• Taika Waititi's hilarious horror-mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows (2014), showing this Monday 30th July at 8:30pm on SBS VICELAND (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
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.
24 Jul 2018 - 3:11 PM  UPDATED 31 Jul 2018 - 12:31 PM

MONDAY 30 JULY

Biggie and Tupac
12:00PM, NITV (repeats 9:25PM)

MA15+
UK, 2002
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Nick Broomfield
Starring: Tupac Amaru Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Nick Broomfield, Russell Poole
What's it about?
In 1997, rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G.) were gunned down in separate incidents, the apparent victims of hip hop's infamous east-west rivalry. Nick Broomfield's (Kurt & Courtney) film introduces Russell Poole, an ex-cop with damning evidence that suggests the LAPD deliberately fumbled the case to conceal connections between the police, LA gangs and Death Row Records, the label run by feared rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight.

Martino's Summer
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Italy, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Massimo Natale
Starring: Treat Williams, Matilde Maggio, Luigi Ciardo, Matteo Pianezzi, Simone Borrelli, Pietro Masotti
What's it about?
A modern day fairy tale that softens the shades and darkness surrounding the mysteries tied to tragic events that happened in the summer of 1980: the Ustica tragedy on June 27th, and the bomb attack at the station of Bologna on August 2nd. These episodes form the backdrop for a love story between Martino and the beautiful Silvia and speak of a friendly relationship with Captain Clark - a soldier stationed in an American base in the Mediterranean. The relationship helps them face the ghosts of their pasts.

Expedition Mars
2:55PM, SBS

G
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: Spanish
Director: Mark Davis
What's it about?
This documentary brings to life one of the greatest adventures of the Space Age – the epic struggle to get the Spirit and Opportunity rovers to Mars, and their astounding journeys of exploration once they finally touched down. When they landed in 2004, they were only expected to last around 90 days; however, Spirit lasted six years, and Opportunity is still rolling almost thirteen years later. With input from leading scientists this documentary uses stunning animation, and never-before-seen material from NASA's archives, to tell the definitive story of Spirit and Opportunity.

What We Do in the Shadows
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
New Zealand, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Jemaine Clement
What's it about?
Three flatmates, Viago (Waititi), Deacon (Brugh), and Vladislav (Clement), are all vampires, hundreds of years old. The trio are finding modern society is not agreeing with them particularly well and it's creating conflict in the house they share together.

'What We Do in the Shadows': Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement interview
Taika Waititi confirms a 'What We Do In The Shadows' sequel is happening

An American Werewolf in London
10:05PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1981
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Language: English
Director: John Landis
Starring: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne
What's it about?
On a walking holiday in the Yorkshire Moors, David (Naughton) and his friend Jack (Dunne), are attacked by a werewolf. Jack is mauled to death but David survives and is treated in a London hospital for his injuries. But things only get worse as David gradually starts to transform from human into beast. The famous werewolf-transformation effects in this beloved horror-comedy won Rick Baker the Best Makeup award at the 1982 Academy Awards.

Why You Should Watch: An American Werewolf In London

TUESDAY 31 JULY

Black Heaven
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2010
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: French
Director: Gilles Marchand
Starring: Melvil Poupaud, Louise Bourgoin, Pierre Niney
What's it about?
Gaspard and Marion, two teenagers in love, come across a lost phone and decide to find its owner. They discover him dead in a mysterious suicide ceremony, and become lured into a dangerously addictive game.

The Finishers
12:50AM, SBS

PG
France, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Nils Tavernier
Starring: Fabien Héraud, Alexandra Lamy, Jacques Gamblin
What's it about?
Julien dreams of adventure. But when you live in a wheelchair, such dreams are difficult to fulfil. To do so, Julien challenges his father to compete with him in the ‘Ironman’ triathlon in Nice. A whole family comes together and reconnects in an attempt to see this incredible exploit through. 

The Finishers Review

The Constant Gardener
2:30AM, SBS

M
USA, 2005
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Archie Panjabi, Bill Nighy
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

WEDNESDAY 1 AUGUST

The Flood
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Israel, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Hebrew
Director: Guy Nattiv
Starring: Ronit Elkabetz, Tzahi Grad, Michael Moshonov
What's it about?
A farming family on Israel's coast struggles to keep up appearances while hiding their secrets from each other. As late-blooming son Yoni prepares for his bar mitzvah, the return of his special-needs brother heightens tensions and exposes secrets, around the backdrop of Yoni’s bar mitzvah reading, about Noah and the flood. Nominated for six Israeli Academy Awards.

The Flood Review

The Blue Lagoon
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1980
Genre: Drama, Romance, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Randal Kleiser
Starring: Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins
What's it about?
Two small children and a ship's cook survive a shipwreck and find safety on an idyllic tropical island. Soon, however, the cook dies and the young boy and girl are left on their own. Days become years and Emmeline (Shields) and Richard (Atkins) make a home for themselves surrounded by exotic creatures and nature's beauty. But will they ever see civilization again? 

Firestarter
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1984
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Mark L. Lester
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Martin Sheen, George C. Scott, David Keith, Heather Locklear
What's it about?
As youths, Andy McGee (Keith) and his future wife, Vicky (Locklear), participated in secret experiments, allowing themselves to be subjected to mysterious medical tests. Years later, the couple's daughter, Charlie (Barrymore), begins to exhibit the ability of setting fires solely with her mind. This volatile talent makes the youngster extremely dangerous and soon she becomes a target for the enigmatic agency known as "The Shop." Adapted from the novel by Stephen King.

3 Seasons in Hell
12:10AM, SBS

M
Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, 2009
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Language: Czech
Director: Tomáš Mašín
Starring: Krystof Hádek, Karolina Gruszka, Martin Huba, Jan Kraus
What's it about?
A 19-year-old nonconformist poet living in 1947 Czechoslovakia is blind to the Communist behemoth looking over him, and instead lives a bohemian life with sexually liberated girls. After a period of starvation, with absolutely no money and under police repression, Ivan and his new lover Jana plan an escape to Paris - but first, Ivan must accept an offer to smuggle penicillin over the Czech-Austrian borders.

THURSDAY 2 AUGUST

Chicken With Plums
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, Belgium, Germany, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Marjane Satrapi
Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Edouard Baer
What's it about?
Acclaimed Tehrani violinist Nasser Ali Khan (Amalric) no longer has the will to live. His beloved Stradivarius is broken and unable to be replaced and his long-lost lover didn’t recognised him in the street. Nasser takes to bed and awaits Azrael, the Angel of Death. As he waits, he relives his amazing life through dreams, revealing love and secrets. From Persepolis (2008) director Marjane Satrapi.

Chicken with Plums Review

Becoming Bond
9:00PM, 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

Why Do Fools Fall In Love
9:30PM, NITV

M
USA, 1998
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Gregory Nava
Starring: Vivica A. Fox, Lela Rochon, Halle Berry
What's it about?
In the mid-80s, three women (each with an attorney) arrive at the office of New York entertainment manager, Morris Levy. One is an L.A. singer formerly of The Platters, one is a petty thief from Philly, and one teaches school in a small Georgia town. Each claims to be the widow of long-dead doo-wop singer-songwriter Frankie Lyman, and each wants years of royalties due to his estate, money Levy has never shared. During an ensuing civil trial, flashbacks tell the story of each one's life with Lyman, a boyish, high-pitched, dynamic performer, lost to heroin. Slowly, the three wives establish their own bond.

Building Star Trek
9:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mick Grogan
Starring: Jim Conrad, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Nichelle Nichols
What's it about?
When "Star Trek" first aired in 1966, it expanded viewers' imaginations about what was possible in their lifetimes. Today, many of the space-age technologies displayed on the show, like space shuttles, cell phones, and desktop computers, have already gone from science fiction to science fact. Other innovations, like warp drive, teleportation, and medical tricorders are actively in development. This documentary celebrates the craft of "Star Trek" on its 50th anniversary - a show that continues to inform, entertain, and inspire.

Strippers vs. Werewolves
10:45PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2012
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Glendening
Starring:  Adele Silva, Martin Compston, Billy Murray
What's it about?
Girls are in danger after a werewolf chief (Murray) is accidentally killed at their strip club. They only have until the next full moon before the chief's bloodthirsty wolfpack come looking for revenge.  

Easy Money
11:45PM, SBS

MA15+
Sweden, 2010
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Language: German, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Matias Padin, Dragomir Mrsic, Lisa Henni, Mahmut Suvakci
What's it about?
Set within the seedy underworld of Stockholm, JW (Kinnaman) is a poor student who falls in love with a sexy young heiress (Henni). He turns to a life of crime to keep himself in the upper class, but soon winds up involved with the Serbian mafia. 

Easy Money Review

FRIDAY 3 AUGUST

The Weather Station
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Russia, UK, 2010
Genre: Thriller
Language: Russian
Director: Johnny O'Reilly
Starring: Pyotr Logachev, Vladimir Gusev, Sergey Garmash
What's it about?
A mysterious 18-year-old and two meteorologists living on a remote mountain are visited by a seductive beauty and her rich husband. When they all disappear, two detectives are sent up to investigate. As the detectives discover what happened, the secrets of their past merge with those of the present and they get sucked into a vortex of mistrust, betrayal and murder. 

Selkie
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 11:00AM, Sat 4th Aug)

PG
Australia, 2000
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Donald Crombie
Starring: Chelsea Bruland, Shimon Moore
What's it about?
An Australian teenager is devastated when he learns that his mother has landed a job on a remote island off the mainland and that he must go with her. Upon settling in to his new surroundings he discovers that he is actually a magical creature that is part human and part seal. Before long he embraces his new way of life as a Selkie.

Selkie Review

Pawn Sacrifice
8:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Edward Zwick
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Lily Rabe, Peter Sarsgaard, Liev Schreiber, Michael Stuhlbarg
What's it about?
During the Cold War chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer (Maguire) takes on Boris Spassky (Schreiber), the Soviet world champion. Though Fischer wants a normal match against his rival, the United States wants it to be seen as the Cold War played out on the chess board. All of this isn't helping the fact that Fischer is constantly dealing with paranoia. This is the world of chess like you've never seen it before.

A Dangerous Method
11:10PM, SBS

MA15+
UK, 2012
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: English
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley, Vincent Cassel, Sarah Gadon
What's it about?
Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein as his patient in this psychological drama from acclaimed director David Cronenberg (Dead Ringers, A History of Violence). Jung's weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud, but soon both men fall under Sabina's spell.

A Dangerous Method: David Cronenberg interview
Why You Should Watch: A Dangerous Method

Footnote
12:55AM, SBS

PG
Israel, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Hebrew
Director: Joseph Cedar
Starring: Shlomo Bar Aba, Lior Ashkenazi, Alma Zack, Alisa Rosen
What's it about?
Winner of the Best Screenplay award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and a Best Foreign Language Film nominee at the 2012 Oscars, this is the story of a rivalry between a father (Shlomo Bar-Aba) and son (Lior Ashkenazi). Both are eccentric professors, who have dedicated their lives to their work at the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. One day, the tables turn and the two men switch places when the father learns he is to be awarded the most valuable honour one can receive. His desperate need for recognition is betrayed, his vanity exposed. Uriel is torn between pride and envy. Will he sabotage his father’s glory? 

Footnote: Lior Ashkenazi interview
Footnote Review

SATURDAY 4 AUGUST

The Overnight
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Patrick Brice
Starring: Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman, Judith Godreche
What's it about?
Alex, Emily, and their son, RJ, are new to Los Angeles. A chance meeting at the park introduces them to the mysterious Kurt, Charlotte, and Max. A family “playdate” becomes increasingly interesting as the night goes on.

Raunchy comedy 'The Overnight' tackles sex taboos

Blame
10:00PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Australia, 2010
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Michael Henry
Starring: Simon Stone, Ashley Zukerman, Damian de Montemas, Saskia Hampele, Greg McNeill
What's it about?
Seeking justice and revenge, five friends violently attack a man in his remote country house. Their plan: the perfect murder. Confident that their victim’s death by his own hand will not be questioned, they overdose him on sleeping pills, but it all goes horribly wrong when their attempt fails and their victim fights for his life. In the aftermath, questions are raised about the true nature of the events leading up to the botched attack. 

Blame Review

Ali
10:35PM, SBS

M
USA, 2001
Genre: Sport, Biography, Drama
Language: English
Director: Michael Mann
Starring: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight
What's it about?
The condensed story of 10 years in the life of Cassius Clay aka Muhammad Ali (Will Smith, in an Academy Award-noinated performance), between 1964 and 1974: a partial bio-pic that focuses on his boxing career and his women, but also explores his growth as a boxer, a civil rights hero and a Muslim, all as if we were at his side. From director Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider, Collateral).

SUNDAY 5 AUGUST

Raising Bertie
8:30PM, NITV

PG
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Margaret Byrne
What's it about?
A documentary feature following three young African American boys over the course of six years as they grow into adulthood in Bertie County, a rural African American-led community in Eastern North Carolina. Through the intimate portrayal of these boys, this powerful fly-on-the-wall portrait offers a rare in-depth look at the issues facing America's rural youth and the complex relationships between generational poverty, educational equity, and race. The evocative result is an experience that encourages us to recognize the value and complexity in lives all too often ignored.

The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce
10:30PM, NITV

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Baron Davis
Starring: Kevin Durant, DeMar DeRozan, Brandon Jennings, Baron Davis
What's it about?
The incredible story of the unlikely rise of The Drew League from humble beginnings in the crime and gang-infested streets of South Central Los Angeles to the nation's foremost pro-am basketball league. Crossing racial, cultural and socioeconomic barriers, The Drew celebrates the value of basketball, persistence, loyalty and above all, community.

Carrie
10:40PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1976
Genre: Drama, Horror
Language: English
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Sissy Spacek, Amy Irving, Piper Laurie, John Travolta
What's it about?
In this chilling adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel from legendary director Brian De Palma (ScarfaceMission: Impossible), Carrie White (Spacek), a shy and outcast 17-year-old girl, is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother (Laurie). She unleashes her telekenetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.

Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS
11:20PM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: Arabic, English
Director: Sebastian Junger, Nick Quested
What's it about?
A powerful feature documentary from filmmaker and best-selling author Sebastian Junger (Restrepo) and his filmmaking partner, Nick Quested. Featuring stories of survival and observations by political experts from around the world, the film chronicles Syria’s descent into the unbridled chaos that allowed the rise of the Islamic State, better known as ISIS, in Iraq and Syria.

The Yes Men Are Revolting
1:15AM, SBS

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Laura Nix
What's it about?
For the last 20 years, notorious activists the Yes Men have staged outrageous and hilarious hoaxes to draw international attention to corporate crimes against humanity and the environment. They are now in their 40s, and their mid-life crises are threatening to drive them out of activism forever as they take on climate change. Revealing the real people behind the ruses, at its heart lies a hopeful message about fighting for change.