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

11 May 2018 - 10:52 AM  UPDATED 11 May 2018 - 10:55 AM

MONDAY 14 MAY

Tough Love
10:30AM, 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.

Mavis!
12:00PM, NITV (repeats 9:30PM)

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. 

Lope
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Spain, 2010
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Language: Spanish
Director: Andrucha Waddington
Starring: Alberto Ammann, Leonor Watling, Pilar López de Ayala
What's it about?
This is a chronicle of the life of famed Spanish playwright and poet Lope de Vega, who dominated Spain’s early Golden Age of Theatre in the 16th Century. Lope returns home from war as a dashing young soldier, as the city of Madrid is being built in 1588. He is ambitious and eager to write, and finally gets his foot in the door of the theatre world when a producer’s beautiful daughter takes a shine to him. They embark on a passionate affair, as his plays begin to win popular acclaim. 

Charlie Countryman
11:30PM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Fredrik Bond
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Rupert Grint, Vincent D'Onofrio, Melissa Leo
What's it about?
Traveling abroad, Charlie Countryman (LaBeouf) falls for Gabi (Wood), a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in Nigel (Mikkelsen), her violent, charismatic ex. As the darkness of Gabi’s past increasingly envelops him, Charlie resolves to win her heart, or die trying. 

TUESDAY 15 MAY

The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND (repeats Wed 16 May, 12:00PM)

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. 

Lady Chatterley
1:00AM, SBS

M
France, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Pascale Ferran
Starring: Marina Hands, Jean-Louis Coullo'ch, Hippolyte Girardot
What's it about?
Set in 1921, this is the story of an adulterous affair between Lady Constance Chatterley, a sexually unfulfilled upper-class married woman, and the gamekeeper who works for the estate owned by her wheelchair-bound husband. Based on D.H. Lawrence's classic novel, and winner of five César Awards in 2007, including Best Film.

Lady Chatterley Review

WEDNESDAY 16 MAY

Hairspray
9:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 1988
Genre: Comedy, Music
Language: English, French, Russian
Director: John Waters
Starring: Divine, Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Debbie Harry, Ricki Lake, Jerry Stiller
What's it about?
"Pleasantly plump" teenager Tracy Turnblad wants nothing more than to be on the hip local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show" - and when her dream comes true, her lively moves and bubbly personality meet with unexpected popularity. But after witnessing firsthand the terrible state of race relations in 1960s Baltimore, Turnblad becomes an outspoken advocate for desegregation.

A Star Is Born
10:45PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1976
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Language: English
Director: Frank Pierson
Starring: Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Busey, Oliver Clark, Paul Mazursky
What's it about?
A rock-music themed 1976 remake of William Wellman's 1937 film of the same name (which was also remade in 1954), telling the story of a young woman (played by Streisand) who enters show business, and meets and falls in love with an established male star (played by Kristofferson), only to find her career ascending while his goes into decline.

'A Star is Born' again with Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga

Sleepless Night
12:10AM, SBS

M
Luxembourg, France, Belgium, 2011
Genre: Thriller, Action
Language: French
Director: Frédéric Jardin
Starring: Tomer Sisley, Serge Riaboukine, Julien Boisselier
What's it about?
Vincent (Sisley) seems to be a model citizen: respected cop, doting husband and father. But beneath the surface, Vincent is entangled with mobsters and drug dealers. And he has just been caught stealing a huge amount of cocaine from a drug lord. In a race against time, Vincent must return the stash in order to save his son’s life, his family and his career.

Sleepless Night Review

THURSDAY 17 MAY

Barney's Version
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Canada, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard J. Lewis
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver, Scott Speedman, Dustin Hoffman
What's it about?
A touching life story of an impulsive, blunt and irrepressible character who behind his gruff exterior is a kind, romantic man who dearly loves his family and friends. Giamatti delivers a stunning performance in this sensational, unusual and thrilling biopic. Nominated for the Golden Lion at the 2010 Venice Film Festival.

Why You Should Watch: Barney's Version

Murder Rap: Inside the Biggie and Tupac Murders
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Michael Dorsey
What's it about?
Two of the most notorious unsolved cases in the history of American crime – the murders of renowned rap stars Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls – have been the subject of exhaustive investigations, relentless speculation, and a web of conspiracy theories and dark secrets. Featuring interviews with lead detective Greg Kading, witnesses, and information sourced from hundreds of police case files and taped confessions never before shown on film. 

House Party
9:30PM, NITV (repeats Fri 18 May, 12:30PM)

M
USA, 1990
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Reginald Hudlin
Starring: Christopher Reid, Martin Lawrence, Christopher Martin, Robin Harris
What's it about?
Young Kid has been invited to a party at his friend Play's house. But after a fight at school, Kid's father grounds him. None the less, Kid sneaks out when his father falls asleep. But Kid doesn't know that three of the thugs at school have decided to give him a lesson in behavior. A cult 90's comedy that was enormously successful on a relatively low budget, and spawned two sequels.

We Are the Night
12:15PM, SBS

MA15+
Germany, 2010
Genre: Horror
Language: German
Director: Dennis Gansel
Starring: Karoline Herfurth, Nina Hoss, Anna Fischer, Jennifer Ulrich
What's it about?
Lena (Herfurth) makes her money being a petty thief in Berlin. On one of her nightly runs through an underground club, she meets 250-year-old Louise (Hoss, of Phoenix and Barbara) who is the leader of a female vampire pack with Nora (Fischer) and Charolette (Ulrich). Louise has been searching for centuries for her missing love and believing it to be Lena, bites her and transforms her into a vampire. As a new vampire, Lena takes time to adjust to the freedom and the endless thirst.

FRIDAY 18 MAY

Presumed Guilty
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Vincent Garenq
Starring: Noemie Lvovsky, Philippe Torreton
What's it about?
The harrowing true story of Alain Marécaux, a respected lawyer, husband and father whose life is shattered by false allegations of child abuse. His fight to prove his innocence in the face of overwhelming injustice is a riveting indictment on the French legal systems. Nominated at the 2011 Cesar Awards (France's Oscars) for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor.

The Red Turtle
7:30PM, NITV (repeats Sat 19 May, 12:30PM)

G
Japan, France, 2016
Genre: Drama, Animation
Language: [no dialogue]
Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
What's it about?
Gorgeously animated, this wordless feature from Studio Ghibli (best known for producing Hayao Miyazaki films such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke) about a stranded castaway pays tribute to what's most important in life: companionship, love, family, and the stewardship of nature. A 2017 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature.

The Red Turtle review: Studio Ghibli's new animation a gorgeous island myth

O Brother, Where Art Thou?
8:35PM, SBS

M
USA, 2000
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Action
Language: English
Director: Joel Coen
Starring: John Turturro, Holly Hunter, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman, George Clooney
What's it about?
Everett Ulysses McGill (Clooney) is a silver-tongued petty criminal eager to make his escape from the chain gang in Mississippi, serving a term of hard labour. Still shackled together, McGill and fellow convicts, the simple Delmar (Nelson) and maladjusted Pete (Turturro), he makes a dash for freedom and embark on a mission to recover a fortune in buried treasure, but the trio get entangled in a series of unexpected and sometimes bizarre adventures along the way. This smash hit comedy from the Coen Brothers was nominated for two 2001 Academy Awards (Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography.)

Love Is the Perfect Crime
11:05PM, SBS

MA15+
France, Switzerland, 2013
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Language: French
Director: Arnaud Larrieu, Jean-Marie Larrieu
Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Maïwenn, Karin Viard, Denis Podalydès, Sara Forestier, Marion Duval
What's it about?
Marc, in his 40s, is a professor of literature at the University of Lausanne. Still a bachelor — and still living with his sister Marianne in a huge, isolated chalet that they inherited when they were very young — he carries on one love affair after another with his students. Winter has almost ended when one of his most brilliant students, Barbara, suddenly disappears. Two days later, Marc meets Barbara’s mother, Anna, who wants to find out more about her vanished daughter.

SATURDAY 19 MAY

Batman: The Movie
5:35PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 1966
Genre: Action, Comic Book
Language: English
Director: Leslie H. Martinson
Starring: Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether
What's it about?
In this original 1966 camp classic film version, the world’s most notorious criminal minds team up to conquer Gotham City and it’s up to the Caped Crusaders to defeat the nefarious foes and restore order. 

Uninhabited
8:30PM, NITV

M
Australia, 2010
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Foreign
Language: English
Director: Bill Bennett
Starring:  Geraldine Hakewill, Henry James, Bob Baines
What's it about?
Harry and Beth wanted the holiday of a lifetime so they chartered a boat to drop them off on a remote coral island on the Great Barrier Reef. The island was idyllic, covered in palms and full of birds and other wildlife. It was small and totally deserted or so they thought. But when things go missing from their camp site and they discover someone else's footprints in the sand this quickly becomes disturbing as they realize the island has a ghost. Inspired by actual events. From Bill Bennett, writer-director of 1997 Aussie hit black comedy Kiss or Kill.

SUNDAY 20 MAY

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
8:30PM, NITV

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana
Starring: Robbie Robertson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Iggy Pop
What's it about?
Documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history, a little-known story built around the incredible lives and careers of the some of the greatest music legends.

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
12:40AM, SBS

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.

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
2:55AM, SBS

MA15+
Brazil, 2010
Genre: Drama, Crime, Action
Language: Portuguese
Director: José Padilha
Starring:  Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro
What's it about?
Continues the 2007 Elite Squad's semi-fictional story of the Special Police Squad in Rio de Janeiro, and the difficulties between crime-fighting and politics. Lt. Colonel Roberto Nascimento leads the team against corrupt police officers and drug dealers between the favelas and the highest tiers of government.