• Mustang (2015) (Madman Entertainment Pty Ltd)Source: Madman Entertainment Pty Ltd
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

19 Mar 2018 - 11:58 AM  UPDATED 19 Mar 2018 - 11:58 AM

MONDAY 19 MARCH

King of Devil's Island
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Norway, 2010
Genre: Action, Drama
Language: Norwegian
Director: Marius Holst
Starring: Morten Løvstad, Trond Nilssen, Benjamin Helstad, Kristoffer Joner, Stellan Skarsgard
What's it about?
Rumoured to be a murderer, seventeen year old Erling arrives at Norway's infamous Bastoy Boys Home correctional facility, and immediately clashes with the sadistic governor. Consumed by an unrelenting thirst to escape the island, Erling finds himself transformed into a leader of rebellion - but how far is he willing to go in order to get his freedom? Based on the extraordinary true story.

King of Devil's Island Review

The Ground We Won
12:15PM, 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.

Juno
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2007
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English 
Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: Ellen Page, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner, Michael Cera
What's it about?
Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman (Ellen Page) makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child. She embarks on a search to find the "perfect couple" to take on parenting responsibilities only to find life isn't quite so simple. Winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress.

Juno Review

Mustang
10:20PM, SBS VICELAND

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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TUESDAY 20 MARCH

Even the Rain
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Spain, 2010

Genre: History
Language: Spanish
Director: Iciar Bollain
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Luis Tosar, Karra Elejalde
What's it about?
A film director, Sebastian, and his producer, Costa, set out to make a revisionist drama about the Spanish conquest of the Americas. Costa has decided to shoot in Bolivia, because it's the cheapest place in South America. Sebastian casts a local man, Daniel, as the Taíno chieftain who led a rebellion against the Spaniards. Unbeknownst to the director, Daniel is leading his community's demonstrations against the government's decision to privatise water.

Venus and Serena
10:25PM, NITV

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Maiken Baird, Michelle Major
Starring: Venus Williams, Serena Willams
What's it about?
Takes an honest and unfiltered look into the remarkable lives of sisters and tennis legends Serena and Venus Williams. Through the prism of one year in their lives, the film tells the untold story of how these two great stars came to be and how they struggle to stay on top.

SBS On Demand: 'Venus and Serena' charts the making of two champions

The Finishers
2:15AM, SBS

PG
France, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Nils Tavernier
Starring: Fabien Héraud, Alexandra Lamy, Jacques Gamblin
What's it about?
Julien dreams of adventure. But when you live in a wheelchair, such dreams are difficult to fulfil. To do so, Julien challenges his father to compete with him in the ‘Ironman’ triathlon in Nice. A whole family comes together and reconnects in an attempt to see this incredible exploit through. 

The Finishers Review

WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH

Happy Happy
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Norway, 2011
Genre: Comedy
Language: Norwegian
Director: Anne Sewitsky
Starring: Maibritt Saerens, Joachim Rafaelsen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Agnes Kittelsen
What's it about?
An easygoing housewife (Agnes Kittelsen) maintains unyielding optimism in spite of her desperate loneliness and a husband who refuses to have sex with her. When new neighbours arrive, she is drawn to their sophistication and her enthusiasm to spend time with them spills into an elicit affair with the husband. In the dead of winter in the middle of nowhere, this dark comedy explores the malleability and resilience of adult relationships.

Happy Happy Review

Ronin
9:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1998
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Language: English
Director: John Frankenheimer
Starring: Robert De Niro, Natascha McElhone, Jean Reno, Sean Bean, Jonathan Pryce
What's it about?
An international team of former intelligence agents is hired to carry out a dangerous mission in this character-driven post-Cold War action adventure directed by veteran filmmaker John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate). When the caper goes awry, each member reveals his true self. 

Ronin Review

Lupin the Third
11:40PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Japan, 2017
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Language: Japanese
Director: Ryuhei Kitamura
Starring: Shun Oguri, Jerry Yan, Tetsuji Tamayama
What's it about?
A Japanese heist film that follows the grandson of a legendary gentleman burglar as he assembles a team of thieves to steal a Cleopatran necklace from two parties - an ally-turned-rival, and an underworld tycoon. 

Tamara
12:10AM, SBS

M
Venezuela, 2016
Genre: Comedy
Language: Spanish
Director: Elia Schneider
Starring: Luis Fernández, Prakriti Maduro
What's it about?
Tells the story of the male-presenting Teo Almanza who, upon hearing about the death of a brother, returns to her hometown in Venezuela. What was initially intended to be a short visit culminates into a long trip to gender reassignment. The film explores Teoʼs desire to become a woman and shows the protagonist’s search for her true self – Tamara – her struggle with societal taboos as well as inner conflicts regarding who she wants to become in contrast with what society wants her to be. 

The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
2:20AM, 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 22 MARCH

The First Grader
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Justin Chadwick
Starring: Oliver Litondo, Tony Kgoroge, Naomie Harris
What's it about?
Hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. Maruge (Oliver Litondo), an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter feels he has earned the opportunity to learn to read and write. Moved by his plight, head teacher Jane Obinchu (Naomie Harris), supports his struggle to gain admission and together they face fierce opposition from parents and officials who don’t want to waste a school place on an old man.

The First Grader Review

Kidulthood
9:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:30AM)

MA15+
UK, 2006

Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Menhaj Huda
Starring: Aml Ameen, Red Madrell, Noel Clarke, Adam Deacon, Jaime Winstone
What's it about?
A day in the life of a group of troubled 15-year-olds growing up in west London.

Theeb‎‎
12:05AM, SBS

M
Jordan, 2014
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Language: Arabic
Director: Naji Abu Nowar
Starring: Jacir Eid, Hassan Mutlag, Hussein Salameh, Marji Audeh, Jack Fox
What's it about?
In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination. Nominated for a 2016 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

FRIDAY 23 MARCH

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.

The Black Stallion
8:00PM, NITV

G
USA, 1979
Genre: Family, Adventure
Language: Arabic, English, Italian
Director: Carroll Ballard
Starring: Mickey Rooney, Kelly Reno, Teri Garr
What's it about?
While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion that is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks both he and the horse survive only to be stranded on a deserted island. He befriends it, so when finally rescued both return to his home where they soon meet Henry Dailey, a once successful trainer. Together they begin training the horse to race against the fastest ones in the world.

Braveheart
9:40PM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 1995
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Language: English, French, Latin, Scots Gaelic
Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Mel Gibson, Catherine McCormack, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Brendan Gleeson
What's it about?
Romance, intrigue, heroism and the desperate battle for nothing less than the freedom of Scotland. The story of William Wallace whose passion and courage united the Scottish people in the struggle against a ruthless English king over six hundred years ago, at the start of the fourteenth century. Winner of five 1995 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Escort in Love
12:55AM, SBS

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

SATURDAY 24 MARCH

Hi-Ho Mistahey!
11:00AM, 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.

Children of Men
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2006
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine, Danny Huston
What's it about?
This stunning sci-fi epic envisages a future world that has fallen into anarchy on the heels of an infertility defect in the population that has made humankind face the likelihood of its own extinction. Set against a backdrop of London torn apart by violence, 'Children of Men' follows an unlikely champion of Earth's survival: Theo (Academy Award nominee Clive Owen), a disillusioned ex-activist turned bureaucrat, who is forced to face his own demons and protect the planet's last remaining hope for a future generation. 

Why 'Children of Men' is the most relevant film of 2017

Fire Song
8:30PM, NITV

M
Canada, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Adam Garnet Jones
Starring: Andrew Martin, Jennifer Podemski, Harley Legarde, Mary Galloway
What's it about?
Shane, a gay Anishnabe teenager in Northern Ontario, is struggling to support his family in the aftermath of his sister's suicide. If he fails, he will be forced to choose between his family's home and his own future.

Mr. Holmes
8:50PM, SBS

PG
UK, 2015
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada
What's it about?
Ian McKellen is a long-retired Sherlock Holmes in his 90s, unable to come to terms with Dr Watson's account of their final tragic case. Holmes befriends the young son of his housekeeper and tries to remember what happened to young and beautiful Ann thirty years before.

Mr. Holmes review

The Waiting City
10:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English 
Director: Claire McCarthy
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Isabel Lucas, Radha Mitchell
What's it about?
Tells the story of an outwardly happy Australian couple (Joel Edgerton, Radha Mitchell) who journey to India to collect their adopted baby. When they arrive in Kolkata they discover that the adoption arrangements have still to be finalised. Soon the intoxicating mystic power of the city pulls them in separate and unexpected directions and the vulnerability of their marriage begins to reveal itself.

The Waiting City Review

The Model
10:45PM, SBS

M
Poland, Denmark, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: French, English, Danish
Director: Mads Matthiesen
Starring: Maria Palm, Ed Skrein, Charlotte Tomaszewska, Marco Ilsø, Thierry Hancisse
What's it about?
When emerging fashion model Emma gets a chance to pursue her dream of becoming an international top model, she leaves her everyday life in Denmark behind, and moves to Paris. At a photo shoot in her new hometown, she meets the attractive photographer Shane White and they fall in love. But their relationship soon turns into a dangerous obsession for Emma.

All That Jazz
12:40AM, SBS

M
USA, 1979
Genre: Musical
Language: English
Director: Bob Fosse
Starring: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Ann Reinking, Leland Palmer, Cliff Gorman
What's it about?
Part tragic, part comic, this outrageous look at life in the fast lane about Bob Fosse's excessive life in show business. Played by Roy Scheider, Fosse's alter-ego drives himself over the edge and soon finds he is caught between a recurring fantasy about his death and the reality of a near-death experience.

My Favourite Film: All That Jazz

SUNDAY 25 MARCH

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
8:30PM, SBS

NR
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Anna Chai, Nari Kye
Starring: Anthony Bourdain, John Morgan, Dan Barber, Mario Batali
What's it about?
See how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps and rejects into incredible dishes that feed more people and create a more sustainable food system. 

Next Goal Wins
8:30PM, NITV

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mike Brett, Steve Jamison
What's it about?
In 2001, the tiny Pacific island of American Samoa suffered a world record 31-0 defeat at the hands of Australia, garnering headlines across the world as the worst football team on the planet.

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
10:05PM, SBS

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Rick Goldsmith, Judith Ehrlich
What's it about?
1971: America is embroiled in a dirty war based on lies. A president is abusing the power of his office, ignoring the will of the people, congress and the courts. He promises peace while planning a war without end. One man, at the center of power, armed with a safe full of secret documents, leaks the truth about the Vietnam war to the New York Times. He risks life in prison to end the war he helped plan. His act of conscience and desperation triggers a Constitutional crisis, Watergate, the only Presidential resignation in history and finally helps end the war. Henry Kissinger called Daniel Ellsberg, "the most dangerous man in America." And three decades later, he’s still at it. This documentary tells a story we need now, which was also the subject of the recent Best Picture-nominated Steven Spielberg film The Post.

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe
10:10PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ros Horin
Starring: Aminata Conteh-Biger, Yordanos Haile-Michael, Rosemary Kariuki-Fyfe, Yarrie Bangura
What's it about?
Four African Australian women (former refugees), all victims of sexual abuse and violence, take on the risky and difficult challenge of creating and performing their stories in a professional Theatre production. The film charts their journeys over a 5-year period from tentative and painful beginnings in exploratory workshops through to the eventual triumph of their theatre show against all the odds.

Hyde Park on Hudson
12:40AM, SBS

M
UK, 2012
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Roger Michell
Starring: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams
What's it about?
In June 1939, the reigning British king and queen visit President and Mrs Franklin D. Roosevelt at their New York home. War with Germany looms on the horizon, and England desperately needs the president's support. An unforgettable weekend unfolds as FDR tries to juggle international affairs with the complexities of his domestic arrangement, as seen through the eyes of the president's intimate confidant.

Hyde Park on Hudson: Roger Michell and Richard Nelson interview
Hyde Park on Hudson Review

The Pack
1:00AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
France, 2009
Genre: Horror
Language: French
Director: Franck Richard
Starring: Émilie Dequenne, Yolande Moreau, Benjamin Biolay
What's it about?
Charlotte (Émilie Dequenne) is alone on a road trip. On an isolated side road, she picks up Max (Benjamin Biolay), a hitchhiker, who disappears in the bathroom of a truck-stop restaurant a few miles later. Puzzled, Charlotte comes back at night to look for him but gets caught by La Spack (Yolande Moreau), a singular woman in charge of an odd pack. Charlotte quickly realises she’s next on the menu.

The Pack Review

After the Storm
2:20AM, SBS

M
Japan, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: Japanese
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Starring: Hiroshi Abe, Kirin Kiki, Yôko Maki, Taiyô Yoshizawa, Satomi Kobayashi, Sosuke Ikematsu
What's it about?
Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother and beautiful ex-wife seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son - until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again. From acclaimed director Hirokazu Koreeda (Still Walking, Like Father Like Son).