• Amelie (2001), showing 11:15PM this Monday 24th December on SBS Viceland (eOne)
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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22 Dec 2018 - 1:03 PM  UPDATED 2 Jan 2019 - 1:32 PM

MONDAY 24 DECEMBER

Asterix at the Olympic Games
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
France, 2008
Genre: Comedy, Family, Adventure
Language: French
Director: Frédéric Forestier, Thomas Langmann
Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Alain Delon, Clovis Cornillac, Benoét Poelvoorde, Vanessa Hessler
What's it about?
Asterix, Obelix and their friends have entered the famous Olympic games in Athens. They're determined to taste victory, but the Gauls face formidable competition from both Greeks and Romans. Will it be a gold medal for Asterix? Or will he suffer the agony of defeat?

Moonwalker
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Tues 25 Dec)

PG
USA, 1988
Genre: Fantasy, Music
Language: English
Director: Jerry Kramer
Starring: Michael Jackson, Sean Lennon, Bilal, Joe Pesci, Mick Jagger
What's it about?
Starring Michael Jackson in his prime, this feature film combines a number of music videos from his 'Bad' album with a fantasy tale of Michael's confrontation with a ruthless drug dealer known as Mr Big (Pesci).

Amelie
11:15PM, SBS

M
France, 2001
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz
What's it about?
Young Amélie Poulain (Tautou) works in a Paris café, lives alone and helps people, surreptitiously. Whether it's secretly returning the childhood treasures of a middle aged man, to matchmaking for the lovelorn, Amélie gives fate a helping hand. When Nino (Kassovitz) enters her world, her life takes a new and exciting turn.  

Amelie Movie Review

TUESDAY 25 DECEMBER

Spirited Away
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

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)

Batman: The Movie
4:45PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 1966
Genre: Adventure, Action
Language: English
Director: Leslie H. Martinson
Starring: Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero
What's it about?
The world’s most notorious criminal minds team up to conquer Gotham City and it’s up to the Caped Crusaders to defeat the nefarious foes and restore order. Starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin, and boasting an all-star supporting cast, with Cesar Romero as the Joker; Lee Meriwether as Catwoman; Burgess Meredith as The Penguin; and Frank Gorshin turning in a dastardly performance as The Riddler.

Silence
10:30PM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, History
Language: Japanese, English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano, Ciaran Hinds, Liam Neeson, Issei Ogata
What's it about?
Martin Scorsese's long-awaited adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel about 17th century Jesuits who risk their lives to bring Christianity to Japan. Nominated for Best Cinematography (Rodrigo Prieto) at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno
12:20AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Japan, 2014
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Language: Spanish, Japanese
Director: Keishi Otomo
Starring: Takeru Satoh, Yu Aoi, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Yûsuke Iseya
What's it about?
Kenshin has settled into his new life with Kaoru and his other friends when he is approached with a request from the Meiji government. Makoto Shishio, a former assassin like Kenshin, was betrayed, set on fire and left for dead. He survived, and is now in Kyoto, plotting with his gathered warriors to overthrow the new government. Against Kaoru's wishes, Kenshin reluctantly agrees to go to Kyoto and help keep his country from falling back into civil war.

WEDNESDAY 26 DECEMBER

Moonrise Kingdom
2:45PM, SBS

PG
USA, 2012
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel
What's it about?
Directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson (The Royal TenenbaumsThe Grand Budapest Hotel), Moonrise Kingdom is set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965. Two 12-year-olds fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore - and the peaceful island community is turned upside down.

Moonrise Kingdom review: Ain't young love grand

Angele and Tony
12:50AM, 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

THURSDAY 27 DECEMBER

Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra
12:00PM, 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 to 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.

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story Of Ozploitation
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Australia, 2008
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mark Hartley
What's it about?
An eye-popping celebration of Australian cult films of the '70s and early '80s, Not Quite Hollywood documents an era when Australian cinema got its gear off and flashed the world a full-frontal explosion of sex, violence, horror and foot-to-the-floor action. Features film clips and outrageous anecdotes from Ozploitation fans and survivors, including Quentin Tarantino, Dennis Hopper, Jamie Lee Curtis and Barry Humphries.

Watch interview with director Mark Hartley

Jedda
9:30PM, NITV (repeats Fri 28 Dec, 11:30AM)

PG
Australia, 1955
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Language: English
Director: Charles Chauvel
Starring: Ngarla Kunoth, Robert Tudawali, Betty Suttor, Paul Reynall, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
What's it about?
Jedda is an orphaned Arrernte baby who is adopted by a white family. She grows up, confused over her heritage and place in the world. As a young woman, she is mysteriously drawn to go "Walkabout" as people of her tribe have for hundreds of years. The first Australian feature film to be filmed in colour, and nominated for the Palme D'or at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.

The Coming War on China
10:20PM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 2017
Genre: Documentary 
Language: English
Director: John Pilger
What's it about?
Directed by Emmy and BAFTA Award winning filmmaker John Pilger, The Coming War On China is a feature-length documentary which, as President Trump takes office, is one of his most timely and urgent investigations. As Trump threatens China with a trade war and worse, this film is both a warning and an inspiring story of people’s resistance.

'The Coming War on China' is coming to SBS

John Pilger.

The Iceman
12:25AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2012
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ariel Vromen
Starring: Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, David Schwimmer, Ray Liotta, James Franco
What's it about?
Richard Kuklinski (Shannon) is a bit player in the porn industry. He comes to the attention of a mob boss (Liotta) who appreciates Richard's iciness. Soon Richard is contracting hits, often partnering with Robert (Evans), who has an ingenious method of body disposal. All the while, Richard appears to be a loving family man, keeping his sociopathic tendencies away from his devoted wife (Ryder) and children.

The Iceman: Michael Shannon interview
The Iceman Review

FRIDAY 28 DECEMBER

Belle and Sébastien
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
France, 2013
Genre: Adventure
Language: French
Director: Nicolas Vainer
Starring: Félix Bossuet, Tchéky Karyo, Margaux Chatelier 
What's it about?
In a small French village in the snowy Alps during the 1940s, a lonely boy called Sebastian (Bossuet) meets and tames a wild dog, Belle. But his peaceful village life is suddenly disrupted by the arrival of Nazi soldiers. Soon Sebastian's mother goes missing, so the boy and Belle go searching for her, along the way crossing paths with many travellers including Caesar (Karyo), an old man in search of his past.

Machete Maidens Unleashed!
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Australia, 2010
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mark Hartley
Featuring: John Landis, Joe Dante, Brian Trenchard-Smith, Roger Corman
What's it about?
From karate-kickin’ midgets to busty babes with blades, Filipino genre films of the '70s and '80s had it all. Boasting cheap labour, exotic scenery and non-existent health and safety regulations, the Philippines was a dreamland for exploitation filmmakers whose renegade productions were soon engulfing drive-in screens around the globe like a tidal schlock-wave.

Machete Maidens Unleashed!

Philomena
8:35PM, SBS

M
UK, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy-Clark, Mare Winningham
What's it about?
When former journalist Martin Sixsmith (Coogan, who also co-wrote the film's Oscar-nominated screenplay) is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena (Dench, in an Oscar-nominated performance), who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son's fate.

Philomena: Stephen Frears interview
Philomena interview: Steve Coogan
Philomena Review

Big Game
10:55PM, SBS

M
Finland, Germany, UK, 2014
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Language: Finnish, English
Director: Jalmari Helander
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila, Ted Levine, Felicity Huffman
What's it about?
Air Force One is shot down by terrorists, leaving the President of the United States stranded in the wilderness. 13-year old Oskari is also in that wilderness, on a hunting mission to prove his maturity to his kinsfolk by tracking down a deer, but instead discovers the President in an escape pod. With the terrorists closing in to capture their prize, the unlikely duo team up to escape their hunters.

SATURDAY 29 DECEMBER

The Lobster
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, Greece, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Colin Farrell, Lea Seydoux, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman
What's it about?
An unconventional love story set in a dystopian near-future, where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel wherein they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choice and released into the woods. Written & directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, The Favourite), this unique film was nominated for a 2016 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

The Lobster review: An achingly dystopian rom-com

Tudawali
8:30PM, NITV

M
Australia, 1988
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Steve Jodrell
Starring: Ernie Dingo, Peter Fisher
What's it about?
Ernie Dingo delivers an outstanding portrayal of Robert Tudawali, the first Aboriginal film star, whose lead role in Jedda is iconic in Australian cinema. The film traces Tudawali's life story.

Samba
10:25PM, SBS

M
France, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Starring: Omar Sy, Tahar Rahim, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Liya Kebede, Adel Bencherif
What's it about?
Samba (Sy) migrated to France 10 years ago from Senegal, and has since been plugging away at various lowly jobs. Alice (Gainsbourg) is a senior executive who has recently undergone a burnout. Both struggle to get out of their dead-end lives. Samba's willing to do whatever it takes to get working papers, while Alice tries to get her life back on track until fate draws them together. From the creators of The Intouchables.

Big Fish
10:40PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 2003
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Helena Bonham Carter, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange
What's it about?
When Edward Bloom (Finney) becomes ill, his son, William (Crudup), travels to be with him. William has a strained relationship with Edward because his father has always told exaggerated stories about his life, and William thinks he's never really told the truth. Even on his deathbed, Edward recounts fantastical anecdotes. When William, who is a journalist, starts to investigate his father's tales, he begins to understand the man and his penchant for storytelling. 

Iron Sky
1:00AM, SBS VICELAND

M
Finland, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Action, Sci-Fi
Language: German
Director: Timo Vuorensola
Starring:  Julia Dietze, Christopher Kirby, Götz Otto, Udo Kier
What's it about?
In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers. Soon, this unstoppable attack fleet will swarm towards Earth, heralding the triumphant return of the Fourth Reich.

Australia had a big hand in Iron Sky
Iron Sky Review

SUNDAY 30 DECEMBER

Boyhood
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette
What's it about?
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's 'Yellow' to Arcade Fire's 'Deep Blue'. Nominated for six 2015 Academy Awards including Best Picture, the film is a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. 

Boyhood: Richard Linklater, Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane interview
Boyhood review: A wonderful portrait of a life, uninterrupted

Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo
8:30PM, SBS

PG
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David Fairhead
Featuring: Gene Kranz, Christopher Kraft, Glynn Lunney, Gerry Griffin, John Aaron
What's it about?
At the heart of the Apollo space program was the team in Mission Control. They came from the farms and smokestack towns of 20th-century America, but from these humble beginnings came the extraordinary team who helped put a man on the moon. 

Mama Africa
8:30PM, NITV

PG
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mika Kaurismäki
Featuring: Miriam Makeba, Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Cleaver, Nelson Mandela
What's it about?
Mama Africa is the biography of Miriam Makeba, South African singer and anti-apartheid activist, the voice and the hope of Africa. From director Mika Kaurismäki (brother of legendary Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki.)

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
10:05PM, NITV

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana
Featuring: Martin Scorsese, Iggy Pop, Steven Tyler, Tony Bennett, Robbie Robertson
What's it about?
Tells the story of a profound, essential and until now, missing chapter in the history of American music. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo and more, this documentary unravels the Indigenous influence and talented Native musicians who helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

The World According to Garp
11:35PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1982
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: George Roy Hill
Starring: Robin Williams, John Lithgow, Glenn Close, Mary Beth Hurt, Jessica Tandy
What's it about?
When Jenny Fields decides to become a mother, she has no intention of finding a husband or of having marital sex. She avails herself of an unconscious, mortally wounded soldier's libido. And so begins Garp's life, destined to be anything except what Garp desires most: normal. From director George Roy Hill (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidThe Sting) this film based on John Irving's best-selling novel earned Academy Award nominations for Close and Lithgow in their supporting roles.