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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6 Sep 2018 - 8:07 PM  UPDATED 6 Sep 2018 - 8:07 PM

MONDAY 10 SEPTEMBER

Beginners
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Mike Mills
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent
What's it about?
Explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (McGregor), who meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna (Mélanie Laurent) only months after his father Hal (Plummer, in a performance that won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor) has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who – following 44 years of marriage – came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energised, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life.

Beginners Review
Interview with director Mike Mills (Video)

Salute
12:00PM, NITV

PG
Australia, USA, 2008
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Matt Norman
What's it about?
The black power salute by Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico Olympics was an iconic moment in the US civil rights struggle. Far less known is the part in that episode in history played by Peter Norman, the white Australian on the podium who had run second – and the price paid afterward by all three athletes.

The Impossible
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Spain, USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: J.A. Bayona
Starring: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin, Tom Holland
What's it about?
Maria (Watts, nominated for a 2013 Academy Award for Best Actress) and Henry (McGregor) and their three sons begin the winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in a tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the centre of the earth. Based on a true story, this is the unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. 

The Impossible Review

Into the Blue
10:35PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2005
Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime
Language: English
Director: John Stockwell
Starring: Paul Walker, Jessica Alba, Scott Caan, Ashley Scott, Josh Brolin
What's it about?
When they take some friends on an extreme sport adventure, the last thing Jared and Sam expect to see below the shark-infested waters is a legendary pirate ship rumored to contain millions of dollars in gold. But their good fortune is short-lived, as a ruthless gang of criminals gets word of what they have uncovered.

TUESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER

The Kid with a Bike
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Belgium, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Starring: Cecile de France, Fabrizio Rongione, Thomas Doret, Jérémie Renier
What's it about?
Cyril (Thomas Doret), almost 12, has only one plan: to find the father who left him temporarily in a children's home. By chance, he meets Samantha (Cécile De France), who runs a hairdressing salon and agrees to let him stay with her at weekends. Cyril doesn't recognise the love Samantha feels for him, a love he desperately needs to calm his rage. This winner of the 2011 Cannes Grand Jury Prize comes from the Dardenne brothers, the acclaimed writer-director duo behind Two Days, One Night and L'Enfant.

The Kid with a Bike Review

Spirited Away
12:45AM, SBS

PG
Japan, 2001
Genre: Family, Adventure, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring (voice cast): Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino
What's it about?
Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new house in the suburbs, but on their way, they stumble upon a tunnel that leads them into a fantasy world full of ghosts and strange creatures. An Oscar-winning and universally-beloved animation directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke).

Spirited Away: An extremely accomplished animation

Image from Spirited Away (showing 12:00PM, Thurs 19th July)

Sleepless Night
3:00AM, 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

WEDNESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER

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.

Children of Men
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2006
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine, Danny Huston
What's it about?
This sci-fi epic envisages a future world that has fallen into anarchy on the heels of an infertility defect in the population that has made humankind face the likelihood of its own extinction. Set against a backdrop of London torn apart by violence, the film follows an unlikely champion of Earth's survival: Theo (Owen), a disillusioned ex-activist turned bureaucrat, who is forced to face his own demons and protect the planet's last remaining hope for a future generation. 

Why 'Children of Men' is the most relevant film of 2017

Xingu
12:15AM, SBS

M
Brazil, 2012
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Language: Portuguese, Tupi
Director: Cao Hamburger
Starring: João Miguel, Felipe Camargo, Caio Blat
What's it about?
From the team behind the City of God comes this epic tale about three brothers who go to live with an Amazonian tribe. Beginning in the 1940’s, Xingu follows Leonardo, Claudio and Orlando as they venture into the Amazon to live with an Indigenous tribe over the next 20 years. Stunningly capturing the exquisite wildlife of the rainforest, this heart-wrenching adventure opens up a world rarely shown on screen.

THURSDAY 13 SEPTEMBER

Sunny
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
South Korea, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Korean
Director: Hyeong-Cheol Kang
Starring: Su-hee Go, Ho-jeong Yu, Hee-kyung Jin, Min-yeong Kim
What's it about?
Na-mi (Ho-jeong Yu) is a typical middle-class housewife with a teenage daughter and brusque husband. While visiting her mother in hospital, she is reunited with her high school friend, Chun-hwa (Hee-kyung Jin). The two happily reminisce about the good old days. Na-mi was a transfer student and Chun-hwa welcomed the new girl into her clique. The clique was called 'Sunny’ comprising of seven girls who always hung out together. Chun-hwa, who is now terminally ill, asks Na-mi to get together the old members of 'Sunny’ for the last time before she dies.

Sunny Review

Money Talks
9:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:50AM)

MA15+
USA, 1997
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Brett Ratner
Starring: Chris Tucker, Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear, Paul Sorvino, Elise Neal
What's it about?
Fast-talking con man Franklin Hatchett (Tucker) is wrongfully accused of killing cops and needs protection from the police, the mob and his very pregnant girlfriend. Struggling television newsman James Russell (Sheen) needs a story. The two meet, and it's like a match to gasoline as they dodge bullets in a series of hair-raising escapes involving big diamonds, fast cars and a deadly game of hide-and-seek.

FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER

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.

Rainbow
7:30PM, NITV

PG
UK, Canada, 1995
Genre: Family, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Bob Hoskins
Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Bob Hoskins, Willy Lavendel, Jack Fisher
What's it about?
When a rainbow appears after a stormy school day, four children embark on the adventure of a lifetime - the search for the end of the rainbow and the promise of gold and riches beyond all imagination.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
8:30PM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Plummer, Robin Wright
What's it about?
A discredited journalist (Craig) and a mysterious computer hacker (Rooney Mara, in an Oscar-nominated performance) discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets while working to solve the mystery of a 40-year-old murder in this David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club, The Social Network) directed version of Stieg Larsson's bestseller. The story gets under way as the two leads are briefed in the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, whose uncle suspects she may have been killed by a member of their own family. The deeper they dig for the truth, however, the greater the risk of being buried alive by members of the family, who will go to great lengths to keep their secrets tightly sealed. 

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011) review

The Virgin Suicides
11:55PM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 1999
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Sofia Coppola
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, Danny DeVito, Kathleen Turner, James Woods
What's it about?
The story of five sisters, and their mysterious existence growing up in the 1970s. The film follows the chain of events initiated by one of the Lisbon sisters' suicide attempt, and its effects on their family, their suburban town and most importantly, the young men who loved the Lisbons from afar and whose words provide the narrative for the film. The acclaimed directorial debut of Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, Marie-Antoinette).

SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER

Ex Machina
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Alex Garland
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Corey Johnson
What's it about?
From acclaimed writer and director Alex Garland (writer of 28 Days Later), Ex Machina is a chilling vision of the not-too-distant future of artificial intelligence. In the mountain retreat of a gifted internet billionaire, a young man takes part in a strange experiment: testing an artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl. But the experiment twists into a dark psychological battle - a love triangle, where loyalties are torn between man and machine.

Ex Machina review: A stealthy gender inquiry

Mad Bastards
8:35PM, NITV (repeats 12:20AM)

MA15+
Australia, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Brendan Fletcher
Starring: Lucas Yeeda, John Watson, Greg Tait, Ngaire Pigram, Dean Daley-Jones
What's it about?
In the frontier town of Five Rivers, TJ the urban street warrior meets his match in Texas, a former Mad Bastard turned local cop. He also finds Bullet, his estranged son, and his personal transformation begins. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema - Dramatic competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Watch interview with Mad Bastards star, Dean Daley-Jones

The Whistleblower
12:15AM, SBS

MA15+
Germany, Canada, 2010
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Larysa Kondracki
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Monica Bellucci, Vanessa Redgrave, David Strathairn, Benedict Cumberbatch
What's it about?
Kathryn Bolkovac (Weisz), a Nebraskan police officer, accepts a well-paying UN peacekeeping job in United Nations-regulated Bosnia. Working for a private contractor, the International Police Task Force is responsible for training local law enforcement bodies to restore order to the wartorn country. As she begins to get the lay of the land in her new environment, Kathryn starts to see signs of a shocking underground human sex trafficking industry, whose patrons are not only from within the corporation but from within the United Nations itself.

Why You Should Watch: The Whistleblower

SUNDAY 16 SEPTEMBER

Step Up to the Plate
9:30PM, FOOD NETWORK

G
France, 2011
Genre: Documentary
Language: French
Director: Paul Lacoste
Starring: Sébastian Bras, Michel Bras
What's it about?
An important transition takes place for celebrated chef Michel Bras and his legendary three-Michelin Star hotel-restaurant. Born and raised in the picturesque Aubrac region of central southern France, Michel started his career in the kitchen of his parents' inn before taking over the business and winning his stars. His dishes, including signature dish Le Gargouillou – an assemblage of 40 to 60 vegetables, herbs, leaves and flowers – reflect the produce of the region and the changing seasons. Now the time has come to hand over the reins to his son, Sébastien, who has worked alongside his father for 15 years.

Step Up To The Plate Review

Taxi Driver
11:05PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1976
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepherd, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks
What's it about?
In Martin Scorsese's classic drama, insomniac ex-Marine Travis Bickle (De Niro) works the nightshift, driving his cab through decaying mid-'70s New York City. By day he watches seedy movies, and thinks about how the world, New York in particular, has deteriorated into a cesspool. For him, the one bright spot in New York humanity is Betsy (Shepherd), a worker on the presidential nomination campaign of Senator Charles Palantine. Obsessed, he does whatever he needs to make the world a better place - in his opinion.

INTERVIEW Martin Scorsese: I could never make it as a Hollywood filmmaker