3 February

Jane Got a Gun
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Language: English
Director: Gavin O'Connor
Starring: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor, Noah Emmerich, Boyd Holbrook, Nash Edgerton
What's it about?
After her outlaw husband returns home shot with eight bullets and barely alive, Jane reluctantly reaches out to an ex-lover who she hasn't seen in over ten years to help her defend her farm when the time comes that her husband's gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job.

The Thing
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1982
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T. K. Carter, Keith David, Keith David, Richard Dysart
What's it about?
U.S. Outpost #31, Antarctica, 1982 – Twelve men are commissioned to gather physical and natural science data. It is the dead of winter. With six months of darkness ahead of them, they uncover the find of the century. Of a thousand centuries. If only they could put it back. A critical and commercial failure upon its original release, this adaptation of John W. Campbell Jr's short story "Who Goes There?" is now regarded as one of the canonical films of the horror genre and one of the greatest achievements of legendary director John Carpenter (Halloween, Assault on Precinct 13, They Live).

Sunday 4 February

Angry Inuk
8:30PM, NITV

M
Canada, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: Inuktitut
Director: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
What's it about?
With selfies and social media, a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit is wading into the world of activism, using humour and reason to confront aggressive animal rights vitriol and defend their traditional hunting practices. Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins her fellow Inuit activists as they challenge outdated perceptions of Inuit and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.

Bodkin Ras
11:30PM, SBS

MA15+
Netherlands, UK, 2017
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Language: English
Director: Kaweh Modiri
Starring: Sohrab Bayat
What's it about?
A hybrid documentary in which an outsider on the run enters a small Scottish town with hopes of keeping his head down. Sohrab Bayat plays the title role, but he is the only actor. The other characters are inhabitants of Forres, who play themselves and whose striking life stories are incorporated into the script. 

We Are Young. We Are Strong.
12:55AM, SBS

MA15+
Germany, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Vietnamese, German
Director: Burhan Qurbani
Starring: Devid Striesow, Jonas Nay, Trang Le Hong, Joel Basman, Saskia Rosendahl, Thorsten Merten
What's it about?
On 24th August 1992 in the eastern German city of Rostock a rampaging mob, to the applause and cheering of more than 3,000 bystanders, besieged and set fire to a residential building containing, among others, more than 120 Vietnamese men, women and children on what has since become known as "The Night of the Fire." The riots became a symbol for xenophobia in the just recently reunited Germany. This film recounts the incident from the perspectives of three very different characters.

Poligamy
1:10AM, SBS VICELAND

M
Hungary, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: Hungarian
Director: Dénes Orosz
Starring: Sándor Csányi, Kátya Tompos, Béla Mészáros
What's it about?
Andras, a struggling screenwriter, is head-over-heels in love with his girlfriend Lilla. But one morning he wakes up to discover a totally different woman in his bed – who claims to be Lilla! Week after week a different woman wakes up next to Andras, all claiming to have been his girlfriend for years and to be carrying his child. Are the new ladies are a dream come true, or an inescapable nightmare?