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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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6 Apr 2018 - 11:09 AM  UPDATED 6 Apr 2018 - 11:12 AM

MONDAY 9 APRIL

Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile
10:30AM, NITV

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Norah Shapiro
What's it about?
High in the Indian Himalayas, in the epicenter of the exiled Tibetan world, a maverick Tibetan impresario stages an unexpected spectacle: a western-style beauty pageant. When a Tibetan-American teenager travels to India to participate in this 'pageant with a difference,' she finds herself not just competing for a crown, but confronting the intersection between her cultural identity and life in the western world.

Wolf Children
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
Japan, 2012
Genre: Fantasy, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Starring: Bunta Sugawara, Shôta Sometani, Momoka Ohno
What's it about?
Hana was a student before she was a mother; bright and pretty, and her future held endless possibilities. Then she met a man, who turned out to be a wolf, and together they built a family. Hana loved him fiercely, but fate took him from her, leaving her alone with two unusual kids she didn't know how to raise. Frightened of being discovered, Hana and her wolf children fled to the countryside to build a new life.

The Dictator
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, USA, 2012
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Larry Charles
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, John C. Reilly, Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris, Megan Fox
What's it about?
The heroic story of a dictator (Sasha Baron Cohen) who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. The third collaboration between Cohen and director Larry Charles after Borat and Bruno.

The Dictator Review

Finding Fela!
9:30PM, NITV

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Gibney
Starring: Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti
What's it about?
Tells the story of Fela Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. From acclaimed documentarian Alex Gibney (Going Clear, Taxi to the Darkside).

2014 Sydney Film Festival: Finding Fela! - Review

Hamlet 2
10:00PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2006
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Andrew Fleming
Starring: Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Elisabeth Shue
What's it about?
Dana Marschz (Coogan) is a failed actor and recovering alcoholic who's moved to Tucson to teach high school drama, where he's plagued by bad reviews, student indifference, budget woes and his own teaching limitations. On the advice of a student reviewer, Dana decides to stage his own play, a sequel to "Hamlet" in which the prince and Jesus, with the use of a time machine, try to save Gertrude and Ophelia.

TUESDAY 10 APRIL

Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
France, 2002
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Adventure
Language: French 
Director: Alain Chabat
Starring: Alain Chabat, Gerard Depardieu, Monica Bellucci
What's it about?
Cleopatra (Bellucci), Queen of Egypt, decides to prove Caesar that Egypt is the greatest civilisation by ordering the construction of a palace in the middle of the desert in only three months. Architect Numerobis, in charge of the daunting project, worries about the deadline and decides to call on the help of his friends Asterix and Obelix, druid Getafix, who thanks to his magic potion, might be able to save him from the crocodile pit.

WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL

Little Nicholas
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

G
France, Belgium, 2009
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Laurent Tirard
Starring: Sandrine Kiberlain, Gérard Jugnot, Daniel Prevost, Serge Riaboukine
What's it about?
Nicolas has a happy existence, parents who love him, a great group of friends with whom he has great fun, and all he wants is that nothing changes. However, one day, he overhears a conversation that leads him to believe that his life might change forever, his mother is pregnant! He panics and envisions the worst.

The Lobster
9:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, Greece, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Colin Farrell, Lea Seydoux, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw
What's it about?
An unconventional love story set in a dystopian near-future, where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel wherein they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choice and released into the woods. Nominated for a 2016 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

The Lobster review: An achingly dystopian rom-com

Mood Indigo
11:45PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
France, Belgium, 2013
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Language: French 
Director: Michel Gondry
Starring: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Omar Sy
What's it about?
The surreal and poetic tale of Colin, an idealistic and inventive young man, and Chloé, a young woman who seems like the physical embodiment of the eponymous Duke Ellington tune. Their idyllic marriage is turned on its head when Chloé falls sick with a water lily growing in her lung. To pay for her medical bills in this fantasy version of Paris, Colin must go out to work in a series of increasingly absurd jobs, while around them, their apartment disintegrates and their friends, including the talented Nicolas, and Chick - a huge fan of the philosopher Jean-Sol Partre - go to pieces. From Michel Gondry, director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Mood Indigo Review

Night Fare
12:00AM, SBS

MA15+
France, 2016
Genre: Thriller
Language: English, French
Director: Julien Seri
Starring: Jonathan Howard, Jonathan Demurger, Fanny Valette, Jess Liaudin
What's it about?
Luc and his English friend Chris take a taxi to go home after partying hard all evening in Paris. At their destination, they run away without paying the fare. They soon find they've cheated the wrong driver - he goes immediately into hunting mode, chasing them in his taxi all night, wherever they go. But does he only want his money back?

THURSDAY 12 APRIL

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. 

Suffragette
8:35PM, SBS

M
UK, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sarah Gavron
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw
What's it about?
A working wife and mother's life is forever changed when she joins the UK's growing suffragette movement. She becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life. When increasingly aggressive police action forces Maud and her dedicated fellow suffragettes underground, they engage in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the authorities, who are shocked as the women's civil disobedience escalates and sparks debate across the nation.

Suffragette review: A steely punch to the gut

Free Men
12:15AM, SBS

M
France, 2011
Genre: Drama, History
Language: French
Director: Ismaël Ferroukhi
Starring: Tahar Rahim, Michael Lonsdale, Lubna Azabal
What's it about?
In Paris during WWII, an Algerian immigrant is inspired to join the resistance by his unexpected friendship with a Jewish man. Based on not very known facts about the Muslim community in Paris during WWII, when the Paris Mosque and its dynamic leader played a pivotal role in supporting the resistance and rescuing Jews.

FRIDAY 13 APRIL

Adventure Planet
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
Thailand, 2012
Genre: Adventure, Animation
Language: Thai, English, Japanese
Director: Kompim Kemgumnird
Starring: Nuengthida Sophon, Noppan Chantasorn, Athipich Chutiwatkajornchai, J.K. Simmons
What's it about?
Upon getting himself lost in the jungle, Sam is rescued by Jorpe, and his older sister Norva. After uncovering the truth about a government program that will destroy the ozone layer, they must find a way to save humanity and all of nature.

The Wind in the Willows
8:00PM, NITV

PG
UK, 1996
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Family
Language: English, French
Director: Terry Jones
Starring: Terry Jones, Steve Coogan, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Stephen Fry
What's it about?
Jailed for his reckless driving, rambunctious Mr. Toad has to escape from prison when his beloved Toad Hall comes under threat from the wily weasels, who plan to build a dog food factory on the very meadow sold to them by Toad himself. This fantastic adventure was both written and directed by Terry Jones, who also plays the central role of Mr. Toad. Alongside three former Pythons are a gallery of well-known faces all bringing wit and wonder to a feast of colourful characters.

Testament of Youth
9:30PM, SBS

UK, 2014
Genre: History, Drama, War
Language: English
Director: James Kent
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell
What's it about?
A powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times. Starring Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) in her breakthrough role.

Black Book
12:25AM, SBS

MA15+
Netherlands, 2006
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Language: Dutch, German
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Starring:  Carice van Houten, Christian Berkel, Sebastian Koch, Michiel Huisman
What's it about?
Rachel Stein (Carice van Houten) is hiding in rural Holland in the final stages of the war. When her foster home is destroyed by a bomb, she is rescued by a Resistance fighter and she meets Mr Smaal (Dolf de Vries) a lawyer helping rich Jews escape. But the planned escape ends in slaughter, including Rachel's family. She joins the Resistance and becomes involved with a high ranking SS officer Ludwig Muntze (Sebastian Koch), hoping to gather useful information. From Paul Verhoeven, director of Basic Instinct and Elle.

Why You Should Watch: Black Book

 

SATURDAY 14 APRIL

Shopping
8:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:20AM)

MA15+
New Zealand, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Mark Albiston, Louis Sutherland
Starring: Kevin Paulo, Julian Dennison, Jacek Koman
What's it about?
New Zealand, 1981: muscle cars, racial tension and a thieving bird all inform the small town life of brothers Willie and Solomon. Seduced by a charismatic career criminal, teenaged Willie (played by Hunt For The Wilderpeople's Julian Dennison) must choose where his loyalty lies – with a family of shoplifters or his own blood.

99 Homes
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ramin Bahrani 
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern, Michael Shannon
What's it about?
During America's 2008 housing crisis, ruthless real estate broker Rick Carver (Michael Shannon) is making massive profits by repossessing homes. When unemployed tradesman Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) is evicted along with his mother (Laura Dern) and his young son, he is a desperate man who would do anything for work. By a twist of fate, he's offered a job by Carver, the very man who evicted him.

99 Homes review: A fiery parable of income inequality
Michael Shannon talks '99 Homes', deals with the Devil, and why he's never owned a house (interview)

Eureka
10:35PM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, USA, 1983
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Nicolas Roeg
Starring: Gene Hackman, Theresa Russell, Rutger Hauer, Mickey Rourke, Joe Pesci
What's it about?
An Alaskan gold prospector (Gene Hackman) moves to a Caribbean island following a gold strike in the Canadian wilderness. Initially living in luxury with his criminal family, he soon finds his lifestyle taken over by misery, paranoia and pursuit by killers. From legendary British director Nicolas Roeg (Walkabout, Don't Look Now, The Man Who Fell To Earth).

SUNDAY 15 APRIL

Sherpa: Trouble on Everest
8:30PM, SBS

M
Nepal, Australia, 2015
Genre: Documentary, Adventure
Language: Nepali, English
Director: Jennifer Peedom
What's it about?
In 2013, the world's media reported on a shocking mountain-high brawl as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas. Director Jennifer Peedom and her team set out to uncover the cause of this altercation, intending to film the 2014 climbing season from the Sherpa's point-of-view. Instead, they captured Everest's greatest tragedy, when a huge block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route. Nominated for a 2016 BAFTA award for Best Documentary.

Bee Nation
8:30PM, NITV

PG
Canada, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Lana Slezic
What's it about?
This inspirational documentary follows the stories of six students in the first-ever First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee in Canada as they strive to make it to the National Championships in Toronto.

Breaking a Monster
10:00PM, NITV

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Luke Meyer
What's it about?
Breaking a Monster begins as the band members of Unlocking The Truth are all in 7th grade, spending their weekends playing metal music in Times Square - often to substantial crowds. They take on a 70-year-old industry veteran manager. With his guidance they are soon on their way to a $1.8M record deal with Sony Music. Anything feels possible, and the eyes of the world are upon them. The boys are coming of age, not only as they become professional musicians, but also as they transcend childhood and step into adulthood. The sudden breakout of any band, let alone one of pre-teens, is an extremely narrow and specific period in time - Breaking a Monster is the story of this rapid transformation.

The Loving Story
10:20PM, SBS

M
USA, 2011
Genre: Documentary, Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Nancy Buirski
What's it about?
A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this definitive documentary about Mildred and Richard Loving. The marriage of Mildred (who was part-black and part-Native American) and Richard (who was white) was declared illegal in 1958 by their home state of Virginia. They refused to leave one another and, with the help of the ACLU, relentlessly pursued their right to happiness. Their case made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court where, in 1967, it struck down laws against interracial marriage in this country once and for all.Their story was the basis for the 2016 film Loving, starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga (in an Oscar-nominated performance.)

Homme Less
11:45PM, SBS

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Thomas Wirthensohn
What's it about?
This documentary concerns the underbelly of the American Dream, the hidden backyard of our society. But it’s also a film about the relationship between New York City and one of its residents - Mark, whose life stands as a metaphor for the struggle of the vanishing middle class in America.