• Scarlett Johansson in 'Under The Skin', showing on SBS Viceland this Sunday, October 6th (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.
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27 Sep 2018 - 11:51 AM  UPDATED 28 Sep 2018 - 2:29 PM

MONDAY 1 OCTOBER

Althea
9:35PM, NITV (repeats Tue 2nd Oct, 12:00PM)

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English 
Director: Rex Miller
What's it about?
Althea Gibson’s life and achievements transcend sports. A truant from the rough streets of Harlem, Althea emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world in the 1950s. Her roots as a sharecropper’s daughter, her family’s migration north to Harlem in the 1930s, mentoring from Sugar Ray Robinson, David Dinkins and others, and fame that thrust her unwillingly into the glare of the early Civil Rights movement, all bring her story into a much broader realm of the American story.

NITV celebrates trailblazing athlete Althea Gibson

TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER

Bullhead
12:40AM, SBS

MA15+
Belgium, 2011
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: Dutch, French
Director: Michael R. Roskam
Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy
What's it about?
Domineering cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Schoenaerts), constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, initiates a shady deal with a notorious mafioso meat trader. When an investigating federal agent is assassinated and a woman from his traumatic past resurfaces, Jacky must confront his demons and face the far-reaching consequences of his decisions. A 2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

Why You Should Watch: Bullhead

Half of a Yellow Sun
3:00AM, SBS

M
UK, Nigeria, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Biyi Bandele
Starring: Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor
What's it about?
The effects of the Nigerian-Biafran War from 1967-1970 is shown through the relationships between four people's lives. Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, they put aside their differences to join the fight to establish an independent republic.

Half of a Yellow Sun Review
Half of a Yellow Sun: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton interview

WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER

28 Days Later...
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2002
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomi Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Megan Burns
What's it about?
A group of animal rights activists discover caged chimps and ignore the warnings of the terrified researcher that the chimps are infected with a deadly rage virus. 28 days later, cycle courier Jim (Murphy) comes out of a coma (unrelated) in a London hospital. The streets are deserted and there are dead bodies heaped in the church. Jim meets up with other survivors Selina (Harris), Frank (Gleeson) and his daughter Hannah (Burns). When Jim finds a transistor radio, he searches and finally gets a signal – a transmission from a British Army unit giving a location near Manchester. Facing almost certain death in the city, the four set out on the hazardous journey to Manchester. The unit claims to have the answer to the infection, but the answer is not what they expect.  

Review: 28 Days Later is a top horror-thriller

Land of the Dead
10:40PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2005
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: George A. Romero
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Asia Argento, John Leguizamo, Simon Baker
What's it about?
George A. Romero's Land Of The Dead was the acclaimed director's long-awaited return to the zombie film; the horror sub-genre he popularised with 1968's Night of the Living Dead. In this new tale, Romero creates a harrowing vision of a modern-day world where the walking dead roam an uninhabited wasteland and the living try to lead 'normal' lives behind the walls of a fortified city.

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Text for You
12:00AM, SBS 

M
Germany, 2016
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Language: German
Director: Karoline Herfurth
Starring: Karoline Herfurth, Katja Riemann, Frederick Lau, Nora Tschirner
What's it about?
Sports writer Mark is baffled when he receives romantic text messages on his cell phone. What he does not know: His new number once belonged to the deceased boyfriend of Clara, who continues to send text messages in order to cope with the loss. When Mark's girlfriend discovers the texts, she is understandably upset. Along with his best friend David, Mark sets out to find the mysterious writer.

THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER

Walt Disney
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sarah Colt
What's it about?
Walt Disney was uniquely adept at art as well as commerce, a master filmmaker who harnessed the power of technology and storytelling. This new film examines Disney's complex life and enduring legacy. Features rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, scenes from some of his greatest films, interviews with biographers and animators, and the designers who helped turn his dream of Disneyland into reality.

A Haunted House
9:30PM, NITV (repeats 11:00AM, Fri 5th Oct)

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Michael Tiddes
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Nick Swardson, Cedric the Entertainer
What's it about?
When overactive man-child Malcolm takes the plunge and lets girlfriend Keisha move into his house, he quickly senses they're no longer alone. A spoof of all the "found-footage/documentary style" films released in recent years.

FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER

A Waltz Through the Hills
7:30PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 1988
Genre: Drama, Family, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Frank Arnold
Starring: Dan O'Herlihy, Ernie Dingo, Andre Jansen
What's it about?
When Sammy Dean and her older brother Andy are suddenly orphaned, they fear that they will be separated and placed in foster homes. So they set off along on foot, hoping to reach a ship that will take them to England and their only surviving relatives. The two young runaways must make their dangerous journey through some of the world’s harshest terrain-the wilds of the Australian outback.

Up in the Air
8:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, Vera Farmiga, Jason Bateman
What's it about?
Ryan Bingham (Clooney) is a corporate downsizing expert whose job is to travel around to different companies and determine who needs to be terminated. His only joy in life comes from the prospect of scoring his 10 million frequent flier miles. But, as he closes in on his goal and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams, his cherished life on the road becomes threatened. Nominated for six 2010 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Up in the Air Review

Dangerous Liaisons
11:00PM, SBS

M
China, 2012
Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery
Language: Mandarin
Director: Jin-ho Hur
Starring: Cecilia Cheung, Dong-Gun Jang, Ziyi Zhang
What's it about?
Entrepreneur and libertine Mo Jieyu (Cecilia Cheung) strikes a deal with her ex-lover, the devastatingly handsome playboy Xie Yifan (Jang Dong-gun). Mo’s most recent tycoon lover has dropped her for a young virginal schoolgirl. If Xie takes the girl’s virginity, he'll make a laughing stock out of the tycoon – and Miss Mo will give herself to Xie. But Xie has his eyes on a different prize – the virtuous widow Du Fenyu (Zhang Ziyi).

Dangerous Liaisons: Hur Jin-ho, Ziyi Zhang and Jang Dong-gun

SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER

Bad Kids Go To Hell
8:30PM, NITV

MA15+
USA, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Matthew Bradlin
Starring: Cameron Deane Stewart, Ben Browder, Jeffrey Schmidt, Judd Nelson
What's it about?
On a stormy Saturday afternoon, six students from Crestview Academy begin to meet horrible fates as they serve out their detentions. Is a fellow student to blame, or perhaps Crestview's alleged ghosts are behind the terrible acts?

SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER

It Follows
8:35PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: David Robert Mitchell
Starring: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Liccardi
What's it about?
In this psychosexual horror film from David Robert Mitchell (The Myth of the American Sleepover), a teenage girl, Jay (Monroe) finds herself cursed after the boy she liked passed it on to her during a strange sexual encounter in his car. She is now haunted by nightmarish visions and the sense that she is followed by an unknown, terrifying force. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must find a way to escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.

It Follows review: So much more than a horny teen movie

The Blood Is at the Doorstep
8:35PM, NITV

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Erik Ljung
What's it about?
After Dontre Hamilton, a black, unarmed man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by police in Milwaukee, his family embarks on a quest for answers, justice and reform as the investigation unfolds.

Dying Laughing
8:40PM, SBS

M
UK, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Lloyd Stanton, Paul Toogood
What's it about?
Dying Laughing is a candid look inside the agony and ecstasy of making people laugh for a living. The funny and heartfelt documentary contains original interviews interlaced with personal footage of life on the road - all from a comedian's point of view. Once you take this step behind the curtain, you will never look at these funny folks the same way again. Features Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfield, Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart, and more. 

A Band Called Death
10:10PM, NITV

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett
What's it about?
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early '70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now considered pioneers in their field. But it wasn’t until recently — when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby’s attic nearly 30 years after Death’s heyday — that anyone outside a small group of punk enthusiasts had even heard of them.

Under the Skin
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2013
Genre: Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Williams, Adam Pearson
What's it about?
An alien in the guise of a seductive woman (Johansson) prowls the streets of Glasgow in search of prey - unsuspecting men who fall under her spell. The victims are then stripped and consumed. However, existence in all its complexity begin to change the alien visitor. Directed by Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast) and based on the novel by Michel Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White), the film was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Film in 2015. 

Under the Skin: Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Glazer interview