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

3 May 2018 - 4:56 PM  UPDATED 3 May 2018 - 5:00 PM

MONDAY 7 MAY

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
11:00AM, NITV (repeats 9:35PM)

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Gibney
Starring: Mick Jagger, James Brown, Bootsy Collins, Chuck D, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson
What's it about?
James Brown changed the face of American music forever. Abandoned by his parents at an early age, Brown was a self-made man who became one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, not just through his music, but also as a social activist. Charting his journey from rhythm and blues to funk, this documentary from Alex Gibney (Going Clear, Finding Fela) features rare and previously unseen footage, photographs and interviews, chronicling the musical ascension of “the hardest working man in show business,” from his first hit, “Please, Please, Please,” in 1956, to his iconic performances at the Apollo Theater, the T.A.M.I. Show, the Paris Olympia and more.

The Boy and the Beast
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
Japan, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Starring: Koji Yakusho, Aoi Miyazaki, Shôta Sometani
What's it about?
When young orphan Kyuta, living on the streets of Shibuya, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, he's taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff warrior beast who's been searching for the perfect apprentice. From Momora Hosoda, the acclaimed director of Summer Wars and Wolf Children.

Raising Arizona
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1987 
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, William Forsythe, Frances McDormand
What's it about?
H.I. McDonnough (Cage) is a multiple-convicted armed robber who falls in love with Edwina (Holly Hunter), a young policewoman who takes his mug shots. They end up getting married, with H.I. vowing to stop robbing convenience stores. They try to start a family, but Ed finds out that she is barren. Since they can't adopt, due to H.I's extensive record, their marriage is going nowhere. This second feature from Joel and Ethan Coen established the madcap comic mode that they would return to throughout their career with films like The Big Lebowski and O Brother Where Art Thou?.

Raising Arizona Review

Nicolas Cage in the Coen brothers' 1987 cult comedy 'Raising Arizona'

Fast Times at Ridgemont High
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1982
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Amy Heckerling
Starring: Sean Penn, Eric Stoltz, Phoebe Cates, Nicolas Cage, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Jason Leigh
What's it about?
Amy Heckerling's (Clueless) directorial debut brings to life first-time screenwriter Cameron Crowe's (Almost Famous) insider's view of teenage American life in the 1980's, following a group of high school students growing up in southern California. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, Linda Barrett and Mike Damone, respectively. The center of the film is held by Jeff Spicoli (a scene-stealing Sean Penn), a perpetually stoned surfer dude who faces off with the resolute Mr. Hand, who is convinced that everyone is on dope.

TUESDAY 8 MAY

Vargas: Neptune's Thunder - Part 1
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND (part 2 airs Wed 9 May at 12:00PM)

M
France, 2017
Genre: Mystery, Thriller 
Language: French
Director: Josée Dayan
Starring: Jean-Hugues Anglade
What's it about?
Police Captain Adamsberg must re-open a mysterious old murder case connected to the disappearance of his brother. Adamsberg resumes his search for the Trident serial killer, who got his name because of the three-pronged weapon with which he kills his victims. When a new victim is found in Canada, accusations point to Adamsberg, just like his brother 30 years before. Based on Fred Vargas’ renowned psycho-thriller. 

I Wish
12:35AM, SBS

G
Japan, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Japanese
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Starring: Cara Uchida, Ryôga Hayashi, Ohshirô Maeda, Koki Maeda
What's it about?
Koichi (Koki Maeda) and Ryunosuke (Ohshirô Maeda) are two brothers who have been separated by their parents’ divorce and Koichi’s only wish is for his family to be reunited. When he learns that a new bullet train line will soon open linking the two towns, he starts to believe that a miracle will take place the moment these new trains first pass each other at top speed. From acclaimed director Hirokazu Koreeda (Nobody Knows, Still Walking, After Life).

I Wish Review

WEDNESDAY 9 MAY

Vargas: Neptune's Thunder - Part 2
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2017
Genre: Mystery, Thriller 
Language: French
Director: Josée Dayan
Starring: Jean-Hugues Anglade
What's it about?
Police Captain Adamsberg must re-open a mysterious old murder case connected to the disappearance of his brother. Adamsberg resumes his search for the Trident serial killer, who got his name because of the three-pronged weapon with which he kills his victims. When a new victim is found in Canada, accusations point to Adamsberg, just like his brother 30 years before. Based on Fred Vargas’ renowned psycho-thriller. 

Purple Rain
9:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1984
Genre: Drama, Romance, Music
Language: English
Director: Albert Magnoli
Starring: Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day
What's it about?
In his movie debut, Prince stars as 'the Kid', a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid the same mistakes as his truculent father (Clarence Williams III), the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with a captivating singer, Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero). But another musician, Morris (Morris Day) looks to steal the Kid's spotlight - and his girl. 

Purple Rain review: “Dig if You Will the Picture

Waiting for Guffman
11:35PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1996
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Christopher Guest
Starring: Christopher Guest, David Cross, Parker Posey, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy
What's it about?
Almost no one's ever heard of flamboyant, would-be Broadway director Corky St. Clair's hometown of Blaine, Missouri. But Corky fully expects Blaine will be his ticket to Broadway when he writes, directs, choreographs and costumes a local show celebrating Blaine's 150th anniversary in this hilarious mockumentary, from the team behind Best In Show and This Is Spinal Tap.

Waiting for Guffman Review
This & That: 'Waiting For Guffman' & 'A Mighty Wind'

Four More Years
12:30AM, SBS

M
Sweden, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Tova Magnusson
Starring: Björn Kjellman, Eric Ericson, Tova Magnusson, Sten Ljunggren, Jacob Nordenson
What's it about?
Political party leader David Holst, one of Sweden's most popular politicians, is handsome, funny, popular and predicted as the country's next Prime Minister. But what at first appears to be an easy victory turns into a humbling defeat as another party wins the elections and four more years of leading the country, Then, when David suddenly falls in love, the problem is not that he's already married or that he's fallen in love with another man. 

THURSDAY 10 MAY

Vargas: Seeking Whom He May Devour
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2009
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Josée Dayan
Starring: Maurice Garrel, Corinne Masiero, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Charles-henri anagonou
What's it about?
This acclaimed French production is based on Fred Vargas’ renowned psycho-thriller series. A sudden wave of carnage is sweeping the hills of Southern France, with locals blaming the return of wolves. However some begin talking of a werewolf, of “The Beast of Mercantour”. A young Canadian arrives in town to study the wolves, as the carnage reaches terrifying new levels. 

Born to Dance
9:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:30PM, Friday 11 May)

M
New Zealand, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Tammy Davis
Starring: Tia Maipi, Stan Walker, Kherington Payne, John Tui, Parris Goebel
What's it about?
A coming-of-age tale told through the eyes of 'Tu', an ambitious young man from Auckland who dreams of being a professional hip-hop dancer.

Bleak Street
12:05AM, SBS

MA15+
Mexico, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Arturo Ripstein
Starring: Alberto Estrella, Lety Gómez, Silvia Pasquel
What's it about?
Sex workers Adela and Dora are burdened with bad marriages and financial problems. To make ends meet, they drug and rob twins working as luchadores. Nominated for the Queer Lion prize at the 2015 Venice Film Festival.

FRIDAY 11 MAY

Vargas: The Chalk Circle Man
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2009
Genre: Thriller
Language: French
Director: Josée Dayan
Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Corinne Masiero, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Stanislas Merhar
What's it about?
For months a strange phrase has been found scrawled on Paris sidewalks next to chalk circles containing odd objects. Policeman Adamsberg gets involved when a dead woman is found in one of the circles.

Dreamgirls
10:05PM, SBS

M
USA, 2006
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce Knowlés, Eddie Murphy, James Foxx, Danny Glover
What's it about?
Based on the Broadway musical, a trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960's. Winner of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson) and nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Eddie Murphy).

Concussion
12:30AM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Stacie Passon
Starring: Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff, Johnathan Tchaikovsky 
What's it about?
Follows the erotic journey of forty-something Abby, a lesbian housewife who becomes a high-end escort to escape her passionless marriage. Her double life proves liberating until a woman from her own social circle becomes a client. Winner of the Teddy Award (a jury prize given to queer-themed films) at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival.

Concussion: Stacie Passon interview

SATURDAY 12 MAY

A Fish Called Wanda
7:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, USA, 1988
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Language: English
Director: Charles Crichton
Starring: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin
What's it about?
Barrister Archie Leach becomes discombobulated when Wanda, the ladyfriend of a gangster he is defending, makes a pass at him. Actually, Wanda wants to extract information out of Cleese about some diamonds that she and her boyfriend have hoisted with the help of her 'brother' Otto and an animal-rights freak named Ken. Wanda wants those diamonds for herself, and Ken has already been subjected to her feminine wiles. This comedy classic won Kevin Kline the 1988 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

'A Fish Called Wanda' turns 30: an oral history of a comedy classic

Call Me Mum
8:35PM, NITV

M
Australia, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Margot Nash
Starring: Catherine McClements, Lynette Curran, Dayne Christian, Ross Thompson
What's it about?
Kate is on a plane taking Warren, her 18 year old Torres Strait Islander foster son, to meet Flo, his birth mother, who is gravely ill in hospital in Brisbane. Flo hasn't seen Warren since she took him to the hospital on Thursday Island when he was a toddler and the white authorities took him away. But as Warren, Flo and Kate all prepare themselves for the reunion, unbeknown to them, Kate's Brisbane based parents, Keith and Dellmay, are planning a different kind of reunion.

Two Days, One Night
11:15PM, SBS

M
Belgium, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Olivier Gourmet, Catherine Salée, Fabrizio Rongione
What's it about?
In an Academy-Award nominated role, Marion Cotillard stars as Sandra, a young woman assisted by her husband, who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their much-needed bonuses so that she can keep her job. From the Dardenne brothers, the multi-award-winning and influential filmmaking duo behind RosettaL'Enfant and The Kid With a Bike.

Two Days, One Night Review

Starred Up
11:55PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: David Mackenzie
Starring: Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend
What's it about?
Eric (O'Connell) is a troubled and explosively violent teenager who has just been transferred to an adult prison. There he comes across his absentee dad Neville (Mendelsohn). From director David Mackenzie (Hell Or High Water), this acclaimed drama won Mendelsohn the Best Supporting Actor award at the 2014 British Independent Film Awards. 

Starred Up review

SUNDAY 13 MAY

Mavis!
8:30PM, NITV

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jessica Edwards
Starring: Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Bonnie Raitt, Prince, Bob Dylan, Chuck D
What's it about?
Documents soul music legend Mavis Staples and her family group The Staple Singers who through music helped to propel the civil rights movement. From the early hits ‘I’ll Take You There’, to her collaborations with Prince and recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has stayed true to her roots and continues to inspire with her message of equality and love. Featuring live performances, rare archival footage and conversations with artists including Bob Dylan and Prince. 

Tough Love
10:00PM, NITV

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Stephanie Wang-Breal
What's it about?
Fighting to reunite with their children, 'Tough Love' chronicles the lives of two parents with cases in the United States child welfare system as they attempt to prove to the courts and the system that they deserve a second chance to be a parent and have a family.