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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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5 Feb 2018 - 12:43 PM  UPDATED 5 Feb 2018 - 12:43 PM

Monday 5 February

Angry Inuk
11:30AM, 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 Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins her fellow Inuit activists as they challenge outdated perceptions of Inuit and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.

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, J.K. Simmons
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.

My Beautiful Laundrette
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 1985
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Roshan Seth, Saeed Jaffrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Derrick Branche, Rita Wolf, Gordon Warnecke
What's it about?
In Thatcher's Britain, an ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat. Nominated for an Academy Award in 1987 for Best Writing (Hanif Kureishi). 

La Cage Aux Folles
10:20PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 1978
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Édouard Molinaro
Starring: Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Claire Maurier, Rémi Laurent, Carmen Scarpitta, Benny Luke, Luisa Maneri
What's it about?
Two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men announces he is getting married. They try conceal their lifestyle and their ownership of the transvestite club downstairs when the fiancée and her parents come for dinner. This much-loved French comedy was nominated for three Oscars in 1980 (including Best Director, Best Writing and Best Costumer Design) and remade in 1996 as the Hollywood smash hit The Birdcage.

Macbeth
11:30PM, SBS

MA15+
Australia, 2015
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English
Director: Justin Kurzel
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Michael Fassbender
What's it about?
Justin Kurzel's (Snowtown) adaptation of the Shakespeare play, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2015.

Macbeth review: Fassbender and Cotillard in a fearsomely visceral rendition

Tuesday 6 February

Krull
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
Spain, UK, Italy, USA, 1983
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Peter Yates
Starring: Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Francesca Annis, Alun Armstrong, David Battley, Bernard Bresslaw
What's it about?
A prince and a fellowship of companions set out to rescue his bride from a fortress of alien invaders who have arrived on their home planet. From Peter Yates, director of Bullitt and Breaking Away.

Monsieur Lazhar
12:55AM, SBS

M
Canada, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Philippe Falardeau
Starring: Danielle Proulx, Émilien Néron, Sophie Nélisse, Mohamed Saïd Fellag
What's it about?
At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed. Nominated for a 2012 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, and winner of the Audience Award at the 2012 Sydney Film Festival. 

Monsieur Lazhar Review

Prophet's Prey
2:35AM, SBS

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Crime, documentary
Language: English
Director: Amy Berg
Starring: Sam Brower, Nick Cave, Andrew Chatwin, Lori Chatwin
What's it about?
From critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning and Oscar nominated documentary filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil), Prophet's Prey examines Fundamentalist Church leader Warren Jeffs' life to show how he seized control of people's lives, at the head of an organisation worth hundreds of millions of dollars. 

Wednesday 7 February

Lula, The Son of Brazil
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Brazil, 2009
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: Portuguese
Director: Fábio Barreto, Marcelo Santiago
Starring: Rui Ricardo Diaz, Glória Pires, Juliana Baroni
What's it about?
This colourful and deeply moving film is the story of the early years of Brazil’s most beloved President, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva. Born into extreme poverty, Lula was guided by a strong mother who was determined to give her children a good life. He grew up to become a full-fledged member of the union who found his way into politics. However an intense personal tragedy involving his wife and unborn child gave him the courage and ambition to become one of Brazil’s most iconic leaders.

The Room
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2003
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Tommy Wiseau
Starring: Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle, Greg Sestero, Philip Haldiman, Carolyn Minnott, Robyn Paris
What's it about?
Uninhibited by cinematic convention, this so-bad-it's-good cult favourite about lust and duplicity delivers nonstop laughs from beginning to end as the film's central character (writer-director Tommy Wiseau) discovers that his foxy fiancée, Lisa (Juliette Danielle), is bedding his best friend. Adding to the hilarity are Greg Sestero, who plays the backstabbing buddy, and Carolyn Minnott as Lisa's materialistic mum. The legendary story of the film's making was the subject of the recent Oscar-nominated film The Disaster Artist, starring James Franco as Wiseau.

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
9:30PM, NITV (repeats Wednesday Feb 8th, 12:00PM)

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Deborah S. Esquenazi
What's it about?
In 1994, four women were accused, tried, and convicted of the heinous sexual assault of two young girls—as one newscaster puts it, “the modern version of the witchcraft trials.” Twenty years later, the four women have maintained their innocence, insisting that the accusations were entirely fabricated, and borne of homophobic prejudice and a late-’90s mania about covens, cults, and child abuse.

Troll 2
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1990
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Claudio Fragasso
Starring: Michael Stephenson, George Hardy, Margo Prey, Connie Young, Robert Ormsby, Deborah Reed
What's it about?
Disguised as friendly country folk, a pugnacious posse of people-eating trolls lures visitors to their town. But a family of four is about to discover this place is a real tourist trap - and now, the no-good gnomes must be destroyed before the family gets flambéed - and the world becomes a buffet in this feeding frenzy of fear! Like The Room, this film (a barely-related sequel to a forgotten 1986 horror-fantasy) is another legendary 'so-bad-it's-good' cult favourite.

Sorrow and Joy
12:20AM, SBS

M
Denmark, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: Danish
Director: Nils Malmros
Starring: Jakob Cedergren, Helle Fagralid, Nicolas Bro, Ida Dwinger, Søren Pilmark, Kristian Halken, Helle Hertz
What's it about?
Filmmaker Johannes and his wife, schoolteacher Signe, experience the biggest sorrow and misfortune one can ever imagine. Nevertheless, in all the hopelessness they must try to reach for mutual and mature love in order to continue life after death. An autobiographical film from celebrated Danish auteur Nils Malmros (The Tree of Knowledge). 

Thursday 8 February

The Round Up
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2010
Genre: Drama, History
Language: French, German, Yiddish
Director: Rose Bosch
Starring: Jean Reno, Anne Brochet, Sylvie Testud, Gad Elmaleh, Mélanie Laurent, Joseph Weismann
What's it about?
In picturesque Montmartre in 1942, three children wearing a yellow star play in the streets, oblivious to the darkness spreading over Nazi-occupied France. Their parents do not seem too concerned either, somehow putting their trust in the Vichy Government. But beyond this view, much is going on. Hitler has demanded that the French government round up its Jews and put them on trains for the extermination camps in the east.

The Round Up: Rose Bosch interview
The Round Up Review

Reel Injun
9:00PM, NITV (repeats Friday Feb 10th, 12:00PM)

M
Canada, 2009
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, Jeremiah Hayes
What's it about?
A feature-documentary that takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema. Featuring interviews with film industry luminaries such as Sacheen Littlefeather, Zacharias Kunuk, Clint Eastwood, Adam Beach, Jim Jarmusch, Robbie Robertson, Russell Means, Wes Studi, and scholars Angela Aleiss and Melinda Micco.

Empire of Dirt
10:30PM, NITV

M
Canada, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Peter Stebbings
Starring: Luke Kirby, Jordan Prentice, Jennifer Podemski, Cara Gee, Shay Eyre, Michael Cram
What's it about?
Three generations of women take centre stage as family drama and past mistakes are unearthed. A single mother struggles to make ends meet, determined that her daughter will not follow in her footsteps.

Cesar Chavez
12:05AM, SBS

M
Mexico, USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Diego Luna
Starring: Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, John Malkovich, Gabriel Mann, Jacob Vargas, Lisa Brenner
What's it about?
Chronicling the birth of a modern American labour movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labour organiser torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Passionate but soft-spoken, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to working people.

Friday 9 February

Whiskey with Vodka
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Germany, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: German
Director: Andreas Dresen
Starring: Corinna Harfouch, Henry Hübchen, Sylvester Groth, Markus Hering, Tilo Prückner, Valery Tscheplanowa
What's it about?
Otto Kullberg is an over-the-hill actor and his drinking threatens to ruin his latest film. The novice director, desperate to make sure the film gets finished, hires a stand-in for Otto. But the tension on set continues to rise. Nominated for two German Film Awards in 2010, including Best Screenplay.

Nightcrawler
9:30PM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Dan Gilroy
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed
What's it about?
Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is an ambitious young man desperate to forge himself a career in L.A. crime journalism. He soon immerses himself in the nocturnal underbelly of Los Angeles and joins a group of freelance camera crews who are always on the lookout for crashes, fires and murders to film. Aided by Nina (Rene Russo), a veteran of local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Nominated for a 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Jake Gyllenhaal Wrecked Himself for Nightcrawler, and Here’s Why
Nightcrawler Review

Under the Skin
12:05AM, SBS

MA15+
UK, 2013
Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Paul Brannigan, Adam Pearson
What's it about?
An alien in the guise of a seductive woman (Scarlett Johansson) prowls the streets of Glasgow in search of prey - unsuspecting men who fall under her spell. The victims are then stripped and consumed. However, existence in all its complexity begin to change the alien visitor. Directed by Jonathan Glazer, the film was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best British Film in 2015.

Under the Skin: Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Glazer interview

Saturday 10 February

Hi-Ho Mistahey!
12:00PM, 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.

Bone Tomahawk
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Western, Horror
Language: English
Director: S. Craig Zahler
Starring: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, David Arquette, Sid Haig
What's it about?
When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt, sets out to bring them home. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission - and survival itself - in serious jeopardy. 

Kurt Russell stars in the 2015 western-horror hybrid Bone Tomahawk, showing this Wednesday 27th March at 8:35PM

Escape from New York
11:05PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1981
Genre: Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Adrienne Barbeau, Lee Van Cleef
What's it about?
In a dystopian 1997, Manhattan has been transformed into the New York Maximum Security Penitentiary, where criminals are sent in life sentences. Grabbing a bargaining chip right out of the air, convicts bring down the President's plane in bad old Gotham. Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell), a one-eyed lone warrior new to prison life, is coerced into bringing the President and his cargo out of this land of undesirables.

Robert Rodriguez being considered to direct the 'Escape from New York' reboot

Sunday 11 February

Jiro Dreams of Sushi
7:30PM, FOOD NETWORK

PG
USA, 2011
Genre: Documentary
Language: Japanese
Director: David Gelb
Starring: Yamamoto Masuhiro, Takashi Ono, Yoshikazu Ono, Jiro Ono
What's it about?
Jiro Ono is the oldest chef in the world to be awarded three Michelin stars, and at 85 remains monomaniacally devoted to his craft. With his tiny 10-seater Tokyo sushi restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, receiving notice from culinary connoisseurs around the world, his unyielding dedication to quality, consistency and perfection continues to produce some of the world's most exquisite sushi.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi: David Gelb interview
Jiro Dreams of Sushi Review

Atlantis Rising
8:30PM, SBS

G
Canada, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Simcha Jacobovici
What's it about?
For thousands of years, the legend of Atlantis has fascinated the public and the historical community alike. There is plenty of controversy surrounding its existence and whether or not there was ever any evidence of it to begin with. Atlantis Rising follows executive producer and Oscar-winner James Cameron; filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici; and a group of archaeologists, scientists and historians as they set out to search for the true ‘Atlantean’ civilisation and for a possible location for the lost city itself.

I Am Not Your Negro
8:30PM, NITV

M
Belgium, France, USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Raoul Peck
What's it about?
Based on Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House - a stirring, personal account of the lives and deaths of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. - acclaimed director Raoul Peck creates a meditation on what it means to be Black in the United States, using meticulously assembled archival footage and driven by stirring voiceover narration from Samuel L. Jackson. Nominated for Best Documentary at the 2016 Academy Awards.

Documentary 'I Am Not Your Negro' proves writer James Baldwin's views on racism in America are as relevant as ever

Room 237
11:15PM, SBS

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Documentary
Language: English 
Director: Rodney Ascher
What's it about?
Many cult movies have devout followers, bizarre interpretations and conspiracy theories surrounding them - but none more than Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. This documentary speaks to the fanatics who think they have decoded the hidden symbols and messages apparently buried in the iconic horror film. Meticulously examining the original film, this program explores if there is any truth to the far-fetched theories behind Kubrick’s film. 

Room 237 Review

The Black Balloon
1:05AM, SBS

M
Australia, 2008
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Elissa Down
Starring: Toni Collette, Luke Ford, Gemma Ward, Rhys Wakefield
What's it about?
This comedy drama follows the travails of a suburban Aussie family, and in particular the struggles of teenager Thomas (Rhys Wakefield), who is largely responsible for the care of his autistic brother, Charlie (Luke Ford). Winner of six 2008 Australian Film Institute awards, including Best Film.

The Black Balloon Review