• Dope (2015), screening 9:00pm, Wed 13 June on SBS Viceland (Dope)Source: Dope
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

7 Jun 2018 - 6:07 PM  UPDATED 7 Jun 2018 - 6:07 PM

MONDAY 11 JUNE

Thule Tuvalu
10:30AM, NITV

PG
Tuvalu, Switzerland, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Matthias von Gunten
What's it about?
Thule, Greenland, also called Qaanaaqis, is one of the northernmost towns in the world. As the climate warms and the ice caps begin to melt, the gentle balance of life for the people of this community is in jeopardy. On the other side of the globe, the melting ice caps are raising sea levels around the Polynesian island nation of Tuvalu, threatening to wipe the island right off the map. Though a world apart, these two communities are intricately connected as environmental balance begins to tip and traditional ways of life are threatened.

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 1991
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Peter Hewitt
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, Pam Grier, William Shatner
What's it about?
Amiable slackers Bill and Ted are once again roped into a fantastical adventure when De Nomolos, a villain from the future, sends evil robot duplicates of the two lads to terminate and replace them. The robot doubles actually succeed in killing Bill and Ted, but the two are determined to escape the afterlife, challenging the Grim Reaper to a series of games in order to return to the land of the living.

After the Last River
12:10PM, NITV (repeats 9:00PM)

PG
Canada, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Victoria Lean
What's it about?
In the shadow of a De Beers mine, the remote community of Attawapiskat lurches from crisis to crisis, while facing mounting environmental issues and an inability to benefit from resource revenue. Over five years, filmmaker Victoria Lean follows the community's journey from obscurity and into the international spotlight twice - first when the Red Cross intervenes and again during the protest movement, Idle No More. Weaving together great distances, intimate scenes and archive images, the documentary chronicles the First Nation's fight for justice in the face of hardened indifference.

Brotherhood of Blades
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
China, 2014
Genre: Romance, Action, Drama
Language: Chinese
Director: Lu Yang
Starring: Chang Chen, Wang Qian-Yuan, Liu Shishi, Li Dongxue, Chin Shih-Chieh
What's it about?
In the late Ming Dynasty, three close friends who serve as Jinyiwei guards are dispatched to hunt down Wei Zhongxian, a eunuch politician who had been forced to resign from his influential post and exiled from Beijing. The Jinyiwei brothers return successfully from their quest, only to find that their task was but the beginning of a strange conspiracy.

The Admiral: Roaring Currents
10:35PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
South Korea, 2014
Genre: Adventure, War
Language: Japanese, Korean
Director: Kim Han-min
Starring: Choi Min-sik, Ryu Seung-ryong, Cho Jin-woong, Jin Goo, Lee Jung-hyun
What's it about?
The film follows the famous 1597 Battle of Myeongryang during the Japanese invasion of Korea (1592-1598), where the iconic Joseon admiral Yi Sun-sin managed to destroy a total of 133 Japanese warships with only 13 ships remaining in his command. The battle, which took place in the Myeongryang Strait off the southwest coast of the Korean Peninsula, is considered one of the greatest victories of Yi.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist
11:00PM, SBS

UK, 2013
Genre: Thriller
Language: English 
Director: Mira Nair
Starring: Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Om Puri, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland
What's it about?
Changez (Ahmed) is living the American dream; at the top of his class at Princeton, The Pakistani is snapped up by an elite 'valuation' firm. He thrives on the energy of New York, and his infatuation with the beautiful Erica (Hudson) promises entry into Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by his own family back in Lahore. But in the wake of September 11, Changez finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned, and his budding relationship with Erica eclipsed by the reawakened ghosts of her past.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist: The film bridging the divide between east and west
The Reluctant Fundamentalist Review

TUESDAY 12 JUNE

Helpless
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
South Korea, 2012
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Language: Korean
Director: Young-Joo Byun
Starring: Sun-kyun Lee, Min-hee Kim, Sung-ha Jo
What's it about?
A man searches for his fiancee who vanished without a trace just before their wedding ceremony. As he digs deeper into her disappearance, it appears as though she never existed, and a shocking truth is uncovered.

The Constant Gardener
11:00PM, SBS

M
USA, 2005
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Starring: Archie Panjabi, Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes
What's it about?
A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption. This adaptation of a novel by John Le Carre (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, A Most Wanted Man) from City of God director Fernando Meirelles won Rachel Weisz the 2006 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

The Constant Gardener Review

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
1:20AM, SBS

MA15+
Denmark, 2009
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Language: Swedish
Director: Daniel Alfredson
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre
What's it about?
After taking a bullet to the head, Lisbeth Salander (Rapace) is under close supervision in a hospital and is set to face trial for attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must prove her innocence. In doing this she plays against powerful enemies and her own past.

WEDNESDAY 13 JUNE

The Moon Child
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Delphine Gleize
Starring: Vincent Lindon, Emmanuelle Devos, Quentin Challal
What's it about?
Romain is a "moon child", afflicted since birth with a rare genetic disease that means any exposure to sunlight will result in cancers. Abandoned by his father at a young age, he grew up under the care of his dermatologist David, with whom he has an extremely close relationship. While Romain spends his time exploring the French countryside, David spends his time obsessing over the disease that will eventually take his patient's life. They both face a dilemma when David receives news that he is being transferred to Brussels.

Dope
9:00PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Crime, Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Rick Famuyiwa
Starring: Shameik Moore, Kiersey Clemons, Tony Revolori, Zoe Kravitz, Forest Whitaker, Keith Stanfield
What's it about?
A coming-of-age comedy drama for the post hip-hop generation, this critically-acclaimed film follows the story of teenage boy Malcolm: a geek carefully surviving life in The Bottoms, a tough neighbourhood in Inglewood, California filled with gangsters and drug dealers, while juggling his senior year of college applications, interviews and the SAT. However, a chance invitation to a big underground party leads Malcolm and his friends on an adventure filled with offbeat characters and bad choices. 

Stargate
10:55PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
France, USA, 1994
Genre: Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson
What's it about?
When an ancient Egyptian artifact is discovered, two men unlock its secret power as a portal through time and space. Directed by blockbuster maestro Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, 2012).

Maya Dardel
12:05AM, SBS

Poland, USA, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Zachary Cotler, Magdalena Zyzak
Starring: Lena Olin, Nathan Keyes, Alexander Koch, Rosanna Arquette
What's it about?
An internationally respected poet announces she is going to kill herself and needs an heir and executor. Young writers drive up the mountain to compete for the position and are challenged intellectually, emotionally, and erotically.

THURSDAY 14 JUNE

Innocence
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Czech Republic, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Czech
Director: Jan Hrebejk
Starring: Anna Geislerová, Ondrej Vetchý, Hynek Cermák
What's it about?
Tomas, a highly esteemed doctor, finds himself embroiled in a scandal when Olinka, a 14-year-old patient, accuses him of molestation. Though the disturbed girl has taken liberties with the truth in the past, there are some damning details in her allegations that make them impossible to dismiss. As his once-idyllic life descends into chaos, Tomas must also contend with a police detective who has a personal interest in putting him away. 

Otelo Burning
9:30PM, NITV (repeats Fri 15th June, 1:20pm)

M
South Africa, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Zulu
Director: Sara Blecher
Starring: Jafta Mamabolo, Thomas Gumede, Sihle Xaba, Tshepang Mohlomi
What's it about?
When 16 year old Otelo Buthelezi, his best friend, New Year, and his 12 year old brother, Ntwe, are invited to the beach-house of their new friend, Tau Modise, they step into a world previously closed to them. It is exactly the opposite of their township- a place under a constant and growing threat from political violence, driven by Inkatha hostel dwellers on one side and township United Democratic Front comrades on the other. Soon, everyone recognizes that Otelo is gifted on the water, a god in waiting for his purpose.

FRIDAY 15 JUNE

Stockholm East
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Sweden, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: French, Swedish
Director: Simon Kaijser
Starring: Mikael Persbrandt, Iben Hjejle, Henrik Norlén, Liv Mjönes, Lars-Erik Berenett
What's it about?
A love story between two strangers, bound together by a tragedy that has taken its toll on both their lives and relationships. When Johan and Anna meet at the railway station connecting Stockholm with the idyllic suburbs where they both live, they embark on a dangerous journey of passion and lies.

Howl's Moving Castle
7:30PM, NITV

PG
Japan, 2004
Genre: Fantasy, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring (voice cast): Emily Mortimer, Jena Malone, Lauren Bacall, Christian Bale, Billy Crystal
What's it about?
Sophie, a teenage girl working in her family's hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when a handsome-but-mysterious wizard named Howl sweeps her off her feet. This innocent encounter enrages the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste, who transforms Sophie into a 90-year-old woman. Sophie's efforts to break the curse bring her to Howl's magical moving castle, where she befriends Markl, Howl's apprentice, and the hot-headed fire demon Calcifer.

Becoming Bond
8:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Josh Greenbaum
Starring: Josh Lawson, Jane Seymour, Jeff Garlin, Jake Johnson, George Lazenby, Dana Carvey
What's it about?
The stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), despite having never acted a day in his life. Then after being offered the next seven Bond films and a $1 million signing bonus, he turned it all down. 

Becoming Bond review: A mind-blowing tale of a short-lived time in the spy trade

SATURDAY 16 JUNE

Eastern Promises
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2007
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Language: English
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl
What's it about?
A Russian midwife living in London is disturbed by the circumstances surrounding the death of a 14-year-old, who died whilst giving birth. Her amateur invetigations lead to her to a restaurant operated by the elderly head of an organised crime family. From legendary director David Cronenberg (A History of Violence, Videodrome, The Fly) and writer Steven Knigt (Peaky Blinders, Dirty Pretty Things).

Eastern Promises Review
Anatomy of a scene: Celebrating 10 years of Viggo Mortensen's epic fight scene from 'Eastern Promises'

The Dark Horse
8:30PM, NITV

M
New Zealand, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: James Napier Robertson
Starring: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance
What's it about?
The true story of New Zealand chess champion Genesis Potini (Cliff Curtis), a man who, despite having to face challenges on his own, finds purpose teaching chess to the children in his community in the hope of helping them avoid a life of crime and violence. 

The Dark Horse Review
James Napier Robertson on The Dark Horse and the new wave of New Zealand cinema

Rocky III
10:20PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 1982
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Mr. T
What's it about?
Now the world champion, Rocky Balboa is living in luxury and only fighting opponents who pose no threat to him in the ring, until Clubber Lang challenges him to a bout. After taking a pounding from Lang, the humbled champ turns to former bitter rival Apollo Creed for a rematch with Lang.

Fair Game
11:35PM, SBS

M
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama, Biography, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Ty Burrell, Sam Shepard
What's it about?
CIA operative Valerie Plame (Watts) discovers her identity is allegedly leaked by the government as payback for an op-ed article her husband wrote criticising the Bush administration. With her cover blown and her overseas contacts placed in mortal danger, Valerie is pushed to the breaking point as her career and private life collapse. After years serving the government, Valerie struggles to save her reputation, her career and her family. From director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity, Swingers).

Fair Game review: Spy drama makes the political personal

General Nil
1:35AM, SBS

MA15+
Poland, 2009
Genre: Biography
Language: Polish
Director: Ryszard Bugajski
Starring: Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Alicja Jachiewicz, Magdalena Emilianowicz
What's it about?
General Nil’s life has long been a taboo topic in Poland, but with this film the truth about the fierce leader is finally revealed. The country’s most legendary and most controversial general, Emil August Fieldorf, was better known as General Nil and served throughout two world wars before being betrayed and executed by the Nazi and Communist regimes.

SUNDAY 17 JUNE

Darfur Now
8:30PM, NITV

M
USA, 2007
Genre: Documentary
Language: Arabic, English, Spanish
Director: Ted Braun
Starring: Don Cheadle, Hejewa Adam, Adam Sterling, Ahmed Mahammed Abaka
What's it about?
This acclaimed documentary follows the story of six people who are determined to end the sufferings in Sudan's war-ravaged Darfur. The six - an American activist, an international prosecutor, a Sudanese rebel, a sheikh, a leader of the World Food Program and an internationally known actor - demonstrate the power of how one individual can create extraordinary changes.

Rocky IV
9:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 1985
Genre: Drama, Sport
Language: English
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Dolph Lundgren
What's it about?
Stallone's new menace in the ring is a 261-pound Russian fighting machine (Dolph Lundgren), and now, Rocky must defend his title and America's honour.

Rocky IV (1985).

Tough Love
10:10PM, 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.