• Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) duke it out in Rocky (1976), showing on Saturday June 2nd. (AAP)Source: AAP
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

23 May 2018 - 4:05 PM  UPDATED 23 May 2018 - 4:05 PM

MONDAY 28 MAY

My Survival as an Aboriginal
10:30AM, NITV

M
Australia, 1979
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Essie Coffey
What's it about?
Essie Coffey, a Murrawarri woman and black activist, shows the conflicts of living as an Aboriginal under white domination. The first Australian film directed by an Indigenous woman.

Mabo: Life Of An Island Man
12:00PM, NITV (repeats 9:30PM)

PG
Australia, 1997
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Trevor Graham
What's it about?
On June 3rd 1992, six months after Eddie "Koiki" Mabo's tragic death, the High Court upheld his claim that Murray Islanders held native title to land in the Torres Strait. The legal fiction that Australia was empty when first occupied by white people had been laid to rest. Mabo-Life of an Island Man tells the private and public stories of a man so passionate about family and home that he fought an entire nation and its legal system. Though his greatest victory was won only after his death, it has forever ensured his place - on Murray Island and in Australian history.

Baikonur
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Russia, Kazakhstan, 2011
Genre: Drama, Romance, Science Fiction
Language: English, French, Russian
Director: Veit Helmer
Starring: Alexander Asochakov, Marie de Villepin, Sitora Farmonova, Erbulat Toguzakov, Waléra Kanischtscheff
What's it about?
When astronaut Julie Mahe crash-lands her small space capsule into the Kazakhstan mountains, a local radio operator Iskander (nicknamed 'Gagarin') finds her unconscious. Hopelessly lovestruck, he convinces the amnesiac Julie that they are engaged to be married. But even the most romantic lie cannot remain undiscovered forever.

Adaptation
8:35PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2002
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Spike Jonze
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox
What's it about?
Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Cage) is commissioned to adapt Susan Orleans' (Meryl Streep) meandering non-fiction book, The Orchid Thief, to a screenplay, but he is overcome by his insecurities and can't get started. He asks his sweet-but-simple identical twin brother Donald (also played by Cage) for help, but only creative squabbling ensues. In the meantime, Susan ventures on a journey of self-discovery with the eccentric and troubled subject of her book, orchid lover John Laroche (Cooper, in an Oscar-winning performance.) Directed by Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Her), the film earned Oscar nominations for Kaufman's self-reflexive screenplay and Streep and Cage's performances, while Cooper won for Best Supporting Actor.

Adaptation review: It's funny with fabulous performances

The Brothers Grimm
10:45PM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 2005
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Monica Bellucci, Lena Headley, Jonathan Pryce
What's it about?
Will (Damon) and his brother Jacob (Ledger) are the famous Brothers Grimm, who make a living ridding the countryside of monsters and demons. It is the early 19th century in French occupied Germany, and General Delatombe (Pryce) orders their arrest as con artists. Meanwhile, eleven young girls have disappeared and the brothers ride into the woods to try to find them. The local woodcutter's daughter Angelika (Headley) shows them the way, but they become trapped in a magical forest. Fairy tale characters pop up everywhere, including the beauty-obsessed Queen (Bellucci), who has been asleep for 500 years. From visionary cult director Terry Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys).

TUESDAY 29 MAY

Illegal
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Luxembourg, France, Belgium, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English, French, Russian
Director: Olivier Masset-Depasse
Starring:  Anne Coesens, Alexandre Gontcharov, Milo Masset-Depasse
What's it about?
Tania, a young Russian woman, has been living illegally in Belgium for 8 years with her 13-year-old son. After being denied permanent residence, Tania is arrested and refuses to reveal her real name. Locked in a detention centre, far away from her son, Tania keeps fighting to have her refugee status approved by the government. Winner of the top prize in the Director's Fortnight section at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

WEDNESDAY 30 MAY

We Have a Pope
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Italy, France, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Italian, French, German
Director: Nanni Moretti
Starring: Nanni Moretti, Michel Piccoli, Jerzy Stuhr
What's it about?
Following the death of the Pope, the Conclave meets to elect his successor. A cardinal is chosen who seems unable to bear the weight of such a responsibility. Is it anxiety? Is it depression? Does he feel inadequate? The faithful are waiting for the new Pope to appear on the balcony in St Peter’s Square, while in the Vatican they seek ways to come through the crisis. From acclaimed actor-writer-director Nanni Moretti (The Son's Room, Caro Diario).

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
9:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2008
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Peter Sollett
Starring: Michael Cera, Kat Dennings, Ari Graynor, Rafi Gavron, Aaron Yoo
What's it about?
It all starts when Nick (Cera) asks Norah (Dennings) to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who's just walked in to his band's show with a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City - and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion and excitement of a first date.

Hamlet
10:40PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2008
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Andrew Fleming
Starring: Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Elisabeth Shue, Melonie Diaz
What's it about?
Dana Marschz (Coogan) is a failed actor and recovering alcoholic who's moved to Tucson, Arizona 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.

THURSDAY 31 MAY

A One-Way to Antibes
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Sweden, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Richard Hobert
Starring: Sven-Bertil Taube, Rebecca Ferguson, Dan Ekborg
What's it about?
When George, a half-blind widower, learns that his children have conceived an elaborate plan to get their hands on their inheritance before he dies, he is forced to confront his life choices. After catching his maid stealing, he blackmails her into helping him with a counterattack plan that will have consequences for the whole family. Featuring Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation's breakout star Rebecca Ferguson.

LUV
9:30PM, NITV (repeats Fri 1 June, 1:30PM)

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Sheldon Candis
Starring: Michael Rainey Jr., Common, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Meagan Good
What's it about?
With his mother in rehab and his father out of the picture, young Woody Watson (Rainey Jr.) lives with his grandmother (McKee) in suburban Baltimore and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent (Common) has recently returned home after eight years in prison, determined to straighten out his life by opening a high-end crab shack that will establish him as a solid citizen with a legitimate future. Soon Vincent finds himself pulled back into the violent world he is trying to escape - and Woody has to decide whether to follow his hero or become his own man. Nominated for the Grand Jury Dramatic Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

FRIDAY 1 MAY

Paper Birds
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Spain, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Emilio Aragón
Starring: Imanol Arias, Lluís Homar, Roger Príncep
What's it about?
Set in the Spanish Civil War, a musician is left with nothing after he loses his wife and child to a Madrid bombing.  Years later he is reunited with his old partner, a ventriloquist, and they decide to take a plucky young orphan under their wing. The three make up an unlikely vaudeville family of lost souls, struggling to get through one day at a time. Their only escape from the misery around them is their music and performance.

Grace of Monaco
8:35PM, SBS

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: French
Director: Olivier Dahan
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Paz Vega, Frank Langella, Parker Posey
What's it about?
Set in 1962, six years after her celebrated her wedding, Grace of Monaco tells of a year in the life of one of the twentieth century's most iconic women – Grace Kelly – as she strived to reconcile her past and her present, a yearning for a return to the big screen with her newfound role as a mother of two, monarch of a European principality and wife to Prince Ranier III. Opening night film at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

SATURDAY 2 MAY

Fire Song
8:30PM, NITV

M
Canada, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Adam Garnet Jones
Starring: Andrew Martin, Jennifer Podemski, Harley Legarde
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. Premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, and winner of the Audience Award at the 2015 ImageNative Film Festival.

Rocky Balboa
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2006 
Genre: Drama, Sport
Language: English
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Starring:  Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Tarver, Milo Ventimiglia
What's it about?
Rocky Balboa (Stallone) has been retired for some time, but hard-up for money, he steps back into the ring against a few small-time boxers. Everything changes when Rocky is offered the opportunity to step in with the reigning Heavyweight Champion, Mason 'The Line' Dixon. Does Rocky still have what it takes to make another Championship comeback?

Rocky
10:20PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 1976
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: John G. Avildsen
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Carl Weathers, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Burgess Meredith
What's it about?
Rocky Balboa (Stallone) is a Philadelphia club fighter who seems to be going nowhere. But when a stroke of fate puts him in the ring with a world heavyweight champion (Weathers), Rocky knows that it's his one shot at the big time; a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go the distance and come out a winner. Winner of Best Picture at the 1977 Academy Awards.

Are Rocky’s opponents the true heroes of the Rocky franchise?

SUNDAY 3 MAY

After Mabo
8:30PM, NITV

G
Australia, 1998
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: John Hughes
What's it about?
Filmed over a ten-month period throughout Australia, this probing documentary examines the political controversy surrounding Native Title and the Australian Federal Governments proposed amendments to the Native Title Act, 1993. It follows the Indigenous representatives in their attempt to fight the amendments in the media, in the bush, and in the halls of Parliament House, Canberra.

Night Parrot Stories
10:00PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Robert Nugent
What's it about?
In the remote deserts of Australia lives an elusive nocturnal bird called the Night Parrot. Virtually nothing is known of its ecology. It disappeared at the end of the 19th Century. Searching for evidence of its existence became a preoccupation. This documentary was filmed in all the locations where Night Parrots once lived, during a time when stories of extinction were everywhere.