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

9 Feb 2018 - 3:20 PM  UPDATED 16 Feb 2018 - 3:17 PM

MONDAY 12 FEBRUARY 

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.

I Am Not Your Negro
12:00PM, 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

Holding the Man
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Australia, 2015

Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Neil Armfield
Starring: Ryan Corr, Craig Stott, Guy Pearce, Sarah Snook, Anthony LaPaglia
What's it about?
Based on the much-loved and hugely successful memoir and stage play of the same name, Holding the Man is the warm, funny and achingly sad story of the 15-year-long love affair between Timothy Conigrave and the boy he fell in love with at high school, John Caleo. The course of teenage love rarely runs smooth, but this is especially true when you're secretly gay in an Aussie all-male school in the 1970s, and entranced by the captain of the football team. 

Neil Armfield on 'Holding The Man', and how it can fly the flag for marriage equality (Interview)

Beginners
10:55PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Mike Mills
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent
What's it about?
Explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (Ewan McGregor), who meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna (Mélanie Laurent) only months after his father Hal (Christopher Plummer) has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who – following 44 years of marriage – came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energised, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life. The upheavals of Hal’s new honesty, by turns funny and moving, brought father and son closer than they’d ever been able to be. Now Oliver endeavors to love Anna with all the bravery, humor, and hope that his father taught him. Winner of the 2011 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer).

Beginners Review
Interview with director Mike Mills (Video)

Dangerous Liaisons
11:30PM, SBS

M
China, 2012
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Language: Mandarin
Director: Jin-ho Hur
Starring: Cecilia Cheung, Dong-gun Jang, Ziyi Zhang
What's it about?
Entrepreneur and libertine Mo Jieyu (Cecilia Cheung) strikes a deal with her ex-lover, the devastatingly handsome playboy Xie Yifan (Jang Dong-gun). Mo’s most recent tycoon lover has dropped her for a young virginal schoolgirl. If Xie takes the girl’s virginity, he'll make a laughing stock out of the tycoon – and Miss Mo will give herself to Xie. But Xie has his eyes on a different prize – the virtuous widow Du Fenyu (Zhang Ziyi).

Dangerous Liaisons: Hur Jin-ho, Ziyi Zhang and Jang Dong-gun
Dangerous Liaisons Review

TUESDAY 13 FEBRUARY

Salami Aleikum
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

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.

Biutiful
12:55AM, SBS

MA15+
Spain, Mexico, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring: Javier Bardem, Eduard Fernández, Maricel Alvarez
What's it about?
This is the journey of Uxbal (Javier Bardem, in an Oscar-nominated performance), a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona. As fate encircles him and thresholds are crossed, a dim, redemptive road brightens, illuminating the inheritances bestowed from father to child, and the paternal guiding hand that navigates life’s corridors, whether bright, bad – or biutiful. From two-time Academy Award-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu (BirdmanThe Revenant).

Bardem plays Biutiful on and off-screen
Biutiful Review

WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY 

The Recipe
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
South Korea, 2010
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Anna Lee
Starring: Seong-ha Jo, Dong-Wook Lee, Yu-won Lee, Seung-yong Ryoo
What's it about?
A prisoner waiting on death row has one final request: a bowl of spicy bean stew from a small isolated restaurant in the forests of South Korea. It’s alleged that everyone who tries the magical dish is instantly comforted and soothed. A television reporter hears about the prisoner’s request and begins a journey to find the dish’s creator.

Glitter
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 2001 
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall
Starring: Mariah Carey, Eric Benét, Max Beesley, Da Brat, Terrence Howard
What's it about?
A young singer dates a disc jockey who helps her get into the music business, but their relationship becomes complicated as she ascends to super stardom. Frequently cited as one of the worst movies ever made, Glitter was nominated for six Razzie awards in 2001 and won Worst Actress for Mariah Carey.

The Last Dragon
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1985
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Adventure, Action
Language: English
Director: Michael Schultz
Starring: Taimak, Julius Carry, Vanity, William H. Macy
What's it about?
In New York City, a young man searches for the 'master' to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the glow. Along the way, he must fight an evil martial arts expert and rescue a beautiful singer from an obsessed music promoter.

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
10:30PM, NITV

PG
USA, 2000
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Daniel Anker, Barak Goodman
What's it about?
A look at the infamous "Scottsboro Boys" case that occurred in Alabama in 1931, in which nine young black men were arrested, tried and quickly convicted in the rape of two white women, despite overwhelming evidence that showed their accusers had falsely accused them and the fact that one of the women later admitted that no rape had in fact occurred (although both had had sexual relations with their boyfriends on the day prior to the "rape"). The case was one of the first that shined a spotlight on what many called the "legal lynchings" that occurred in the South whenever blacks were accused of crimes, especially against whites and most especially against white women.

Speed Walking
12:15AM, SBS

M
Denmark, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Danish
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Starring:  Villads Bøye, Anders W. Berthelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen
What's it about?
In a small town situated in the outskirts of the city, 14-year-old Martin get ready for one of the most formal transitions from boy to man. It's 1976 and music is in air as hormones blossom. However, Martin's mother suddenly passes away, and her death triggers a series of events that changes Martin's life forever. From the director of the original Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

THURSDAY 15 FEBRUARY 

No Return
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Argentina, 2010
Genre: Thriller
Language: Spanish
Director: Miguel Cohan
Starring: Leonardo Sbaraglia, Martin Slipak, Bárbara Goenaga
What's it about?
When a young boy on a bike is killed in a hit and run, his devastated father will do anything to bring the driver to justice. While the real killer is convinced by his family and lawyers to keep quiet, a series of unfortunate events lead an innocent man to be accused. This Argentinian film from Miguel Cohan is a tightly wound thriller about guilt, vengeance and the justice system.

Fruitvale Station
9:00PM, NITV

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer
What's it about?
This is the true story of Oscar (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, being a better partner to his girlfriend, and being a better father to T, their daughter. He starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realises that change is not going to come easy. He crosses paths with friends, family, and strangers, each exchange showing us that there is much more to Oscar than meets the eye. The indie breakthrough feature from director Ryan Coogler (Creed, Black Panther).

Fruitvale Station review: Indie drama shines a light on victim of violence

Lucky
10:30PM, NITV

M
South Africa, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Zulu, Hindi, English
Director: Avie Luthra
Starring: Sihle Dlamini, Jayashree Basavaraj, James Ngcobo, Vusi Kunene, Brenda Ngxoli, Mary Twala
What's it about?
A 10-year-old South African orphan leaves his Zulu village to make his own life in the city, only to find no one will help him, except a formidable Indian woman. An odyssey marked by greed, violence and ultimately belonging, Lucky shows how a child's spirit can bring out decency, humility and even love in adults struggling to survive in the new South Africa

FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY 

If You Are The One
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
China, 2008
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: Mandarin
Director: Feng Xiaogang
Starring: You Ge, Qi Shu, Xiao Che
What's it about?
When Qin decides to give up his bachelor days and have one last shot at love, he finds himself on a number of disappointing blind dates, until he meets the stunning airhostess, Xiaoxiao. While Qin quickly falls for his new friend, Xiaoxiao has given up on love after her last failed relationship which left her with a broken heart, but maybe all she needs is the right man to fix it.

Rabbit-Proof Fence
8:00PM, NITV (repeats Saturday 17 February, 11:30AM)

PG
Australia, 2002
Genre: History, Adventure
Language: Aboriginal, English
Director: Phillip Noyce
Starring: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, Kenneth Branagh, Jason Clarke, Deborah Mailman, David Gulpilil, Roy Billing
What's it about?
Based on the true story of three young Aboriginal girls Molly, Gracie, Daisy (Evelyn Sampi, Laura Monaghan, Tianna Sansbury): in 1931 they were forcibly removed from their families at Jigalong WA and taken to a camp 1500 miles away at Moore River to be trained as domestic servants, all part of official Government policy. Molly leads her younger sister and cousin on a daring escape and in a bid to find her way home, following – on foot – the rabbit-proof fence that cuts across the Gibson Desert and towards Jigalong. But WA’s Chief protector of Aborigines, A.O. Neville (Kenneth Branagh) does his best to recapture them, with help from black tracker David Moodoo (David Gulpilil).  

Rabbit-Proof Fence: Cheat Sheet
Rabbit-Proof Fence Review

Kill the Messenger
9:30PM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Michael Cuesta
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michael Sheen
What's it about?
Based on the true story of Journalist Gary Webb, this film takes place in the mid-1990s, when Webb uncovered the CIA's past role in importing huge amounts of cocaine into the US that was aggressively sold in ghettos across the country to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras rebel army. Despite enormous pressure not to, Webb chose to pursue the story and went public with his evidence, publishing the series 'Dark Alliance'. As a result he experienced a vicious smear campaign fueled by the CIA. At that point Webb found himself defending his integrity, his family, and his life.

Sex, Lies and Videotape
12:00AM, SBS

M
USA, 1989
Genre: Cult, Drama
Language: English
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: James Spader, Laura San Giacomo, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher
What's it about?
The story of Graham, a long-lost college friend who drifts back into town, and a look into the lives of John, a self involved philanderer, his angelic wife, Ann, and her saucy sister, Cynthia. One by one, each is drawn into the very personal project Graham is working on, leaving the relationships between them forever transformed. This landmark American indie film was the debut feature for director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Erin Brockovich, The Knick) and won the Palme D'or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.

SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY 

The Long Riders
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1980
Genre: Western, History
Language: English, Swedish
Director: Walter Hill
Starring: David Carradine, Keith Carradine, Robert Carradine, James Keach, Stacy Keach, Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid
What's it about?
The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge. From cult director Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hours).

The King's Speech
9:20PM, SBS

M
UK, 2010
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Robert Portal, Helena Bonham Carter
What's it about?
After his brother abdicates, George, aka 'Bertie,' (Colin Firth) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war. Winner of the 2010 Oscar for Best Picture.

Once Upon A Time In Mexico
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2003
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime, Action
Language: English
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe
What's it about?
El Mariachi (Antonio Bandera) returns from his self-imposed exile after personal tragedy, with two sidekicks Lorenzo (Enrique Ilgeslias) and Fideo (Marco Leonardi). The trigger is corrupt CIA agent Sands (Johnny Depp) who recruits him to sabotage an assassination attempt on the President, plotted by evil cartel kingpin Barrillo (Willem Dafoe). But El Mariachi has a personal score to settle, too. The third instalment in a trilogy of films directed by Robert Rodriguez, including El Mariachi (1992) and Desperado (1995).

Jiro Dreams of Sushi
10:30PM, FOOD NETWORK

PG
USA, 2011
Genre: Documentary
Language: Japanese
Director: David Gelb
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

X+Y
11:25PM, SBS

PG
UK, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Morgan Matthews
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, 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. 

SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY 

Copwatch
8:30PM, NITV

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Camilla Hall
Starring: Jacob Crawford, Kevin Moore, Ramsey Orta, David Whitt
What's it about?
The true story of We Copwatch, an organization whose mission is to film police activity as a non-violent form of protest and deterrent to police brutality. Around the country, a network of regular people take up cameras to bear witness to police actions and hold law enforcement to accountability.

The Yes Men Are Revolting
11:15PM, 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. 

Growing Up Trans
1:55AM, SBS

PG
USA, 2016
Genre: documentary
Language: English
Director: Miri Navasky, Karen O’Connor
What's it about?
Just a generation ago, it was adults, not kids, who changed genders. But today, many children are transitioning too, with new medical options, and at younger and younger ages. This documentary takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their families.