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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27 Aug 2018 - 1:54 PM  UPDATED 27 Aug 2018 - 1:54 PM

MONDAY 27 AUGUST

Venus and Serena
12:00PM, NITV

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Maiken Baird, Michelle Major
Starring: Venus Williams, Serena Willams
What's it about?
Takes an honest and unfiltered look into the remarkable lives of sisters and tennis legends Serena and Venus Williams. Through the prism of one year in their lives, the film tells the untold story of how these two great stars came to be and how they struggle to stay on top.

SBS On Demand: 'Venus and Serena' charts the making of two champions

The Sea Inside
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Spain, 2004
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Starring: Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas
What's it about?
Based on the true story of Ramon Sampedro (Bardem), who was left a quadriplegic after a swimming accident some 28 years prior. Ramon later attempts to win the right to an assisted suicide through the courts. Following a lengthy and mostly unsuccessful struggle, Ramon decides to take matters into his own hands with some help from a voluntary euthanasia group and grudging loved ones. Winner of the 2005 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Sea Inside review: A truly moving story

Fruitvale Station
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer
What's it about?
This is the true story of Oscar (Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Spencer), being a better partner to his girlfriend (Diaz), and being a better father to T, their daughter. He starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realises that change is not going to come easy. He crosses paths with friends, family, and strangers, each exchange showing us that there is much more to Oscar than meets the eye. The indie feature debut from director Ryan Coogler (CreedBlack Panther).

Fruitvale Station review: Indie drama shines a light on victim of violence

Reel Injun
9:40PM, NITV

M
Canada, 2009
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, Jeremiah Hayes
What's it about?
A feature-documentary that takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema. Featuring interviews with film industry luminaries such as Sacheen Littlefeather, Zacharias Kunuk, Clint Eastwood, Adam Beach, Jim Jarmusch, Robbie Robertson, Russell Means, Wes Studi, and scholars Angela Aleiss and Melinda Micco.

TUESDAY 28 AUGUST

The Night Clerk
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Luxembourg, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Raphaël Jacoulot
Starring: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Sylvie Testud, Ludmila Mikaël
What's it about?
After spending time in jail, Frederic (Rottiers) takes an internship at a hotel in the mountains. He spots his boss (Couvreur) moving a guest's car in the middle of the night and becomes even more suspicous the next day when he learns a guest has left without notice. Soon the police are involved, but Frederic covers up for his boss.

Macbeth
11:30PM, SBS

MA15+
Australia, 2015
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English
Director: Justin Kurzel
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Michael Fassbender, Paddy Considine
What's it about?
Justin Kurzel's (Snowtown) adaptation of the Shakespeare play, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2015.

Macbeth review: Fassbender and Cotillard in a fearsomely visceral rendition

WEDNESDAY 29 AUGUST

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 RoomCaro Diario).

The Thing
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1982
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T. K. Carter, Keith David, Keith David, Richard Dysart
What's it about?
U.S. Outpost #31, Antarctica, 1982 – Twelve men are commissioned to gather physical and natural science data. It is the dead of winter. With six months of darkness ahead of them, they uncover the find of the century. Of a thousand centuries. If only they could put it back. A critical and commercial failure upon its original release, this adaptation of John W. Campbell Jr's short story "Who Goes There?" is now regarded as one of the canonical films of the horror genre and one of the greatest achievements of legendary director John Carpenter (HalloweenAssault on Precinct 13, They Live).

The Girl King
12:15AM, SBS

M
Canada, 2015
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Language: English, French, German
Director: Mika Kaurismäki
Starring: Malin Buska, Sarah Gadon, Michael Nyqvist, Lucas Bryant
What's it about?
A portrait of the brilliant, extravagant Kristina of Sweden, queen from age six, who fights the conservative forces that are against her ideas to modernise Sweden and who have no tolerance for her awakening sexuality.

THURSDAY 30 AUGUST

Restoration
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Israel, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Hebrew
Director: Yossi Madmoni
Starring: Ruth Borenstein, Nevo Kimchi, Henry David, Sasson Gabai, Sarah Adler
What's it about?
In one of Tel Aviv’s oldest neighbourhoods, a senior antique furniture restorer is struggling to keep his workshop open. His own son is trying to close down his shop, and is aided by his bizarre apprentice who wishes to succeed him. Winner of the Screenwriting Award in the World Cinema - Dramatic section at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Spookers
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
New Zealand, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Florian Habicht
What's it about?
As night falls at Spookers, dozens of seemingly ordinary people become freaks, zombies and chainsaw-wielding clowns. Every weekend, come rain, hail, or shine, this diverse group of amateur performers unite to terrify punters at the southern hemisphere’s largest scare park, situated in a former psychiatric hospital. Director Florian Habicht reveals the transformation and paradoxically lifesaving power of belonging to a community that celebrates fear.

Comeback Dad
9:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:30PM, Friday 31 Aug)

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Russ Parr
Starring: Donna Biscoe, Elizabeth Omilami, Jael Roberson, Charles S. Dutton, E. Roger Mitchell
What's it about?
Nima, an accomplished pianist who runs her own music school, seems to have it all. She cannot admit that she has never recovered from her alcoholic father's abandonment, and when he returns trying to make amends, Nima begins an eye-opening journey.

FRIDAY 31 AUGUST

Tarzan
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Germany, USA, 2013
Genre: Adventure, Animated
Language: English
Director: Reinhard Klooss
Starring: Kellan Lutz, Spencer Locke, Les Bubb
What's it about?
Tarzan and Jane Porter face a mercenary army dispatched by the evil CEO of Greystoke Energies, a man who took over the company from Tarzan's parents, after they died in a plane crash.

Twice Upon a Time
7.30PM, NITV (repeats 11:00AM, Sat 1st Sep)

PG
USA, 1988

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: John Korty, Charles Swenson
Starring (voice cast): Lorenzo Music, Judith Kahan, Marshall Efron
What's it about?
Two wannabe heroes and their friends must stop a madman from giving everyone nightmares. This animated fantasy was produced by George Lucas.

Charlie Wilson's War
8:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2007
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: English
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman
What's it about?
In the early 1980s, US Congressman Charlie Wilson, Texas socialite Joanne Herring and CIA agent Gust Avrakotos form an unlikely alliance to boost funding for Afghan freedom fighters in their war against invading Soviets. The trio's successful efforts fo finance these covert operations contributes to the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. From director Mike Nichols (The Graduate, Closer).

Charlie Wilson's War Review

The Chambermaid Lynn
10:50PM, SBS

M
Germany, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: German
Director: Ingo Haeb
Starring:  Vicky Krieps, Lena Lauzemis, Steffen Münster
What's it about?
Lynn Zapatek, a chambermaid in a large hotel, has a deathly fear of human interaction yet she craves intimacy. A chance encounter prompts her to emerge from her cocoon. Starring Phantom Thread's breakout star Vicky Krieps. 

SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER

The Day The Earth Stood Still
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 2008 
Genre: Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, Jaden Smith, John Cleese, Jon Hamm
What's it about?
In this remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic of the same name, Reeves stars as Klaatu, an extra-terrestrial visitor to planet Earth who becomes the herald of upheaval on a global scale. As the world's governments and scientists race to understand what's happening and how to stop it, Dr Helen Benson and her stepson come to understand the chilling ramifications behind Klaatu's statement that he's a 'friend to the Earth'.

Shopping
8:45PM, NITV (repeats 12:00AM)

MA15+
New Zealand, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Mark Albiston, Louis Sutherland
Starring: Kevin Paulo, Julian Dennison, Jacek Koman
What's it about?
New Zealand, 1981: muscle cars, racial tension and a thieving bird all inform the small town life of brothers Willie and Solomon. Seduced by a charismatic career criminal, teenaged Willie (played by Hunt For The Wilderpeople's Julian Dennison) must choose where his loyalty lies – with a family of shoplifters or his own blood.

Largo Winch II: The Burma Conspiracy
11:50PM, SBS

MA15+
France, Belgium, Germany, 2011
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Language: English, French, Serbian, Thai
Director: Jerome Salle
Starring: Tomer Sisley, Sharon Stone, Ulrich Tukur, Olivier Barthelemy
What's it about?
Propelled to the head of the W Group after the death of his adoptive father, Largo Winch decides, to everyone's surprise, to sell it, and use the proceeds to create an ambitious humanitarian foundation. But on the very same day, he finds himself accused of crimes against humanity by a mysterious witness. To prove his innocence, Largo will have to retrace the steps of his past life, in the heart of the Burmese jungle.

Rampart
1:55AM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Oren Moverman
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, Sigourney Weaver, Anne Heche, Brie Larson, Cynthia Nixon
What's it about?
Los Angeles, 1999. Vietnam vet and Rampart Precinct cop Dave Brown is the last of the renegade law enforcers, working to take care of his family and struggling for his own survival. Brown is dedicated to doing 'the people's dirty work' and asserting his own unique brand of justice. But when he gets caught on tape beating a suspect, he finds himself caught in a downward spiral that threatens to engulf everything he holds dear, drawing the morally bankrupt Brown into a department-wide corruption scandal which looks likely to seal his fate.

Why You Should Watch: Rampart
Rampart Review

SUNDAY 2 SEPTEMBER

Andre the Giant
8:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jason Hehir
What's it about?
A documentary examining the life and career of one of the most beloved legends in WWE history. This ambitious, wide-ranging feature explores Andre’s upbringing in France, his celebrated WWE career, and his forays into the entertainment world. Includes interviews with Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner, family members, and more.

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice
8:35PM, NITV

PG
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: Deborah Riley Draper
What's it about?
In 1936, 18 African American athletes dubbed the "black auxiliary" by Hitler defied Nazi Aryan Supremacy and Jim Crow Racism to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. The world remembers Jesse Owens. But, Olympic Pride American Prejudice shows how all 18 are a seminal precursor to the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Pacific Warriors
10:05PM, NITV

PG
Canada, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: James Marquand
What's it about?
An insight into the origins and stories of Pacific Island rugby teams such as Tonga, Samoa and Fiji. This documentary explores the backgrounds of a wide variety of players, past and present.

Room 237
11:10PM, SBS

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Rodney Ascher
What's it about?
Many cult movies have devout followers, bizarre interpretations and conspiracy theories surrounding them - but none more than Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. This documentary speaks to the fanatics who think they have decoded the hidden symbols and messages apparently buried in the iconic horror film. Meticulously examining the original film, this program explores if there is any truth to the far-fetched theories behind Kubrick’s film.

Room 237 Review