• David Lynch's 1986 classic Blue Velvet, showing this Sunday at 9:30PM 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.
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26 Oct 2018 - 3:11 PM  UPDATED 26 Oct 2018 - 3:38 PM

MONDAY 29 OCTOBER

Welcome To The South
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

Italy, 2010
Genre: Comedy
Language: Italian
Director: Luca Miniero 
Starring: Claudio Bisio, Alessandro Siani, Angela Finocchiaro
What's it about?
Frustrated postal manager Alberto (Bisio) is looking for a transfer to the city of his dreams, Milano. He concocts an elaborate ruse to force the hand of management but it backfires and for his penance, he is demoted with a posting to a backwater in the south. This Italian comedy of errors confronts prejudices, in the vein of French fish-out-of-water hit Welcome To The Sticks.

Life, Above All
12:25AM, SBS

M
South Africa, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Southern Sotho
Director: Oliver Schmitz
Starring: Tinah Mnumzana, Aubrey Poolo, Lerato Mvelase, Khomotso Manyaka
What's it about?
In Elandsdoorn, a small township outside of Johannesburg, Chanda's mother is critically ill and her stepfather is an absent drunkard, leaving the 12-year-old girl to arrange for the funeral of her newborn sister and care for her younger siblings. Her only friend is the wilful Esther who is ostracised from the township because she works as a child prostitute. The seemingly tight-knit community is rife with prejudice and superstition. When a nosy neighbour sends Chandra's mother away, the distraught girl is left to fend for her family in an increasingly hostile environment.

Life, Above All Review

TUEDAY 30 OCTOBER

Skylab
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2011
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Julie Delpy
Starring: Julie Delpy, Noemie Lvovsky, Emmanuelle Riva
What's it about?
In July 1979, during the summer holidays, in a house somewhere in Brittany, a whole family are gathered to celebrate Granny Amandine's sixty-seventh birthday. Albertine, who was ten years old at the time, vividly recounts this brief but life-changing experience.

Skylab Review

WEDNESDAY 31 OCTOBER

Zoe.Misplaced
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Australia, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Mekelle Mills
Starring: Hannah Raven Smith, Clementine Mills, Harvey Kaska Zielinski
What's it about?
Zoe's regimented life is thrown into upheaval when she unexpectedly falls in love. In doing so, she is faced with making a series of choices whose outcomes not only impact on her independence but on the relationships with those most important to her.

The Witch
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2016
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Robert Eggers
Starring: Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Lucas Dawson
What's it about?
New England in the 1630s: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassable wilderness. When their newborn son vanishes and crops fail, the family turns on one another. Beyond their worst fears, a supernatural evil lurks in the nearby wood.

How 'The Witch' scored the Satanic Temple's endorsement
The Witch review: a must-see for all fans of spooky, stylish, supernatural horror

The Frighteners
10:20PM, SBS VICELAND

M
New Zealand, USA, 1996
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Peter Dobson, Trini Alvarado
What's it about?
After a car accident in which his wife is killed, Frank develops psychic abilities that allow him to see and talk to ghosts. Putting these skills to use, he befriends a few ghosts and gets them to haunt local houses so that he can perform a exorcism for a fee. After he discovers another ghost resembling the Grim Reaper, Frank tries to help the people for whom death is after. The last feature film Peter Jackson made before working on the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Quality Time
12:05AM, SBS

M
Germany, 2013
Genre: Comedy
Language: German
Director: Holger Haase
Starring: Florian David Fitz, Henry Hübchen, Marius V. Haas
What's it about?
You can’t choose your family – which is why Conrad limits his visits with his parents to an absolute minimum. But when his venomous, irritable father Carl injures himself seriously in a fall, Conrad and his butt-of-all-jokes son Jonas have no choice but to move back in. Three generations under one roof: a chance for reconciliation – or a total disaster?

THURSDAY 1 NOVEMBER

Troll 2
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1990
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Claudio Fragasso
Starring: Michael Stephenson, George Hardy, Margo Prey, Connie Young
What's it about?
Disguised as friendly country folk, a pugnacious posse of people-eating trolls lures visitors to their town. But a family of four is about to discover this place is a real tourist trap - and now, the no-good gnomes must be destroyed before the family gets flambéed - and the world becomes a buffet in this feeding frenzy of fear! Like The Room, this film (an in-name-only sequel to the 1986 horror-fantasy) is another legendary 'so-bad-it's-good' cult favourite.

The Tall Man
9:30PM, NITV

MA15+
USA, France, Canada, 2012
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Pascal Laugier
Starring: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, William B. Davis
What's it about?
In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace; abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as "The Tall Man." Town nurse Julia Denning (Biel) seems sceptical, until her young son David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent's darkest nightmare.

FRIDAY 2 NOVEMBER

Angele and Tony
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Alix Delaporte
Starring: Clotilde Hesme, Grégory Gadebois, Evelyne Didi
What's it about?
When Angèle returns to her home town of Normandy after a two-year absence she is terrified that she will not be able to look the young son she left behind. Through a personal ad she meets Tony, a fisherman who lives with his widowed mother. The two couldn’t make a more unlikely pair, but they soon form a fractured relationship. But will the secret that Angèle harbours threaten their future? 

Angele and Tony review

Princess Ka'iulani
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:30AM, Sat 3 Nov)

PG
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Marc Forby
Starring: Q'orianka Kilcher, Barry Pepper, Will Patton, Jimmy Yuill, Shaun Evans
What's it about?
Lush scenery and gorgeous photography highlight this bio of Princess Ka'iulani (The New World's Q'Orianka Kilcher), a 19th-century Hawaiian princess raised in England but determined to maintain her people's independence from aggressive American businessmen. After being sent to England as a child by her Scottish father, Ka'iulani returns to Hawaii and becomes a political activist who fights to retain her throne, even though she must leave her English paramour.

Lion
8:35PM, SBS

M
Australia, UK, USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Garth Davis
Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham
What's it about?
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Nominated for six 2017 Academy Awards (including Best Picture), and one of the most commercially successful Australian-made films of all time.

TIFF 2016: Nicole Kidman on the power of mothers in 'Lion'
Director Garth Davis on his first feature film 'Lion'

The Duke of Burgundy
11:20PM, SBS

MA15+
UK, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Peter Strickland
Starring: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D'Anna, Monica Swinn
What's it about?
Two women act out a simple yet provocative daily ritual that ends in both pleasure and pain. When one of the women yearns for a more conventional relationship, her partner's obsession with erotic spellmaking quickly becomes an addiction that may push the relationship to its breaking point. A playful and emotionally resonant homage to European sexploitation films from the 60's and 70's, from the director of Berberian Sound Studio.

The Duke of Burgundy review: 70s erotic cinema is resuscitated

20 Cigarettes
12:50AM, SBS VICELAND

M
Italy, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Aureliano Amadei
Starring: Vinicio Marchioni, Carolina Crescentini, Giorgio Colangeli
What's it about?
In 2003, Aureliano (Marchioni), an anti-war activist, took up the chance to become an assistant director on a film about the Italian military presence during the Iraq War. Instead of finding himself at odds with the soldiers, they actually shared many of the same beliefs. But soon enough, the unit came under attack – and Aureliano was the only surviving civilian witness. Based on director Aureliano Amadei’s experiences in Iraq.

20 Cigarettes Review

 

SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER

The Dictator
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, USA, 2012
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Larry Charles
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, John C. Reilly, Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris, Megan Fox
What's it about?
The heroic story of a dictator (Sasha Baron Cohen) who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. The third collaboration between Cohen and director Larry Charles after Borat and Bruno.

The Dictator Review

Krush Groove
8:30PM, NITV

M
USA, 1985
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Language: English
Director: Michael Schultz
Starring: Blair Underwood, Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, Sheila E., Kurtis Blow, LL Cool J, Rick Rubin
What's it about?
Russell Walker is a young, successful manager of rap performers, handling acts for the Krush Groove label, including Run-DMC and The Fat Boys. When Run-D.M.C. has a hit record and Russell needs more money to press more copies, he borrows it from a street hustler and soon regrets his decision.

Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender
9:25PM, SBS

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English, French
Director: Rhys Thomas
Starring: Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, Brian May, Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballé
What's it about?
Freddie Mercury was one of the most charismatic, complex, and fascinating characters in British rock music. The story of Queen is much told, but this new documentary focuses on Freddie and the solo projects he worked on, outside of the band.

Juno
10:05PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2007
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English 
Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: Ellen Page, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner, Michael Cera
What's it about?
Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman (Page) makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child. She embarks on a search to find the "perfect couple" to take on parenting responsibilities only to find life isn't quite so simple. Winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress.

Juno Review

Outside the Law
11:55PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Algeria, 2010
Genre: Drama, History, Crime
Language: French, Arabic
Director: Rachid Bouchareb
Starring: Sami Bouajila, Roschdy Zem, Jamel Debbouze
What's it about?
After losing their family home in Algeria in the 1920s, three brothers and their mother are scattered across the globe. Messaoud (Zem) joins the French army fighting in Indochina; Abdelkader (Bouajila) becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement in France and Saïd (Debbouze) moves to Paris to make his fortune in the shady clubs and boxing halls of Pigalle. Gradually, their interconnecting destinies reunite them in the French capital, where freedom is a battle to be fought and won. Nominated at the 2011 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. 

Outside the Law Review

Prison Dogs
1:50AM, SBS

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Perri Peltz, Geeta Gandbhir
What's it about?
Incarcerated for murder and armed robbery, hardened New York criminals learn to love again by raising puppies behind bars. In this inspirational tale, three selected prisoners battle self-doubt, anger and regret in their attempt to transform dependent pups into service dogs for injured US veterans. Bound together by fate, this uniquely vulnerable trio of puppy, prisoner and veteran come to discover the redemptive power of second chances.

SUNDAY 4 NOVEMBER

Vitamania: The Sense and Nonsense of Vitamins
4:50PM, SBS

G
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sonya Pemberton
What's it about?
Dr. Derek Muller takes us on an epic journey, a world-spanning investigation of vitamin science and history from molecules to marketing, from colds to chemotherapy. What he uncovers will confound opinions on all sides of the vitamin debate.

Jimi Hendrix
8:35PM, NITV

M
USA, 1973
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Joe Boyd, John Head, Gary Weis
Starring: Eric Clapton, Lou Reed, Mick Jagger, Little Richard, Pete Townshend, Billy Cox, Alan Douglas, Eddie Kramer, Buddy Miles
What's it about?
Jimi Hendrix became a superstar rock'n'roller, smashed the color barrier and shocked the nation, all before his 27th birthday. This riveting documentary - made only three years after his tragic death - tells the story of Jimi's short but spectacular life.

Blue Velvet
9:35PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1986
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Dean Stockwell, Laura Dern
What's it about?
A college student (MacLachlan) stumbles across a bizarre mystery and wants to know more, perhaps too much more. The strange world he's found lurking beneath his hometown's picture-postcard veneer is about to become much stranger. Controversial upon its initial release, this film remains one of Lynch's signature works, and earned him a Best Director nomination at the 1987 Academy Awards.

Heart Of Sky, Heart Of Earth
10:20PM, NITV

PG
Germany, 2011
Genre: Documentary
Language: Spanish, Maya
Director: Eric Black, Frauke Sandig
What's it about?
The great cycle of the ancient Mayan calendar will end on December 21st, 2012. How does the story end? The remote homelands of the present day Maya in Mexico and Guatemala present a perfect microcosm to show how unhindered globalization is already destroying the Earth and indigenous cultures now under attack for their natural resources from all sides. This film presents another worldview, following six young Mayas into their daily and ceremonial life, revealing their determination to resist the destruction of their culture and environment

Dead Ringers
12:15AM, SBS VICELAND

M
Canada, USA, 1988
Genre: Drama, Horror
Language: English
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Jeremy Irons, Geneviève Bujold, Heidi von Palleske
What's it about?
Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman. From legendary director David Cronenberg (A History of Violence, The Fly, Videodrome).

Dead Ringers review: Cool, clinical and confrontational