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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19 Feb 2018 - 9:32 AM  UPDATED 23 Feb 2018 - 2:05 PM

MONDAY 19 FEBRUARY

The Solitude of Prime Numbers
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Italy, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Saverio Costanzo
Starring: Luca Marinelli, Alba Rohrwacher, Isabella Rossellini
What's it about?
Adapted from the bestselling novel of the same name, The Solitude of Prime Numbers traces two decades in the lives of the emotionally scarred Mattia (Luca Marinelli) and Alice (Alba Rohrwacher) – from the formative traumas of their childhood to the shared loneliness of their adult existence. Essentially isolated, and knowing the other is likewise estranged, Alice and Mattia are ill-suited for romance, yet inexorably attracted to each other.

Copwatch
12:00PM, NITV

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Camilla Hall
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.

Brokeback Mountain
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2005
Genre: Drama, Romance, Western
Language: English
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Anna Faris
What's it about?
Casual ranch-hand Ennis (Heath Ledger) and rodeo cowboy Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal) meet on a seasonal job at Wyoming's Brokeback Mountain in the summer of 1963, looking after a flock of sheep. They forge the camaraderie of isolated men, but it soon turns into something more intense. A landmark film for LGBT representation, that won three Academy awards (director, writing, original score) and was nominated for another five.

Ang Lee and James Schamus reflect on 'Brokeback Mountain'
Brokeback Mountain review: A beautiful love story that's inherently human

Laurence Anyways
11:00PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Canada, 2012
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Xavier Dolan
Starring: Melvil Poupaud, Suzanne Clément, Nathalie Baye
What's it about?
Laurence (Melvil Poupaud), a young french teacher and soon-to-be-published author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his fiancée, Fred. But on the day after his 30th birthday, Laurence confesses to Fred that he longs to become a woman, asking her to support him in this transformation. Despite her best efforts, Fred is too hurt by this development, and they break up. Each of them tries to build a new life, without thinking of the past. Five years later, Laurence sends a copy of his first book of poetry to Fred. From Québécois wunderkind writer-director Xavier Dolan (Mommy, Tom at the Farm).

Laurence Anyways Review

TUESDAY 20 FEBRUARY

The Shadow Of Mont St. Michel
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2010
Genre: Thriller
Language: French
Director: Klaus Biedermann
Starring: Claire Borotra, Thomas Jouannet, Pénélope-Rose Lévèque, Serge Hazanavicius, Christophe Malavoy
What's it about?
After her mother’s death, Elisa receives full custody of her troubled teenage sister Audrey. They set off to their home town, Mont Saint-Michel, to scatter their mother’s ashes and fulfil her final wish. Once home, Elisa is confronted with her past, including her high school sweetheart and old friends. Things get even more complicated when the Mayor’s daughter turns up dead, and Audrey was the last person seen alive with her.

The Good Son
7:30PM, NITV (repeats Feb 21st, 12:00PM)

M
Canada, 2013
Genre: Documentary 
Language: English, Korean
Director: Jesse James Miller
Starring: Ray Mancini, Mickey Rourke, Ed O'Neill, Mark Kriegel, Kim Ji-wan, Bob Arum
What's it about?
This documentary is based on the book of the same name and deals with the death of Duk Koo Kim who was killed in a fight against Ray Boom Boom Mancini in 1982 in Las Vegas. Ray travels to meet Duks’ son and widow in a very moving scene.

Le Havre
12:50AM, SBS

PG
France, Germany, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Finnish, French
Director: Aki Kaurismaki
Starring: André Wilms, Blondin Miguel, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin
What's it about?
Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a former author and a well-known Bohemian, has retreated into a voluntary exile in the port city of Le Havre, when fate suddenly throws in his path an underage immigrant refugee from the darkest Africa. Confronted by a dragnet of the police closing around the refugee boy, it's time for Marcel to polish his shoes and reveal his teeth. From cult Finnish writer-director Aki Kaurismaki (The Man Without a Past, Leningrad Cowboys Go America), this humanist deadpan comedy was the winner of the FIPRESCI critics prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Le Havre: Aki Kaurismaki interview
Le Havre review: The resistance gets a dose of deadpan humour

WEDNESDAY 21 FEBRUARY

Poligamy
12:00PM, 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?

Howard the Duck
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 1986
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Willard Huyck
Starring: Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins, Ed Gale
What's it about?
In this infamous 80's film flop produced by George Lucas, a scientific experiment unknowingly brings extraterrestrial life forms to the Earth through a laser beam. First is the cigar smoking drake Howard from the duck's planet. A few kids try to keep him from the greedy scientists and help him back to his planet. But then a much less friendly being arrives through the beam...

Cellar Dweller
10:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1988
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: John Carl Buechler
Starring: Debrah Farentino, Yvonne De Carlo, Jeffrey Combs, Michael Deak, Brian Robbins
What's it about?
The promising career of a horror comic book artist meets a fiery death when he confronts the bloody carnage of his own imagination in his studio. Years later, an ardent devotee of the artist's work becomes a resident in his house, now an art academy, unaware that her imagination has revived the grotesque murderer of the past and that she may be the next victim. 

Mountains May Depart
12:10AM, SBS

M
China, Japan, 2015
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: Chinese, English
Director: Jia Zhangke
Starring: Zhao Tao, Sylvia Chang, Dong Zijian, Zhang Yi, Jing Dong Liang, Lu Liu
What's it about?
Childhood friends Liangzi and Zhang are both in love with Tao, the town beauty. Tao eventually decides to marry the wealthier Zhang. They soon have a son he names Dollar. From China to Australia, the lives, loves, hopes and disillusions of a family over two generations in a society changing at breakneck speed. From acclaimed, multi-award-winning auteur Jia Zhang-ke (A Touch of Sin, Platform), and nominated for the Palme D'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

THURSDAY 22 FEBRUARY

Ever the Land
10:00AM, NITV

PG
New Zealand, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: Maori, English
Director: Sarah Grohnert
What's it about?
Explores the sublime bond between people and their land through a landmark architectural undertaking by one of New Zealand's most passionately independent Maori tribes - Ngai Tuhoe.

 

Freedomland
9:00PM, NITV

M
USA, 2006
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Language: English, Italian
Director: Joe Roth
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Edie Falco, Julianne Moore
What's it about?
A mother blames the disappearance of her child on a black man from the projects after she reports a carjacking. A detective suspects the woman is hiding something.

FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY

Takeover
12:00PM, NITV

M
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
What's it about?
This documentary observes the profound effect on an Aboriginal community of political and bureaucratic decisions made far away. Although specific to time and place, the film is timeless and universal in its observations of a conflict between an Indigenous minority and a powerful government.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
8:00PM, NITV (repeats 24th Feb, 10:00AM)

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 (Thor Ragnarok, Boy) 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

Fair Game
9:40PM, SBS

M
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama, Biography, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Sam Shepard, Ty Burrell
What's it about?
CIA operative Valerie Plame discovers her identity is allegedly leaked by the government as payback for an op-ed article her husband wrote criticizing the Bush administration. Nominated for the Palme D'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and from director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow).

Fair Game Review

The Duke of Burgundy
12:10AM, SBS

MA15+
UK, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Peter Strickland
Starring: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D'Anna, Monica Swinn, Eugenia Caruso
What's it about?
Two women act out a simple yet provocative daily ritual that ends in both pleasure and pain. When one of the women yearns for a more conventional relationship, her partner's obsession with erotic spellmaking quickly becomes an addiction that may push the relationship to its breaking point. 

The Duke of Burgundy review: 70s erotic cinema is resuscitated

SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY

Hi-Ho Mistahey!
12:15PM, 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.

The Salvation
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Denmark, 2014
Genre: Drama, Western
Language: Danish
Director: Kristian Levring
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Cantona, Mikael Persbrandt
What's it about?
Former Danish soldier Jon (Mads Mikkelsen) lives in a wild frontier town in 1870s America. After being separated from his family for seven long years, his wife and son finally start making their way to him, but unfortunately they do not survive the journey. Devasted, Jon goes on a revenge killing spree after learning that his family was murdered.

The Salvation Review

Kung Fu Hustle
10:10PM, SBS VICELAND

M
China, 2004
Genre: Comedy, Action
Language: Cantonese
Director: Stephen Chow
Starring: Stephen Chow, Feng Xiaogang, Wah Yuen, Zhi Hua Dong, Kwok-Kwan Chan
What's it about?
In a Shanghai slum nicknamed Pig Sty Alley, residents and business owners cower in the presence of a cruel landlady (Yuen Qiu), but at least take comfort from the fact that their poverty-stricken neighbourhood is largely left alone by the city's criminal gangs. All that changes when the notorious Axe Gang muscles in and begins a war that looks to have only one possible outcome. The locals' only hope appears to be Sing (Stephen Chow), a small-time operator whose impersonation of an Axe Gang member sparked the trouble. Nominated for a 2006 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Ants on a Shrimp
10:30PM, FOOD NETWORK

PG
Netherlands, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Maurice Dekkers
What's it about?
In January 2015, Noma, recognised as the World's Best Restaurant, and led by its charismatic chef René Redzepi, moved its entire team from Denmark to Japan. Known for his one-of-a-kind cooking and for distilling the Danish landscape and 'time and place' onto a plate, can Redzepi and his team apply their philosophy to an entirely foreign experience, using ingredients that they've never seen before, all whilst under the intense pressure and scrutiny that comes with running the world's best restaurant?

 

SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY

Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride
8:30PM, NITV

M
Canada, 2010
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Bob Christie
Starring: Ken Coolen
What's it about?
Over the course of a year, film follows Vancouver Pride Society president Ken Coolen to various international Pride events, including Poland, Hungary, Russia, Sri Lanka and others where there is great opposition to pride parades. In North America, Pride is complicated by commercialisation and a sense that the festivals are turning away from their political roots toward tourism, party promotion and entertainment. Christie documents the ways larger, more mainstream Pride events have supported the global Pride movement and how human rights components are being added to more established events.

The Guy With The Knife
10:00PM, NITV

NR
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alison Armstrong
What's it about?
Twenty years after he helped put Jon Buice in a Texas prison, Ray Hill is fighting to free him. Filmed over the course of eight years, this documentary traces the friendship between a prominent gay rights activist and a convicted ‘gay bash’ murderer, set against the backdrop of gay rights, victims’ rights, and prisoners’ rights and the harsh Texas justice system. This film casts a fascinating spotlight on how the flaws of the system – and the court of public opinion – affect justice.

Holding the Man
12:00AM, SBS

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)

Do I Sound Gay?
3:10AM, SBS

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David Thorpe
Starring: Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, David Sedaris, Dan Savage, George Takei
What's it about?
Why do some people 'sound gay' but not others? Why are gay voices a mainstay of pop culture but also a trigger for bullying and harassment? Following a break up with his boyfriend, journalist David Thorpe sets out on a quest to unravel a linguistic mystery…all his life, like many gay men, Thorpe has felt self-conscious about his stereotypically un-macho voice. But what are its origins? And why is there such a stigma attached to 'sounding gay'? As Thorpe consults with everyone from speech therapists to public figures to complete strangers, he unpacks complex cultural questions with wit, verve and intelligence.