• Prince stars in 1984's Purple Rain, showing this Saturday December 1st on NITV (SBS On Demand)
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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25 Nov 2018 - 1:03 PM  UPDATED 25 Nov 2018 - 1:03 PM

MONDAY 26 NOVEMBER

The Price of Peace
12:00PM, NITV

PG
New Zealand, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Kim Webby
What's it about?
A story of indigenous people reconciling with colonial power, in this moving portrait of Tame Iti, Maori activist, and his fight with the New Zealand Crown to clear his name.

Bird
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1988
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Keith David
What's it about?
Clint Eastwood, a noted jazz aficionado, directs this heartfelt study of pioneering bop saxophonist Charlie Parker (Whitaker). Moving forward and backward through Parker's brief life before his death of a heroin overdose at age 34, the film foregrounds the saxophonist's difficult relationship with his wife, Chan Parker (Diane Venora), but also features lengthy scenes of Parker improvising on stage, lit with the neon and cigarette smoke of vintage jazz clubs.

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
1:30PM, NITV

M
USA, 2016
Genre: documentary
Language: English
Director: Paula Sacchetta
Starring: Deborah Esquenazi
What's it about?
In 1994, four women were accused, tried, and convicted of the heinous sexual assault of two young girls—as one newscaster puts it, “the modern version of the witchcraft trials.” Twenty years later, the four women have maintained their innocence, insisting that the accusations were entirely fabricated, and borne of homophobic prejudice and a late-’90s mania about covens, cults, and child abuse.

Faces of Harassment
9:35PM, NITV

MA15+
Brazil, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: Portuguese, International
Director: Paula Sacchetta
What's it about?
On Women's Week, a studio-van was parked in locations across rich and poor areas of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The studio-van was made available to any woman who felt like sharing her story. The film, which is part of a transmedia project, is comprised of a significant number of testimonies, and reflects upon an important part of the filming process: how did these women feel when they were telling their stories?

TUESDAY 27 NOVEMBER

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.

WEDNESDAY 28 NOVEMBER

The Big Picture
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2010
Genre: Thriller
Language: French
Director: Eric Lartigau
Starring: Romain Duris, Catherine Deneuve, Niels Arestrup
What's it about?
Paul Exben is a success story – partner in one of Paris's most exclusive law firms, big salary, big house, glamorous wife and two sons straight out of a Gap catalog. But when he finds out that Sarah, his wife, is cheating on him with Greg Kremer, a local photographer, a rush of blood provokes Paul into a fatal error.

Accidental Anarchist
3:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: Arabic, English
Director: Clara Glynn, John Archer
Featuring: Carne Ross, Rory Stewart, Michael Premo, Tammy Shapiro, Noam Chomsky
What's it about?
Carne Ross was a government highflyer. A career diplomat who believed Western Democracy could save us all. But working inside the system he came to see its failures, deceits and ulterior motives. He felt at first hand the corruption of power. After the Iraq war Carne became disillusioned, quit his job and started searching for answers.

The Endless
8:35PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson
Starring: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson, Callie Hernandez, Tate Ellington
What's it about?
Living in poverty in a shared studio apartment in Los Angeles, two brothers (Justin and Aaron) receive a mysterious videotape in a box that seems to have been shipped through a hundred countries before arriving on their doorstep. On it, a Heaven’s Gate-like cult member talks about an impending 'Ascension'. We learn that the brothers were raised in this cult, and fled from it a decade ago because Justin pulled Aaron out when he became aware of an impending mass suicide.

Colonia
10:35PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Florian Gallenberger
Starring: Emma Watson, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Bruhl
What's it about?
Emma Watson stars as a determined stewardess who tries to rescue her boyfriend, played by Daniel Bruhl, when he becomes a prisoner during a military coup in Chile in 1973.

I Am Not a Witch
12:15AM, SBS

M
France, Germany, United Kingdom, Zambia, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Tonga
Director: Rungano Nyoni
Starring: Maggie Mulubwa, Henry B.J. Phiri, Gloria Huwiler, Nellie Munamonga
What's it about?
After a minor incident in her village in Zambia, eight-year-old Shula is exiled to a travelling witch camp where she is told that if she tries to escape she will be transformed into a goat. As she navigates through her new life with her fellow witches and a government official who espouses her, exploiting her innocence for his own gain, she must decide whether to accept her fate or risk the consequences of seeking freedom. Winner of the BAFTA award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.

3 Seasons in Hell
1:55AM, 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 29 NOVEMBER

Land of Oblivion
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, Germany, Poland, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: French, Ukrainian, Russian
Director: Michale Boganim
Starring: Olga Kurylenko, Ilya Iosifov
What's it about?
It is the morning of 26 April, 1986 in the Ukranian town of Chernobyl. Anya and Piotr celebrate their marriage, while Alexei and his son Valery plant an apple tree. Both are interrupted by an explosion at the power station, which would turn into one of the worst radioactive disasters in history. This powerful film explores what happened that fateful day, and follows the lives of these survivors ten years on.

Boy
9:30PM, NITV (repeats Fri 30 Nov at 12:00PM)

M
New Zealand, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: James Rolleston, Taika Waititi, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Mavis Paenga
What's it about?
Boy is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother Rocky, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. Boy's other hero, his father, Alamein, is the subject of Boy's fantasies, and he imagines him as a deep sea diver, ware hero and a close relation of Michael Jackson. In reality, he's "in the can for robbery". When Alamein comes home after seven years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered. Written, directed (and starring) Taika Waititi (Hunt For the WilderpeopleThor: Ragnarok).

Boy review: A rose-coloured ode to the '80s

The Third Industrial Revolution
10:15PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Eddy Moretti
What's it about?
Social and economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin lays out a road map to usher in a new era of sustainable development. A Third Industrial Revolution will unfold when three technologies emerge and converge: new communication, new sources of energy, and new modes of mobility. But, in the context of climate change, it needs to happen fast; change of this magnitude requires political will and a profound ideological shift.

Simon and the Oaks
12:40AM, SBS VICELAND

M
Sweden, Germany, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Lisa Ohlin
Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Helen Sjöholm, Jan Josef Liefers
What's it about?
Simon, a bookish boy, grows up in a loving working class family in Sweden. Against his parents' will, he pursues an education normally reserved for young men of academic heritage and meets Isak, the son of a wealthy Jewish bookseller who has fled the German persecutions. As WWII rages all over Europe, the boys and their families' lives will interconnect in unexpected ways.

Simon and the Oaks: Lisa Ohlin interview

FRIDAY 30 NOVEMBER

I Corrupt All Cops
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Hong Kong, 2009
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Language:
Director: Wong Jing
Starring: Eason Chan, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Anthony Wong, Alex Fong Lik-Sun
What's it about?
In the early 1970s, the Governor of Hong Kong decided to clean up the police force. The ICAC was established, whose operation branch was headed by Yim (Bowie Lam). Bong and Unicorn also joined the ICAC. Despite threats of violence and intimidation, they managed to bring about the downfall of the empire of graft.s.

The Red Turtle
7:30PM, NITV (repeats Sat 1 Dec, 10:00AM)

G
Japan, France, 2016
Genre: Drama, Animation
Language: [no dialogue]
Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
What's it about?
Gorgeously animated, this wordless feature from Studio Ghibli (best known for producing Hayao Miyazaki films such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke) about a stranded castaway pays tribute to what's most important in life: companionship, love, family, and the stewardship of nature. A 2017 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature.

The Red Turtle review: Studio Ghibli's new animation a gorgeous island myth

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Australia, 2014
Genre: Documentary, History, Action
Language: English
Director: Mark Hartley
Featuring: Molly Ringwald, Dolph Lundgren, Olivia d'Abo, Chuck Norris
What's it about?
From the director of Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild Untold Story Of Ozploitation, this documentary chronicles Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus - two movie-obsessed cousins whose passion for cinema changed the way movies were made and marketed - and the tale of how this passion ultimately led to the demise of the company they built together. A one-of-a-kind story about two-of-a-kind men who (for better or worse) changed the film industry forever, and a hilarious thrill ride through the bowels of Hollywood’s least-loved indie film studio, where quality was a happy accident. From the director of Not Quite Hollywood

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films Review

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
8:30PM, SBS

PG
New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
What's it about?
This New Zealand adventure comedy-drama film written and directed by Taika Waititi (BoyThor Ragnarok) follows Ricky, a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure. 

Hunt for the Wilderpeople: Interview with Sam Neill
Hunt for the Wilderpeople review: Superbly written, beautifully performed and quite frankly hilarious

When the Man Went South
10:30PM, NITV (repeats 11:30AM, Sat 1st Dec)

Tonga, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Tonga
Director: Alex Bernstein
Starring: Soane Prescott, Kelepi Fonohema, Sione Ma'u 
What's it about?
A story about a Tongan hunter named, Flying Fox, who is instructed to set out on a journey by his village chief, Singing Whale , to learn about his strengths as a man. During his journey he meets two warring villages and attempts to mediate their differences. Flying Fox applies the lessons he learned on his journey when he returns to his home village to find trouble.

Decadencia
10:55PM, SBS

MA15+
Mexico, 2015
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Spanish
Director: Joaquin Rodriguez
Starring: Nataly Umaña, Alejandro Estrada, Roberto Palazuelos
What's it about?
Anabel Bolio is a beautiful and young workingwoman; Oskar Pratz is a brilliant and handsome entrepreneur. A spark of mutual attraction is inevitable and a torrid romance ensues. But what seams to be the prefect love story quickly decay and spiral downward into dangerous sexual games that lead to tragedy.

SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER

Purple Rain
8:35PM, NITV

M
USA, 1984
Genre: Drama, Romance, Music
Language: English
Director: Albert Magnoli
Starring: Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day
What's it about?
In his movie debut, Prince stars as 'the Kid', a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid the same mistakes as his truculent father (Clarence Williams III), the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with a captivating singer, Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero). But another musician, Morris (Morris Day) looks to steal the Kid's spotlight - and his girl. 

Purple Rain review: “Dig if You Will the Picture

Being John Malkovich
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1999
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Spike Jonze
Starring: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich
What's it about?
Craig Schwartz (Cusack) is a struggling street puppeteer. In order to make some money, Craig takes a job as a filing clerk. One day he accidentally discovers a door, containing a portal into the mind of character actor John Malkovich (played by Malkovich himself). For 15 minutes, he experiences the ultimate head trip - He is John Malkovich. With his beautiful office mate Maxine (Keener) and his pet-obsessed wife (Diaz), they hatch a plan to let others into John's brain for just $200 a trip. Critically acclaimed for its originality, the film also earned nominations for Jonze and Kaufman (making their feature-film debuts as director and screenwriter, respectively) and Keener for Best Supporting Actress.

Being John Malkovich Review

Her
10:35PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Spike Jonze
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson (voice), Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara, Chris Pratt
What's it about?
In future Los Angeles, Theodore (Phoenix) is a lonely man who has had his heart broken. He uses his savings to invest in a personalised computer operating system called Samantha (Johansson), who is designed to meet his every requirement. Theodore and Samantha have a fulfilling life together, serving each others needs but over time, their relationship develops and deepens, becoming more complicated that anyone could have predicted. Winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Her: review
Her: Spike Jonze interview
The broad cultural footprint of icon Spike Jonze

Rabbit Hole
10:35PM, SBS

M
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Dianne Wiest, Aaron Eckhart, Sandra Oh, Jon Tenney
What's it about?
Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident. Based on a play by David Lindsay-Abaire, from John Cameron Mitchell (writer/director of Hedwig And the Angry Inch), the film earned Kidman a 2011 Academy Award nomination for her performance. 

Nicole emerges from a Rabbit Hole
Rabbit Hole review: Kidman shines in story of private pain

SUNDAY 2 DECEMBER

(500) Days of Summer
6:50PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Marc Webb
Starring: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Minka Kelly, Clark Gregg
What's it about?
When Tom (Gordon-Levitt), a hapless greeting card copywriter and hopeless romantic, is blind-sided after his girlfriend Summer (Deschanel) dumps him, he shifts back and forth through various periods of their 500 days 'together" to try to figure out where things went wrong. His reflections ultimately lead him to finally rediscover his true passions in life.

Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra
8:35PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
France, Germany, 2002
Genre: Family, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
Language: German, French, Arabic, , Latin
Director: Alain Chabat
Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Alain Chabat, Monica Bellucci
What's it about?
Cleopatra (Bellucci), Queen of Egypt, decides to prove Caesar that Egypt is the greatest civilisation by ordering the construction of a palace in the middle of the desert in only three months. Architect Numerobis, in charge of the daunting project, worries about the deadline and decides to call on the help of his friends Asterix (Depardieu) and Obelix (Chabat), druid Getafix, who thanks to his magic potion, might be able to save him from the crocodile pit.

Finding Fela!
10:05PM, NITV

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Gibney
Featuring: Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti
What's it about?
Tells the story of Fela Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. From acclaimed documentarian Alex Gibney (Going ClearTaxi to the Darkside).

2014 Sydney Film Festival: Finding Fela! - Review

La Cage Aux Folles
10:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 1978
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Édouard Molinaro
Starring: Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Claire Maurier, Rémi Laurent, Carmen Scarpitta
What's it about?
Two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men announces he is getting married. They try conceal their lifestyle and their ownership of the transvestite club downstairs when the fiancée and her parents come for dinner. This much-loved French comedy was nominated for three Oscars in 1980 (including Best Director, Best Writing and Best Costumer Design) and remade in 1996 as the Hollywood smash hit The Birdcage.

Mindhunters
12:15AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2004
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
Language: English
Director: Renny Harlin
Starring: LL Cool J, Jonny Lee Miller, Kathryn Morris, Patricia Velásquez
What's it about?
On a remote island, the FBI has a training program for their psychological profiling division, called 'Mindhunters', used to track down serial killers. The training goes horribly wrong, however, when a group of seven young agents discover that one of them is a serial killer, and is setting about slaying the others.