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

12 Mar 2018 - 12:52 PM  UPDATED 15 Mar 2018 - 5:23 PM

 

MONDAY 12 MARCH

Little Nicholas on Holiday
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

G
France, 2014
Genre: Family, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Laurent Tirard
Starring: Valérie Lemercier, Kad Merad, Daniel Prevost, François Damiens, Francis Perrin
What's it about?
Nicholas and his family are off to the seaside for a summer vacation, and the result is a film filled with rich humour, moments of childhood nostalgia, hilarious blunders and misunderstandings across three generations. 

Putuparri and the Rainmakers
12:00PM, NITV (repeats 9:30PM)

M
Australia, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Nicole Ma
What's it about?
Tom "Putuparri" Lawford is a man caught between two worlds: his past and present in modern society, where he battles with alcoholism and domestic violence; and his future as a leader of his people, reconnecting with his ancestral lands and shouldering his responsibility to pass this knowledge on to the next generation. Director Nicole Ma spent more than a decade documenting Putuparri's journey, travelling with him and his family on numerous occasions as they fight for their native title claim over the area.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Marielle Heller
Starring: Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgard, Christopher Meloni
What's it about?
Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother's boyfriend, 'the handsomest man in the world,' Monroe Rutherford. What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl's sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment. 

Desperately Seeking Susan
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1985
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Susan Seidelman
Starring: Madonna, Rosanna Arquette, Aidan Quinn, Mark Blum, Robert Joy, Laurie Metcalf, John Turturro
What's it about?
Roberta is a bored suburban housewife who is fascinated with a woman, Susan, she only knows about by reading messages to and from her in the personals section of the newspaper. This fascination reaches a peak when an ad with the headline "Desperately Seeking Susan" proposes a rendezvous. Roberta goes too, and in a series of events involving amnesia and mistaken identity, steps into Susan's life. Writer/director Susan Seidelman would go on to create Sex and the City.

TUESDAY 13 MARCH

Fat Kid Rules The World
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Matthew Lillard
Starring: Matt O'Leary, Dylan Arnold, Billy Campbell
What's it about?
Troy Billings (Jacob Wysocki) is 17, overweight and depressed. His life sucks. Just as he's about to jump in front of a bus, he's saved by Marcus (Matt O'Leary), a charming high school dropout street punk. Marcus is clearly trouble, but the two become fast friends when Marcus enlists the musically challenged Troy to become the drummer in his new punk band. As Troy’s relationship with Marcus grows, Troy's father becomes increasingly concerned about his son's new friendship. Based on the award-winning young adult novel by K.L. Going.

A Band Called Death
10:35PM, NITV (repeats Wed 14th, 12:00PM)

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett
What's it about?
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early '70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now considered pioneers in their field. But it wasn’t until recently — when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby’s attic nearly 30 years after Death’s heyday — that anyone outside a small group of punk enthusiasts had even heard of them.

Craigslist Joe
11:15PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Joseph Garner
What's it about?
In a time when America’s economy was crumbling and sense of community was in question, one guy left everything behind to see if he could survive solely on the support and goodwill of the 21st century’s new town square: Craigslist. Cut off from everyone he knew and everything he owned, Joe Garner embarked on a journey, armed with only a laptop, cell phone, toothbrush and the clothes on his back. For 31 days and nights, everything in his life would come from the Craigslist website. From transportation to food, from shelter to companionship, Joe must depend on the generosity of people who he had never met.

Rampart
1:10AM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Oren Moverman
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, Sigourney Weaver, Anne Heche, Brie Larson, Cynthia Nixon
What's it about?
Los Angeles, 1999. Vietnam vet and Rampart Precinct cop Dave Brown is the last of the renegade law enforcers, working to take care of his family and struggling for his own survival. Brown is dedicated to doing 'the people's dirty work' and asserting his own unique brand of justice. But when he gets caught on tape beating a suspect, he finds himself caught in a downward spiral that threatens to engulf everything he holds dear, drawing the morally bankrupt Brown into a department-wide corruption scandal which looks likely to seal his fate.

Why You Should Watch: Rampart
Rampart Review

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
3:05AM, SBS

MA15+
Hong Kong, 2010
Genre: Martial Arts
Language: Mandarin
Director: Andrew Lau
Starring: Donnie Yen, Alex Ahlstrom, Qi Shu
What's it about?
Set in 1920s Shanghai, ex-soldier Chen Zhen is posing as a rich playboy to infiltrate the local mafia, who have formed an alliance with the invading Japanese. By night, Chen masquerades as a caped crusader, determined to reclaim the city, one flying kick at a time. 

WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH

Potiche
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2011
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: François Ozon
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Karin Viard, Fabrice Luchini, Sergi López, Judith Godreche
What's it about?
When her husband is taken hostage by his striking employees, a trophy wife takes the reins of the family business and proves to be a remarkably effective leader. However business and personal complications arrive in the form of her ex-lover, a former union leader. From acclaimed director François Ozon (8 Women, Swimming Pool).

Potiche Review

Black Sea
9:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Action, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Kevin MacDonald
Starring: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn
What's it about?
This thriller directed by Kevin Macdonald (Touching the Void, Last King of Scotland) follows a submarine captain (Jude Law), who puts together a misfit crew to search for a sunken submarine loaded with gold in the depths of the Black Sea. But greed and desperation soon take hold onboard their claustrophobic vessel and the men start turning on each other, putting them as risk of never making it to the surface alive.

The Thieves
11:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
South Korea, 2012
Genre: Action, Crime
Language: Korean, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese
Director: Dong-Hoon Choi
Starring: Gianna Jun, Hye-su Kim, Hae-suk Kim, Soo Hyun Kim, Yun-seok Kim, Angelica Lee, Jung-Jae Lee
What's it about?
In order to let things cool down from their latest heist, Popeye (Jung-Jae Lee) and his group of thieves go to Macau on a job. While working together to steal this fabled diamond, they all have their own agenda to keep the diamond for themselves.    

The Thieves Review

Mustang
12:15AM, SBS

M
Turkey, France, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Turkish
Director: Deniz Gamze Erguven
Starring: Güneş Nezihe Şensoy, Doğa Zeynep Doğuşlu, Elit İşcan, Tuğba Sunguroğlu, İlayda Akdoğan
What's it about?
Young orphaned Turkish girl Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. However, the ‘immorality’ of their play sets off a scandal. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instead of attending school, the girls are forced to learn homemaking skills, and talks of arranged marriages begin. Discontented, the five sisters who share a common passion for freedom find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2016 Academy Awards.

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The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
1:55AM, SBS

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Laurie Collyer
Starring: Kelli Garner, Susan Sarandon, Emily Watson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
What's it about?
Based on the New York Times best-seller, this two-part drama series begins with the young Norma Jeane Mortenson as she battles a lonely, loveless existence with an absent and mentally ill mother. Norma Jeane ultimately reinvents herself as the sex symbol of an era. A fragile artist, she is very different from the larger-than-life image she portrayed. The great secret of Marilyn’s life is that her mother, Gladys (Oscar winner Susan Sarandon), remained a vital - and troubling - part of her world. 

THURSDAY 15 MARCH

Escort in Love
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Italy, 2011
Genre: Comedy
Language: Italian
Director: Massimiliano Bruno
Starring: Anna Foglietta, Giovanni Bruno, Paola Cortellesi, Raoul Bova
What's it about?
Alice (Paola Cortellesi) is a housewife in a posh part of Rome and a mother to nine-year-old Filippo (Giovanni Bruno) enjoying a luxurious home and lifestyle. When her husband dies in a car accident she is left with a massive debt and the risk of losing her son. Desperately in need of cash, and with no skills, Alice turns to the oldest profession in the world: prostitution. 

Escort in Love Review

Mad Bastards
9:30PM, NITV

MA15+
Australia, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Brendan Fletcher
Starring: Lucas Yeeda, John Watson, Greg Tait, Ngaire Pigram, Dean Daley-Jones
What's it about?
In the frontier town of Five Rivers, TJ the urban street warrior meets his match in Texas, a former Mad Bastard turned local cop. He also finds Bullet, his estranged son, and his personal transformation begins. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema - Dramatic competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Watch interview with Mad Bastards star, Dean Daley-Jones

Food and Shelter
12:05AM, SBS

M
Spain, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Juan Miguel del Castillo
Starring: Natalia de Molina, Mariana Cordero, Montse Torrent, Natalia Roig, Mercedes Hoyos, Manuel Tallafé
What's it about?
Rocío is an unemployed single mother, who has difficulties meeting her daily food needs. She struggles to lead a normal life in fear of losing custody of Adrian, her eight-year-old son. But the situation gets worse when the owner of the flat she’s renting, reports her to the police for non-payment of the rent. Now time is against her and a solution appears impossible. 

FRIDAY 16 MARCH

The Price of Peace
10:30AM, NITV

PG
New Zealand, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Kim Webby
What's it about?
A moving portrait of Tame Iti, Maori activist, and his fight with the New Zealand Crown to clear his name. A story of indigenous people reconciling with colonial power, directed by Kim Webby.

The Moon Child
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Delphine Gleize
Starring: Vincent Lindon, Emmanuelle Devos, Quentin Challal
What's it about?
Romain is a "moon child", afflicted since birth with a rare genetic disease that means any exposure to sunlight will result in cancers. Abandoned by his father at a young age, he grew up under the care of his dermatologist David, with whom he has an extremely close relationship. While Romain spends his time exploring the French countryside, David spends his time obsessing over the disease that will eventually take his patient's life. They both face a dilemma when David receives news that he is being transferred to Brussels.

Clara's Heart
8:00PM, NITV (repeats 10:30AM, NITV)

PG
USA, 1988
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Robert Mulligan
Starring: Kathleen Quinlan, Michael Ontkean, Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Spalding Gray
What's it about?
David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper. She and David develop a close bond, opening his eyes and heart to new experiences, and eventually leading to a disturbing secret in Clara's past. From To Kill A Mockingbird director Robert Mulligan.

Rain Man
9:40PM, SBS

M
USA, 1988
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Barry Levinson
Starring: Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino
What's it about?
An idealistic young wheeler-dealer whose life is changed forever when he discovers he has an autistic savant older brother. Winner of five 1988 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Hoffman), Best Director and Best Screenplay.

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Byzantium
12:10AM, SBS

MA15+
United Kingdom, 2012
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Caleb Landry Jones, Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan
What's it about?
Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) and Clara (Gemma Arterton), two mysterious and penniless young women, flee the scene of a violent crime and arrive in a run-down coastal resort. They try to find money and refuge along the tawdry seafront and in the dilapidated hotels. Clara, ever-practical, sells her body. She soon meets shy and lonely Noel, who provides a roof over their heads in his seedy guesthouse, Byzantium. Clara, always looking towards the future, turns it into a 'pop-up’ brothel. Meanwhile Eleanor meets Frank (Caleb Landry Jones), who unwittingly prompts her to tell the secret the women share. From Neil Jordan, director of Interview With The Vampire and The Crying Game.

Midnight in Byzantium: Alicia Brown interview

SATURDAY 17 MARCH

Boogie Nights
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1997
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Don Cheadle, Luis Guzmán, Heather Graham, Burt Reynolds
What's it about?
In the San Fernando Valley in 1977, teenage busboy Eddie Adams gets discovered by porn director Jack Horner who transforms him into adult-film sensation Dirk Diggler. Brought into a supportive circle of friends, including fellow actors Amber Waves, Rollergirl, and Reed Rothchild, Dirk fulfills all his ambitions, but a toxic combination of drugs and egotism threatens to take him back down. Nominated for three 1997 Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Moore) and Best Supporting Actor (Reynolds).

Boogie Nights review: An exciting cinema experience

Animal Kingdom
11:20PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Australia, 2010
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: David Michôd
Starring: Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton, Jacki Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn
What's it about?
Set amidst the explosive world of a family addicted to crime, as experienced through the eyes of a naïve 17-year-old youth who enters their lair. It’s the Wild West, where criminals and police wage their war on the city’s streets, while the innocent suffer the consequences. Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize (World Dramatic Competition) in 2010, nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver) at the next year's Academy Awards, and regarded as one of the finest contemporary Australian films.

Animal Kingdom review: Crime saga is shocking, brutal, brilliant

SUNDAY 18 MARCH

That Sugar Film
8:30PM, SBS

PG
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Damon Gameau
Starring: Damon Gameau, Hugh Jackman
What's it about?
Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, by committing himself to a 60-day diet of "low fat" foods with hidden sugars. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves. 

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The Ground We Won
9:45PM, NITV

M
New Zealand, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Christopher Pryor
What's it about?
With great bawdiness and backbone, a rugby team made up of farmers strive to redeem themselves from a long run of bitter loses. In the face of the hefty demands of farming and fatherhood, the Saturday game becomes the focus of the men’s passions and the ground on which their worth is proved. A highly authentic, slice of life film about the challenges and joys of manhood, as seen through the rites and rituals of a rural New Zealand rugby club.

Blue Valentine
12:20AM, SBS 

MA15+
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams
What's it about?
A story of love found and love lost, told in past and present moments in time. Flooded with romantic memories of their courtship, Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) use one night to try and save their failing marriage. Nominated for Best Actress (Michelle Williams) at the 2011 Academy Awards.

Blue Valentine: Director Derek Cianfrance
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7 Days
2:25AM, SBS

MA15+
France, 2010
Genre: Crime, Horror
Language: French
Director: Daniel Grou
Starring: Rémy Girard, Daniel Grou, Claude Legault
What's it about?
Bruno Hamel lives an uneventful life as a surgeon with a beautiful family and a home in suburbia. But his world is torn apart when his young daughter Jasmine is raped and murdered. When the prime suspect is arrested, Bruno decides to take justice into his own hands and captures him on the way to the trial. Taking him to a secluded cabin in the woods, he gets a message to police that he plans to torture him for 7 days and then kill him in return for his daughter’s murder. Police start the hunt to find him before the seven days run out, and Bruno can go through with the final act.